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Moving Stresses

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.
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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/30/2011 8:02PM

    I think once you are able to get into a routine, you will be able to explore all the wonderful areas around your apartment, like the hiking trails. Also explore the University for groups, classes, sports groups. You made a mmistake, that's all. You will find new things in the towns around you. It was a big change in your lifes and it all happened very quickly. It will take some time to adjust to it all. I know you and I know Mike and I KNOW you will be able to make this work and work well. Take a couple of months to adjust before worrying about savings. It will happen. Give it some time. And stop beating up on yourself. We love you. And if I could retire and be with you, I would in a heart beat. Keep your eye on the reason you are there...to some day to be able to get a job down here.

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LAURELSPARK 8/30/2011 6:35PM

    I'm sure you will adjust nicely the long run......new things are always tough at first, aren't they. Hopefully, you will find lots of fun things do nearby that you just don't know about yet. When my kids were little, I hated having to deal with daycare. Luckily, there was a program at a local church that we really loved. My parents didn't mind watching the kids occasionally (when they were sick) and that really helped out. Maybe you can talk your mom into retiring and moving close by. (Just teasing, but wouldn't that be great!) Anyway, hang in there, hopefully you'll get things worked out.



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