The reason I haven't been posting much is because on December 4, Thomas shocked me with the news that he'd been having an affair with a coworker for two weeks and wanted to divorce so that he could be with her.
I was obviously shocked, as I thought things were wonderful. We had tons of hobbies in common and spent lots of time together: running, hiking, birdwatching, volunteering, etc. I was still very much in love, and until the end of October, he'd been acting the same way. I thought he was joking at first.
The next day, he said he wanted to try to work things out, but ultimately decided that he was done with the marriage. I've been working on accepting this, though I've only known for two weeks this was even a possibility.
Right now, he and his girlfriend are out looking for apartments to rent, and he's hoping to move out by the end of the week. Merry Christmas to me.
Unfortunately, this will have an impact on the parrots. I can't afford to keep the house, and there's no way I can afford an apartment that will allow me to keep all of the parrots. It just makes me sick, because there's no way I ever would have gotten so many animals had I thought there was even the possibility that something like this could happen. Most of the parrot acquisitions were spear-headed by him, and now he's walking out and abandoning us all. We made promises to the parrots that they were in their forever home, and because of his actions, that's no longer the case.
I will be able to keep Max and Calypso. My parents have a small home, and they can temporarily take them while I find a new place to live, should it be necessary. Basil will go back to his previous home, and I found an amazing home for Stella. That leaves Rocky and Beeps. I can't take Beeps because he and Calypso don't get along, and my smaller place won't allow for adequate separation. I can't take Rocky because he doesn't like me, and would certainly be too loud in an apartment. My boss will take the fish, and I have a couple of leads of placing Andreas.
I just don't know what to do. I feel very overwhelmed and sad. Reality still hasn't hit. This has been the worst 8 week period of my life. First, I find out that I'm losing my job at the end of March. Then, Brian dies. Finally, my marriage ends. What else could happen?