Saturday, July 27, 2013

Need Some Change

I can't quite decide what to do.

I've been applying for jobs left and right.  Jobs that I thought I would have qualified for now require 3-5 years of experience.  I am spending too much in gas each week to get to and from work.

I'm looking at graduate schools, but am having a hard time justifying the expense given that Caleb's school is already going to cost an arm and a leg, and once we have kids, I hope to be able to be at home with them most of the time.  Also, if I am going to go to grad school, I want to do well.  And I can't do well while working - I've already proven that with my 4-year undergraduate degree.  However, we have to eat, and pay rent and all that other fun stuff.  That means taking out the max in student loans, and those still don't cover everything you need.

I've looked at WGU, which is comparable in cost to Utah's public undergraduate programs, but I've also read a lot of reviews from students outside the western states, and most of them are negative.  A lot of employers (even employers in the western U.S.) won't accept their accreditation; they view it as an "easy" school.

Other schools (both online and on-campus) will cost me at least $40,000 to get an MBA or other masters degree.  And that's about the lowest quote I've seen, and that's also just the tuition.

I need some direction!  And I need someone to make the decisions for me!

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We're still here!  I have not been able to blog much; I'm spending most of my time at home either applying to jobs, checking my Facebook to see if anybody misses me yet, and playing Candy Crush Saga.

I'm working about an hour away from where we live right now, doing the same thing that I was doing in Logan.  It's about 45 minutes away in really good traffic.  I used to take the tunnel (a toll road) to work, across the harbor, but the toll adds up really quickly, so now I take a slightly longer, and much bumpier route through the city.

I get to pass by Caleb's school, then I take a right and go past Baltimore's basilica, the first one in America.  Then it's a drive through Johns Hopkins Hospital campus, then right on by the sketchier neighborhoods.  Then I continue through some more neighborhoods and make it to work.

Sometimes when I'm driving I wonder if I missed crossing a huge body of water and ended up in Santo Domingo.  It's very block-to-block here, meaning one block might have someone living on it who makes $100K/year, and the next one has buildings that are boarded up with beggars asking for money at the corners.  So it would have been very hard to find housing without actually driving by the place and checking out the block.

Church has been fun.  Everyone has been really friendly; we've had dinner with new friends twice already, and I've already gotten two callings.  Investigators are at church every week, and we have the deaf branch in our ward as well.  It's good and at times interesting to hear new members and visiting investigators get up in testimony meeting.  Their complete honesty is refreshing, and makes you think about things differently.

Next month a ward temple day has been scheduled (Washington, D.C.).  Here they rent out 2 charter buses and invite all members to bring friends and neighbors and investigators to come to the temple.  While members go inside the temple, everyone else gets to tour the temple grounds and go to the visitors' center.  Looking forward to that, and hoping I can get that day off of work.

Everyone at work has been really friendly to me.  Most of the customers are really quite nice here, nicer than I've usually experienced.  When there is an angry customer, though, watch out.  I've had so many people threaten to sue me, that they will "own the company when this is over", and I've already been mentioned by customers in phone calls/e-mails to the corporate offices.  Luckily I have not gotten into trouble for anything yet, because I have not been rude to anyone and have only followed policies that help me keep my job!  There are a few rules here, however, that are not in line with the company policies, and I am looking into that.  It's a delicate balancing act.

Oh, did I mention I'm looking for work?

We have not been able to make it out to D.C. yet, but are hoping to go on one of my days off from work this week. We need a break out of the area!

We are having an adventure out here for sure, and I can't wait to see how things progress these next few months.