Hello all! Long time no see! Like I mentioned I might in my last post, I’ve been taking some blog downtime this month. I thought it was just because I was tired and overcommitted, which is true, but I got some news today that made me feel a little impelled to write, so now I’m not sure my lack of desire to blog was really about having lots of other things on my plate.
There’s no hard news, but I did get word today that I will be having an on-campus interview for an academic job I’ve been applying for since last October. Basically, I am changing jobs this summer, but I’ll either be transitioning to a new role in the same Midwestern university I already work for, or I’ll be moving back to a big east coast city (not New York) to take this other job. There are pros and cons to either move. Both will likely be good for my career, though in very different ways; both would have less than ideal parts of the job (very different less than ideal parts though); both would have personal upsides in terms of closeness to friends/family, and both would have personal downsides in terms of the type of city/overall environment I’d live in.
The upshot is that either outcome will be good, though neither is the Platonic ideal of a job. So I’m not super worried. But I think the uncertainty has been preventing me from blogging. It’s hard to write posts on a PF blog if you don’t know whether you’re researching house-buying in an inexpensive town, or group apartments in a really expensive one.
One thing I do know is that in either case I would have an employment gap of six weeks to two months. My current contract ends June 30 and the new one wouldn’t start until mid-August, no matter which university I’m working at. This isn’t a problem, obviously, because I already have plenty of savings and I have three full months of paychecks to top them up. But psychologically, I do feel suddenly impelled to hoard cash. Almost exactly this time two years ago, I was equally desperate to open a Roth IRA account, my very first retirement account. I took several thousand dollars out of my savings to do it, even though I wasn’t sure what my employment would look like later that year. Now, exactly two years on, I have a perfectly reasonable retirement account and a healthy savings account (it turns out living frugally in a cheap-tastic Midwestern town is good for the net worth), but I really want that savings account to be bigger, BADLY. If I’m moving and not buying a house, I’d like it to be well over $10000 by the time I hit my employment gap. (I think, based on my interpretation of my state’s unemployment website, that I’ll be able to claim unemployment benefits during that time, but I’m not going to count those $$ until they’re in my bank account.)
Anyway, that’s where I am at the moment. Finding it hard to blog regularly because I’m not sure what to blog about, with so much life and job uncertainty. But I’m basically fine! It is wonderful to realize how secure I feel now that I’m in a good financial position.