Much as I look forward to a meeting in driving distance I dread this meeting. It’s the one where I need to be dressed up and schmooze for jobs. Its also the one where I get to serve as the mentor for the undergrad who has been working in the IR group at University of the Frozen Tundra because my PhD advisor (and the only one of the two profs she worked with this summer attending the meeting) will be busy with other professional duties.

It doesn’t help that I’ve basically set myself up for personal failure with my poster this time around- I’m taking a blogging break as I frantically do photometry on even more data to throw it on a poster. A poster that I need to get to Kinkos on Wednesday in order to get it printed before the meeting. You can imagine the case of Eeeek I have right now. And like an idiot I signed up for the Chambliss Award judging and I want to do a poster better than the one I did last year Long Beach that got me a Chambliss Award. Perhaps the poster didn’t get me the award and my amazing knowledge and ability to *cough*bullshit*cough* might have impressed the judges.

But. . . .my good news as of Saturday was that rejection emails for the postdocs at a certain Ivy League school in Boston went out last week and I wasn’t at the recieving end. So apparently I made the shortlist of 30 people for a generalized astronomy postdoc where I’m sure there were plenty of applications (similar programs are listing ~250 applications) and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to feel good about it. If I don’t get a postdoc just getting on the shortlist isn’t really going to help but it gives me hope that maybe for the Sagan I have a chance against people doing extrasolar planets, especially since the logical continuation of my dissertation is to use my results to select outer main belt asteroids for further optical and spectroscopic study as a test of giant planet migration models (namely the migration of Jupiter and Neptune). If we could show the theory works in our own solar system then we might really be able to understand how the super-Jupiters around other stars got so close.

But for now my world view is just trying to get photometry of another 400 asteroids from the main belt and Hilda populations done. . . .