In her small, bare-bones Natomas apartment, Monica Johnson-Tomanka has four towels, a sofa and love seat, a mattress and a milk crate she uses as a nightstand.
"I feel like I'm in college again," said Johnson-Tomanka, 48.
She's part of a growing cohort of boomerang commuters – baby boomers who are finding that to pursue promotions and new jobs, they need to leave their spouses and families temporarily behind and relocate to a new city.
For Johnson-Tomanka, since early February the executive director of Golden State Donor Services/Sierra Eye & Tissue Donor Services, that means spending weekdays in Sacramento to promote the Donate Life California registry of organ donors.
Every weekend, she flies to Seattle, where her husband, Dennis Tomanka, 50, remains for the next two years until their 16-year-old daughter graduates from high school.
"It's not what I expected in midlife," she said. "But you can do anything for two years, if you know that's the way it is."
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