Here's my update to my intention of giving notice sometime last November......
I sat down with the owner in November (he's off-site, rarely around) after specifically asking that the next time he was here, I'd like to visit with him about my work arrangement. I had spent A LOT of time the past 6 to 9 months on the MM forum gathering tips, ideas, courage, and backbone !! I read a couple books, and researched HR tips and comments.
I said that as of Feb 1, 2017 I would be working part-time...defined as 2-3 days a week. I explained that I felt I should be changed from salaried to hourly as fairness to both me and the business. (we wouldn't know if I would have to work more or less hours than the requested part-time). I presented an hourly figure that would have scared me silly a year ago!! But with the MM support, and encouragement from the book "Women Don't Ask", I used a number I could support with documentation. I'm giving up company insurance (going on my husband's policy). Part-timers here do not get vacation, but I requested keeping that benefit as "the carrot" to keep me here long enough to train someone to do my job, to keep me here during busy season, and to be available by phone when not in the office.
Everything was agreed to !!!!! No negotiation, no debate. SERIOUSLY, you guys can't imagine the help you've been to me. The inspiration I get from a thought here, a tidbit there, an experience someone else endured. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
It's been 80+ days now and they are interviewing the first candidate at 4 pm today....the day before my part-time officially starts. I hope they find someone soon, but if not, my consolation prize will be the paycheck I get at my new inflated, but deserved rate!!!