My babysitter just moved over the weekend, and while I knew it was going to be a bit further I didn't realize how much. Before I would drive about 130 miles a day (about 2 1/2-3 hours in the car)... now it is over 200 miles a day and that is at LEAST 4 hours in the car.
If I were to make today my last day (hypothetically speaking) I would still get my severance, but not my retention bonus. Which is still a nice little extra, but after taxes it is probably only a bit over $1,000. Sean wants to find someone closer to our home or work for the next 5 weeks. I disagree... I don't want to leave her with just anyone. I need to know them and trust them. She can't tell me if someone is mistreating her, and I need that peace of mind. At the same time, I just CANNOT keep doing this drive everyday for the next 29 work days. The upkeep on my car (it is older; already has 307K miles), gas (I get about 450 miles a tank, but I'd have to fill up 3-4 times a week vs 2), time, etc. I know you are wondering why we used her in the first place if she is that far away... well because of our hours. And I know and trust her. It is hard to find someone to watch a baby (or any child) until you get off work; especially if you tell them it could be as early as 8:30pm or as late at 11pm.
And I am soooo mad at my employer... my original last day was supposed to be this Thursday (7/29), so I wouldn't really care about doing this for 4 days. Argh!
I have thought about asking a few friends on FB that I know that may be able or willing to watch her for the next 5 weeks, or that may know someone... but unless I know them, I just don't think I can stay on for the next 5 weeks. What would you do? Any advice?