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saying goodbye.

july19 - 5

A lovely lake sunset, from sometime last week. (After a good swim with a friend.)

july19 - 4

Lounging on the Arts Quad, maybe for the last time.

july19 - 7

A happy dog, on the couch we’re giving away.

july19 - 6

A downy woodpecker — the one I like to think keeps coming back to the black walnut tree in my front yard, and sometimes taps on my porch windows. I stood under this tree and watched her for a solid 20 minutes yesterday morning. This sweet bird (and so many others) have kept me company here. (The yard was filled with birds yesterday–it’s like they knew that I’d packed my binoculars and bird books the night before.)

july19 - 1

And this morning I took my mug of coffee down to the end of the dock.

july19 - 2

I watched sailboats and swallows, and appreciated the morning calm.

july19 - 3

This is the week that I say goodbye. And I’m excited about the next thing–a new home, new town, new job. But this place has been kind to me these last seven years, and I think it will be hard to leave. (Finishing up my summer grading this week, packing up the house, and driving south to my new home next weekend. Stay tuned!)

 

I always forget how intense summer session courses can be. Three weeks of daily discussion sections have gone by in a flash, and it’s July. Yesterday I took my first swim in the lake. And Boh and I have two more weeks here in the lake house, and in our sweet small town, before we move on to our next adventure. Here are a few snippets from the last few weeks:

july11 - 1

A porch pancake breakfast with friends who came to visit for the holiday weekend.

july11 - 2

We had a dinner party! And a galette! (Tomato, corn, zucchini, scallions, and parmesan.)

july11 - 3

Dick: The Game. (A Moby-Dick themed version of Cards Against Humanity. Yes, we are nerds, and proud of it.)

july11 - 4

This face.

july11 - 5

These falls.

july11 - 6

These flowers, in between where I park my car and where our summer course was held. I’d turn the corner each morning and just breathe them in.

july11 - 7

Packing. I started with the knitting books — I didn’t realize I have so many! The box pile is slowly growing, and the movers will be here in just under two weeks…

june20 - 2

I can’t help myself. I take so many pictures of this sweet face.

june20 - 1

Boh and I took a nice walk around campus at sunset.

june20 - 8

On Thursday night I baked blueberry muffins.

june20 - 7

Nerd fun arrived in the mail. (This is based on Cards Against Humanity — and a prototype of this that I saw on Twitter was called Cards Against the Humanities!) Looking forward to playing this with the rest of the staff of my summer course, perhaps during a lull in office hours? My summer teaching starts up on Monday.

june20 - 5

Some impressive kite sailing on the lake, viewed from the park near my house.

june20 - 6

Boh, napping under my desk during a conference call.

june20 - 4

Morning sweetness.

june20 - 3

And nighttime sleepiness. That’s been our week, friends. Quiet, and only sort of productive, but maybe just what we needed.

mostly boh.

No knitting this week, just a lot of pictures from walks with Boh. (My family was in town this week, and we spent a lot of time outside!)

june14 - 6

But first, porch work and peonies.

june14 - 7

This guy had to stay inside because he was howling at the gardener in my neighbor’s yard.

june14 - 8

A statement necklace I bought a decade ago. I don’t know what prompted me to reach for it last week, but I love it with this blouse.

june14 - 9

My brother and I saw this heron while walking Boh in the park.

june14 - 10

Ears.

june14 - 11

Our homemade ransom note Father’s Day card for my dad.

june14 - 1

Boh being silly — asking for a belly rub while wearing his circle bone as a bracelet.

june14 - 5

Tuckered out.

june14 - 4

From a walk with my parents — the view from the crest of a hill.

june14 - 2

I’ve been looking for brown heeled sandals, and I think these are the winners. (Not exactly what I was looking for, but I think the best I’m going to find in my price range. It’s possible that the only thing I’ve done today is confirm that these are comfortable enough to wear all day…)

june14 - 3

And all this guy did today is nap! Hope you had wonderful weekends, friends.

june8 - 3

First up, some bananas that had sat for too long on the counter demanded to become banana bread.

june8 - 4

YUM. Why haven’t I baked banana bread lately? (Oh, right. The dissertation.)

june8 - 20

The long winter means that the start date for my CSA has been pushed back, but the farmer emailed last week to say that we should all come out and pick some peonies anyway. When I got there, she said to have at them, and pick as many as I could carry. So I did!

june8 - 5

And then I put them all over the house.

june8 - 6

And on the porch.

june8 - 7

Here’s the blossom I put in the kitchen next to the sink. (I promise not to post pictures of each vase, but you get the idea.)

june8 - 8

On our way to the creek.

june8 - 9

It was a little muddy, so we turned onto a side path. I love woodpecker trees.

