It's been one month since my husband got the news that his company was moving him to Houston Texas. On May 4th 2009 the world as we knew it was turned completely upside down. It's been a roller coaster of emotions from anger to fear, uncertainty to hopefulness, and in the end compliance. As a family we decided that we did not want to relocate to Houston, with our teen age daughter going into her Sophomore year of school and all the other activities that we have become so used to here in North Texas, we decided that Danielle and I would stay here and Dan would stay in Houston during the week (hopefully returning on the weekends, but that is yet to be seen). To make ends meet having to households to fiance I have gone back into the grocery business working for Tom Thumb. It has been 16 years since I have had to do the old 9-5 or in this case 6am - 2pm with an occasional 10-6, 12-8, and 8-4.
Dan found on E-bay his new living accommodations and travel vehicle, a very well worn travel trailer that he drove to Florida to pick up and a 1997 Chevy Lumina that he flew to Ohio to get and then drove home. The travel trailer will be parked at a RV park somewhere in Houston and hopefully the Lumina has a few hundred thousand miles in it to get him back and forth.
Things are falling into place, and everyone is getting used to the new routine. We have a new maid, her name is "Daniella", she is pretty cheap, she works for room and board. It has been nice to come home to a clean house and she even cleaned my room and bathroom the other day. In addition to keeping up on the house she makes sue all the four legged critters are cared for too.
I'm hoping that once Danielle turns 16 she can get a part time job at the new Dennards or maybe Sonic, as cute as she is I'm sure she'd make a killing on tips.
With my schedule, working every weekend and holiday and my days off during the week, and Dan's schedule with weekends and holidays off, I'm hoping that we won't leave Danielle with too much free time on her hands (especially if she can get a part time job) I know first hand the dangers of teen age girls with too much time on their hands!
Dan called last night from his new office, a shared cubicle on the 13th floor of the metro building in downtown Houston, he said I may like it, the hustle and bustle of city life with restaurants and shopping only blocks away, but with my schedule I'm not sure when I will be able to make a trip down there to see it. They tell me that Tom Thumb (at least the one where I work) is even open Christmas Day.
Time will only tell how this will all play out, for now we will have to focus on the quality of time we have together instead of the quantity.