I dusted off my resume a while ago and my employers found out and freaked out about possibly "losing such a hard worker" so "let's see what we can do for you", hence the non-promotion. I work for a government agency and I'm in the not so unusual quandary of a lot of gov't workers. I have amazing benefits (so far), I'm vested and don't have enough years in to quit without financial penalty. Believe me, I've looked into it. I had to do the unthinkable and borrow money from my retirement account to pay the bills after my FWH took off with a large chunk of our money, so if I leave before paying this off I would have another financial hit. Just typing this out is depressing as hell.
My Manager asked me to give him a week to see what he can do for me. I'm not going to hold me breath but I will try to think positively.
My FWH is trying to get a better paying job, so when that happens I will have more options.