Dr Lady spent a ton of time on the phone yesterday because the fellowship organization wants to fly her out ASAP and interview her and make her give a seminar about her Science. This is Really Good News and way, way sooner than either of us expected.
But interesting that both times that we’ve gotten bad news about France, within a week we’ve gotten some good news. The first time: a positive HPT. The second time: an interview. And the kind of interview where they are going to pay for her to come out, which basically means that as long as she doesn’t screw up in some major, amazing way, she’s got this (*knock on wood* [*knocks on self*]).
It feels a little like we’re settling, but I think that’s just mostly because of the location. The rest of the deal is sweet. Dr Lady likes the research and the direction she’ll be going in and with this fellowship, we can feed three mouths (five?? never forget cats) and keep a roof over our heads until I’m ready/able to work again. The PI seems super nurturing and supportive, the opposite of what she has now, so she will learn and grow more. We can rent a house and have a garden and see a part of the country we’ve never seen before.
Even better, her PI specifically asked if I could come out too, so it looks like I’ll get to see MI first hand and (hopefully) do some neighborhood scouting.
So yeah. That’s cool. And it could mean we’ll know where we’re going much sooner than we expected. It would be nice to move out there while it’s still summer, so we can enjoy the positive aspects of living up north before the winter snow and ice closes in.