It's a crazy job, but flexible
I saw a very surprising update today at work. They've decided that the teams must be colocated now. That means that our currently very scattered team will be moving to one of six offices in the country. Surprise, surprise, none of those locations are in New Hampshire.
No details yet. We probably won't have details for a couple months, but by the end of September, it's expected that all of my part of the business will be working in offices in the middle of major cities. For many of my co-workers, it's going to be a choice between losing a job (with no unemployment) or moving hundreds of miles with their families. For me, the best I can hope for is Boston. Downtown, packed with people, Boston. Which is going to be a 2 - 3 hour commute from my current residence.
This has thrown a monkey wrench into everything. The best case scenario is that I only have to go in once a week and can work from home the rest of the week. That would minimize the impact. But if that doesn't work? I'll have to get a different job. Which will, most likely, include a commute. Most of the jobs in my field are south, near Boston. My horse is north.
If I have to take a full time job with a one hour commute heading south, I'll never see Theo. I told the hubby I'd be looking for jobs that are north so I can see Theo and that I'd be requesting a swing shift so I can ride before or after I work. He informed me that if I want all of that, I'd better start looking now. And that I better be ready to choose between a job I want and being able to see Theo as much as I want.
I didn't work this hard to turn Theo into my dressage pony so I could never see him. But I need to be able to afford him. How does anyone do this? How do people with regular jobs keep up with their riding? Even if I can manage to get an 8 to 4 job, I'll be leaving at 7am, getting to the barn at 5pm, and getting home around 7:30pm or 8pm. With chicken chores in the morning, that's a 6am wake up call and running all out until 8pm. I managed it when I had an office job by working from home twice a week and riding those nights. Then I only needed to ride and work in an office twice a week. But I'm discovering that working from home is not all that common.
Because I have more critters to care for than just mi papi