Why would we need to replace my salary, you ask? Because the promotion may be contingent on us moving to Boston. This is good news for several reasons:
1. Yay Boston! I've always wanted to live in a real city with stuff to do and people to meet. Boston has two zoos and an aquarium! My current city has none of those things. Plus it has a real airport with lots of daily flights to exotic locales - none of the multiple leg flights at insane costs we're used to.
2. Who wants to work everyday? I never really saw myself as Stay At Home Mom material, but if I can't find a job that pays more than day care (an atrocious $2400 a month in metro Boston) then I may enjoy it if I were in a big city where I wouldn't go stir crazy.
3. Boston is not really any further from our families and it's actually closer to where my sister lives. My favorite sister, not the other one.
4. I am at the point where I am ready for a change. I thought that meant I wanted to have a baby and buy a house but maybe moving will be good too. Although I hope a baby is part of the package.
So, what are the cons?
1. We really like our area. I've been here for nine years and DH has lived here for twelve. The cost of living is not bad so we actually live kinda luxuriously on our salaries if I do say so myself.
2. We own an apartment. Although we're not exactly sure what the market price would be right now, we don't think we'd be able to break even in a sale at this point. Renting is out is an option but one we know nothing about.
3. What about my career? Ideally I would delay the move until January, at which point I can become licensed to practice law in the state of Massachusetts. This of course fits conveniently into when New Year's Baby should show up. But would I ever be able to find another job? The job market for lawyers is crap.
It's a lot to think about. I am very proud of my husband and excited for our potential future together.