January 26, 2014

Sunday Currently : 53

You know that feeling when your dreams are all about the work you need to do the next day, and your left eyelid won't stop twitching? That restless worry that is somewhat realistic but mostly just really annoying? Yeah. I have that going on right now.

Postdoc interview season has officially begun! I'm feeling nervous, you guys. I feel a bit rusty with my interview skills, and while I know that it will all come back to me once I get back into the swing of things, right now it just feels icky. Today is all about interview prep and trying to get myself together so that when I head up to New York tomorrow afternoon for Interview #1, I can feel slightly put-together and not so frantic. We'll see how this goes...

reading :  Notes from last year's round of interviews to jog my memory about vignettes to share. It's funny to look through this particular notepad and remember sitting in all of those airports, reading over my outlines over and over again while waiting to board my plane. It feels like such a long time ago, but it was only a year ago!

writing :   Updated notes for this year's interviews... I have some major work to do!

listening :   To audio recordings of me giving case presentations... I really need to cut down some of my 20-minute talks down to 5-10 minutes. *facepalm* Also listening to O'Higgins purr as he settles down in my lap, which is much more soothing and adorable than listening to myself talk about an ethical dilemma.

thinking :   About interviews, obviously! I have two lined up for this week, then two the week after (that one is for one site but is across two days), and my mind is swirling with information about all of the different agencies. 

smelling :   A bit of the pine-scented candle on that coffee table. I'm trying to actually use the candles I collect, and this one has been around for far too many years. Time to light it again!

wishing :   For the ability not to ramble or say "um." :)

hoping :   For a positive interview experience! I know that they can be fun when I let myself relax and feel confident, and I'd really like to tap into that this week.

wearing :  Sweatpants and a sweatshirt, though I might change into different clothes so I feel a bit more put-together today.

loving :     Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In between interview prep, I've been re-watching old episodes, and it has reminded me how much I love this show!

wanting :  The hubs to get back from his weekend adventure in Durham. It's too quiet around these parts!

needing :   Lunch, though I have serious doubts about the contents of the fridge at this moment...

feeling :  Stressed! But I'm trying to relax and remind myself that I have basic social skills, so my fears about being a total weirdo at my first interview are probably inaccurate. Probably. Maybe. 

clicking :   On another episode of Buffy! Time to take a break from interview prep, don't you think? :)


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