Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sabbatical (in a nut shell)

So I gave my notice at work today. My last day will be June 19. Though I'm taking the week before off for Pride since yes, I'm that gay. :-) Also, some family from Ohio is supposed to be visiting.

Anywho, I've been working part time as a cake decorator since about September. It's only one evening plus 2 days/week. I'm a little bummed to leave since it's been my freedom time. Like actual regular time when I'm outside of the house and not surrounded by children. On the hand, I do love being home with the kids and I've sort of started dreading my work schedule.

But my notice came mostly because of Mary's upcoming sabbatical. We will be spending the month of July traveling to visit in-laws. Then in August Mary will return to work and be starting to work from Woods Hole. This is where her sabbatical will be. What is a sabbatical? I don't know. I've kind of grown to hate the word. But basically, it's time off from teaching to pursue research and the real stuff that makes or breaks your tenure decision. **oh yes, for newbies to my random blogging world, Mary is a professor*

Mary thought we'd all move to Cape Cod for the year but I thought otherwise. So come September, she'll live there for most of the week in a house she's renting. Me and the kiddos will stay here and Cam can remain in his school. He's pretty much officially moving on to 1st grade even though we did debate him repeating kindergarten.

This seems kind of crazy to most. But Mary is a workaholic. As it is, most days she's off to work at 8 a.m. and then returns at 6:30 p.m. - usually expecting some gourmet dinner when she arrives. The kids go to bed at 7:30 p.m. So the hope is not much will change during the school week. Yes, I won't have the help but I'll parent on my own schedule. And Mary will be able to work 24/7 and hopefully produce lots of great research and papers that will ensure her tenure. I'm actually impatiently awaiting September just to see how this all goes. It's also a pretty sweet house on Vineyard Sound that me and the kiddos plan on enjoying on the weekend.

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