For those who are following along at home, here’s the interview scorecard:
- 1 (R) – A good school, a decent interview. I wasn’t smitten, and I doubt they were. I didn’t make a fool of myself but I don’t expect followup.
- 2 (F) – A fantastic research fit, but a social fit that really concerned me. OTOH, they made me an offer, and they offered me the moon and the stars. If they want me that badly, I’m willing to try to make it work.
- 3 (G) – A fantastic research fit. A fantastic social fit. A fantastic place. I would sell… something important to work there. They loved me, too; they told me so. But they’ve interviewed some truly amazing people, and it’s all down to the shouting, now. It’s an engineering department. There will be shouting. (But please, please, please?)
- 4 (U) – Smaller school, less of a research fit, but I would fill some painfully obvious holes they have, and socially it was awesome. People were direct, honest, forthright, and kind. I enjoyed the heck out of my visit and I would work there if they offered. Also, the closest to Super Woman and Dr. D of anyplace I interviewed.
I expected to hear from #3 today, but didn’t. I actually managed to work myself into a state where I was womity just from nerves. Finally I said screw it and fell back to my usual reaction to adversity: sulking and nausea.
And, oh, food. Coq au vin (traditional style, so it took 4 hours), cauliflower puree, skinned drumsticks in batches in the freezer, and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts in brown sugar and bacon glaze. (Um… I have leftovers… help?) I actually managed to fight down the urge to call an impromptu dinner party and make everyone individual Cornish game hens, but it was a near thing.
And, as happens when the going gets confusing and adult, I have been painting the crap out of my nails. It is consequence free.
Today’s offering is Sally Hansen Grape Going!:
|Reddish purple! [hand tilt] Bluish purple! …am I more excited than this warrants?|
A blue-purple duochrome,* which is pretty awesome. That said, it has some problems. One is sheerness, as this is like 4-5 coats, meaning way more chances to screw up.
The second, and far worse, is how subtle the color shift actually is. I needed this super-direct setting-sun light to get a real purple – the mildly uninteresting mid-tone blue on the right is more the default look.
Anyway! Tomorrow I will hear something maybe or maybe not! Please, um, just please cross your fingers, or pray, or whatever your superstition is and all, or nothing. Just… please.
* Two different colors in different lights / at different angles. The word is also used for polishes that shift among >2 colors, which makes Grammar Hulk aaaangry because it should obviously be multichrome. You wouldn’t like me when I‘m… using the red pen