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As most of you know, I’m looking for a new job and hoping to move back to Northern Virginia. Most of the jobs seem to be in Washington DC which would be at LEAST two hours away from our current location.
Both take time. Especially with the current economy, finding a new job is going to take LOTS of time. But which would you do first? Find a new job or find a house first or look for both simultaneously?
I should also add that right now, I’m the only one who is working and I’m part-time at that. When we move back to Northern VA, our bills will most definitely go up, WAY up, but at least I will be closer to work.
My current contract goes until April and it’s a HORRIBLE commute - about 2 hours 1 way. I would so LOVE to have a job closer to home but there just aren’t any good jobs out where we live.
Thanks for your input in advance!
As 2011 winds down, I thought I would reflect on the past year and all that happened. This year, at least for me, was pretty uneventful which was great! In 2007, my mom died,in 2008, we moved from the city to the country and Jack was born, and in 2010, my brother got a divorce after being married for over 20-some years. So we have had some big changes in the last couple years and glad that this was a pretty quiet year.
I was in danger of being laid off a few months ago. I didn’t receive my lack of work letter but I was told it was coming. They were and have been handing out those letters at my company quite a bit!
My husband quit smoking earlier this year which was absolutely fabulous!! He has been smoking for many many years so I’m glad he finally quit.
This next year of 2012 will hopefully bring some changes to our household. We are going to use a real estate agent to sell our house instead of doing the sale by owner route and hopefully we will be moving back to Northern VA. If we don't sell our house, we might rent it out.
A new job - I've been at my company for 11 years now and would like a change. I would like to get out of government contracting all together but that might be a little difficult given where we live. Still it would be nice to have a more stable job and not having to switch projects and locations all the time. It gets old after a while.
Possibly a new (used) car . My 2001 Honda Accord has been very reliable but has racked up some serious miles lately. Currently my new work location is about 60 miles ONE WAY from where we live so my mileage is way up there. So I might be buying another car to get around.
Was this a good year or bad year for you? What plans do you have for 2012? What do you hope 2012 will bring?
This community is just absolutely wonderful. You are a group of very supportive ladies and I wish all of you an abundance of good health, wealth, success, love, and happiness for the upcoming New year!
Our Thanksgiving was different this year. For the first time ever, we went out to eat to a restaurant. Also, this was the first Thanksgiving we were by ourselves in many, many years.
At first I was bummed out by our circumstances (being by ourselves) but then I just decided to make the best of it. It was my idea to go out because first, we never, ever go out to eat and second, if we did eat at home, it would feel like any other day because well, we ALWAYS eat at home.
We went to a buffet restaurant where we ate to our heart’s content. Well, we were more like piggies, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is about? It was nice not having to cook or clean and having a HUGE variety of food and desserts to choose from. The boys who are rather picky eaters went for the tacos, pizza, and spaghetti while Jason and I went for the traditional Thanksgiving fare of turkey, potatoes, etc. I had mashed potatoes AND a baked potato. Didn’t realize how much I love potatoes!!
After our huge dinner, Jason made the suggestion to go by Lake Frederick where he had gone fishing with a friend a few weeks ago. He drove us there and we walked around the lake and it was just really relaxing and peaceful. It was right around sunset too and the place was just about deserted. Jason showed the boys how to skip stones on the water, something I don’t know how to do.
Now we‘re back at the house, just chilling and relaxing. I went to the library yesterday and checked out a couple books. I started reading one yesterday and will continue on it here in a little bit.
All in all, it was a really good day...just the four of us, but I’m really thankful today and every day for my family and their love. It means the world to me. God has truly blessed me.
My last day on my previous contract was October 28th. That very day I found out that a colleague of mine received her Lack of Work letter. I was REALLY nervous.
As background, I’m a consultant working for a large government contracting firm in the DC area. This is a slow time of the year, the government is making cuts to its programs, and there are a lot of people on the bench at my company. Being on the bench means you‘re between projects, are unbillable, and costing the company lots of money.
The first week that I was on the bench my manager told me that I would be getting a lack of work letter in 30 DAYS!! I did the math and it looks like I would be laid off right around Christmas.
I was really really stressed out these last several weeks. I was looking for work both inside and outside the company. I went to a job fair with my friend who is getting laid off and it was just so depressing to see so many people at the job fair. One recruiter told me that 300 people had preregistered for the fair.
Right now, I am the only breadwinner and we have 2 small kids which is why this whole situation was hitting me so hard. I asked for prayers from EVERYONE and I do mean EVERYONE. I asked my church, you gals, my family, and my Facebook friends.
I thought this week I would have several interviews but I only ended up having ONE. The others fell through for various reasons. As it turns out, this job is pretty far away BUT it is part-time so at least I won’t have to make the commute every day.
So PRAISE GOD!! I’ve learned this week just how powerful prayer can be firsthand. Thanks again to all who prayed for me. GOD DOES ANSWER PRAYERS!!
Last Sunday I went to my dear friend Erica’s baby shower. It was given by one of her friends. It was very intimate and low-key...just 3 of her friends and her. I have known Erica since college so we’ve been friends 20 years. Lisa has been her friend since high school and Nellie has been her friend for quite a while too. She used to work with Nellie a long time ago.
I am VERY happy that Erica is pregnant. This is her first child and it is a girl. I wish that it had happened sooner so that our kids could be closer in age. But Jack is 3 so that isn’t a huge difference.
Back to the shower...it was a nice affair. Nellie made a salad with polenta and portabelllo mushrooms and some other stuff that I can’t remember but it was really really good. She also had some wine. I bought a lasagna, which unfortunately wasn’t homemade and a fruit salad which I did make myself. Lisa bought some hummus and some tortilla looking thing which was actually pretty sweet, greek yogurt, and some other healthy stuff.
I will be posting some pictures of the shower soon. I just haven’t been to a baby shower in a LONG time. Shoot, the last one might have been mine 3 years ago. The next time I go to a shower might be when one of my nieces gets pregnant which probably won’t be for another 10 years or so (they are teens now).
After being unemployed for almost a year, my dear hubby went back to work a week ago. He’s working full-time as a Detailing Center Manager. His hours are 8 a.m. - 6p.m. Monday through Friday. I am glad he has a job now but this has resulted in some changes for all of us.
For Jack, it means he’s at the babysitter about 11 hours the days I work. Luckily he’s adjusted pretty well and the babysitter has a son that is Jack’s same age.
For Kyle, it means that he’s taking one school bus 3 days a week and another school bus 2 days a week. I’m usually off on Thursdays and Fridays. The babysitter also has a son his age.
For me, it means I have to drop the kids off in the mornings at the babysitters and pick them up in the evenings. This has added some more time to my already long commute. I’m not getting into work until 9:30ish now and we don’t get home until about 7ish from the sitters. I also need to start on dinner and help with Kyle’s homework. He’s only in 3rd grade but he has a TON of homework.
Yes, my days are pretty long the days I have to work. Luckily I only work 3 days a week. And when my husband was home with the boys, dinner would be ready when I got home. That was nice...I’m definitely going to miss that!
We have been trying to move closer to our jobs but it has not been easy trying to sell our house in today’s housing market. Houses have not been selling in our neighborhood.