looking for a job with a better commute is like the scariest thing ever to me because the job market here sucks, i have a very narrow skill set, and not close to having a degree.
i am taking a course to get a certificate, but i heard those don't do anything anyway.
Searching for a job while you have a job has always seemed like a pretty ideal situation to me. You can take your time and find one that's a good fit for you without a lot of pressure to take the first opportunity that presents itself. Always keep your eye out for new opportunities. So far I've found the best way to get ahead in my career is to leverage my experience and do some job hopping rather than being a "company man" like our parents or grandparents. For me that meant taking a low paying job locally, putting in two years at a high paying job in a more urban area with a long commute, then leveraging the experience I gained there to get an even higher paying local job. Maybe it's not completely the same for your field, but in mine, experience seems to be way more valuable than any degree or certificate. So yeah, don't sell yourself short. Keep at it and keep your ear to the ground and you'll find something better.
That was rambly and not GIRLS! related.
I dated a much younger chick who was in college while I was working full time. She bitched constantly about me not spending time with her on weekdays. It didn't work out.
Also +1 for Moldilox's story.
Edit: Also, Demonstray, it sounds more like you dodged a good time rather than a bullet. It's pretty adorable that you're waiting for the right lady to give your flower to.