The Spouse heard back about his first application today: thanks, but no thanks. In a way, this feels even better, because having applied and been rejected, he's already experienced two of the major parts of looking for a job. Now it won't seem to scary. He didn't seem to hurt about it, but I'll admit I felt a little sad.
But also sad because that means he doesn't have any feelers out right now. I do NOT want to wheedle him, but I can't help but ask every few days about the application to NewTownX. Today I asked him how long it would take to complete it, and he said not much time. So do it! Though that How to Help Your Spouse Finish a PhD Degree Quickly article was a little silly, it certainly stressed that it's not really nagging if you're nice about it, becasue it's your damn life, too. Somtimes it seems the opposite of nagging is what's called for, but that opposite is self-effacement and the bottling up of your own desires. That is just as bad in the long run.
So, I told him I was glad I knew, and that it had really made a change in my happiness (for the better) when he finally applied for something. I also told him now that it's been rejected, he needs to get the other application in. I told him I need to pin my hopes to something new, and that I know an application doesn't equal a job. But it means he's working at it, and really that's all I need right now.