It's been a couple weeks since I moved all my stuff down to Maryland. Since then, I have been taking care of a few odds and ends back in Pennsylvania: cleaning, returning uniforms to work, begging landlords to reduce early termination fees, that kind of stuff.
We finally say goodbye and I jump in the car for my two-hour commute (the first of many). I envision my car as one of those chambers that astronauts enter after a space walk. After sealing the airtight door behind them, they press a button and wait for the gauge to count up from 0% to 100% and then they take off their helmets and go about business in their new atmosphere.
While I am sad to be leaving Jess and sad that it adds a difficult element for us, I reassure myself that I'm doing the right thing. The whole reason I took the job was for our future. I'll make so much more money and have some job security for once. Hell, two months ago I was looking to buy a house in Pennsylvania and then poof! They cut my hours.