The first wave of applications is out. Good. But just now at the post office, I found out my regular application package--weighed down with a long writing sample and a teaching portfolio that's somewhat expanded from last year--is too heavy for regular first-class mail. The cheapest it could be would be a dime--a dime--less than priority mail. So I just sent the whole batch by priority, at $4.60 an envelope. Fuck.
So between envelopes, the cost of express-posting my last, late application for an exotic, international postdoc I'm not going to get, and a baker's dozen of regular applications, I dropped $88.80 today. That brings my total for the year to $221.02. It's starting to hurt.