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So... they offered Andy the job! In Scranton. Where we have been trying to get to for... years. And he finally got a job offer. It's almost unbelievable.

He got the soft offer the Monday after the interview. He had another interview for the state (so could potentially get contacted by other state agencies at any time) and then a meeting with the Dept. of Labor and Industry chief counsel, at which point they essentially made the hard offer. He doesn't have anything in writing yet but the chief counsel was talking about when Andy would start and wanting to send him to a conference, so... they're pretty much planning on him it seems like!

It's going to be a pay cut. A pretty significant one. And by that I mean, huge. But the cost of living will be lower and even though things will probably be pretty tight, we think it's going to be worth it. Worth it to get back to PA. Worth it to be back to a more rural area. Worth it to be closer to family. In a better school district.

The insurance is... complicated. Much like this interview process has been. But he'd start with 14 days vacation, which is better than we thought at first, and he's going to negotiate to see if he can get a better salary or a review for salary increase after a few months. Basically just to see if we can make the deal better for us since we're losing salary AND needing to relocate.

We're thinking we'd like to buy a house. That would probably be best for us financially when looking at house prices vs. renting but we'll have to see how all of that plays out.

But... yeah... looks like we should start packing!

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Apr. 13th, 2017 09:37 am
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It's interview day!

I am so stinking nervous! I think the likelihood that he gets an offer is pretty high but I am nervous about what they might offer him salary-wise. Please let it be enough!
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So, I'm here now. Where ever here is. I have no idea how DW works or what I am doing but I'll figure it out.

Last week we combined the kids' rooms. We moved Toby's crib, dresser, and glder into Emma's room and moved all the toys and books into Toby's room, which is now the playroom. In general, I am loving the change. The kids share a room much better than I ever expected (we found this out at Christmas time). Sometimes they get into shenanigans (limited because Toby is still in a crib) but for the most part the go to sleep nicely and sleep really well. And it has made bedtime so much easier! Bedtime is pretty enjoyable now and Andy and I take turns doing it. The playroom has come together fairly well. I moved Emme's big bookshelf into there, along with the play kitchen, small bookshelf, hamper full of dress up stuff, and the toy shelf from downstairs. My living room is no longer toy haven! I love that most of all. There is still a queen bed in the playroom and we're going to eventually get that out of there but when depends on a couple things, mainly the results of Andy's interview tomorrow!

Andy has an interview tomorrow in PA! So, that stupid captka interview for the State of Pennsylvania actually paid off! One of the people at the interview was with the Board of Labor and Industry. She is bypassing the second interview and called Andy to offer him an interview for the a position Board of Labor and Industry in Scranton! We are very hopeful for this interview. Obviously, they must like him a good deal to have him bypass that second interview (which he could still get a call for, regarding other PA positions), so that's good. Scranton is one of the places we have really been trying to get to because of it's proximity to family and friends. We're trying not to get our hopes up to much because we don't know what will happen but this is the opportunity that we have been waiting for. Please cross your fingers and pray for us that this works out, that he get s a job offer, and that it's a decent, livavle wage that we can work with. I am so nervous for him and for us!

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