So, the day didn't start out bad. In fact, it was pretty good day all around until around 4pm. That's when I spoke to Craig and found out he was having an absolutely shitty day, but he couldn't talk about it over the phone. He could only say he was going to be late, but hopefully he'd be home for bathtime.
When he walked in the door just after seven, my mood had plummeted. His was just as low. Turns out that 2 of his best people quit today, literally just hours after the company had finally signed a multi-million dollar client they've been pursuing for almost a year. This isn't just mean he's losing 2 friends, though. This means that the company is now even more drastically short of resources, making getting the India branch fully trained and functional suddenly a number one priority.
Craig's made his opinions about India perfectly clear, but even he sees now that if something isn't done, there are going to be serious consequences. He'd suggested doing it in England as a compromise, but that was never pursued too seriously because everybody thought there was time. Now, there isn't. Now, there are deadlines, and while Craig's job is never in jeopardy, the company's financial future can be severely compromised.
So, Craig came up with a potential solution that he proposed at his last meeting of the day. He gave it to them as just a possibility, however, because it completely relies on me and my schedule this summer. It's almost funny how much power I have in this company and I don't really work for them. But they're family-based and take that kind of thing seriously. Even more, they need Craig and won't do anything to jeopardize losing him. So, if I'm not happy, they know that Craig's not happy, and that's not acceptable to them.
Craig's solution is to leave mid-June and stay the summer in England. I have 4 conventions this summer, the first in the beginning of June in Ypsilanti (which I bought tickets for last September and want to go to because those are my old stomping grounds), then 3 in July---Sacramento (just an hour from my house), Toronto, and LA at the end of the month. The only one that really involves extensive traveling in July is Toronto, and before now, none of this has been a problem. It just meant Craig was going to take the week I was in Toronto off, and then the occasional Friday to cover the others.
Craig and the kids going to England until mid-August actually works in regards to not having to worry about them while I'm at cons. However, it means being separated from Craig and the kids for 6 weeks, because I couldn't go out until after LA. Going out in the beginning for the first 3 1/2 weeks isn't really an option because that's an extra $2000 out of our pocket (the company will pay for 1 trip, but not for 2). It's wonderful for the kids in regards to getting to see family, and it works ideally for Craig's work situation. I was actually thinking I could do this until Alicia overheard us, and promptly burst into tears because she didn't want me to stay behind. "We're a family and families are supposed to stay together." That's all she would say, over and over again.
Who knows what's going to happen. I can't even let myself think about it too much right now. We're going out on Sunday to do the lease and stuff for the new house, and I'm in the middle of doing this move. I just needed to get this out of my system.