Spring Progress

It has warmed up almost 10 degrees since yesterday, and though there is still snow on the ground, I'm feeling a renewed vigor and energy since I'm just getting over some kind of nasty stomach bug that had me down for days. I'm still not eating my usual foods yet, but I should be back on track pretty soon. My allergies have also kicked in early, so it really feels like spring is here in Postdoc city. Never mind that it was single digit temps yesterday.

I haven't blogged in the last couple of weeks, but I have been writing, nesting, knitting, and sending out lots of applications. I am hoping for the best, despite all the reminders i get everyday about how awful the job market is. I'm not sure why people keep telling me this, I guess they are trying to make me feel better about not having heard anything back yet. Well, I'm okay with it right now. I'm willing to wait and see what happens. I may freak out later but for now I am okay.

Its just sad when people are trying to make you feel better and they inadvertently make you feel worse. My SIL called from Hometown and it turned out she had a stomach virus too. I think I said something like Oh, I'm sorry you have it too, to which she replied, "Yes, but at least I have your brother to look after me. You're all alone there." Yeah. Thanks. What do I say to that? Actually, I'm not sure I'd want company here like this, it is nice to not have to share the bathroom when you are sick. Gah.

updates on where I'm at with stuff:

Writing- wrapping up a draft of a "quick and dirty" paper from my dissertation (neither of the ones in the sidebar), but one that I discovered when I was reassessing my writing two weeks ago. I'm planning to hand over a draft to my mentor at the end of the week, and hope to get it sent out very soon.

Nesting- My place is now clutter-free, yay! Stuff had piled up at the end of last semester and with being away most of the break, I didn't get to tackle the piles of mostly papers that had accumulated until after I got back and caught up on applications.

Knitting- I still can't conclusively decide how to finish my cardigan, so I've set it aside while I finish a shawl for myself. The shawl, which is knit in a lovely rich burgundy tweed yarn, has progressed well and it should be finished in a week or two. I can't wait to wear it.

Applications - I don't have much to report, just doing my usual thing here, sending them out and following the steps outlined here. My mentor asked which jobs I was most excited about and I do have one that I'd like to get most, but I am really trying to detach from that once I get the app. sent out. There's more coming up next month that I'm gearing up for today, getting in requests for letters and such.


EcoGeoFemme said...

Have you thought about joining a knitters' group? Might be a nice way to have some low-pressure social time while getting advice on your work.

Good luck with the job search!

AliceAcademic said...

That sounds like a fun idea. I'll have to look into it. Thanks, and Congrats on the Postdoc, EGF!

Seeking Solace said...

Decluttering always feels great!

Good luck on the apps!!!

AliceAcademic said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Seeking Solace.