So we have made a decision. All that is left is to tell the recruiting chair of our chosen university. For the last 2 weeks, we have been "swithering" (this is a real word- my FIL used it to describe us, and then I looked it up in the Oxford English Dictionary) back and forth between the elite, prestigious department at a university in a dumpy, somewhat-isolated college town and the small but good department at a university in a big, exciting city. We actually had 3 other options, but in the end it came down to these two. The decision ended up coming down to my job. Elite, prestigious university couldn't come up with anything for me to do. This is a serious issue because there isn't that much going on in town except for the university, so to have a real, decently-paying job, I was facing a 45 minute to 1 hour commute one way every day, at the minimum. I am not willing to do this, especially when we have other options where I wouldn't have to do that.
So we have chosen the big city! Very exciting. I am a city girl at heart. I love the shopping, culture, vibrancy, and public transportation. Really. I love public transportation. Also, my SIL lives there, and it's within a day's drive of my husband's parents, and there are direct flights back to my hometown. Yay!