To everyone who continues to come here -- even when I don't show up -- and to those of you who've commented or sent emails checking in.
We're all right.
Remember how, two posts back I mentioned that a ton was happening and that there were some things I couldn't talk about yet?
Well, I can now.
Ryan is changing jobs.
After teaching Java programming for over 10 years, he's burnt out -- has been for a while -- so much so that he wants to stop teaching altogether and return to software development.
As a result, he started looking-- and ended up interviewing for a development position with a very small (but growing) company.
He came home from that meeting more excited about work than I've seen him in a long time.
The people were great, the work sounded interesting-- and he could still ride his bike to the office (when it's not bitterly cold and snowy, that is).
Sounds perfect, right?
You see, Ryan hasn't done software development for a very long time-- so in order for him to make this change, he has to take a pay cut.
A big pay cut.
And then there's the health insurance.
For a while, we were unsure whether or not Ryan could even consider this job-- the benefits had to cover Joseph's pump and supplies.
We could never afford them otherwise.
Thankfully, after much research -- and much, much hand-wringing -- we discovered that while we'll have a deductible (ouch!), our copay will be less than our current one. And this new provider covers both the Animas and Medtronic pumps (but sadly, not the Cozmo).
So far, the only bad news about this new insurance is that Lifescan is not on their formulary-- thus our fleet of OneTouch meters will be useless to us.
(Any information folks could share about other meters would be much appreciated!)
Oh yes, and I'm still on the edge of my seat wondering if our new insurance will cover our 400 test strips a month.
We won't find this out until Ryan starts the new job in mid-November.
Now, in addition to stressing out about all of this -- and trying not to let the kids see me stressing -- I've been thinking about my own career.
I haven't had a paying job since teaching birthing classes nearly eight years ago.
(Man, I wish this job change were happening next fall-- when Evan will be in kindergarten full days -- right now, she's only in preschool a few days a week for 2 1/2 hours.)
I don't know.
I have a few ideas, but nothing really solid yet.
And nothing -- so far -- that will allow me to work around the kid's schedules.
Soooo... that's the big news.
There's more to talk about-- Evan's recent obsession, Joseph's first middle school dance, the end of the Fall Ball season, those dang Red Sox-- not to mention my non-paying, but really cool recent project.
But, if I'm gonna post something at all, I'd better stop here.