Announcing my next step

Big news! I have accepted a job as assistant digital editor at the Iowa City Press-Citizen, and I’ll be moving to Big Ten country in a couple of weeks.

What I’ll be doing: This has been the trickiest detail to explain to my family (even as a copy editor most people thought I wrote stories). Basically, I’ll be managing online content — posting and editing stories, photos, videos, etc. — for Press-Citizen.com and HawkCentral.com, a collaboration with the Des Moines Register that focuses on University of Iowa sports. I’ll be handling breaking news, managing social media accounts, and working on other digital projects.

(Technically, this is all contingent on me passing a drug screening, which should be no problem.)

The good parts:

  • I will work (mostly) normal hours — 10 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m., Monday through Friday with a few Saturdays here and there. A copy editor’s schedule (in my case, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday-Tuesday) is really rough, especially if you’re marrying a teacher who keeps the opposite schedule.
  • I’ll be doing work that shifts my career path in the right direction — toward the digital side of journalism.
  • George will be moving up to Iowa at the end of May, when his teaching contract is up, and will be looking for a job teaching high school social studies and coaching football. This is huge for us because we’ve been living several hours apart for 2.5 of the five years we’ve been dating.
  • The move will put me 6 hours away from my friends and family in Lawrence, rather than being 12 hours away like I am now. In the short term, this (combined with my new schedule) will make planning my wedding so much easier. I’ll be able to attend friends’ weddings, my brother’s graduation, KU games in Ames, maybe even Homecoming in Lawrence.

The bad parts:

  • I have to leave Texas, which has always been my favorite state.
  • I’ll miss the warm weather. It’s so cold in Iowa that I’m praying it warms up before I get there because I don’t have a proper winter wardrobe. My friend in Iowa City assures me this week’s snow storm was “the last big snow storm of the season.” I’ve seen snow once in two years, and that was when I went home for Christmas.
  • I’ll miss taco trucks, paying domestic prices for Shiner, the convenience of knowing 27 people willing to haul stuff for me in their pickups, and using “y’all” freely.
  • I will really, really miss the acquaintance hug. People of Iowa, please don’t be alarmed if I hug you before we know each other well. It’s just muscle memory.

And Texas friends, don’t worry. I’ll be back to visit. George’s brother, Tommy, will be a freshman at Texas A&M in the fall.

For now, I’m focusing on enjoying my final weeks in Bryan-College Station and finding a way to get all my stuff up to Iowa.

Thanks for all your support. Big life changes have a way of reminding me that I have some of the best friends and family a girl could ask for.

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