I'm here and doing well. Facebook has seriously cut into what little internet time I had to begin with!
Jumping right in...Matt just found out today that his company is furloughing 22 crew positions. We don't think he's one of the unlucky ones b/c he was supposed to get a call today. Still, it's scary. If they have to cut any more positions, Matt will surely be on the chopping block since he's only been with the company since May. Once again, I'm so happy that I got my job last year. It's hard t to think back to the days, which were not very long ago, when we had a decent amount of spending money every month, when we had a cleaning lady in every week, when we were able to splurge on things like nice cookware and good camping equipment. We've had a hard time adjusting the budget after Matt got out of the Air Force last year. Our 2 new salaries combined barely equal what he was making there. I hope we can just hang on for the next year or two. The scary thing is that flying is what Matt does. If he loses this job, there's likely not another one to be had anytime soon. Things are rough all over, to quote Cherry Valance, for pilots in the airline industry right now. I'm so very grateful that I'm in an industry that's not affected by the economy. As much as I complain about the grading and how irritating the students can be, I feel like I've got a pretty good thing going.
So, Matt and I are sitting here tonight, brainstorming ways to make more cuts to the budget so that we can pay down our newly created(since last year) credit card debt and save more for whatever life brings us. I decided to downgrade my Typepad account to just the one blog. Doesn't hurt a bit b/c I don't think I've posted to the food blog for 2 years or more. That's $96 wasted right there! I had to make a decision about scrapping this deal altogether but decided that I'd give it another go. I want to post more, but that means you all will have to put up with crappy writing and fuzzy logic, as this is how I am at the end of most days.