Now that all our stars are aligned, I can break the not-very-secret news: we’re moving again, this time back to Utica, and this time for at least two years.
When Amos left his job at SUNYIT for one in Athens, Alabama, to be near my family, they asked him to reconsider resigning and submit a leave of absence instead. We did, for several reasons. Then, after being offered this incredible job by Samsung in Kansas City, we just couldn’t say no, so we moved again. A scarce six weeks into the position we were told that we would be moving to New Jersey by Thanksgiving, and at that point we had little choice. Now, for many, many reasons that all revolve around Amos being able to spend more time with the family, we have decided to head back to Utica and take up again at SUNYIT. He is excited to be a professor again, working with students, and we are both excited that he will step off the fast track and be able to spend more time at home, be flexible again in scheduling. I think we’re all relieved this is happening in the beauty of upstate New York instead of the crowded, broken streets of New Jersey (very sorry, NJ residents – I didn’t grow up with crowds like this, it feels alien to me!).
In some ways I feel like we’re regressing. I mean, we’ll essentially be back where we were two years ago, except in a townhouse this time and with another baby. I’ll start my last semester of classes at MSU, the girls will go to preschool and daycare, and Amos will be at school. It’s very much like 2009. Because I’m totally a Debbie Downer, even though I try not to be, I worry about this. But I have to keep reminding myself this is not about moving back, but about making a conscious choice between two known variables. And for several reasons we’re choosing the slower-paced life that his being a professor allows.
Anyway, we are all so excited to be back in Clinton, NY. That is truly a lovely little village, with lots of great friends that have been so helpful in our coming back, and we’re really excited to see everyone again at the end of this month. In between we have some fun stuff coming up, too: grandparents are visiting from St. Louis, Hazel’s having an early birthday party, water days start at preschool (bathing suits, water play, fun), and we’re going to NYC at least one more time, plus I’m going to see Jennifer Weiner read at Princeton Library! Our place in NJ really does allow for some cool traveling opportunities, and we’re taking advantage of those before we head four hours north to our other Clinton.