We already live in Northern Virginia, so we don’t need to move in order for Nate to start A-100. Those that do need to move to the area have their housing in NoVa paid for and they get per diem. We do not.
In order to not dwell on the fact that we are missing out on hundreds of dollars every week, here’s a list of the pros of being a local hire:
- We don’t have to move (yet). Moving, even with professional movers, is a huge pain in the ass. We will have to do it eventually, but it’s one less time then all the out-of-towners.
- We get to stay together. Nate’s job is here. My job is here. Simple enough.
- Athena can keep her yard. Yes, I called it “her yard” because, let’s be real. She rules the roost. She also gets to keep her swimming pool and doggy friends. When she’s happy, we’re happy.
- We have time. Time to fix up our house so we can rent it out. Time with Nate’s parents. Time with our friends. Time to figure out what to do with our stupid Honda Accord with a broken transmission and an expired safety inspection.
- We are not abandoning our garden. We have raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, lettuce, zucchini, and snap peas all coming in. And there is still hope for our fig tree which seems to have died over the winter.
- We get to go on vacation. While others are moving to DC, unpacking and readjusting to life here, we will be having a blast on the lake in Canada. It will be awesome.
Okay, that’s all I got. But those things are pretty huge, really. I love our life here, and I’m glad we get to spend at least a few more months in Alexandria!