Monday, July 26, 2010

Needing Advice-ASAP!

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?


HereWeGoAJen said...

Well, take $1000 divided by twenty nine days and see if it is worth it. Although, you'd be missing those twenty nine days of salary too. You can always try the Facebook thing and see how that goes before making any decisions.

Danifred said...

I was going to say exactly what Jen said. Do the math to see if it's worth it (especially with gas). Maybe something easy will fall into place for you when you reach out on FB.

Megan said...

Ditto Jen... It doesn't sound like it will be worth those extra $1000, but maybe with the salary too? How much is your peace of mind worth...

By the way- how are you feeling? Thinking of you-