My self imposed hiatus is over. My career with V-Kapow is over. This week I accepted an offer from a new company and ended an eight year reign with my old one. It is going to sound silly, but one of the things I like about the new company is that you see their work every day. Sometimes you might see them on the street and other times you might see them on tv, but you do see them. It was always hard to tell people what V-Kapow did or what I worked on because it wasn't a one sentence answer.
I'm getting a little raise, two extra days off, and a new wardrobe for the new gig. It's been a long time since I've been in the shirt and tie world. I think this is going to work out nicely.
One of the reasons I imposed silent running was so I wouldn't tip anyone off. I never talked about the job search or publicly bad mouthed my current employer like others might do. The one clue that I was looking should have been my beard. I have a very heavy beard that requires an electric shaver and then a multi blade razor. Because it is such a pain, I would normally shave every other day. I've shaved every day except two for the past four weeks. Nobody noticed.
SuperWife is also on the road to a new career. The time she has spent home with the kids is about to end when she steps back into the workplace full time again. She needs it and the kids will be fine with a combination of grandparents, preschool, and a local day care provider.
Good luck to anyone else out there who is currently making a job change.