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I doubt whether anybody glances at this ole blog malarky anymore, but a great big hello to anybody who might. It's been a long time, but I feel a great urge to come back to y'all. And this time I plan to come back proper and stay for a good while.

So what's happened since last I updated here. Well let me first check when that was...

It turns out I was just finishing the first year of my PhD. Well that PhD lasted a full four years and I finally finished last September and became Dr Paul. After that I tried to find work, which was difficult - I kept getting interviews and getting close to the job, but always got pipped at the post by someone with different experience. Talking to one of the interviewers in a rejection phone call, he told me that 150 PhDs had applied to the position and I'd come in the top 3. Good to hear, but very frustrating nonetheless.

So I ended up getting a job in Waterstones in November while I continued applying to jobs. Anyone who remembers me may well remember my obsession for books so this was a not altogether unwelcome happening. However, the low pay and shitty managers doesn't the happiest of people make, despite the decent discount and constant inspiration for book-buying. In February, I applied for a wonderful-sounding job in the US with little hope - I had no published papers yet and most non-UK employers simply won't consider you without one. So you can imagine my surprise when I got two phone interviews for the job and, within a week of applying, got offered the position! Woo!

So now I live near to Washington, DC, working at the National Institutes of Health on more malaria stuff. It's pretty awesome so far, though I've still not got round enough to know all the good stuffs. I'd become pretty well at home in Manchester, knowing where all the best stuff was and it's going to take a while to get to that point here. But anyways, you don't really want to know all that. I imagine if anyone is still here, they're more likely to be interested in the ole personal life.

Well I have a ladyfriend nowadays by the name of Ruth. She's wonderful and beautiful and everything else you could hope for, but unfortunately is also in Manchester, so all is not perfect. Seems to be working out so far though and I imagine I'll talk about it a lot more when I settle back into this whole livejournal malarky.

Anyways, if there is anybody here, how the devil are you??? There are definitely people I've missed here, as strange as that may sound considering most of you I've never met. Anyone remember me? I hope all is super and I'll be more involved from now on.

Love and smooches.


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Aug. 17th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)

Ahhh! Paul! So good to here your news. All good news too. Keep writing!

Aug. 17th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)

Ps. You are the mack

Aug. 18th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe you live in America now! How did I miss this from Facebook?

(This is Alex, I changed journals sometime during your MAMMOTH hiatus.)

High five!
Aug. 18th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
You still exist on here! That is truly excellent news. I was very disappointed to see a line through ms_elusive, but this is now wonderful. I shall add you post-haste!
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
how exciting for you to be living in america! long distance relationships are tough, i'm in one between london and edinburgh, but they definitely can and do work so good luck with it! stoked on the idea that you are back on lj for good...it has been dying a death over the past couple of years!
Aug. 19th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for your still existing on here! How are things in Scotchland? Everything super duper?
Aug. 20th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
yep life is wonderful in scotland! relocating to london in just under 2 months though, so i will miss it dreadfully. excited for the next adventure!
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