(Wittering about my job, or lack thereof.)
Two falls ago, the Other University here had a sudden need for someone to teach four lab sections, for boring reasons (which I know, but will not bore you with). Starting in four weeks. Despite knowing I could only teach for one semester and then I was having a baby, I took the job.*
The second semester, they hired an ABD grad student** to take over.
One fall ago, the department chair*** gave all but one section back to Mr. ABD, after pulling some dodgy underhanded shenanigans Mr. ABD doesn't have a PhD from his third-rate grad program.**** I not only do have a PhD, from a fancy school literally everyone in this country has heard of, but I am stuck here in town indefinitely. But fine. I told myself it was totally understandable and okay and that I wasn't annoyed.
This spring, the department chair gave all but one section to Mr. ABD again. I told him^ I wanted more; he didn't feel like it, for whatever reason (I annoyed him by being pregnant^^; Mr. ABD had to 'support his family'; whatever). I told myself again that the sections were his to dispose of, whatever, etc., and started applying for other jobs.
Two weeks ago, the department chair announced his departure for greener pastures and I realized, you know what? I was really fucking annoyed. I'm better qualified, I have more experience, and I'm stuck here. So yeah! PoPiss me off! EXCELLENT PLAN! Because it's so easy to find part-time biochem PhDs floating around here.^^^
(The department now needs to find a visiting instructor in Uncommon Specialty- it is April! - AND they will have at least five sections of various things, each semester, left over. Mr. ABD studied Uncommon Specialty! They should hire him, give me back my !@#% sections, and we'd all be happy. Also, he should fucking finish.)
(I have no idea what is actually going to happen.)
* Adjuncting = a one semester contract = I don't owe you anything.
** With MAJOR issues with his grad program, and who, a full year later, has still not received a PhD.
*** Who is a jerk.
**** Think... New Mexico State. For chemistry. That's right! You've never heard of their chemistry program!
^ Of course it's a dude.
^^ IT'S NOT LIKE IT WAS ON PURPOSE ANYWAYS.
^^^ I am literally the only one at loose ends for 20 miles in any direction.