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February 27th, 2004

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09:54 am - Done.
My "option election" sheet has been turned in. I'll commute, but we aren't moving to Silicon Valley.

Having done it, the logical person in me thinks it's the wrong choice. (Or is it the greedy person who is valuing myself just in terms of salary?) I have until the end of August, minimum, before I'm without a job. Of course, if I find something before then I'm not going to worry one bit about bailing on my current employer.

Something that I just recalled from a meeting yesterday: there was a group of Engineers that the company had been interviewing to hire. But there was a deal-breaker: they didn't want to relocate from Austin, TX to Northern California. I'm not sure where they thought our company was based.

I feel like I should start cutting back on expenses as soon as possible, though. I like being able to go do, buy basically whatever I want. It's hard to keep myself from it. We've been doing better the past few months (and the savings account shows it), but there's still a lot more that could be done.

I'm sure this is part of why I didn't want to choose this direction. I feel like I should batten down the hatches now, so that the bank account can grow as much as possible by August.

Part of the talk Dee and I had last night was about everything we might have to give up. Dining out, copious entertainment spending. Heck, even the $45 DSL will probably (at some point) get traded in for dial-up. Bye-bye DirecTV. Bye-bye cell phones. There are so many little things we spend money on each month it's absurd. But they're all little entertainments we like. Netflix. Everquest. (Porn.)

It's depressing. Majorly majorly depressing. Relocating would be easier to deal with; since money would still be coming, we could at least do everything we wanted to try and escape from the depressing reality of moving. But there's not much that can be done about the depressing reality of staying, at least not if I'm being responsible about it.

I'm glad that I turned in the decision Dee wanted. But, then, I went through what she's going through last year, except I had a small promise of something better when I moved out here. Neither of us have any promise of something better with this move, had we taken it.
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Date:February 27th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
*huggles* You're friends will be here to make it as comfy as possible. Maybe you will have to give up a few things.... but you don't have to give it all up.

Try not to overthink yourself to death.... just go with the flow. work with the now. Remember? *huggles* Pace yourself... We don't want you to get run down.
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Date:February 27th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
i think you guys made a good decision. you have lots of time to look down here and keep getting a paycheck. and hey, you always have the option of moving for another job if necessary ... but hopefully it won't be!
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Date:February 28th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)
I think you made the right decision. The job market is worse up there and there are a lot more guys who can do your job up there too. Besides it sounded like they were not giving you any guarantees to move up there which with the higer cost of living coud put you in a worse place. Now you havea time line and it is a good long one. So get cracking. Oh yeah and as someone who lived without a any amenities for some time I will tell you this. You can live without the cable and everything that goes with it, and the highspeed may be a necessity but in place limit the time computers are on and how long you use them and the number so the electricity goes down to cover the cost. A job hunt on dialup blows but you can recover the costs in other ways ie shopping at discount food marts like the entemanns outlet. Oh yeah and the cell phone whatever you do do not get rid of yours. I learned that if you miss the call it is ok but if you dont call right back they have forgotten who you are, so no cell phone in this job market may not be the best idea. But reduce the plan and only use it for jobs and emergencies. :) you can make it work :)
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Date:February 28th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
LOL I just noticed my post time, ummmm it is more like 7am. I am not so big a geek that I will be on a computer during my wedding reception

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