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Employment that will give him a paycheck. Like a real paycheck that is enough to move him out of the government cheese income bracket. Like a paycheck that will let us save enough money to pay for our next FET without asking his parents for money. This is REALLY BIG STUFF Y’ALL!

The job is a temporary position teaching mathematics at the Big University starting August 2012 and ending May 2013. This is a great opportunity that will give him the experience necessary to find a better, more permanent job next year. Unfortunately this temporary job is not somewhere super awesome like NYC or San Fransisco. Nope, no glamorous move for us this year, we’ll be staying put in Lexington.

The upside to staying here? We don’t have to leave our friends whom we have grown quite fond of. We also don’t have to move our embryos or hunt for a new RE. And we don’t have to leave our kitchen, which is STILL being remodeled (although we are VERY close to being done).

While staying in KY for another year is not an ideal situation, we are determined to make the best out of it by embracing all that little Lexington has to offer. Anyone with suggestions on things to do and see should chime in below. On my list so far is:

  • Caving – KY sits on a ton of awesome caves, none of which we have visited.
  • Dinosaur World – because it is ridiculous looking.
  • Eating – there are a lot of places around here we still have not eaten at.
  • Bourbon – there is a lot of bourbon we still have not sampled.
  • Paducah – Paducah, KY is a huge quilting area. I very much want to take a weekend trip to see them.
  • Derby – we still have not been to the Kentucky Derby (I know, how lame are we?) Next year it is a must.
  • Music – I have not given Lexington’s music scene an honest shot. It is time I put my snobbery aside and venture out and have a listen. Who knows, maybe I’ll like it.
  • Belly Dancing – this is something I can do anywhere, I realize, but Lexington has a great group of belly dancers and I am determined to give it a shot!

So that is our non-fertility related good news! Do you all have some non-fertility related good news to share?



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  1. June 18, 2012

    Yay! Congrats! This is fabulous news! I’m so happy for you guys. As for me, I guess my good news is I start my first ever creative writing class tomorrow. I’m very excited to truck over to my alma mater and try my hand at my first novel. Oh, and I can get my favorite burrito there too! Yay!

    • June 19, 2012

      I’m so excited to hear about your creative writing class! I have considered taking a writing class myself but have been too scared. Perhaps you will inspire me!

  2. Deborah #
    June 18, 2012

    Congratulations to you and your husband! What a relief. Wish I was out there to do some bourbon tasting with you!

  3. Jennifer Brady #
    June 18, 2012

    Great news, Belle! 🙂 Hopefully, this temp position will lead to a great full-time gig somewhere cool and exciting.

    • June 19, 2012

      I sure hope so! It is a step in the right direction which is really all we can ask for in this economy 🙂

  4. June 18, 2012

    YES! What great news! Congrats to him!

  5. June 18, 2012

    YAY!!!! I was thinking/hoping this was the news! What fantastic and much needed great news. So happy for you guys, a great pick me up :).
    The nice thing is it is just a year, lets you stay with your RE and embies and ongoing projects but doesn’t tie you there forever. I hope the great news keeps coming!

    • June 19, 2012

      Yes, only one year which is GOOD as my patience here is wearing thin!

  6. June 18, 2012

    Belle, this is HUGE!!!! Congratulations to Mr. Husband for being that awesome to secure a teaching position!!! These are not easy to come by and the experience is invaluable. Look at it this way, one step closer to NYC or San Francisco. Go celebrate!!

    • June 19, 2012

      No, teaching positions are not easy to come by. Neither of us had any idea how difficult this would be for him. And yes, one step closer to a coast 🙂

  7. June 18, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And congrats to Mr. Husband too. I just came home in a kind of crummy mood, but this post totally turned my mood around.

    When I found out that we were staying in MI for an extra year, I was initially disappointed, but then I too made a list of all the things I wanted to experience before we moved and it turned out to be a really great year. I even quit my job early and spent the summer loving our city.

    This is really huge, Belle. The academic job market sucks. I am so glad you found a bright spot in it.

    • June 18, 2012

      When next year rolls around, let me put in a vote for Boston. I’ve not lived in both nyc and Boston and I might even prefer it here. (I’d never thought I’d say that.)

      • June 19, 2012

        Oh Boston is totally on the list. Basically anywhere in the Northeast where I can quickly and easily get to NYC to see my brother. I miss Hermano a lot and would very much like to be closer. And I’m so glad my good news could help cheer you up a bit.

  8. June 18, 2012

    WONDERFUL! And I bet this will be big boost to all sorts of things, not just financial and fertility, but just general emotional things around the house. It is SO STRESSFUL looking for work, and this sounds like a really great opportunity. So happy for you both!!!!!!!

    • June 19, 2012

      It has been devastatingly stressful. There were times I did not think our marriage could make it through another day of unemployment and infertility. One or the other is bad enough!

  9. June 18, 2012

    On a not hugely excited caps note but still interesting: Belly Dancing is amazing. It also starts doing things to your reproductive organs that may amaze you.(& sexy love life) I am sure there is some info confirming this floating around somewhere..I just know from experience.

