We had a nice breakfast date together, sitting outside at our favorite bakery, with breakfast burritos and pastries. Tonight we'll go to a Morrocan restaurant for dinner (if we can get reservations).
The wife called from work to say she'd heard some interesting news. Her boss (the one who urged her to reconsider her decision to remain in Paradise) and another senior engineer put in their notice at work. Rumor is this site will be shut down in the next 60 days. Looks like the timing was just right for her to jump ship.
I'm still in touch with the [Field 3] professor at Hurricane Magnet U., who seems genuinely interested in getting me out there for a post-doc likely dealing with [Field 1 & Field 2] studies, assuming his grants comes through. Apparently, funding decisions will be made in about a month or so.
Did you ever get back to me about your time frame for the postdoc?Um... what do I say? The truth I guess. I'm flexible, I'm open... but I have a family, and a wife who's starting a new job in three weeks, which will keep her grounded here on the west coast for at least a year, after which time we'd really like to both find work in the same area. The Hurricane Zone is possible for her (though is that really where we want to settle?). Could I commute? Possibly, but only realistically if we work out a creative schedule. Could it wait until next fall? Who knows? Maybe by then I'll have other possibilities. Keeping my options open.
I'm interested in collaborating with him and his team. There's much I could learn, and much I could contribute. Would it work out? I don't know. Are there alternatives to being a full-time on-the-ground post-doc? Maybe. We'll just have to see.
Meantime, I've been working on a completely new base cover letter, returning to my roots, exhibiting my passions, showing my own voice. Thanks to What Now? for the little nudge to push me back to myself. I may, just may, share some of that cover letter with you my readers, but only for a limited time. I'll have a think about that one.
In any case, the game is afoot. Just had a visit a little while ago from the assessor for the movers, who came to record and calculate our worldly possessions to estimate the time needed for the packers and the space needed and weight allowance for the truck. End of next week he head to Rocket City for a house-hunting trip.