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Friday, August 29, 2008

Top 5 Things About My Husband Finally Having a Job

(Above, back in the days when Jeff was still a student...and Maia was still a baby)

Yes, for the first time in our marriage, one of us has an actual job. Granted, Jeff's position is a one-year lecturer job, but it's great because we didn't have to leave Dayton, and I still have full doctoral funding. So we are feeling absolutely, positively wealthy these days. Or at least, I anticipate that we will feel that way once the first round of bank deposits come through (September 10th, here we come!). So, second in a series of Top 5's, here are my top 5 benefits of Jeff's having a job.

1. Moving from an apartment to a house! That little two-bedroom just wasn't holding us well anymore, especially with a rambunctious toddler and another baby on the way. It's nice to be able to afford a little more rent. And, in general, I think it's fair to say not having to sweat the bills will be a good change in our life (although I highly recommend that couples start their marriage poor--and have children quickly).

2. Jeff has something to do! Granted, last year he was kept busy with conference presentations, submitting a book proposal, parish talks, adjuncting, and, of course, taking care of Maia while I was in class. But teaching a 4-4 load has given him a lot to do; it's a more focused purpose that makes him happy. And of course, it also looks better on his c.v.

3. Faculty member experience. Jeff's finally getting to experience all the joys of faculty meetings. Not to mention that several of the faculty have invited him to call them (gasp!) by their first names now that he's their colleague rather than their student. He's taking his job so seriously that he's been wearing a tie every day that he teaches.

4. The busy-ness factor. With my not having to take classes anymore, we'd just feel overloaded with free time if it weren't for his 5-day a week teaching (plus office hours and meetings). Especially with my taking an exam the day before moving and moving the day before classes started, life hasn't settled down, and we're still stressed out and busy as usual. This is a good thing because I'm not sure how we would handle a laid-back, easygoing life.

5. Even better health benefits. Our institution has very good insurance for grad students. But it turns out that it's even better for faculty members. And since we're both full-time employees, we don't have any deduction for the family plan.
So there you have it. Let's hope that this first year of one of us having a job won't be the last! Of course, this requires Jeff being able to apply for jobs while teaching a 4-4 load and watching Maia enough that I can prep for my qualifying exam. We'll see how it goes.

1 comment:

Dr. N said...

Please send Jeff my "congrats".