Calloo, callay and all that: I am employed!
And no, I'm still up a creek on the "real" job search, but I have a TAship for this quarter now. I am so excited to have my fees paid! Truly, I don't know what I was going to do for rent, considering that the amount they let you take out for subsidized loans is now smaller than your fees here. But all has come through in the end.
Luckily, there was an emergency and they needed to fill something at the last minute ... if this hadn't come open after the quarter had already started they wouldn't be able to "emergency override" my (non)funding status. Really, I think this is more about always having desparate nad docile experienced TAs around than "protecting" us from becoming permanent grad students here, but I am not in any position to complain, or even analyze, the situation right now. Nor can I complain about the subject matter, which I have absolutely no interest in, or the crappy times and locations. But whatever ---- I'm getting paid, and 10 weeks is gonna be up like that! And what ever happens during the first week anyway? I'll get caught up in no time!
This may put some interesting new wrinkles in my "need to get a draft of the chapter done Thursday" deadline, but I'm sure I can work around it.
And so, back to the editing and whatnot. Soon I should have something interesting to tell you ---- whether it will be good or bad, I can't yet say.
In the interest of keeping you amused until then, have a cat picture: