November 9, 2011

Tiny Update

by happytogethergirl

So just after I posted my last post I got a call from the Charleston school’s director offering me the position.  I immediately accepted because I may be a lot of things, but I’m not crazy enough to turn down a guaranteed paycheck and health benefits.  I’m still digesting and deciding how I feel about the whole situation.  Here’s my pro/con list for having this job:

Pros:

  • More money to do fun things in our new city
  • Steady paycheck means more money into savings which means getting a dog, having a baby and buying a house can happen sooner.
  • Guaranteed money means more fun decorations for our new apartment
  • T won’t have to feel totally stressed about being the sole breadwinner.
Cons:
  • Ok, there’s really one con.  I thought of a bunch, but they’re all really just variations of “working this job makes me feel like my soul is being sucked out of me slowly.”  So it’s only one con, but it’s a biggie.
But I’m focusing on the pros and that I can still look for my dream job while we enjoy those pros.  And soon after we move it’ll be Thanksgiving and then Christmas and boy, do I love Christmas.
~ A

 

 

November 9, 2011

We’re Making Progress

by happytogethergirl

Slowly, but surely.  I have the oddest feeling lately of having a million things in my head that I think I need to do, yet also feeling like I can’t really get anything done yet.  We have to pack up our things, but still need a lot of those things to live day-to-day.  We need to open a new bank account and figure out how to switch over all of our bills without missing any, but we can’t open the new account until we move.  We need to get rid of anything that won’t fit in the trailer, but we don’t know how much won’t fit until we start packing it on Sunday.  See what I mean?  This leads to a lot of stress that I can’t actually DO anything productive about.  On the plus side it seems to have curbed my appetite so maybe some weight loss will be an unexpected bonus!

But we are making some progress.  It’s getting easier to pack things each day we get closer to the move.  I only have one more day of getting up and looking professional to go to work.  I’m pre-emptively feeling out our friends on who might need a dresser come Sunday evening.  And I’m trying to have the “serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”

Today I arranged for new car & renter’s insurance which took half the day between talking to agents, getting quotes and figuring out what we need.  Good thing I’m not needed at work anymore, really.

And speaking of work, I got an e-mail from the senior director at the Charleston school saying he “hoped to follow-up today!”  Why he couldn’t just…you know…follow up, instead of just telling me he’d be following up, I don’t know.  But it’s almost 5pm EST and I haven’t heard anything.  Which is not surprising for my company.  When they say a few days they mean a week so I’m assuming “today” means in a couple of days.  We shall see.

One more day of work, 3 more days to pack, a bunch of food to eat in the fridge…let’s do this.

~ A

November 3, 2011

The boring stuff

by happytogethergirl

Visiting Charleston, finding favorite restaurants, searching for our new apartment, discovering we will be living 10 minutes from the beach…that was all really fun!  But these next 12 (!) days are going to be filled with a lot of not-fun stuff.  Some really, really boring and tedious stuff.  This is my list of things we need to do (in no particular order)

  • Cancel cable and return the cable box and modem.
  • Pick out and order a mattress (actually, this might be fun because I’m really jazzed to get a new mattress for our bedroom and move ours into the new guest room)
  • Update our address with the USPS and a million other places.
  • Open a new bank account and close our current one, all the while making sure that the bills that get paid automatically don’t get screwed up.
  • Get together all of the paperwork to register our cars in SC (including preparing to pay property tax on both of them, something new for us)
  • Sign up for cable in our new apt (this is important as we’d like to avoid missing any episodes of Dexter)
  • PACK the rest of our crap and figure out how we’re going to fit it in the 6’x12′ trailer we’re renting.
  • Book a hotel for our halfway there stay (I should probably get on this one soon).
  • Continue to job search in case my transfer doesn’t go through (mini update on that:  I had a second interview over the phone which went well, but they have one open position at this time and 1-2 external and 3-4 internal candidates besides myself going for it.  So it’s still way up in the air).

