Tuesday, March 22, 2005

So, did I mention that the only other Financial Analyst in our office is also resigning, a week after me? Yeah, all project/ad-hoc work has screeched to a halt and we are now in full on process documentation mode. [sarcasm] Whoopee, my favorite activity! [/sarcasm] We may get the first replacement in as soon as next week, which would be awesome for knowledge transfer purposes. My boss had been warning the higher ups that this was coming (one way or another with my planned departure in August) and they needed to be prepared with backfill, but heel dragging has resulted in a fairly critical situation. We shall see how it plays out. I feel bad that my new departure date is so close to my co-worker’s d-day, but I know I’m doing the right thing for my family and myself and that is what is important. The world is not going to stop spinning, business will continue after I leave.

I’m really starting to sweat the release of Wharton R2 decisions. Mainly because I’m trying to book my interstate move & storage and I need to tell them whether it’s going to Chicago or Philly. I’m going the full service mover route and since they jack up prices in the summer, I’m going to take advantage of current prices and do the interstate move on the front end, and then keep my stuff in storage until I’ve secured an apartment in city TBD. The nice thing is, when you do the interstate move, the window for delivery is pretty big (7-17 days during the summer) but if my stuff is stored locally in Chi or Phil, the delivery window shrinks to 2-3 days. Way more convenient. When I was pricing just an interstate move a couple of months ago, I budgeted $2500-3500. Now, with 4-5 months of storage tacked on it’ll be more like $3500-4000. Yikes…there goes a big chunk of my year end bonus, the rest I’ll save for first months rent & school expenses. I know some people are of the “sell it all, travel light” mentality, but I really like my furniture and have some nice pieces, a couple of antiques from my grandparents that are important to me. I’m sad to part with the money, but it’s better than parting from precious items.

I’m still setting aside a little of my bonus for fun stuff. Normally, I’d buy new wakeboarding or snowboarding gear, but this year I’m getting satellite radio. With a 1000 mile drive to the Pacific Northwest on the near horizon (I'm pretty much driving from Mexico to Canada), and a 2000-3000 mile drive to either Chicago or Philly later this summer, I’m thinking satellite radio would be an excellent investment. Now I just have to decide between XM or Sirius. I’m leaning towards XM because they carry all MLB games and they have a deal to carry Pac-10 football & basketball games. This is an important factor for me, so I can follow the Mariners and the Cougars when I’m not in Washington. Any readers who subscribe to either service, feel free to leave a comment with your experience/recommendations.

9 comments:

britchick said...

Keeping everything crossed for you for Thursday.

IceMan07 said...

Hey...good luck on the move, the admissions and your march madness pool. I'll stay tuned.

Atta Girl said...

Good Luck for the W-day..!!!

chanakya said...

about cross country drives - dont know about satellite radio. what i do know is that when you get far enough away from civilization, the only station you get is christian radio. and after a while you get bored enough of silence and listen. its surreal.

then next time around, i got an mp3 player and a whole bunch of audio books. caught up on a lot of "reading" on my 3 day trip.

badmash007 said...

Ah, I see that you and I are in the same boat. In at Chicago, waiting for Wharton.

I keep telling my friends that I'm going to end up either in Chicago or Philly. I hope that I do get that nice-to-have dilemma. :)

G'luck!

MargaritaLuvr said...

Aye Aye Aye!!! $4K to move? Crap, there goes my vacation money.

MargaritaLuvr said...

Oh yea, and DEFINITELY get satellite radio. It's so worth it.

Wakechick said...

Margaritaluvr, just FYI...that 4K includes packing, loading, shipping, 4-5 monts of storage, and zero deductible insurance for all of the above. For a moderately furnished 1 bd apartment, to move cross country, including loading and insurance but not packing, it'll run $2-3K. Shipping your car will run $500-1000+. It's not cheap. But as http://www.zacharyemig.com/ so eloquently states, U-Haul sucks. And I'm too nice to guilt trip my friends into injuring themselves trying to load my sleeper sofa into a truck.

MargaritaLuvr said...

Selling my stuff sounds mighty nice right now... without including my CD/DVD collection, I don't think my stuff is worth $3K. Well, it's something to think about.

Sorry about your Wharton ding. At least your decision is clear now, Chicago bound!