I would like to announce that I have accepted a position of Indentured Servitude at the University of Somewhere Else!
So, I will be moving. Moving somewhere that is not my parents' basement. That's the up side. The down side is that instead of getting paid in "money," I will be making mandatory blood donations and serving as a guinea pig for their local science experiments* while simultaneously teaching my allotment of nose-picking and remedial comp classes. However, I did manage to negotiate in my offer that I could leave my lab cage for the actual teaching part of my duties. Never say that I am not a savvy negotiator! And a 52-47 course load isn't too bad if you don't have many preps, right?
Furthermore, this new place isn't even in California! I hear that outside of Cali, they have these things called "states" and some of them don't even have beaches! It should be an adventure. People keep telling me about this "weather" thing, but really, the 60s were so long ago, why should I care? They also mention such things as "humidity" and "bugs" ---- I hope these are the names of new exotic drink combinations I can sip by the beach --- or poolside, if there is no local beach nearby. Really, how bad can it be?
And in addition to all that greatness, I get the opportunity to do the academic job market all over again! Oh joy! You know, I was missing that whole extended process ---- when was I last looking over my job materials? Last week? Two weeks ago? Anyway, this means I have to pull those damn articles out of storage and make sure the final edits go through, as well as slap together a new research plan and figure out if I'm doing some conferences this year. Luckily I was soooo productive this year in terms of articles written and conferences attended.... oooh. Hmm. Maybe I can bind all my job letter templates and call it a festschrift in honor of my advisor.
This should be interesting! I may even need to redecorate the blog.
* by using me instead of actual guinea pigs they will avoid PETA harassment, you know. Look for this new trend in ethical experimentation at the university near you.