And I’m sure there’s even more that I’m forgetting at this moment.  I wake up in the middle of the night and remember things we need to do, but then they’re gone by the morning.  I guess I need a notepad by my bed or something.

But I just keep meditating on the fact that while it may be hard now, it’s all going to be worth in once we’re settled in.  I mean, just look at this place:

~ A

October 27, 2011

Well, we won’t be homeless

by happytogethergirl

I’m sure you’ve been on the edge of your seat since I haven’t posted in awhile.  All one of you.  Anyway, we recently got back from a week-long scouting trip to Charleston.  It was amazing.  We were walking/driving around everywhere saying, “I can’t believe we get to live here!”  It’s beautiful, everyone is so nice (our server at one restaurant gave us a discount as a “Welcome to Charleston!” how cool is that?), and we felt really at home around all of that water!

Important things:

  • T’s new boss said he’s all good to go there, he’ll be put on the schedule the week we get down there.
  • I had an interview for my potential transfer and it made me realize how much I do NOT want to keep my current job.  So I’m on the lookout for something new.
  • We signed a lease!  We’ll be living on James Island (we’ll be living on an island, how cool is THAT?!) in a 2BR/2BA condo so that we can have constant visitors.  We’re so excited to show our friends and family around our new city.

 

In other, not as important, but definitely cool news:

  • We LOVED the downtown open air market and “bookmarked” some booths to come back to after we move.
  • The food scene looks amazing and we love to eat.
  • The waterways are already tempting us to buy a boat
  • Our condo is pet friendly so we definitely see a Golden Retriever in our future.

We hit some pretty good restaurants while we were down there (Basil, Jestine’s Kitchen, Vickery’s Mount Pleasant) and were sufficiently impressed with each one.

I’ll have another post later about more logistics involving moving, changing banks, registering cars, etc.  It will be riveting.  To all one of you 🙂

 

~ A

 

 

October 8, 2011

Oh, happy day

by happytogethergirl

I just looked at the monthly average temperatures for Charleston, SC and it only goes two months out, but for the end of November the average high is 61 and average low is 50.  I’m doing a little dance in my chair 🙂  I despise the cold and can’t wait to go south!

October 3, 2011

Like a rollercoaster…

by happytogethergirl

It goes up and down!  I got an e-mail from the Senior Director of the department I would be working for at the Charleston school.  He requested a phone interview with me and I told him I’d be visiting the city in person the week of October 17th so we scheduled an in-person interview for that week.  And just like that, things are totally different.  If I keep my job we will be much more financially secure, we will have seamless health coverage, it will be easier to rent an apartment, etc.  So I’ve had to completely switch gears at work in the last week and a half.  I was in “I’m leaving so I’ll get my work done, but not kill myself stressing about work” mode and now I’m back to “I need to really excel in this position so I’m an attractive candidate to the new location!”  It’s been tough and exhausting, especially considering this is our busiest time of year.

In other news, T spoke to his boss and his boss’ boss about leaving and they were bummed (because he’s awesome!), but supportive.  They’re going to e-mail the Charleston store to let them know T is coming down there and to recommend him for a position.  We’re hoping he’ll get to have an interview while we’re in town.

We’re starting to call and e-mail about apartments to try to set up appointments to view them.  I just worry about them being spoken for before we get down there, but hey…that’s the nature of the game I guess.  It’s starting to get more exciting (and more scary) every day.  But I have an amazing partner in this adventure, so I’m not worried about a thing.  Well, not very worried, anyway 🙂

 

~ A

September 14, 2011

Always knew this was a possibility

by happytogethergirl

So I heard back from HR at the Charleston branch of the school I work for and they are fully staffed at this time.  Cue :::womp, womp::: music.  So this will make the transition a little tougher, but we always knew that both of us getting transferred was the best case scenario and not a sure thing.  I will continue to look on-line for jobs in the Charleston area and hopefully get some interviews lined up for our trip in October.

