Friday is always a happy day.
Even when your son's school calls because he has a stomach bug, and then he vomits on the sidewalk.
Even if that means you don't get to go out and celebrate your husband's birthday with a nice dinner at Jak's Bar and Grill.
If it happens to also be this!
Steve's last day of work in the video game industry.
That was the little secret I was alluding to. We weren't sure if it was going to happen. There was some chance the job would require a fair amount of travel to California but it looks like that's been worked out so it will be minimal.
He is a little sad because he really liked some of the people he worked with, and they like him. But in that industry there is no such thing as work/life balance. Employees are expected to do whatever it takes to meet the never ending deadlines. That means many nights and weekends away from his family. Having 3 kids would be enough of a reason to need him to be around more but having a child who is medically complex and has many special needs makes it harder. We really need him home more. The children are nearly grown and enough is enough.
I am so thankful that some ex-coworkers tracked him down to offer him this position outside the industry. He will be doing UX design but for software and mobile devices. It's still in the tech industry but since it's not in gaming there is no need to "crunch" and other employees have told him they work 40 hours a week. Can you believe that?!
Now it's Steve's chance to prove he's not really a workaholic. And I am SO READY!
On top of that he will be paid more which is great. When Sony shut down the game studio he was working at last year he had to take a pay cut and this house was a stretch for us as it was.
Even if we all come down with the stomach flu I think this is going to be the best weekend ever because it marks a FRESH START for our family.