for better or for worse

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Vows start early ’round these parts. J was laid off on Monday. He worked for a pretty small company, and was the newest employee, and highest paid, so it was no doubt a smart business decision. Buuuuut it still sucks. This is the second time he’s gotten the hook since the recession started. Obviously not his fault, but a blow to the ego nonetheless.

The first time, last May, he didn’t really like his job anyway, and he had a good bit of cash saved up, so he didn’t take it too hard. This time though, he hasn’t built his savings back up, and he really liked what he was doing and the people he worked with. So it just sucks all around. We worked on his resume last night, and he’s been online today looking for jobs. The difference from the last time he looked is amazing. He does software development, so a pretty high demand set of skills, and last time he would get pages and pages of job openings when he did searches. Now, maybe 10 jobs will pop up. And we live in an area that has been, comparatively speaking, somewhat removed from the worst of the economic crunch.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for us that he finds something soon. I think he’s going to look for something with a bigger (i.e. more stable) company this time around. Money will be tight until he finds something, but if we watch the budget pretty closely we should be okay, for a month or so anyway. Wedding spending will have to slow down a little. Or start going on credit cards, which we wanted to avoid. Mostly it just sucks seeing someone you love so upset and literally not be able to do anything about it. I feel completely useless.

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4 Responses

  1. I totally feel for you. Tai’s unemployed again right now. But he got laid off right after we got engaged. 8 months of wedding planning was done while he was unemployed. It’s tough but it really helped us reign in our spending!

  2. FH recently got let go too. We’re trying to stay positive. Luckily he’s go the tournament to keep his mind occupied lol

  3. ugh..going through the same thing now too with my DH, so I completely understand the “feeling useless” part. I hope things work out for J soon.

  4. Kate, that sucks! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for J to find something marvelous really soon!

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