What a week
This has been a stressful week at Casa del Bartlett, and my evenings have been spent dealing with the fallout of what happened here on Tuesday. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what happened.
Since 2008, Mel has been teaching high school English and language arts at a local charter school. Prior to that, she taught part-time at the local technical college. Late last spring, a friend of hers who is now a department chair at the technical college began campaigning her to return with the promise of between 14-17, and possibly as many as 21, credits to teach. It was, on the surface, an ideal situation; Mel would make essentially the same money she made at the high school once we factored in the fact that we’d no longer be paying for day care for the baby, and she’d only work about 20 hours a week instead of 50.
Melissa struggled with the decision all summer. Finally, after again receiving reassurance that all was well with this potential new opportunity, and at the last possible moment allowed by her contract at Trek North, she resigned from her position to pursue the teaching job at the technical college about three weeks ago.
The tech college’s fall semester schedule was released Tuesday afternoon. Instead of 14-17 credits, Mel had three. Three. So, for all intents and purposes, as of Tuesday afternoon she was unemployed and about 40% of the income we’d been counting on for this fall evaporated into thin air.
We’ve been in scramble mode ever since. She’s made a variety of telephone calls to all of her friends at her previous job, and yesterday turned in a resume and cover letter to reapply for her old position. It has already been advertised and candidates are lined up for interviews later this month, so she’s back into the pool and will hope she can beat out the other finalists and get her old job back.
We’ll have to see what happens from here; it’ll likely be the week after next before any of this is resolved. In the meantime, we have a lot of stress to deal with.
In slightly more whimsical news, I provided a review of IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe #21 over at The Terrordrome yesterday; you can read the review here if you’re so inclined.
IDW is now publishing five G.I. Joe series each month; the core series, a sidebar series of one-shots and three- to five-issue short story arcs called “G.I. Joe: Origins,” a sidebar series focusing on the bad guys called “G.I. Joe: Cobra,” a miniseries of short character studies called “G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds,” and a continuation of Marvel’s old “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” series from the 1980s and 1990s.
The core series is probably the fourth best of the series IDW is running so far, in terms of quality. It’s just never hit its stride, and the storytelling pales in comparison to some of what’s been done in Cobra, Hearts and Minds and, despite occasionally sharing the same author, even Origins. It’s fun to have a G.I. Joe book to read every month, but I really hope it starts to get better.
This week’s drama derailed my plans to draw something each night this week. I’m going to make an effort to get that back on track this evening.