Job Search: mediocre.
I found a number of openings at different places across the country, but sadly, most of those applications then disappear into the black hole that is university job boards. At least OU gives you an option for a contact person sometimes - a lot of other systems don't go beyond "info forwarded to department" in the way of status updates. I do have one interview at OSU on June 1 (fingers crossed for that one, it's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for), but otherwise things are quiet after two weeks of activity.
Got a very supportive (and pretty much expected) "no thank you" from the University of Chicago this morning, which seemed to be only down to a lack of certain basic qualifications they were looking for, not to any mistakes in the phone interview. I hadn't applied to that job posting to begin with because of those requirements, but the Director was given my resume by someone else and at least wanted to talk to me about the job, which was fantastic. Awesome program too, definitely worth the hour I spent on the phone with him.Life: slowing down.
You know, having some extra time for fun stuff is fantastic. Lots of knitting time, lots of time for little things I've been wanting to get done but didn't have the motivation to do, lots of time to catch up on TV shows (Burn Notice
is pretty awesome, for example). But guys, I'm bored. To the point where going to job hunting seminars in Columbus was a welcome way to spend a day. Rush hour from Canal Winchester to Powell, and I found it somewhat entertaining... well, except for that one day where it poured buckets and most drivers lost all ability to signal lane changes. But hey, it's adventurous, right? Yeah, we're just going to go with that.
Meeting random strangers I met on the internet: more fun than you'd think it would be.
I know I've mentioned the Harry Potter group off Ravelry before, but recently I got the chance to meet two of the other members in person, just to hang out and chat. One ended up having family in Athens, so we spent a couple of hours at the coffee shop chatting - she convinced me that looking for a job in Seattle wasn't a completely lunatic idea, among other things. She also lived in Japan and Germany for a while, so we had lots of stuff to talk about. The other girl is a grad student at the University of Wisconsin, in physical chemistry, who grew up in Columbus and was visiting her parents. So we had lunch after one of my seminar things, and had planned on going to a yarn shop in Powell afterwards, except it was closed. So we went to a yarn shop in Dublin instead :-P It is weird that it was the first time I'd ever seen that part of Riverside Drive? Probably... the only area I'd seen before was the bit between the freeway and the zoo. I think... my geography of that bit of Columbus is still kind of fuzzy.Knitting: quite a bit.
Because it beats chewing my nails until they bleed while I wait for people to return my emails. And, well, because it's fun :)
Soon to come: ridiculously complicated socks, and hopefully a Dance of Joy