    • June 19, 2012

      I am super excited about the belly dancing and think I can convince Mr. Husband it is a good idea with the promise of a better love life 😉

  10. June 18, 2012

    Big Congrats to Mr. Husband! This is amazing news! I know how difficult it is, and academia is a bitch these days. So go celebrate!

    • June 19, 2012

      We celebrated this weekend with beer and a delicious full-fat cake! It was well worth the calories!

  11. librisdraconis #
    June 18, 2012

    … I think it ate my comment. 😡
    Second attempt:


    Other fun ideas:
    1) Berea
    2) (extremely in favor of this one)
    3) Lake Cumberland for boating/fishing
    4) Keenland, not Churchill Downs but a very pretty racetrack
    5) Tons of places to eat in Louisville
    6) ReBelle has a lot of fun fiber related classes (knit, crochet, spinning, sometimes dye)
    7) If you’re into records, Pops Resale is pretty good
    8) Jesus themed putt-putt golf

    • June 19, 2012

      1. I love Berea! I have not been to a festival there, though. I will add this to the list.
      2. Went to this last year and got a beautiful broach! Will go back this year for sure.
      3. Lake Cumberland is now on my list. I hear I can get good bird photos early in the mornings, too.
      4. Keenland is lots of fun. We have only been once, though. Will def. hit it up again this fall.
      5. mmmmm, food
      6. ReBelle is actually relocating within walking distance of my house! I’m ridiculously excited!
      7. Love Pop’s resale, too. I found a great vintage sweater there once, too.
      8. What on earth is this??? Need more info. Might have to go this weekend!

      • librisdraconis #
        June 19, 2012
        There’s a link for mini-golf.

        St. James Art Fair (show, whatever) is the highlight of my year. My parents moved down there when I was in high school, and I try to be in Louisville for it. Plus the neighborhood association has a beer booth and volunteering = free beer!

  12. June 18, 2012

    YAY Congrats Mr Husband! I am so happy for you. I hope this eases some of the stress and pressure.

  13. June 19, 2012

    Yippee and congratulations!!!! I hope this will help with the stress abit and open up new things for both of you!
    Im super jealous of the quilting,I would LOVE to do that!

  14. EmHart #
    June 19, 2012

    Congratulations to Mr Husband! That is fantastic news. Yey!

  15. June 19, 2012

    This is great news! Congratulations to Mr. husband 🙂

  16. June 19, 2012

    Congratulations Belle!! That is just fantastic, I’m so happy for you both. No such good news to report at this end, all we can do is keep hoping. xxx

  17. June 19, 2012

    Yaaaayyyy!!! Hubs just finished his dissertation defense and is now “officially” on the market…it’s a brutal BRUTAL world out there for professor gigs, and I’m very impressed with Mr. Husband!

    On a separate note, your activity list sounds awesome! I wish I lived closer to KY so I could experience Dinosaur World and bourbon sampling.

    • June 19, 2012

      I wish you lived closer, too! I’ll be sure to take plenty of Dinosaur World photos to share. And best of luck to your husband! I know he will find something, but be prepared to edit hundreds of cover letters before then 🙂

      • June 19, 2012

        He did a test run on applying for tenured track positions last fall before he officially got his doc, and the cover letter hell that ensued was not pretty. Fifty letters, one interview. No job.

        • June 19, 2012

          Girl, I understand completely! Mr. Husband applied for just under 100 jobs and had one interview. This temporary position fell in his lap last minute. Should your husband ever have a super awesome lead and want a second set of eyes to edit for him, I’m happy to help. I get to use my degree so rarely that, sadly, I jump at the chance to edit people’s letters 🙂

  18. June 19, 2012

    Yay for a job! That is GREAT news!

  19. June 19, 2012

    Yay!! That means you guys will still be on the way when we go to Rhode Island in August…hint hint!

    • June 19, 2012

      Ooooh! That would be super awesome! You should SO plan to visit KY!

  20. 35life #
    June 20, 2012

    Congrats! Such great news! I don’t know much about Kentucky, other than my husband’s father’s family is from there, many of them still live there. And a coworker recently relocated to Paducah. But you definitely have me intrigued with Dinosaur World!

  21. June 20, 2012

    Yay! Congratulations! I am glad to hear good news. I hope this is a start to a whole string of good news. xoxo

  22. Ginny #
    June 27, 2012

    Hey! Please, give Lex. KY a chance, it sounds like it is just a little stopover on your way to other Big Cities That Matter…………………..*sigh*. I’ve lived here over 20 yrs. and love to visit NYC, Boston, et al, but I love my little Lex.! That having been said, I also must admit that the BIG UNIVERSITY is not supposed to be a very nice place to work, so maybe it is ok if he uses this job to get another more permanent position somewhere else.

    • June 27, 2012

      You are right! Little Lexington is not bad at all. Lots of exciting new things happening here lately, too. Like the new brewery! The employment situation at THE BIG UNIVERSITY is the not so awesome part 🙂

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