Three things. Well, two things, and a story.
First. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and insight on my job situation. You guys will probably not be disappointed to find out that my final decision was to go with Opportunity #1. After I read your comments, I talked it over with the beau. "It's a no-brainer that you should go with the first option for your career advancement," he told me. "But what about our future?" I asked. "Your career advancement is our future," he replied sagely.
That's when I collapsed on the floor and melted into the carpet. It's official. He wins the "Best Husband I've Ever Had" award. I don't just give those out to anyone, you know.
I'm kind of nervous. True, I'll be making more money per hour at this new job, but I'll be working fewer hours. The best I'm hoping for is that it evens out to what I'm making now, or slightly less. And it's true that I can take on side jobs to help split the difference. Either that or I can simply take any hours I am not working each week and devote them to learning and training, which is kind of like paying myself with knowledge instead of cash. I think I'm going to just have figure it out as I go.