August

And everything is dead, I mean really  even the town is like a ghost town.. no people nothing. Saturday I had lunch with a friend (yep found some new ones) and the main square , which is usually packed was empty.  Initially I thought there

might be some festival going on or a national day of staying inside, but seeing that she is French and from Tours  even she thought it was odd! Lunch was lovely and we celebrated her finishing off her last big experiments for her PhD  and me that my final paper from my PhD got accepted.   It only took 3 years, about a gazillion comments from reviewers and then I got the email that is was finally all good!!

Now all I need is to get an email telling me: Here is your fellowship go and do what ever you want for the next X years.. it is exciting and nerve racking at the same time.  I am in way better place now than I was 2 weeks ago.  I think it has to do with the fact that I am making a real effort to get out of this place.  I have been working hard on my fellowship applications and also sent an email to a lab in Sydney to see if they had any opportunities for me to work there. I told Iain and Glenn that I want to come back and am hopeful that something will turn up sooner or later.  The grants for Australian universities won’t be out until end of  Oct/start of Nov I believe so will have to be patient for now.

The lab is dead, there are 2 students here and one of them is mine.  I have been a bit distracted lately and felt really bad about it, but he is a smart guy (i thought for a second there that he had no clue what was going on) but as it turns out he does and I am really happy with all that he has done!! We are moving on to the next step in our experiment and I hope that it turns out as good as the previous one!

That is it for now! Fingers crossed there will be some news on the job front SOON

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