Monday, September 15, 2008

It's Come To This

With gas prices over $4 in our area, David and I made the mutual decision to have him spend the night up in Pana at least one night a week. You see, he's a teacher and in case you live under a rock, we don't make that much. We live a good 70 miles away from Pana which adds up to at least 700 miles a week being put on his car. He gases up at least two times a week at approximately $40 a re-fill. I, myself, don't live that close to my school either. I drive about 70 miles a day and gas up twice a week, too.

We spend quite the pretty penny on gas. We don't like it, but we deal with it. We've always joked that if gas got above $4.00 David would have to have a slumber party with his Pana co-worker and his family. His friend recently renovated his basement and they jokingly refer to it as "David's suite." Well, all joking aside, David is spending his first night away from home in his suite this school year.

This decision is not something we wanted to do--we kinda like each other's company ;-). But, we realize it's best for our pocketbooks and better for the environment, too. It's likely that I'll be shacking up with my family at the end of the week in GC to save money, too. The things we do...

We're making it work, begrudgingly. So it seems Niko and I will be up for random nights of watching the best reality drama tv can offer and working on school stuff. Trust me, I'm not the only one who's gonna miss Dave.

Check out the story the Suburban Journals did on David and some others about rising gas prices last year {his part is at the very end}.

9 comments:

mrs.leah.maria said...

Wow, while awesome you have the option, I would miss my hubs as well. :(

Freckles Chick said...

I hear ya, J =( Mr. FC will sometimes spend the night at a friend' house if he works super late, to save the 30 mi commute home. But now it also saves on gas just like your hubby. It sucks to sleep alone =( If we lived closer, we could totally have a slumber party.

Your DH's last quote in the article was so cute =) Hope he finds a job closer to home sooon!

Cori said...

wow joi. i didn't know you two spent that much on gas each month! i'm so sorry you and dave have to separate like this :(

Michael said...

You have the right attitude, though...in the end, it'll all work out.

The year I was working in Germany, Jay could only get a 6 month leave of absence, so I spent 6 months by myself. It completely sucked, but it did get easier over time.

AshleyD said...

Well...have you thought about looking at houses in good ol GC? :)

Joi said...

Thanks guys for the sweet thoughts. We wish David could find a job closer to home, but you can only really look for teaching jobs at one time in the year--and his field is overwhelmingly hard to get a job in. He tries every year--just no luck.

Ashley--We'd look closer to GC if it would be less of a commute on him, but it'd take even longer from there. : (

Ahh-such is life!

The Juggling Francophile said...

Wow, that's unbelievable! I'm sure it will provide some relief. Fingers crossed that he can find something closer!

But be sure to tell Dave he looks very dapper in his newspaper photo.

melissa said...

Awwww.... this makes me sad. I'm sorry that it's come down to this for you guys. Maybe you could spend the same night at your family's house as he does in Pana, that way at least you won't be lonely. It's really nice that his friends let him do that though.

suzie said...

It is unbelievable! Absence makes the heart grow fonder! ;)

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