. . . a real offer.
The offer from Italy came through today, complete with a relocation allowance, an acceptable salary, a concession to reevaluate it (upwards) after year-end when I receive my annual raise.
In 30 days, I should receive orders to transfer, then the real work begins - selling the house, medical screening, arranging for housing, obtaining an official passport . . . ad nauseum.
I've been told it may take 3-4 months to get relocated. That's OK with me. I would rather move in the spring than the midst of winter.