- 4:15 PM EDT: I received an email from the graduate director from the BU Anatomy and Neurobiology PhD program informing me that they were unable to accept me as a student due to lack of funding.
- ~5:30 PM EDT: I tried really hard to not be the girl who bursts into tears on the #57 bus.
- ~7:15 PM EDT: I drowned my sorrows in blue Pine Sol. And by "my sorrows" I mean the floor (i.e. I mopped. It was cathartic.).
- ~8:00 PM-?: I spent several hours wallowing on the couch and emailing every professional person I know trying to figure out what to do with the next year/rest of my life.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- 2:54 PM EDT: I received an email from my old graduate adviser saying that I could always apply for a job in Hawaii. I decided I'd think about it.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
- 3:05 PM EDT: I received another email from my old graduate adviser saying that they're hiring some people for the lab in Hawaii, and if I wanted to apply, I needed to do it immediately, like within the next six hours.
- 3:49 PM EDT: I resigned myself to the fact that I'll have to spend the bulk of the evening in the library because my computer is dead.
- ~7:00-8:30 PM EDT: My kindhearted beau let me come to his house and use his computer to turn in my application so I didn't have to go all the way home from the BU library at night.
Friday, April 13, 2012
- ~7:00 PM EDT: Beau and I had dinner with married friends and then watched probably one of the best films ever made.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
- ~12:30 AM EDT: I got home and checked my email by flashlight (my screen is still dead, mind you) to see an email sent by my adviser at 3:13 PM Hawaii-Aleutian Time saying "listen to your voicemail." I listen to my voicemail and there's a message from a forensic anthropologist (whom I cited in my thesis) offering me a job at the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC CIL).
- 1:45 AM EDT: I phoned my old adviser (thankful for the 6 hour time difference between Boston and Hawaii) basically saying "what's going on? Explain yourself!" and she explained the position: It's a one-year forensic anthropology fellowship wherein I'll be working on this project. I don't have to deploy (i.e. no trips to Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos/Jungles full of mutant insects!), and I'll get tons of forensic anthropology case experience.
May I just interject to say that this is the most quickly anything has ever happened to me. Ever. Last year when I took my "gap year" I floundered around for months trying to find a job. Look at this timeline, people!
(still) Saturday, April 14, 2012
- ~2:00 AM EDT: I couldn't fall asleep.
- 6:55 AM EDT: I woke up, thinking it's way later than it actually is because I'm not at all tired.
- The rest of the day: Went to church cleaning (even though I said I wasn't going to, but I was awake so I figured I'd go), bought a new laptop (hooray!), ate some Panda Express in Medford (delicious), sang in the adult session of Stake Conference, watched "Community" and the first part of "30 Rock" before falling asleep (because apparently I was tired after only five hours of sleep and the most taxing past few hours ever).
Sunday, April 15, 2012
- Cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen.
- Went for a walk by the river.
- Went to the general session of Stake Conference
Monday, April 16, 2012
- Afternoon-ish: Accepted the job at the JPAC-CIL.
- Evening: Cried about a lot of things.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
- Went to work.
- Cried about a lot of things (I'm afraid "Crying at work on a Tuesday" might start to be a regular thing with me).
- Went to play dodgeball and let all the rage flow through me.
You might notice that it's been a week since the end of this story. That's because it's taken me that long to decompress from everything. Holy crap, I'm moving to Hawaii, you guys.