Ok, so while that was a completely and entirely a clickbait title, there is some truth to it.
At midnight on October 16 I went from employed to unemployed, except unlike my parting from Schlumberger, this was on my own fruition. Also, unlike my parting SLB, this period of unemployment was a mere two days, not 347. All of this was done deliberately as a mere two weeks prior I left an interview with a job offer. Meaning this previous Monday, the 18th, was my first day at the new place.
My commute has substantially increased, which means the 3 is back to doing what I bought it for, eating up the miles. There is a silver lining, I'm going to start working 10 hour days and only work Monday through Thursday. Probably way less time for oppo, but I'll be around. I'm also going to be doing actual chemical engineering for the first time since school, and I'm very excited about that. I was filled with a little trepidation day one when I found out the reason the position came open was due to the fact they fired the previous engineer. That said, it did sound like he had ample opportunities to correct his behavior, and he was there for as long as I was at my previous place. I'm not too worried about being let go, I've been told already I'm doing a better job than the previous engineer.
Things are also looking promising on my wife's job search, so we are going to start figuring out where we want to live when our lease ends in July. Looks like we'll be making a foray into home ownership soon enough. Maybe there will be an E34 M5 sized hole in the garage soon. We do have to take care of her med school loans, but after that, there should be some left over funds for some fun things.