It's Suzanne's new job that allows me to quit mine, since she now gets full benefits, which was the main reason I kept my job. But providentially, things are really starting to fall in place for us. Right now I work during the day about 10 hours per week for Covenant Seminary editing class lecture transcripts for their Covenant Worldwide program. Last week I got word that I'll be able to increase my hours to between 20-30, whatever I'm able to handle as school starts up for me in a few weeks. That will allow me to work from home and set my own hours, which is great because once we have a foster child placed with us we won't have to put him or her in daycare. That will save us all kinds of money and hassle, not to mention the benefit of all the extra time to nurture and bond with the child.
Besides not being there, here are the top 5 things I'm going to be glad about once I quit my job:
- sleeping at night / going to be with my wife: besides being more biologically natural to sleep at night, and emotionally satisfying to be with Suzanne more, a friend of mine who recently quit working at the same job put it well, "There are benefits to being able to go to bed with your wife"
- not shaving: as supervisors we are required to be clean shaven every day; if you looked closely at my vacation photos you'd notice that my face got progressively scruffier as the week went on and I'm looking forward to being able to give my razor another long rest
- being able to do things with my wife and friends in the evenings like a normal person
- not having bruises all over my body: no, there's not a "work bully" who beats me up for my soda money every day, but there're always boxes falling on me, or places for my fingers to get pinched in, or objects for my knees, legs, and arms to bump into
- being able to watch Conan O'Brien on a regular basis