Jason got fired. From the restaurant where he's worked for the last 6 1/2 years, where I worked from 2000-2006, and where we met. Don't freak out yet.
Backstory-J has been increasingly unhappy and disillusioned with his job and the company he works for over the last couple of years. The fact that the restaurant was bought out by another restaurant chain, which then implemented some policies and made some changes that are obviously about penny pinching and not about taking care of employees, just made it worse. He voiced his concerns/irritations, to no avail. So after much hemming and hawing, he picked up another restaurant job, serving at a local place with a similar concept to job #1, but with way higher customer volume and better food. (Note-I'm not saying the food at job #1 is bad, I still like it and both J and I will continue to eat there...but the food at the other place IS better.) Jason started training at this job a couple of weeks ago, shortly after we moved into the house. In between house stuff and training, he was scheduled for a bar shift at job #1 and didn't see it on the schedule. Luckily, it was a first out shift and from what I understand he was basically admonished "don't do it again." Well, he did it again. We were at the Browns game on Sunday (Go Colts!) when he got a voicemail from one of the managers saying he was scheduled to bartend that morning. Mind you, we were two hours away. So, there wasn't anything he could do. He went in on Monday, talked to the managers, and that was that. I have to say that they were all really cool about it, and I think that made it a lot easier for Jason (and I, for that matter-I've worked with two of the managers and have known one of those two for longer than I've known Jason) to swallow. Really, he's been unhappy there for a long time now, and they knew it.
So that's that. The only thing that's keeping us from freaking out is that he does have this other serving job, at which he will be picking up some evening shifts. And working on picking up another second job. I do have to say, it was nice having him home to watch Heroes with me last night...the guy has closed every Monday night for the last two years. Overall, we're still in decent shape financially-it's not like we're going to be out blowing money, but we won't be living on ramen noodles either.
On a happier note, our Christmas tree is up! I haven't put up the other decorations yet, but the tree's up. It makes my heart happy to pull up to our house and see the tree lit up in the living room window :) We actually didn't put it up on Thanksgiving this year (we got back from the Turkey Trot late) but on the day after.
I canNOT belive Christmas is in less than a MONTH. INSANE. I love this time of year, but damn did it sneak up on me.