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Gillian Welch’s “April the 14th Part 1″ is worth a listen all the time, but maybe especially today. And thank you, friends, for all your kind words and congratulations. It hasn’t really hit me yet that I did this thing. Maybe once I’ve filed the thing at the end of the month?

Anyway, my first few days as a doctor involved catching up on some sleep, eating breakfast on the porch, and taking some solid walks with my sweet dog. (And some actual celebrating.) Want to see?

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Boh, basking in the sun. (I had to laugh–his eyes were closed, but he was holding up his head and sort of nodding as he fell asleep.)

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More beautiful flowers to celebrate. I love spring flowers.

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Our local waterfall, raging after a lot of spring rain.

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Boh was pretty excited about it — can you see that he’s drooling? (This is a little gross, but Boh only drools when he is excited, either on a really great walk filled with good smells, or when he’s playing outside with new dog friends. His drool is really…viscous? So he’ll be running around with a serious strand of it hanging from his mouth. Sort of icky, but also strangely endearing.)

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Celebratory beverage, the first. I have decided that all beverages should be chilled with ice spheres.

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Warm enough for bare legs! Also worth celebrating after such a long winter.

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Porch breakfast (scrambled eggs, salsa, corn tortillas), flowers, and a matching notebook. (For slowly getting back to work.)

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My trusty sidekick, snoring under the table. I’ll take it. No knitting to share right now, but I imagine I’ll be back to it soon…

dr. rooster

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I’ve spent the week reading my dissertation.

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And today, I put on one version of my professor costume (I will never not call it that, K.), and headed to campus for my dissertation defense. And after a lovely, productive conversation about my work, and congratulations from my committee, I came home and crossed the defense off my list for good.

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And then a dear friend brought over beautiful flowers.

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Aren’t they lovely? They’re my first fresh flowers of spring. What a perfect day for them. I think it will take awhile for today’s milestone to really sink in, but hooray!

Signed,

Dr. Rooster

6april01

Hi, friends. Boh had a rough week. Those of you who’ve been here awhile can probably tell that this face is not Boh’s regular sad face.

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He did not feel good on Wednesday, and was having trouble getting up onto the couch. He tried to jump up into the car and missed, which broke my heart. So we went to the vet.

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And after lots of bloodwork to rule out the scary stuff, the diagnosis was that he tweaked something in his back. Armed with pain meds and orders to not jump, play, or take walks for a week, we headed back home.

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And the weather turned into pretty good hunkering weather. The fog sat low over the lake, which made the yard look eerie.

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Eerie but lovely.

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And look! Spring might be here soon. The daffodils are trying, anyway.

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Somebody’s feeling a little better. Good enough to make that super quizzical face at the huge pile of paper on my lap. (That’s a draft of my DISSERTATION, you guys!)

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And here’s a roasted beet salad I made the other night. Farm beets, homemade dressing, and bread I picked up at opening day of our farmers’ market.

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Beer to help with the grading. (I’ll confess, I picked this half because I miss the West, and half because of the sheep. Beer for knitters?)

6april12

Still sleepy, but he’s definitely feeling better. The sun is shining today, and I’m so ready for Boh to finish his meds so we can get back to all of our favorite spots. Happy spring, friends. (And maybe there will be some knitting soon? I’ve got a blanket to finish, and I did recently offer to make someone a hat…)

march?

Yep. It’s March. Almost April, in fact. Here’s a string of photos that pretty much captures what we’ve been up to since my last post:

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Quite the winter. Lots of shoveling, and several stunning sunsets.

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For my birthday, two of my favorite people gave me a mug that they made with (among other things) Boh’s face on it. I adore it.

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Boh has been napping…hard.

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And I’ve been working.

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A lot.

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Also, it was my birthday, and a dear friend baked me a cake!

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And Boh napped some more.

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A student who is taking a class in the greenhouses on campus brought me tulips.

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Fog sitting low.

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More dog sweetness. Happy spring, folks.

 

 

 

[clears throat]

Hi, friends. I seem to be neglecting this space. But the good news is that I have been knitting — mostly simple things, and a lot of garter stitch bias blankets as presents. Want to see some of what we’ve been up to these last few months?

