We went skiing over the long weekend (teacher's convention/family day). We're slashing the spending around here, but the ski weekend was already booked and partially prepaid so we went forward with it and had a great time. Skiing is possibly my favorite thing to do as a family. It is just so fun and rewarding to see the kids master a skill and to share a leisure activity together. Ken even managed to relax and forget his work stress for the weekend.
Ken works in the oil industry and over the past month his company has laid off 30% of its employees. The upper management and VP's (Ken included) have all taken what translates into a small pay cut. Additionally, everyone in the company will take a week without pay this spring. Now this is why I work. At home we'll adjust our spending to accommodate the pay cut, but I'll pick up some extra work days to balance off Ken's week without pay. It is all very manageable, yet somehow the stress of what could happen down the road, and how things could get worse is taking a toll. Ken is monitoring his blood pressure.
The real slashing in spending this year will be thing things we would have done with a bonus, which I assume won't come in 2009. We are not developing the basement - no big deal, really. All holiday plans are currently suspended. I'm not going to spell it out, but there is a message in this for a few of you.
Here's what is still happening: Ken is still going to Ride the Rockies in Colorado in June (already booked and paid for), and Jaclyn is still going to EFY-Calgary in August (ditto).
And that is the extent of our suffering. Minor, I know. But I'm spoiled, therefore I suffer.