First Contact

One year ago today, Hubs and I found out that we had an amazing opportunity to move and live in Vienna, Austria. In the back of our minds, we knew there was a possibility when he went through the application process, but never thought it would come true. When he was done with his interview in early September, he called me and told me it was “the WORST interview I ever had”. He felt like he failed miserably and kicked himself for days. We thought “hey, at least we gave it our best shot” and went about our lives. I had started a new job and things were just peachy. We had nothing to lose.

It was mid-morning in early November and we were both settling into our work day.  All of a sudden, I get an email and phone call simultaneously from Hubs, that he was offered the position in Vienna. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. All these emotions were going through me for the rest of day.  How the heck are we going to break the news to our family and friends? How are we going to pack up our whole lives and start over in our early thirties? What the what/how/who/why? Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, OH MY GOSH…

We broke the news to our immediate family members over the phone and on Election Day no less. Talk about overwhelming people! Most took it well and others not so much. With our friends, we got a little more creative. At least those that were in close proximity to us. They had the most memorable reactions that I still remember like it was yesterday. All our other family and friends that we couldn’t get to in a timely manner, we emailed or called. We felt bad that it was a bit impersonal, but it had to be done before the news was blasted on Facebook.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since that crazy and emotional week of making one of the biggest decisions of our lives!


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