7 Quick Takes Friday - January 10, 2014

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I have SUCH exciting news, y'all. Such exciting news that it deserves its own quick take. And increased font size, centering, bold, italics, exclamation marks, and yes, even ALL CAPS.

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He applied for a position as an entry level software programmer for a company in Glendale, AZ (the west side, so less than fifteen miles from our house) shortly before Christmas. A few days after the New Year, they called and arranged for a phone screen. He did that and passed, because they asked him for an in-person interview last Monday (January 6). (Yes, that was the special intention you were praying for last week.) He thought the interview went really well, liked the company and the culture, etc. On Tuesday morning, he was offered the job! Quite obviously, he accepted. They asked him to start Monday, and he agreed, so he's already officially resigned from Apple. Today is his last day. 

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You know what this means? No more days of him getting screamed at non-stop by ill-tempered customers. No more working in his home office until 8:30pm four nights a week (meaning bedtime couldn't happen until 9pm or so). No more working Saturdays and major holidays. No more "incidents" for calling in sick. Best of all, he gets to do what he loves (computer programming), and what he's wanted to do professionally since he was twelve years old.

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The pay is a bit of a raise - a few thousand more a year than he made at Apple. Not uncommon for an entry level programming position, but unfortunately not enough so that I can exit the workforce. Plus, we need to switch to my employer's health insurance for a while, since his benefits take a few months to kick in. Still, we're hopeful that with time, he can earn raises and/or promotions (unlike at Apple, where he had zero advancement opportunity).

It's going to be a big change for him, working outside the home for the first time in 5 years, so prayers are appreciated!

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So. Yes. Very excited. In other happy news, Elanor turns 9 on Monday! Ack! She doesn't know this yet, but I'm taking her out to lunch and then to Disney on Ice on Sunday as a special mother-daughter treat.

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3 months old! (as of January 7)

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