Nearly 1/3 of all my applications are out now, and I have hit my groove, more or less. I have cover letter templates for all kinds of conditions (no research statement, no teaching statement, no teaching or research statement, both a teaching and research statement, research-intensive, teaching-intensive), my supplemental materials are polished to a high shine, and I continue to build my vita. I’m presenting at a conference in a few weeks, a book chapter is due at the end of the month, and the job search is in full swing. Life isn’t too bad. I imagine that I’ll begin hearing back from some applications as early as the end of the month, but we’ll see.
Last weekend, the Spouse and I went to Vegas for Matador at 21. The whole weekend was epic, but overwhelming. I slept about 12 hours Friday night-Monday afternoon, and I’m definitely one of those “give me my 8 hours or I will cut you” kind of people. We saw some amazing sets, but my absolute favorites were: Belle and Sebastian, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Chavez, and The Clean. A recap of the weekend is here.
I was going to gripe about some stuff, but meh, I’m in a good mood. The weather is cooling off, I’m productive, and there’s a lot of good stuff going on.