Monday, March 30, 2009

Bueller... Bueller...

Hello? Hello? Is anyone still there? Sorry, I didn't really intend to take so much time off, I was just in a bit of a funk & needed to wrap my mind around what's going on before I wrote about it.

So, here's the dealio... Michael's company has closed their Florida office. Thankfully, they still want him. In Baltimore. With the economy being what it is, especially in his industry (heavy civil construction) we are very thankful that he has a job. Unfortunately however, we are not in a position at this time to move from Florida to Baltimore. Megan could establish her own residency in Florida now & keep her Florida residency tuition rate at UF, but part of the deal with Jordan attending & playing soccer at FSU is contingent on her being a Florida resident.

For now our plan is for Michael to commute home every other weekend (the company will pay for that) until Jordan graduates & she can establish her own residency. After that, Ben & I will move to Baltimore & we'll leave the girls here at their respective Florida universities.

For the past few weeks, Michael has been alternating between Baltimore & the Florida office, but as of this morning, he is permanently in the Baltimore office. And we're here in Florida. It's real. It's happening.

We're not new to this commuting business. Michael actually worked in W. Palm Beach for 4 years when the kids were younger, the difference then being that he was home EVERY weekend and that it was easy for us to make the 4 hour drive to see him on Spring Break & occasionally during the summer. This will definitely be a rougher experience. But like I said, we're grateful he has a job at all. While it's not ideal, it's do-able.

Anyway, while I've been in my funk, life around here goes on. Remind me to tell you about my son, Ben, CEO of Verizon at JA Biz Town and about the doomed trip Jordan & I took to Tallahassee and about how much I love Facebook & getting together with old friends. It's all coming up soon... I swear.

6 comments:

Jill said...

Oh goodness, no wonder you've been in a funk. That's big news in your family. Hang in there. I hope it gets easier.

misshoe said...

You have been on my mind girlie, now I know why :-( Much love and hugs. Let's have lunch, no wait, let's make it dinner, then we can have margaritas!!!!! :0)

Kasey said...

Dude! Baltimore is so far away! It's like 2 hours north of me! But I have a feeling Ben is going to like that Baltimore/Washington DC area. I did catch the game on Sunday. I was disappointed because 1) The Freedom did not win & 2) Marta didn't score. Ah, maybe next time. Paul got me tickets to three of the Freedom's home games, which btw, are in Baltimore! Let me know if you'll be visiting and maybe we can all catch a game this summer.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Have you ever read the blog, The Erin Experiment? She's a great writer who has recently found herself in a similar position to you. Maybe you'll be able to relate. You can find her here: http://erinhallstrom-erickson.blogspot.com/.

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

oh no, what a struggle!!!

Bethany said...

Oh wow, that's a really tough situation to be in. I'll be praying for your family!!