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Museum Job

February 25th, 2015 at 05:44 am

Just when everything was starting to seem settled in my life, I got an email about the museum job that I thought was never going to materialize. My former boss wants to know if I am interested.

I responded with a carefully-worded noncommittal email. My heart is saying no. I don't want to start a new job, take on a new commute, commit to more years in the workplace. Now that the prospect of early retirement has been opened up, I can't bear the thought of plunging right back into it. And yet my head says yes. It would be more money, a cushion. It would be sensible. I could travel, get a new car, do things I couldn't do on a retirement income.

Added to this, I am becoming interested in a man who lives three hours away, and I was looking forward to having more time to visit him and really get to know him, with the hope of a permanent relationship. Taking a new job would make this difficult.

I don't know what to do. Perhaps I should go through the process and see what comes of it. The last job opportunity didn't pan out, after all.

Yesterday would have been a no-spend day, but the girl scout cookies came in, so I owed a co-worker $4.

I did go to the HR office about my train ticket, where they reiterated that I could have just used my flex debit card to pay for it. They printed out a form for me to get my reimbursement, but they clearly would prefer that I use the card. I would have, just didn't remember that it was an option! Oh, this aging brain!

I drove this morning, not only because it was still cold, but because my hair was still wet when it was time to leave. It's supposed to snow later in the day, so I hope I haven't made a bad decision. But -- good for me -- I did not stop at a fast-food place on the way in!

9 Responses to “Museum Job”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Interesting how things can change. I would definitely pursue it or follow the path until it is really time to make a decision. Was your early retirement approved yet? It's exciting about the relationship, but those are hard to begin long distance!

    Good job avoiding the fast food. Two days in a row at least right?

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I'd be interested and apply, but doesn't mean that you have to take the job. I just can't see not pursuing the opportunity.

  3. bluesfemme Says:

    That's definitely an 'uugh' dilemma. I'd hate to make the decision to pursue the job and then not get it. Best of luck with these interesting choices appearing in your life :-) And, you could tuck a sticky in your train pass holder, saying "Use flex card" as a reminder for next month.

  4. Bob B. Says:

    What kind of job is it at the museum? Is it a 40+ hrs. a week gig with moderate to a great deal of responsibility? Or is it more of a classic post-retirement situation of 25-35 hrs. per week, greeting the public, leading tours, low stress? Or, can you negotiate with museum personnel to make it more like the second scenario.

    You have lots of time to be productive in the work force, and enjoy retirement. I guess if it was me making the decision, I would tend toward choosing financial security. If you can negotiate yourself into a flexible work schedule, it could end up being best of both worlds.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    It would be full-time, probably high-stress, not at all related to the public side of the museum, but to the fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, the only reason they want me is because of my experience in this high-stress area.

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Wow, crazy! Head and heart both have good points, so I'm not sure which you should follow. Good luck with the burgeoning relationship -- sounds exciting!

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Wow indeed. I wonder if you can see yourself doing it for a year or so? Or indeed give it a try? I do think the extra money would also give you lots of other options for many areas of your life?

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That sure is a dilemma. Do you feel comfortable with what you have saved now for retirement + the er package you might be getting?

    Would working at the museum for 1 or 2 years give you enough extra padding to make it worthwhile?

  9. CB in the City Says:

    We'll see where it goes. I may have mentioned before that this former boss is a very nice, but rather flaky person, so anything at all could happen. I will apply when the time comes.

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