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Well, this guy has been doing a lot of this.

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And I’ve been knitting a lot of colorblock bias blankets, all of them wedding presents.

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I can’t even pick one; I love all the different color combinations I’ve been using for these.

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Oh, and this hat is going to make its way to a friend who I’m pretty sure has been wearing a hat I made him something like 8 years ago — one of my earliest projects.

23jan08

Another! This yellow yarn was a cashmere blend that I bought in NYC maybe in 2007? It just hadn’t found the right project yet. I love this stripe of brightness.

23jan09

This blanket has some Fibre Company Knightsbridge AND a whole skein of Malabrigo. So soft.

23jan10

A walk on a cold but sunny day. I love all the different colors in the water and ice of the stream.

23jan11

An attempt at a self portrait with Boh. He never looks at the camera when we try this, so this is about as good as they get.

23jan12

Butternut tikka masala from Feasting at Home. This was SO GOOD.

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The finished blanket with the Knightsbridge and Malabrigo.

23jan14

I got a very cool portable standing desk, and now Boh supervises by sitting right next to me while I write.

23jan15

I’m on the academic job market right now, and it is brutal. Boh and I needed a little bit of sunshine this afternoon, and the view from the park near my house helped. Everything was sparkling today.

23jan01

A baby hat out of handspun for a friend’s soon-to-be-here baby.

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An adventure to find the waterfall at a local natural area owned by my university. I think it was December, but it felt like fall.

23jan03

 

Happy, happy rooster. (And happy Boh, too.)

Hope you’re all well, fiber friends.

fall.

I just looked over at Boh snoring next to me on the couch, and thought you might want to see a little bit of what we’ve been up to the last few months. I’m not knitting very much, but I’m hoping that my fingers will want to work on something simple and help me catch up on the wedding gift knitting in my queue. Things are very busy around here — fellowship applications, the academic job market, the dissertation. I can’t promise there will be much blogging, but I am still here, still reading blogs, and still very much appreciating the internet community of knitters and spinners. Happy fall to all of you.

4oct01

Boh enjoying one of our favorite places to walk.

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And wade.

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We enjoyed watching this flicker look for treats on the stone steps outside the enclosed porch.

4oct04

Scrambed eggs, avocado, and salsa on corn tortillas: lunch of dissertators (champions?).

4oct05

Negroni on the porch.

4oct06

I had the flu a few weeks ago, and Boh took care of me.

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A self portrait in the very fancy bathroom of a new building on campus.

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Sitting on the dock.

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My mom came for a quick visit, and she brought me a pumpkin!

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Farm flowers. The gladiolas this year were gorgeous.

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Happy, happy dog.

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Fall has begun. I love it, and I think Boh really does, too. Maybe there’s something about the smell of leaves?

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Fancy shoes and a manhattan help with proofreading, right? (One of my goals for this fall is to become a little bit more proficient in the land of mixing drinks.)

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A view of the lake from campus on a clear, sunny day.

Thanks for reading, friends.

August?

Whoa. Can we hit pause, please? This summer is moving far too quickly for me. I’m not really knitting (though I’ve got another one of those colorblock bias blankets on the needles), but I’m not ready to be done with this space, so here’s a handful of images from the last several weeks. As you can see, Boh is hard at work. (I am too, though those photos aren’t anywhere near as thrilling.) Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

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Boh and I went to the Berkshires for a writing retreat. Here we are taking an afternoon hike along a section of the Appalachian Trail.

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And here we are looking out across the Berkshires from the top of Mt. Greylock.

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A local lap around a manmade lake on campus.

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Sweet dog with his favorite bone.

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Farm flowers and pancakes.

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Out for a hike.

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More farm flowers.

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A view from a bridge over the inlet that leads to the lake.

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“Working.”

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I’m dog-sitting for a friend for a few weeks, so we’ve doubled the number of dogs here. These two play hard and then collapse on the couch like this. So sweet.

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This was our first day together. Lots of cuddling, not so much working.

Maybe I’ll have some knitting to share next time?!

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