There was good energy around doing Kriti again in 2009, so I'm hopeful that it'll go a bit better this time. My goal is to be a lot less involved; one of the challenges of Kriti is that everything tends to fall on me, in the end. I'd much rather it were a group effort, with everyone committed, so that if I disappeared, it would just keep going, not just this year, but for the future. Not that I'm planning to disappear, but...
We do have a job in England to consider again. It would start in January 2009, I think. This one pays noticeably more than the last one (which, I'll remind you, we almost took). It's not going to be a long, drawn-out process like last time, I promise you. In fact, we need to decide today whether we want Kevin to apply for it, and if he does apply, he's pretty much morally obligated to take it if they offer it this time. So, England yes, or no?
- dollar is very weak so will seriously hurt our savings
- job pays a bit less to Kevin so we can only afford slightly smaller house (and we were thinking here that we'd ideally like a slightly bigger one, i.e. we have 3 bedrooms, would like to add family room / playroom in a few years)
- may end up a little further from center of town, so possibly boring?
- farther from all U.S. family and friends
- have lots of friends in Chicago, will miss them
- will also miss vibrant S. Asian community here
- may be hard to make friends if stuck in a house in the middle of nowhere with baby and dog making it easy to just stay home every day (I am v. lazy about going out unless it is made v. easy, and that is unlikely to change in another country)
- may be hard for me to find teaching work
- will Mary Anne just end up stuck in the house with Kavi and Ellie all day, going slowly crazy?
- when we decided against the other job last year, we mostly felt relieved, rather than regretful (of course, it paid notably less, and I was very pregnant at the time, so feeling anxious about a big upcoming change already...)
- big move -- scary!
- it's England. England!
- cheap and easy access to Europe
- Kavi grows up with cool British accent
- free healthcare for all, so it's not such a hit financially for us if I don't work
- can probably find some kind of writing work to do from home, although with the dollar so weak, better if I find it with a U.K. company
- long, rambly walks over the moors in the countryside
- better weather than Chicago, by a lot
- almost all homes come with a yard and garden, which is surprisingly hard to afford in Chicago, and which we really want for Ellie and Kavi and me
- big move -- exciting!
Please feel free to weigh in again, if you're so moved. Even if you already did last time. :-)