Monday, January 29, 2018

#MicroblogMondays: A new way to juggle

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I have been invited for an interview. Last Thursday, I had a phone interview with a new company that is looking for a synthetic/plant biologist. Normally I've looked beyond researcher positions, but the work this group is doing sounds insanely cool and curiosity got the better of me so I applied. Three days later, I heard from the CTO asking to schedule a phone interview. Apparently the 30 min phone conversation went well because instead of contacting me later this week as originally planned, I got an email yesterday (Sunday) asking for me to fly out as soon as possible.

This is where things get tricky. This whole week I'm running a workshop for 25 visiting Chinese scholars for this science education program I've been working for. The mere suggestion that I wouldn't be around for one day threw my director into an utter panic because there is literally NO ONE else that can take over (which is insanely scary because now it's begging destiny to find some way to fuck all of that up). So this week is out.

The added pickle is that Grey flies out to the West Coast to begin his new position a week from Tuesday. Meaning Monday is really the only day I can interview, assuming everything works out perfectly with flights arriving on time and no delays what so ever.

Which everyone knows is the perfect recipe for disaster.

So the game plan right now is the Beats are likely going to be coming with me to the West Coast. Grey and I are trying to determine if that will be Seattle or down to California. I'm lending towards Seattle if the interview is next Monday as that will give the Beats time to settle and doesn't mean crazy rearrangement of travel for Grey, but it all depends on when the interview will be. From there, I will either fly to California or be leaving both Beats in the care of Moon (hopefully with Grey there). 

All this on top of teaching this brand new course your's truly has designed and figuring out how to care for Jaxson and Daisy as literally no one local has stepped forward to help us out.

Wish me luck with figuring out this new form of pretzel juggling. 


  1. While the juggling sounds highly un-fun. . .congrats on the interview!!! That's awesome news and I hope it goes really well, despite the logistical challenges. There's a lot to be said for doing insanely cool work. Good luck!

  2. Ack, that sounds super convoluted, adding extra stress onto an already stressful (although exciting!) situation. I hope the stars align and everyone can be taken care of so that you can get to your interview. So much going on, why not throw some extra juggling in the mix? Sheesh... Wishing you success catching all those balls with only two hands! :)

  3. Holy cow. That's exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Fingers crossed that everything happens smoothly.

  4. Ooof, that sounds really tough. Congratulations on the interview, though! Wishing you the best of luck with the juggling.

  5. Wow...WOW! So much going on, and it all sounds so amazin. I hope the stars align for smooth sailing all around. Good luck! (emailing you in a bit).


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