june8 - 10

Boh loved the grass on the edge of this ledge overlooking the creek.

june8 - 11

And then he napped hard.

june8 - 2

A new dress that will be (with a blazer, at least) one of my professor costumes.

june8 - 1

A serious brushing for Boh.

june8 - 13

Double the dogs! (Tango joined us for a sleepover.)

june8 - 12

Double the fun!

june8 - 14

Double the napping. (Friends in town for their college reunions came by yesterday with sparkling wine to lounge on the porch and catch up. It was lovely.)

june8 - 15

These expressions indicate concern about the smoke detector and interest in the chicken I was roasting. (My kitchen doesn’t have the best ventilation, and the recipe called for very high heat…which meant some loud beeping noises at a few points in the process.)

june8 - 16

I roasted a chicken! I know this is pretty basic, but somehow I managed to make it to 33 without ever doing this. Whenever I buy whole chickens (which, admittedly, isn’t that often), I tend to turn them into soup. I followed a recipe from The Ktchn’s cookbook, and stuffed the bird with two halves of a whole lemon. (This is not the recipe I followed — though I’m flagging this one for future reference because the temperature is lower, and that might work better with my current kitchen.)

june8 - 17

Victory! I carved my chicken and sliced some of it to go on top of a salad, and made a quick sauce/dressing from the crispy bits in the pan and a little bit of white wine.

june8 - 18

Someone stood watch for any food that might fall from my fork. (It didn’t happen.)

june8 - 19

And this guy fell asleep in the shoe pile. Tango’s human will be back tonight, so we’ve got almost the whole day to play. Happy Monday!

I’m realizing that maybe the reason I’ve been returning to blogging more regularly has something to do with the fact that I’m not writing anything in my work life right now. (I mean, I’m deep into course prep and syllabus development, but I’m no longer writing a dissertation.) I’m sure I’ll be back into working through other research materials and beginning an article before too long, but right now, my writing is mostly blogging! (Another reason might be that there is way more daylight and sunlight, and lots more pictures of me and Boh frolicking outside…) So, here are today’s pictures (though we haven’t yet completed today’s frolic):

june3 - 4

Coffee with my canine companion.

june3 - 5

Reading what might be the final book for the seminar I’m teaching this fall. (With Boh’s help, obviously.)

june3 - 6

Yesterday’s┬ápost-gym mimosa. Or, my attempt to solve the problem of how to finish an open bottle of champagne while living alone (and not all in one sitting). My argument is that when combined with orange juice, champagne can be a recovery beverage… And I’m sticking to it.

june3 - 3

I finished the second repeat of the diamond stitch pattern, and the more I knit, the more I love this cowl.

june3 - 1

Obligatory outfit mirror shot — temperatures are back up to springtime levels, though I did need a coat for the trip to the coffee shop.

june3 - 2

I’ve mostly been working at home these last few months, but today, after a sort of slow start to the week, I decided to get out of the house, at least for the morning. It was a great idea. I read A LOT of pages, plus there is a heart in my latte! I appreciated this small affirmation of my plan for the day. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Boh and I have a date with the park!

A day on the porch. Here, with coffee:

june2 - 1

A picture to indicate that the coffee, for whatever reason, was just not working.

june2 - 2

More porch work. This time with a huge salad.

june2 - 3

Afternoon light. Porch work with a glass of water. (Flowers from my yard!)

june2 - 4

Morning granola. (Boh supervising.)

june2 - 5

Wide-eyed Boh — a face I love. (He usually makes this face when he is getting belly rubs, but sometimes also when I scratch him behind the ears.)

june2 - 6

And then we went for a morning walk around a reservoir on campus, in an attempt to tire ourselves out before it got too hot.

june2 - 7

On a bridge!

june2 - 8

View from the bridge:

june2 - 9

Happy dog.

june2 - 10

Slow, steady progress on my Avery cowl.

june2 - 11

Chocolate chip walnut cookies. I put most of them in the freezer so I wouldn’t just eat them all, and then remembered how good cookies taste when you eat them right out of the freezer. Good thing this recipe only makes a couple dozen. (Boh and I had a dog/friend playdate this week, and I took a bunch over there.)

june2 - 12

Morning nap.

june2 - 13

Morning…work? We’ve had much cooler temps the last few days, so in this picture, Boh is actually doing the very important work of keeping my toes warm.

june2 - 14

A walk on the bike path during a break in the rain.

june2 - 15

Silliness.

june2 - 16

Mid-yawn.

june2 - 17

We’re trying to settle into a summer routine over here. Hoping it will include lots of good walks, plenty of course prep, some knitting, and maybe a few more batches of cookies. (Where summer means the next few weeks of June! My summer teaching begins at the end of this month…)

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