April 07, 2007
More Snot Producing

Despite the fact that Michele did not come out to visit me because she was sick, I think she has still managed to pass along whatever germ she was incubating. Now I'm producing tons of snot and am unable to swallow without feeling like sandpaper is grating across my throat. I hate being sick.

But enough of my whining. It seems that a big change may be on the horizon. All of this is speculative at this point though, so nobody freak out. As you may or may not know, Garren and I have been talking for at least 6 months about moving out of Santa Barbara. We both love it here and our jobs, but it's very expensive and we are not making nearly enough money to do anything but survive. We can't save, we can't go on expensive trips out of the country, or buy frivolous things.

Enter Michael, my former boss here at work, who left us in December for a bigger hotel, more money and a lower cost of living in Georgia. This is the hotel he now works at. Since he left he has been trying to get not only me and Garren but other members of his former staff to move out to Georgia. Garren and I kept saying, "yeah, yeah, yeah" and really wanted to wait until we were able to visit and check it out.

This past week though the options have become a bit more real. They have a Conference Services Manager available, which is basically what I was doing at work before I changed to my new position. And I miss planning and organizing events so it would be a good move, because it's something I like and this would be a great opportunity to really get into it and experience the job on a larger scale. It would also be more money and a lower cost of living. Michael also has a job for Garren. It would be a management position for Garren too, more responsibility and a great opportunity for him to learn more.

Michael has already talked to the head of the Sales and Catering Department about me. So now all I have to do is put my resume together. Basically if they are seriously interested in hiring me, Garren and I would be going out there to visit the Nenners and check out both Georgia and the hotel.

It's kinda exciting. It would be a new experience, meeting new people, experiencing another state, another climate. Garren and I weren't really sure where we wanted to move to and at least this would come with jobs.

I think we are both being cautious. But we cannot deny that the idea of making more money while having smaller expenses appeals to our frugalness and our desire to increase our savings. I just don't want to pass up the opportunity because I'm scared of change. I don't want to be stagnant in my life in general so this would be a chance to shake things up.

We'll see. I'll keep you updated on both my snot production and job opportunity.

Posted by nuala at April 07, 2007 06:56 PM

holy good god, the picture of the cloister is unbelievable. you know, one good thing about living on the east coast is that you're much closer to europe. so when you do save money for those trips, there will be less far to fly. however, i still don't like this because i don't want you to move so far away. but i think it sounds and looks excellent, so i hope you go out there soon and see if you like it enough to uproot!

Posted by: michele on April 7, 2007 10:35 PM

argh! and p.s. gene, christine, and erica, all blamed me for being sick today too! curse you people! you, at least, actually sound as if you might have something like what i had. whereas the fact that those other people were neither puking or losing their voices made me heavily suspicious that they could have what i had. i'm almost better now! almost better. i hope you're better soon too.

Posted by: michele on April 7, 2007 10:37 PM

It was just fun to blame you. I'm hoping it's just a drive by as I am feeling much better today. I am still producing lots of snot though.

Posted by: nuala on April 8, 2007 09:29 AM

yeah, I seem to have come down with something last night. but I don't usually get as sick as some (cough michele cough -- ow, my throat, no more coughing) so I should be okay.

yay for georgia! we can totally visit you there, right? I've always wanted to see georgia! and yay for trying a new thing, which is scary and impressive. warn us before you go though, so we can get one last SB trip in to see you.

Posted by: didofoot on April 8, 2007 10:48 AM