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Up And Down And Up And Down And . . .

So I haven't had a massive amount to say lately, mostly because I've spent the past few weeks tooling away diligently at revising La Dissertation. This is good news for my intended graduation, and it's going along at a steady clip, but it's not the most interesting thing to write about.

But between yesterday and today, I got two pieces of news that caused a major Mood Whiplash. The first piece was that, alas, my favorite job was given to someone else. Boo hiss! Now, this someone else is a friend of mine, and he and I had the same advisor, and I know his work, and I know as well as possible that the only thing that he had that I didn't was a Ph.D in hand. If it had to be someone who wasn't me, then I'm glad it was him.

But I still wish it had been me!

So I went to bed last night feeling kind of bleh (although going out for drinks with other students did help some -- hard cider and french fries and a grilled cheese sandwich smooth over a lot of hurts), and I really wanted to hear some good news this morning.

And, lo and behold! I did!!

Once again, I have been accepted to present at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology in April. Yaaaaaaaay! I love BFE. It's like a smaller version of SEM, only with more tea breaks, and you get to know people better, and I, at least, get to travel across the Atlantic, which is always fun. This year's BFE is in Belfast, which is awesome! I've never been to the Irish island before -- Dot, what's the actual name of the island, the one that has Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on it?

I'm already thinking of the travel grants that I can take to fund this trip, and I think I can swing it such that I could stay for a few days after the end of the conference, and take my passport and a train and poke around the Republic of Ireland a little bit. That'd be fun. And I can replace Mom Pony's linen tablecloth, which is thirty years old and has holes worn in it, when I go to Belfast. Great God Wikipedia tells me that Belfast is a historic center of the Irish linen industry, and Mom Pony's old tablecloth was Irish linen, and she wanted it replaced with an Irish linen tablecloth from Ireland, which is why she let it get so worn out. She doesn't really care whether it comes from UK Ireland or Republic Of; both Protestant and Catholic linen, paid for with pounds or euros, are equally welcome in the Pony household.

So I get a trip to Ireland! Yaaaaaaaay!

Now if I could only get a job . . .

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dawtheminstrel
Feb. 1st, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the favorite job, FP, but Yay! for the conference!

I take it this is hiring season? It would be for us too, though it's maybe a little early to hear decisions. Sometimes the job you wind up in works out even better than the one you thought was your favorite.
frenchpony
Feb. 1st, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
It's the beginning of Hiring Season A. This job was among the first to post, so it's among the first to hire. In a few weeks, the one-year replacement jobs will start to be posted, and then after that, Hiring Season B will commence. I think I'm probably going to end up with one of the one-year replacements; that seems to be the kind of job that takes fresh Ph.Ds most often. And then you go right back on the job market, but from a better position.

All I want is just one job . . . but it would be nice if it were one that was really good.

But I'm going to have a fabulous time in Ireland, both Northern and Republic Of! I know at least three people who are going to be at this conference, and I always enjoy going new places. I'm going to enjoy my most-expenses-paid trip, and I really hope that I'll end up with a job.
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 1st, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I wish it had been you too. It should have been! Boo.

Just Ireland will do if you're speaking very, very generally ;-)

And yay! Yay!
frenchpony
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well, I went singing last night, and we sang songs about how the wicked will be left standing on slippery rocks while fiery billows roll below, so I felt a little better. And I just got back from taking the Colloquium speaker out to lunch, and she was extolling the joys of the one-year replacement jobs, so that made me feel a little better, too. (I may or may not have batted my eyelashes and asked if she had any available for the coming year at her university . . .)

Just Ireland. That's good.

And I have something else to tell you, but I'm going to take that to PM for now.
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