I wanted to share with you guys some big family news. My husband has been named the new global sports editor for The Associated Press. Here’s the story that ran in the AJC when they announced it a few weeks ago.
Michael officially starts the job today. He will be working some in Phoenix, some in New York and some where the news takes him. He will be at the Super Bowl. He will be running the Olympics coverage from Sochi, Russia, and he’ll be leading World Cup coverage from Brazil in June. (He wants me to come to Brazil for part of the time but I haven’t quite figured out how I am going to sell a house, buy a house, move kids 3,000 miles across the county and show up in Brazil. Those plans don’t really seem congruent to me.)
This is literally a dream job for him. He has talked about the job since college. He eats, sleeps and dreams sports. But it does come with complications.
After four years I finally have the kids settled in the right schools. We’re finally making friends. We’re finally getting used to 120-degree temperatures. (OK we’re not actually getting used to the heat. The heat is awful.) But this is a job you don’t pass up! (The previous sports editor held the job for 21 years.) So we’re going to uproot and start over again.
So now my job is to figure out all the logistics. I am planning on staying here until school is out. It’s too hard to do all of this mid-year. I’ve got to find the right schools, get the house ready to sell and find a new house or apartment in the New York City area.
We’re not sure if we’re going to shove 5 people into a 1,500-square-foot apartment in Manhattan or make Michael commute from a larger house in the suburbs of New Jersey. (There are advantages to each scenario.)
The Manhattan public school system is extremely complicated and overwhelming. There are deadlines in December to try to get a good middle school. Supposedly they hold spaces in the good schools for people who move there later but there are all these news articles about how you get stuck in the crappy schools if you miss the deadlines.
At this point I am interviewing education consultants to help us find the right schools in Manhattan and in New Jersey. (Public of course!) And then we will look at houses and apartments from there.
Michael and I lived in Manhattan for two years when we were first married so I know what that experience is all about. There are definitely compromises: You have no space at all and it is ridiculously expensive, but you are living in the greatest city in the world. I loved living in New York when we were younger. I am sure the experience would be very different with kids. I just love all the opportunity in the city. It feels like there is every experience available to you there.
The big kids are very exciting about New York in general. They love the idea of the city. They haven’t visited yet but will get to go soon. Rose thinks we will kill each other in a small apartment.
The 6-year-old is devastated by the whole affair. She cried and cried when we told her and locked herself in her room. We moved here when she was 3 so to her Phoenix is home. She has sooo many little buddies. She is heartbroken to leave everyone. We told her she can Skype. It offers little solace!
So that is where we stand. I just wanted to share our news with you. If anyone has recommendations about New York or New Jersey, I am happy to take them.