I figured it has been a while since Dee or I posted, so I thought I'd give everyone an update on what's happening in our little "neck of the woods".
Today Dee updated her CV, and then applied for eight different contracting roles down in London -- yep, we're really doing it! The idea is that she can get a contract for, say, six months at a time whilst I stay permanent (at either the bank or, if I find somewhere else, somewhere else). That way we get the best of both worlds -- stability (through a known-amount pay-cheque every month) and liquidity (contracting pays better than a permanent role, although you obviously don't get the benefits).
We've also looked online at places to live, and so far the docks at Surrey Quay look the most likely -- there are a few new apartments there for around what we pay each month here, and the docklands are very close to the financial sector so transport would be both cheaper and faster than it currently is. We're only looking at two bedroom places, of course, because we need somewhere to stash all our guests when they come visit!
Speaking of visiting, we still haven't made it to Manchester to see Dayna's new "crib" ... but we will! One of these days, I'm sure -- it's just a matter of getting a weekend that we are both not working, and those are so few and far between that we tend to have them pre-booked for months!