Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great week! I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I decided to publish this today instead of tomorrow since I didn’t post one at all last week. Things were a little hectic!
First, I want to thank all of you who wished R good luck last week. He went on his scheduled interview on Monday, and from that interview, one of the manager’s suggested he go to another store nearby and interview for a completely different position. R didn’t even know this one existed; apparently only select stores have it. But, it sounded interesting, and because he sadly didn’t think he had a good chance at the other two positions, he went.
That interview ended up going really well. It probably helped that the manager he was interviewing with was from NY, and we all know having something in common during an interview helps break the ice. It went so well the manager actually told R to sleep on his decision and to call him the following day.
Of course, R did, and…no answer. Isn’t that beyond frustrating!? Ahhh. So we had to wait an additional day, but it was worth it, because on Wednesday he got the call that he got the job! This position actually includes a raise, and it’s still 48 hours a week, so he will be able to get overtime. He loses monthly bonuses, and instead gets quarterly bonuses. It’s not a managerial position, so he’s kind of straying from that track right now. We’re thrilled that he’s actually getting paid more though – honestly, I don’t like the idea of relying on bonuses every month.
Details are still being worked out, specifically, when he will be able to go down there. Since this is a different position, apparently they do things differently, so we are really hoping we get the two weeks we need so we can move down there together, instead of R leaving before me. I will be sure to update all of you next week when things become more clear, but I wanted to share the good news for now!
Being grateful was easy this week! Obviously, the biggest thing I’m grateful for this week is that our plans are finally coming to fruition. We were very much hoping we would be able to move by April, the latest, June. I’m also grateful that R’s flights went well.
I can’t lie to you guys, I actually did end up going down there, mostly because my mom covered my flight going there, which I am very grateful for. The return flight ended up going back down (talk about a roller coaster!) to $234, and I used my rewards points to cover part of it. Overall, it was only $100, which I didn’t mind spending for a weekend trip. If R ends up getting relocation assistance, I plan on paying her (and myself) back.
It was a lot of fun to see my parents, even if it was only for a day and a half. My mom and I went for a walk around their community and wow, I was actually sweating a little! I’ve been so used to 40 degree weather lately, I was not prepared for 60-70, but it was nice. We looked at some apartments and drove through the area on our way to meet R. It was definitely worth it to get a sense of the area, even though he ended up at a different store!
Since I will likely not be anonymous after the move (gasp), I’ll tell you all that we’re moving near Charlotte, NC. Passing through the city was interesting. It’s definitely not up to par with NYC, which I like, because NYC is just overwhelming to me. My mom didn’t like it at all, it was too crowded to her…then again, she also hates the city. I’m looking forward to exploring new places, mostly parks! I’ve heard there’s quite a few there.
Besides that, my boss took this week off, so we have all been able to relax at work. So nice. I have to work Monday, but I want to look on the bright side: that means overtime, and Monday’s are like Saturday’s – only open 9:30-4:30, so I get to sleep in a little and forego lunch. I’d rather sleep in!
Speaking of which, I have actually been doing pretty well with getting up earlier. I’ve stalled at around 7am, but this still leaves me with about 35 minutes left after I’ve gotten ready, which I am okay with for now. I hate rushing around in the morning, and this allows me to take my time and not worry.
How did your week go? What are you being grateful for? Have you ever had to relocate several states away?