He also has his big major final interview with the CEO and COO's of the Halifax company next Tuesday. He will fly out on the weekend and have a look around at neighbourhoods, city, ammenities, etc to check out the "family" aspect, and then hopefully he will have a good discussion with the big wigs and get a good feel for the company. He's adamant that as much as he loves the idea of the beauty of Halifax, the "fit" in the company culture is really important to him. I don't blame him. This is a step up, and if he's working with a bunch of wads, what kind of life will it be for us?
They wanted to fly me out too, and as much as I really want to go (holiday in Halifax in summer?) I declined, because I really want dh to be objective and focussed on the job front rather than all of the wonderful romanticized things I will bring to the table....the scenery, the CapeCod house on 2 acres of land for peanuts...the lighthouses, ocean, zillions of lakes and parks...whale watching..lobster festivals...small communities... See? I'm a dreamer!
We still worry about leaving the big company dh currently works for, as we have been with them for so long. The Halifax company is a big company, but not as huge as current one. Sometimes change is good though too. But we want to make sure.
Our original plans from months ago were Vancouver. We would still love to be there, but after the last few visits and family changes, we don't want to have to be mortgage poor and both work full time to survive. We don't want the nutso commutes. We've been spoiled here in Alberta by lower housing costs, insurance costs, less traffic. The beauty of Vancouver, the friends and family are what really pull us, but we wonder again, if we get back there...life has continued for everyone, and things will not be the same. Last time I was there, I really felt the congestion, competition, hurriedness. I don't know how to explain it. The big one to me was, the family house is no longer ours, and it's like I don't have a place there anymore.
Weird. Next post... pros and cons.