Boss, my SOH (significant other half), applied for a job a couple of weeks ago with a local water company. One of the main reasons for doing so was the better employee care programme and also they are going to pay for him to do the HGV 1 licence which provides him with a transferable skill. He loves his current job, but at 26+ miles each way to work, and some very long days has meant that it was time to take a hard long look at life/work balance.
He heard last week that he has got the job, and today will be handing in his notice at his current employment; and though sad to leave the team it is for a happy reason and not because he isn't enjoying his job any more.
So all change at the back of beyond, and still more to come as we are implementing our future strategy which will be to sell up here and move to Cornwall, downsizing and hopefully destressing financial constraints.
He is lucky to have somewhere that is his spiritual home, I have lived in the back of beyond now for 16 years and it is the longest I have stayed anywhere. Comes of being an army brat, Dad was posted every 3-4 years and so you don't tend to put down firm roots knowing as you did that you would simply be uprooted to a new location in years to come.
I am treating this all as one big adventure, planning what we want, when we want and just have to come up with the ideal date sometime in the future; current estimates are that this will take anything up to five years to pull off, as Boss has to stay for a minimum of 2 years with the new company after qualifying and then there will be a period of job and house hunting/selling so conservatively we don't anticipate moving until about 2013 at this rate... of course that is unless our numbers come up on the lottery in which case we might go sooner :-)
Life is definitely exciting at the moment.