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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


So MUCH has happened over the last few weeks that I hardly know where to begin. First off Ben is finishing his PHD in Economics in June (Dr. Hansen... totally hot) and we have spent the first few weeks of 2009 looking for a job. In January he meet with 16 different companies, schools and government think tanks at the AEA conference for preliminary interviews. From that, he received 7 fly outs around the country trying to find the best fit. That gratefully turned into 3 TERRIFIC offers. The hard part was picking.

1 San Diego, California - Litigation Consulting
(LAW and Order dream come true- long hours)
2 Columbia, Maryland - Growing Government Think tank
(Flexibility, Secret Data Great Location)
3 Bethesda, Maryland - Established Government Think tank
(Mentorship, More Secret Data, Longer Commute)

After careful consideration and a last minute trip to Maryland and DC (knowledge of a Target, Trader Joes' and Cheesecake Factory in a 10mile radius) we choose....

Ben has accepted a position as a Senior Research Associate/Economist with IMPAQ International!

We spent the last few days in Columbia, and it is soooo cool. It is beautiful and very family friendly. We are just south of Baltimore and about 45 minutes from DC. So when everyone comes to visit (wink) there will be lots to do.


jamie hixon said...

Waaaaahh! (That is the sound of me crying.) Well, I just got the memo that I'm your new visiting teacher. How long do I have to make you like me?

Vivian said...

wahoo! congratulations!

Katie said...

I am so, *SO* happy and excited for you!! (And just the tiniest bit jealous =)

Amanda said...

My brother and his family live in Columbia. They like it, as far as I know. Maybe you'll be in their ward. Anyway, congratulations on the job! It's a huge relief to know that what you've been working for for so long is actually worth it.

sarah said...

Wowzers! That's so exciting! Congrats to Ben on being so amazing and getting so many offers! YAY!
I Love you guys! -sarah

onecent said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! that is were your cousin Lincoln lives, so you'll totally have to make sure you get ahold of him and Jeri! Maryland is an amazing place! I am so excited for this opportunity for you! CONGRATS!

thejerry said...

Cograts guys!

When I grow up I hope to be just like Ben and become a Senior-Research-Associate/Something-or-other.

Holbrook Girls said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys. I bet your mom is going to miss having you so close to home! She probably was rooting for San Diego, right?

michelle said...

SENIOR economic consultant-thingee. That's pretty impressive.

Benjamin said...

That trip was a lot of fun.

Ambrosia Girl Jenn said...

Rileigh!!!!! Congratulations, all of you!

Oh my, it's been so long since I've been on here. I feel funny that I didn't even ask you over the phone.

I am so happy for you. Sad that you will be leaving Cali, but what exciting adventures you guys will have!

Ha, love the bit about "Dr. Hansen"

And, Lizzy, Doyle, Logan, and Andy said...

WOW! Congatulations! Way to go both of you! That is great! When we lived in DC it was fun that they have a lot of fun stuff for kids! We would go to the dino museum every week and the boys didnt get sick of it (but I did), and the zoo is SO big! I'm so happy for you!

Jeri said...

Rileigh!!!!!! You are so fired for not knowing that we LIVE here! Do you know where you are going to live? Are you planning to buy or rent? We can totally help you find a place in a good area, and go shopping, and have a big ol' bbq! We can show you all the cool stuff to do out here!

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