Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sometimes I think I was a little crazy to move two weeks after completing all requirements for my PhD. I find myself having a really hard time adjusting to my new place of residence and employment. Instead of being able to walk to places in the evening or on the weekend, we have to drive to get anywhere. Living out in the country definitely highlights some of the advantages of city living. I like the outdoors and the quiet at night, but I find myself missing Baltimore. I miss 'our places' like the parks, the Inner Harbor, the quirky neighborhood festivals. I also miss my friends - both from work and from the neighborhood.
I'm also really stressed do to issues with my payroll. Instead of having everything in one hiring packet, I had to go to my new department for my contract and to HR for all the state/federal forms. Due to my confusion or something I didn't go to HR. Fast forward two weeks when I realize I need to go by HR. I finally did that three days before I'm supposed to get paid. Now I have to hope that HR approves my emergency payroll advance to get some sort of check.
I'm stressed about the cost of health insurance. In MD, it was $200 at month for the baby and now it's $500. Unfortunately it does not come out of pretax dollars, so I have to right another check every month. I'm stressed because daycare is more expensive, an additional $300 a month. Granted, I should be earning more (once I start getting a paycheck), but I was hoping to be able to start saving money. With all these additional expenses, I don't know if we'll be able to do it.