Thursday, March 17, 2011
Well, we drove to Memphis, spent a very pleasant evening downtown, took a carriage ride back to the hotel and I went to bed early for my interview. I was sooo nervous - I woke up at 3, and then 4, and then 5 and finally at 5:30 I got dressed and went to the hotel gym to run on the treadmill. The gym was nice enough, but it was so hot in there that I had to take three water breaks during a five mile run. Finally, toward the end of the run, I found the thermostat - figures, doesn't it? Somebody had it set on 75 - too warm for an indoor gym! And I like warm!
Then back to the room for a shower, and into the monkey suit for the interview. We left early for campus because neither of us knows much about Memphis. Fortunately, the place was easy to find. I made it to the interview site about half an hour early.
I got called back, we spoke for about twenty minutes and then it was over. I fumbled some things I wanted to say, and couldn't think of other things I'd meant to ask or emphasize. But the interviewers were very kind and engaging, and I just have to hope that it was enough. Then the six-hour drive home and I'm back at work tomorrow. Thanks, everyone, for the kind words and positive thoughts. Since a doctoral degree is required for me to keep my job, I hope they let me know soon!