And in other good news, I got a job! It is, in fact, very nearly the same job I turned down almost exactly two years ago. You know, the job I turned down because I loved my then-current job and thought it was a better path to what I wanted to do with my life? (And then I got laid off six months later and cursed myself for sticking with the old job.) It is also the exact same salary I turned down two years ago as being not enough of a bump up from my then-salary.
But a lot has changed in two years. I got laid off, for one thing. I spent a year and a half freelancing/consulting and incrementally moving myself in the direction of my ultimate ideal, the penguin zoo. But then work dried up over the winter, and we started running a major deficit in our budget, and I started coming to terms with the fact that while I might do OK as a roving penguin handler, the market for penguin zoos has really dried up, and there really aren't many, if any, full-time penguin zoo managers anymore. (In fact, that Dream Job I didn't get last year ended up majorly reducing their penguin division, so it wouldn't have been a dream job after all.) And we need money, and our health insurance now costs $1250/month, and we have preschool bills to pay come fall.
So I took the job. It's not perfect, but it's a good job--a better (as in more enjoyable for me) job than what they were offering me two years ago, even though the salary is the same. I like the people, and they have excellent benefits (including IF coverage). And I buy myself some time to figure out if I want to totally reevaluate my future. I'm relieved. And happy (even if I don't sound totally enthused on paper). There's still some i's to dot and t's to cross on the paperwork (so if we're friends on Facebook, please don't mention this on there--I have a lot of industry friends on FB and it's still under wraps) but by the end of the month, I should be gainfully employed again. Yay!