I've been putting off posting lately, hoping to have some good job news to share in this, my 500th post. It seemed like a great narrative arc that in 500 posts (just under 2 years), I have gone from frustrated grad student struggling with conception to a successful post-doc mom on her way to a great tenure track position. Alas, it is not so.
But it also is not not so. I still haven't heard anything from the university in question. I'm surprised for 3 reasons: 1) I was the last candidate to interview; 2) They seemed in a hurry to get an offer out there; and 3) They promised to notify the unsuccessful candidates at the same time they made an offer to the successful one. So I'm left to ponder the hold-up. Did they renege on their promise to tell us unsuccessful ones in a timely fashion? Did something get hung up (in the dean's office?) and then everyone went on spring break? I'm hoping for the latter, but suspecting it is the former.
Going on the assumption that I didn't get the job, over the next couple of weeks and months, I'll be ramping up my applications for post-doctoral spots, government jobs, and eventually, even those in private industry. I run out of money in my current position sometime this fall, so I really should have at least a stop-gap measure in place by then.
The crappiest part of this is that I am really happy here in Utopia - I like the town, I like the people I work with, I like what I do. If money didn't make the world go 'round, I'd stay right here indefinitely - working part-time off soft money as it could be found and maybe doing some science writing. But that won't really work because the money is too inconsistent and someone's got to put food on the table. For reasons I won't go into here, but can largely be found in the previous 499 posts, I'm the bread-winner in this household.
And right now, I don't feel like I'm doing a very good job of winning the bread.
But, hey, this afternoon minnow and I have a playdate with Ecobaby and Earthmama and that is something to look forward to. Seriously, at least I'm not a new mom with a crappy PhD advisor and a husband who is about to finish his degree and become unemployed.