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Personal: Applications Out; Julie Visits; Dinner with Dan and Amy; Photographs 
14th-Oct-2008 04:27 pm
Michelangelo's Tomb 2006
Whew! I just sent out the last batch of the job applications, including one to sunny Scotland. I still am amazed at what an exhausting process that has been: I had it in my head that it would probably take two or three days to put it all together, but starting from scratch, it's been closer to a month of solid work. I've still had to keep my Official Crazy Dissertation Hours to do it all: up, shower, breakfast, library, meal, library 'til closing, move downstairs to 24-hour zone, another hour or two, home, sleep. It's good to be able to give that kind of devotion back to the dissertation, now, while keeping an eye peeled for any late job notices that come up.

I had a good piece of fun Friday when Julie R made it by for a visit during the afternoon, as part of a weekend trip back to Milwaukee from Long Island, where she has started work on a Ph.D. in Psychology, focusing on her taste for research into cognition itself. She was aglow with energy and excitement, reminding me of what starting graduate studies was like: the pure pleasure of being able to sink, unrestrained, into your own field of studies and no longer have your attention spread out in more general studies. So we talked about that, what work she had already begun doing at SUNY Stony Brook, how cute bohemian Jewish grad students can get her involved in university activities, my applications adventures, teaching and student reviews, Chopin's Nocturne No. 8 in D Flat Major, if I recall that name correctly, and Mozart's Requiem. Just good, fun stream-of-consciousness conversation. That was the extent of my recreation this last week, other than a last-minute dinner invitation from Dan and Amy to join them and the kids in checking out Joey Buona's, where we tried out a pair of their family-sized dinner platters. (My Signature Steak: nothing great; the Chicken Marsala: extremely good.) Mostly our conversation ended up being a lot of updating them about the application business, as well as a bit about my trip to Chicagoland. Anna and Owen were not content to leave us to grown-up conversation, though, and so we spent a certain amount of time talking about drawing, choo-choo trains, and tic-tac-toe strategy, too, just to even things out.

I also received photographs from Jules and from Emily that, along with my pics from the other week's visit with my nieces, let me properly illustrate my entries from Julie's departure from Milwaukee back in August, and from my dash down to Chicago to visit Emily at her Jane Austen conference and to see some of my family, too. So that lets those journal entries finally feel complete to me.

And, sadly, I cannot really think of anything else in my life other than a salmon-like desire to return to my dissertation work. I'm listening to Mark's CD Simplicity right now: was there really a time when everyone around me just broke out spontaneously into incredibly cool rock music?
15th-Oct-2008 01:30 am (UTC)
You're DONE? I haven't even hardly STARTED!
15th-Oct-2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Seriously? You were so far ahead of me! But then, if I showed you my applications, maybe you'd be appalled and say, "You sent these out?!" Best not to know....
15th-Oct-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Well, I have to wait on letters, my deadlines are probably later cos MLA is later than AAR, and I'm applying more places.

I constantly boggle at what bizarre sort of expectations you have as to my capacity/tendency to critique!
15th-Oct-2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh, poo: I'm just hamming it up.

What's the total of apply-able jobs? I've had 19...
15th-Oct-2008 03:54 am (UTC)
about 30. not counting postdocs.
15th-Oct-2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I haven't started playing with any postdoc possibilities yet. I probably will, just as alternatives to full-time positions, and before the one-year temp positions start being posted. Both follow-up to my dissertation and some of the other areas in Christology and Trinity that I've been wanting to play with could both yield postdoc research programs, as well as conceiving some ideas for solicited research programs....
15th-Oct-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
I didn't think I should until something very right for me popped up. We'll see.
15th-Oct-2008 03:55 am (UTC)
You're always a ham. I wonder what happens when you're serious -- not sure I've ever seen it.
15th-Oct-2008 04:00 am (UTC)
I get positively grim. No one invites me to parties.
15th-Oct-2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Case in point right there.
15th-Oct-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Right where? [looks under table]
15th-Oct-2008 04:05 am (UTC)

I should have shaken you more when I had the chance.
23rd-Oct-2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Where did you get the idea that Scotland is ever, ever sunny?
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