Getting a job

by Erika Torres

It was a difficult time when we found out that Eric didn’t get a job as a firefighter. We had one hope left–and that was to score an ambulance operator position closer to home (rather than in northern California). Well, we found out Friday that Eric got the job.

This has been a months long process that started all the way back in April. While it’s not the coveted position of firefighter, it is still a position within the fire department, and will *hopefully* lead to an opening as a firefighter one day. Plus, it’s only a 45-minute drive from our house, which is still quite a commute, but not anywhere near 300 miles.

What does this mean for us?

We will now have a second stream of income coming, hopefully starting in December. Details will come as the weeks wear on.

What about the fire academy?

We are hoping something will be figured out. Right now, there seems to be a lapse between the academy ending, and when the new job will start. It would really suck to not be able to complete the academy by only a few days. We would lose the $4,000 investment we’ve made, and Eric would also have gone through four months of hard work, and 4 am wake-up calls and we’ll have nothing to show for it. Please send good vibes our way in that we can figure something out with the new job.

What about Costa Rica?

Adios, Costa Rica, once again. I am calling this week to cancel our tickets. I doubt we will get a refund but will most likely get some sort of credit. I’m obviously extremely happy that Eric got the job, but can someone please understand that I am upset I won’t get to go on vacation? This was supposed to be our honeymoon. At this rate, it will be another year before Eric gets to take vacation. I am majorly bummed about this.(Plus, what if the world really does end in 2012? We HAVE to take a vacation next year!)

Still, it is AWESOME that we know we will have a second income soon. I am already starting to devise our 2012 goals and budget. Stay tuned…

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Lorena November 2, 2011 - 7:59 pm

Sometimes one door closes and another one opens, right? Remember that there is always a master plan. always!

Congratulate Eric on ‘The Jujus’ behalf! I am certain that everything will fall in place for your family =-)

kim November 2, 2011 - 12:19 pm

Hurrah! And sooo sad about the vacation. Hopefully he can work out the academy and job thing – you’d think they would want someone with more skills, esp. if it’s only a few days difference. Good luck with everything!

Mary November 2, 2011 - 9:14 am

I would be bummed about the vacation too. But it’s awesome that he got a job! I will keep my fingers crossed that it works out with the academy stuff.

Melissa November 2, 2011 - 5:12 am

That’s great about the job!! But I’m so sorry about your trip to Costa Rica, though. That’s a major bummer, for sure. Sigh!

Here’s hoping everything works out for the best, and that Costa Rica in 2012 will be in the Newlyweds business!

LBC Teacher November 1, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Hurray for the job! I really hope that it works out for him to finish the academy…and I’m sorry about your honeymoon, and I hope you get to take an even fabulouser vacation next year. Are you keeping the honeymoon fund as is or do you have other plans for those funds?

Namine November 1, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Fingers Crossed his training gets finished and everything works out the way you want. You’ll definitely get a vacation next year! Sometimes life happens and that totally sucks

Well Heeled Blog November 1, 2011 - 6:56 pm

Fingers crossed he will be able to finish his training! I’m sorry to hear about Costa Rica. Can you two do a small weekend getaway instead? How about San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Sonoma/Napa? It won’t be long and you will have the honeymoon you’ve wanted.

Teacher Girl November 1, 2011 - 6:42 pm

Congrats on Eric’s job! I will be saying prayers for you guys. I know you’ll figure it out and hopefully the new job people will be understanding enough to let him finish before having to start the position.

RubySongbird November 1, 2011 - 4:58 pm

Congratulations on the job!!! I’m so glad he found something, and I hope it leads to a dream job in the future. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that there’s a way to complete the academy AND start training.

Cancelling a vacation completely sucks. There’s no real good side to that — but just think — you might have more funds for a bigger vacation down the line!

Sonya November 1, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Congrats on the job! Even though it’s not what he was wanting at least it’s close and not as far away. I hope they let him finish the academy too!

Ella November 1, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Yay!! I am really glad that Eric got the job! The universe has a way of working things out and I am sure that things will work out with the academy. It’s a bummer about the honeymoon though. I am sure you filled conflicting feelings of happiness and disappointment. It’s ok to be sad for the honeymoon. Could you guys take a weekend trip somewhere in between?

Sarah OUaL November 1, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Girl I bet you’re just a mess right now – happy, sad, excited, pissed, relieved, pissed… Fingers crossed everything works out for you!

jobo November 1, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Congrats to Eric!!! I KNOW this is probably bittersweet, given your trip, (and um, wasn’t this exactly what we talked about after dinner a few weeks ago – that wouldn’t it be ‘funny’ if it impacted your trip – not funny, ha, ha, but ironic!) but I hope you can do a little local getaway or something in lieu of it and then perhaps that trip when he can take the time. slight silver lining maybe?? I would be majorly bummed too though!!

Hawaii Planner November 1, 2011 - 11:43 am

I think it’s disappointing any time you have to cancel a vacation, even if it’s for a good reason. So, I get why you’re sad! On the other hand, congrats on the job offer! I hope you are able to work something out so he can finish his firefighting training!

Summer November 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

Yay about the job. I would think they would work to accomodate him finishing his program since he is so close and it ulitmately relates to the field. In addition to that, I think he should at least try and see if they will give him the time off to go on your vacation. It’s booked, and since he will be providing sufficient notice maybe they could provide coverage during that time frame. I’m in a completely different field, but this has worked for me and other people I know in the past. Maybe it’s worth a try. Congrats on working to become a two-income family again. Think of the massive house savings you could build in you continue to live on the one salary. =)

newlywedsonabudget November 1, 2011 - 11:47 am

I wish this were a possibility, but unfortunately–which is something I should have explained–is that they have to do a three week training course for his new job. And it’s kind of set in stone, so that’s why the vacation is definitely not a possibility. At this point, we really just want him to be able to finish the academy…

C’est la vie.

Summer November 1, 2011 - 12:15 pm

First thing I noticed…. I should have proof read my original post.
Anyhow, ah crap, about the vacation. I will cross my fingers about him being able to finish the academy. Sadly, I had to Google the “C’est la vie”. However, very true! I can understand your disappointment about the postponed honeymoon/vacation. =( It’s ok to mourn about it for a period.
Hopefully, once everything is figured out you can make future plans. In the meantime, maybe go to the dollar store get some funky (temporary) decorations for your house, and pretend for an evening or so you are in Costa Rica. All I’m picturing are Hawaiian decorations, but I am sure if you could find something better suited to your ideal vacation (if you are so inclined). Yes, I am at times totally cheesy, but sometimes it works! =)
I am pretty new to your blog, and last week was looking through older posts. I found one (can’t remember the title) that was about a woman who lost her husband to cancer. Your post hit home (I didn’t yell about dishes in the sink all weekend!), and I went to read hers. Probably shouldn’t have done that from work, since I sat at my desk and cried for an hour. Anyhow, I guess my point is to make the most out of today. Ok, that is all. Sorry for the long note.

Michelle November 1, 2011 - 10:33 am

I hope he can finish his training! That would be sad if he couldn’t. Sorry about your vacation also.


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