Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I have to drive 100 miles a day to take my daughter to school

I lost my job yesterday and yes of course I am sad, its been a job I have really enjoyed for the last 18 months. I am grateful for the experience I have had over the last 18 months but working for a start up has complications - like MONEY! I took a huge pay cut to work for them and the reason I lost my job is the company is running out of money not because I did a poopy job!

How does this affect my life.
  1. I now have to drive 100 miles to take my daughter to school. I had managed to get her an inter-district transfer to a school around the corner from my job, which is 25 miles away from my home. I don't want to transfer her back to my district as on a scale of 1-100 my local school ranks 19/100 and the school my daughter is in ranks 87/100 in the State of California. So the outcome is I now have to do 2 round trips of 50 miles to take and pick up my daughter from school.
  2. My son who has been going to Pre-K has to be withdrawn. I am going to try to keep him in 3 half days a week for at least 2 months BUT that means I have to find $400 per month to pay for it. If I don't find anything soon I will have to withdraw him completely which will be so frustrating as he LOVES Pre-K plus the last 2 months he has learnt so much. It has given him the structure he needs.
  3. Of course for me - I have 2 feelings about the loss of my job. I do get to spend more time with my kids BUT I really liked the job and the responsibilities and adult time that went with that.
  4. The upgrade of our house is off and therefore the move is off!
  5. I also feel sad for the other colleagues that have lost their job.
You always think you have control of your life but unfortunately other people have some of the biggest affects on us.


Star said...

Yes, I understand. I am in the same boat as you (nearly). Always in the past I have picked up a job really quickly but not this time. I have been trying since July with no success. Soon it will be too late and time for me to return to the U.S. for a few months. I like to work overhere to help keep up my house etc. I like the independence it gives me to have my own money.
I could write a book about it!
The next thing I need to give up is my subscription to a weekly magazine I like to read. In the end you get used to doing without things which you used to take for granted.
I have got quite good at pretending to buy things instead of actually buying them.
It's a knack.
I have been told I can buy this or have that but unless I absolutely have to have it,whatever it is, I do without.
Good luck.
Blessings, Star

Iota said...

Sorry to hear this.

Mwa said...

That's terrible! I hope you find another job soon - if that is what you want.

rachel... said...

Oh, Heather, I'm so sorry! How awful!

Will you be able to afford the gas to make the 100 mile trip everyday? And pre-school (pre-K) is so expensive, isn't it? Just about every last penny I earn babysitting every month goes towards Valerie's pre-school tuition, too.

Are you going to look for another job or just scale back the budget and enjoy your time at home??

septembermom said...

I'm so sorry. I'll pray for you and your family. It must be very difficult to keep things "happy" for the kids when you're overwhelmed. Hope you find another job very, very soon! Hugs...

Diney said...

Yes - it wasn't our fault that this recession kicked in as we were working very hard in our own little world earning a crust for our family when Whoosh! everything is out of our control and I lose my job, plus husband's business nearly goes under. It sucks - I'm sorry to hear your news. Hope you find another job soon, if this is what you want to happen.

Anna See said...

I am sorry to hear this! Hope things are looking up!

mamabook said...
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mamabook said...

ahh! I am so not technically proficient. Just left you a long message which has now disappeared. A quick recap. You kindly landed on my blog yesterday (4kids1dogblog) and so I thought I would pop over and meet you on yours. Very sorry about your job loss - I know start up industry is realy tough. I hope that things fall in place for you soon. We were expats in bay area for abt 8 yrs, have been back in Australia for 6 and may be returning back to Silicon Valley next year. Forgive me if I start asking you annoying questions about schools!

4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle said...

Terrible news. I hope things pick up and it turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to you. Good luck and best wishes. Kirsty (Shamozal)

Edie Mindell said...

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. A lot of people today are in the same situation as yours, having lost their job because of recession. Don't worry, I know and I pray that you can find a job soon, better than the one you had before.:-)

Katie @ said...


I was calculating if we lived here and had kids one day, it would be the same amount of driving... and that's CRAZY! good luck with that journey and all right now.

cookie234 said...

Hope you find a job really soon. No suggestions as far as daughter, but check for your local Head Start Program.It is free and is geared to 3-5 years olds. It is worth a look see.

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