How dumb am I?

Important things I forgot to mention in my last post:

  • I’ve had a chat with my boss, and I’m now much more confident about keeping my job when my contract runs out in November! The exact source of my salary – and therefore my job description – is still to be decided, but my boss and other PIs have seen enough benefit from having me around that they want to keep me. I won’t truly believe I’m safe until I’ve seen a new contract* and/or the first paycheque after the end of my original contract, but I’m feeling a lot more secure right now.
  • It was my two year blogiversary on Saturday! I only figured this out about 10 minutes ago, when I had to read my first-ever post for actual valid work-related reasons.


*I need to re-read the original contract to figure out whether I’ll need to sign a new one, or just keep on working away with no need for documentation.

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"one of the sillier science bloggers [...] I thought I should give a warning to the more staid members of the community." - Bob O'Hara, December 2010
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16 Responses to How dumb am I?

  1. ruchi says:


  2. ScientistMother says:

    thats awesome. hopefully the good karma is able to spread to hockey as well!

  3. EcoGeoFemme says:

    Happy blogiversary! And terrific news on the job front. 🙂

  4. stepwise girl says:

    Super! And happy blogiversary!

  5. Amanda@Lady Scientist says:

    Congrats on both counts!

  6. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks all! I promise to stop being such an attention whore now 😉

  7. PhizzleDizzle says:

    hooray hooray hooray! we are always happy to hear good news from you, don’t ever hold back! you are FAR from an attention whore :).

  8. hypoglycemiagirl says:

    I thought that was the point of a blog? Getting attention I mean?Happy 2-year!

  9. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    hee hee! Thanks both!

  10. microbiologist xx says:

    Is your type of position typically contract, or is this just your situation?BTW – Congrats on the verbal renewal. Woo hoo:)

  11. ScienceGirl says:

    Oh, but those are just minor details 😉 Congrats!

  12. Mad Hatter says:

    More good news! Dude, what do I need to do to have a week like that? Is there some kind of special dance??? 🙂

  13. The bean-mom says:

    Adding my late congrats, Cath. I’ve also had a verbal promise for the renewal of my position this fall…

  14. Lisbeth says:

    Congrats on the citizenship, first royalty check (you can now officially call yourself a writer) job promise, and not least the blogiversary.This week brought me a job offer, a much more interesting second interview – and thus a huge dilemma! It must be something in the air…

  15. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks again, everyone! You guys rock :)MXX,I don’t know if there are enough of us out there for there to be a “typical” situation yet! In my case I’m funded by a very specific, time-limited source (not actually a grant, but same concept), and that source will have to switch when I move into what will hopefully be classed as a permanent position. But as I say, funding source and therefore job description are TBD…SG, yeah, not very important really ;)MH, no dance, you just have to sacrifice your local sports team’s playoff run and the governance of your province for the next 4 years to the karma gods… swings and roundabouts!BM, that’s great! Many congratulations to you too!Lisbeth, that’s a great dilemma to have! Very exciting, and congratulations! And yeah, I’m definitely calling myself a writer now.

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