Speaking of which, we’ve decided to go down the week of Oct 17th to job and apartment hunt.  We’re still weighing the pros and cons of flying vs. driving.  If we fly, we have the expense of the tickets, the hassle of packing to TSA standards, plus the cost of a rental car.  But it would give us just one day of travel on each end.  If we drive, gas isn’t cheap and we’d probably have to pay for two more nights in a hotel in order to break up the 12 hour drive.  But we would have the option of stopping on the way down or back to see one of my best friends’ new baby twin boys who will be arriving between now and then.  Decisions, decisions.

T hasn’t talked to his job about transferring yet, hopefully soon.  His industry is more fickle and he doesn’t want to ask too soon and risk losing his job before we’re ready to leave.

So that’s where we stand as of today.  Tomorrow’s another day and who knows what will happen!

~ A

September 8, 2011

“This is actually happening, we’re going to let this happen”

by happytogethergirl

Name that movie?  Anyway.  Yesterday, I spoke to my manager about wanting to transfer to Charleston.  She was a little surprised, but seemed willing to help me out with the necessary paperwork and the process.  The technical rule is that employees have to have been working in their current position for one year before being considered for a transfer to another location.  But that requirement can be waived and I’ve been told by other employees (who have transferred) that it happens all the time.  So I e-mailed the HR director at the Charleston school to see if they would be willing to do that.  Still waiting to hear back…

The next steps are:

  • Get my resume updated and internal application submitted
  • Have T approach his manager about a transfer
  • Continue to look at apartments and get neighborhood recommendations from people we know who have lived in the area
  • Plan a scouting/interview trip
  • Figure out how in the H-E-double hockey sticks we’re going to physically move our stuff, two cars and ourselves 650 miles.

But we’re on our way 🙂

PS – Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Russell Brand is a comic genius.

~ A

August 4, 2011

Small Victories

by happytogethergirl

I spoke with our regional trainer today and she said that not only should I not worry about my current office letting me go if I bring up wanting to transfer, but that it would be illegal for them to do so.  Thumbs up!  She advised me to just wait until we’re sure (I posed it as a very vague, “we might be doing this” kind of question) to talk to my supervisor and our HR department here and to keep working hard so my reports and numbers look good if the Charleston branch pulls them when I apply.  But I also just got my assessment back from National Training and I don’t mean to brag, but my scores were very good and my trainer noted that I had a lot of potential so I’m hoping that counts for something too.

Now I just have to make sure that there’s no minimum amount of time that I need to be at this location before transferring to another one.  I’m currently searching all HR documents I can find to try to figure this out before approaching my direct supervisor, but so far I haven’t found anything addressing this particular issue.

Timing wise, we have good friends getting married here on October 14 and would really like to be around to celebrate with them so it looks like the end of October/beginning of November will be when we make this happen.  I’m planning on approaching my supervisor in early September to get the ball rolling.  It’s so amazing to even think about this actually happening!

I also got to move into a cubicle with a window at work today so that made me happy too 🙂  Like the title says, small victories.

~ Allison

August 2, 2011

Baby Steps

by happytogethergirl

I have to keep reminding myself to take things slowly and not get ahead of myself with things I can’t do just yet. 

For example, I recently attended a National Training for my job and really got renewed and refreshed about it.  I feel good about transferring to another location and have started feeling more confident about being able to make that happen.  I want to start planning out the move right now!  However, I am going to talk to the trainer who led my break-out group soon to get her opinion on when to approach the idea of a transfer with my immediate supervisors here at this location.  What I don’t want is to tell my managers I would like to transfer and have them let me go immediately since I’ll be leaving in a few months anyway.  Because for now, I really need this job.

Another example is apartment hunting.  I have to tear myself away from Craigslist listings of places that would be perfect and affordable for us, but a) we don’t know what we can afford yet and b) everything that’s available now will be long gone by Oct/Nov!

So while it’s exciting to think about all of the possibilities, it can be frustrating as well because we’re kind of in a holding pattern at the moment.  But I’m doing my best 🙂

~ Allison