Friday, February 27, 2009

The Best E-Mail Ever

...came yesterday morning and it said, "Our English committee met today and we would like for you to join our English faculty at" Home Univ. in MidEast. Hubby got the same offer. Our first year on the market, we've both landed job offers that will provide economic, professional, and cultural benefits we just can't get here in the States.

Education City, Qatar


I'm certainly happy, and I feel much more secure about our family's future knowing that this is a definite option for us. But, I'm scared too. Scared of too many things to list here, and to a large extent, scared of the unknown element. Luckily, my "woo-hoo adventure!" side makes up the bigger part of me, so we're moving forward. Making plans and making long lists of questions to ask. I've even asked H to start making a list of everything she's feeling about the move and any questions she has. The CLA Program Director has an 11-yr old daughter (and 2 younger ones), and he's offered to introduce us to them and let me talk with her about her life in Doha. I told H to think of me as her overseas liason, and I've promised to take lots of pictures for her.

Doha Skyline at Night


Now what to say to my Mom (and stepdad), who are pretty much devastated. Right now my Mom can't even see the economic benefit in this because she's so upset about the idea of her only grandchildren being moved halfway around the world. After a trip to London 10 years ago, she and my dad swore off any future international travel, so they're not even willing to consider the fact that we'd be happy to fly them over to see us. I'm sure they'll come around eventually...I just hope it's sooner rather than later, for everyone's sake, but especially for H, because she's old enough to pick up on tensions between people, and that's not fair to her.

8 comments:

Cameron Wiley said...

COURTNEY! This is great news. I am sorry to hear (but not surprised) that Meredith and Curtis aren't keen of the idea. :( What an awesome opportunity though!

AcadeMama said...

So does that mean you'll come visit us in Doha?? The ultimate, "We buy, you fly" arrangement!! And I'm so completely serious!

Jennie said...

YAY!!! Wonderful news, I'm so excited for you I'd even visit. Congratulations!

LD said...

Congratulations on the job offer-- and to get two offers for your family is just great.

mgm said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

It's tough that you're parents aren't behind you but you are doing what's best for you and yours. Hopefully, they can realize that. Good luck.

Elia said...

Mazel tov! Been reading your blog for just a little while now, and I'm delighted to hear of your success. As a fellow grad student traveler in the 18th century, I think it's great to see one of our own make the jump to the big show. Good luck!

Dr. Addled said...

Congrats and best wishes as you take this next step!

AcadeMama said...

Thanks everyone! And good to hear from you again MGM!!

Elia: Glad to have you as a reader! P.S. Don't stop writing on your blog, it really does help rather than hurt the dissertating process :)