Nothing about the b word

Hard to believe, but such as the academic job market works we’re starting to get announcements for positions we could actually possibly take for the fall of 2008. Talk about external motivation. For the uninitiated, that means our letters of interest and other materials start coming due in October, and hopefully we’ll start having interviews in the winter. I’m hoping lots of places will start calling sometime after late December, but not before.

As things go, it’ll be difficult for Josh and I to find jobs in the same city on our first try. So imagine how excited we were to see that a university actually has two positions – one for an Amer.icanist and the other for a Russ.ianist. It’s in Hal.ifax, Nova Scotia and as we’ve been prematurely looking at the city, it’s starting to actually look like a fabulous place to live. I’ve always been a closet Canadaphile. In case any one who reads this would have a clue (or at least a better one than we can find in our online research), I thought I’d ask one of our more burning questions about the area: can you grow vegetables there? From online maps it seems like as decent of a place to have a garden as here. And actually, the weather seems much more pleasant.


10 responses to “Nothing about the b word

  1. Good luck with the job search. I hope you and Josh get the Nova Scotia jobs!

  2. No idea about the vegetable-growing potential of Halif@x, but how amazing to have two openings in your fields in the same city.

  3. Wow– that would score.
    Hopefully, the search won’t be too frustrating.

  4. Holy crow, i just realized you are going to have to go do interviews with a new baby in the house. AIGH.

    Good luck with the Nova Scotia jobs, that would be truly amazing…

    Hey, if you need you can always drop off him/her at my house, i’ll babysit LOL

  5. Thanks all.

    Yeah, Kate, that’s why the plan WAS to have a year plus old baby at interview time. Well, such is life. It still seemed better to try for a baby BEFORE the first year teaching than during, or waiting until tenure like some folks do.

  6. Congrats and good luck on the jobs. I don’t know anything about growing plants in Nova Scotia, but I think it would be so exciting to move to a new city and start over.

  7. Had to barge in – I lived in Halifax while at Dalhousie and am obsessed with gardening to boot.
    Don’t know where “here” is but Halifax is in the same gardening zone as Wichita, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
    Halifax gardens are full of lupines and it’s a great place to grow quick-to-bolt vegetables because it rarely gets unpleasantly hot in the summer.
    I hear Halifax is less affordable than it used to be but there are decent restaurants, a repertory theatre, lots of used book stores and a good music scene. It also has a lovely Victorian public garden and a huge urban park with a beach.
    Good luck.

  8. Thanks Megan! I currently live in an absurdly overpriced city with only one decent restaurant and it’s unfortunately not the vegetarian one (sorry local readers.) So that probably wouldn’t phase us much. The same growing zone as St. Louis sounds fantastic, a bit better than where we are, actually.

    Monica, it was exciting to move to a new city and start over the first, oh, 4-5 times that I did it. At this stage I wish I could move to a city, buy a house, and not move again until I die. Not likely.

  9. Ah, I see Sara. I’ve moved only three times in my whole life (not counting college dorms and apartments). I can see that it might get old.

  10. Nova Scotia — how exciting! We’ll have to visit you there, and D can consult about the gardening 🙂

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