before march is over…

….want to see what we’ve been up to? (Still no knitting to show.)

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Those ears, though.

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Professor costume. (Complete with old flares I found in the back of the closet? Apparently these are in again.)

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Sweet dog.

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New jeans.

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Spring dress!

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Another spring dress! And a new, bright red bag.

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Fun with airport conveyor belts. (There were lots on my way to my most recent conference.)

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Fries INSIDE the shwarma sandwich.

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Accidental St. Patrick’s Day green.

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Happy, happy dog.

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A Shovels and Rope roadtrip: two hours each way and totally worth it. Happy almost April, friends!

more february.

Catching up here and everywhere in my life right now; thought you might want to see a bit more of our February — or at least the parts I happened to photograph!

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An old friend sent me this gorgeous, hand-carved spoon for my birthday. He’s been wearing hats I’ve knit him for close to a decade; I love that I’m going to be stirring things on the stove with his handiwork for years to come.

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Um, another one of those amazing breakfast sandwiches. I’m pretty sure I snap a picture of this each time I eat it.

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My smoothie matches my pants! It needed to be documented.

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Cocktails and oysters. Just because, and also because I’ve got some news to share: this summer, Boh and I are headed West. I’m going to start my dream job in the fall, and I could not be more excited. (I also could not be more tired — balancing my first year of professoring with being on the job market has been exhausting.) I’m grateful every day for the wonderfulness of my students and my colleagues at my current institution. Everyone here has been so supportive of my search for a tenure-track position (I am currently a visiting professor), and even though I am thrilled about where I’m headed, I will be sad to leave this community.

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Got stuck in Newark during my interview travels, which means I got an evening with this sweet dog and her owners.

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This guy is getting a bit gray in the face. Love him to pieces.

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Christening a new pot with brussel sprouts!

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Another professor costume.

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Oh, hello, Boh. Why so worried? I keep telling him that we are going to move back to the mountains, but I don’t think he gets it. His response is always something like, “is it dinnertime?”


Hi, friends. I’m still knitting on this striped wedding blanket for dear friends. At this rate, I’m hoping I’ll finish it in time for their second anniversary! The good news is that I think it is going to be gorgeous. The bad news is that I have no new pictures of it. I do, however, have some pictures of January and February.

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I love it when this dog poses on the back of the couch like this.

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I went to a conference. I ate this DELICIOUS Basque meal with a friend.

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Dog cuddling.

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Professor costume. (Hotel room action shot.)

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An action shot of Boh’s ears.

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The amazing-ness of the breakfast sandwich at one of my favorite spots in town.

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New professor boots!
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A sunshine-filled “winter” walk.

new year, new knitting.

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I’ve finally begun a wedding present for dear friends who’ve been married…for two years. (In my defense, we’ve been communicating about colors and pattern for awhile now.) I love the yarn I’ve got — a lovely pile of Cascade 220 in a range of neutrals and warm tones that I’m sure you’ll see before long. This is the beginning.

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Boh enjoys one of his Christmas presents. (Not from me.)

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This is what happens when you start a knitting project while rewatching The Office

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This guy, making faces.

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You can’t hear him sighing on that rug, but he was.

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And here’s an awkward picture I snapped before heading out for a good long walk. My new vest matches my running shoes! Okay, back to course prep, which is pretty much all I’ve been doing. It just doesn’t photograph half as well as Boh does…

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Thanks for continuing to stop by, friends. Things have been busy, but very good. Instead of wasting time reading my apologies for not posting, want to see A LOT of pictures from November and December of 2015? Here you go — and here’s to 2016.

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Soup, chicken salad, and iced tea at my favorite lunch spot.

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More soup, more iced tea. (And prepping for class, which is a pretty accurate reflection of my life most days.)

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Fall leaves on my driveway sometime in November.

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This dog, being ridiculous.

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Course prep outside at my favorite coffee shop.

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Documenting a Friday professor costume. (I didn’t start off the semester wearing jeans, but by November, it was necessary. At least on Fridays…)

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More soup, but this came from my kitchen. Sweet potato miso soup, I think.

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Soup prep. Around mid-November, I started making a big pot of something on Saturday afternoons. Adjusting to professor-life has meant re-learning how to feed myself; sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day. (I’ve eaten more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this fall than I think I have since kindergarten…)

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An afternoon walk with my favorite dog.

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Holiday treats from a new and already dear friend.

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Sweet, sweet dog.

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Pesto pasta salad in my car — on the holiday road trip I took to my parents’ house.

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An old and very warm blanket that was my grandmother’s. Check out that tag!

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Southwestern butternut squash soup, simmering.

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Late-night self portrait. Mid-December, maybe? (WordPress scrambled the order of these photos when I batch uploaded them, and I’m too lazy to put them back into chronological order.)

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At least one of us is doing yoga…hoping to return to my practice in 2016.

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Took a road trip to participate in an event organized by grad students on the other side of the state; saw this gorgeous heron on a walk through a beautiful garden.

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Evening sky.

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Those wrinkles!

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Celebrating the end of the semester with another new faculty member: fancy lunch and cocktails in the middle of the day!

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Oh, and look! I did do some knitting this fall. I made two of these eternity scarves out of some luxurious Lorna’s Laces (maybe it’s called Lion and Lamb?) silk/merino blend. One for a dear friend’s birthday, and another as a holiday present for my amazing faculty mentor. I love this pattern; knits up beautifully no matter the yarn, and it is so, so wearable. I’m already behind on some wedding blanket knitting; maybe I can get some of that on the needles before the semester starts up — in less than 2 weeks! Better get back to course prep and syllabus-writing. Happy New Year, friends. And happy knitting.


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Hello, friends! Thanks for the kind notes and comments you’ve left here over the last few months. Boh and I are doing well; just busy and tired from all that new professor life requires. I’m not totally ready to give up on this space — it has been so important to me for so long! (Really. I think I missed my 9th blogiversary — it would’ve been sometime in October.)

But I’m here, right now, to tell you that last night I felt the pull of my stash, and even though it was way too late at night, I found myself digging through bins and shelves of yarn to find something to knit with. I love that feeling, and I wanted to share it. I was too sleepy to wind any yarn or to get to the point where I’ve settled on a pattern, but YAY! My fingers want to knit something. (Maybe a Rikke hat out of bright variegated sock yarn? Maybe another eternity scarf in cozy, subtly kettle-dyed grey?)

Anyway, that feeling of needing to knit something is so great. And honestly, I haven’t had the feeling in awhile. I’m glad it’s back. Happy November, readers (if you’re still here!), from me and of course, from Boh.

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school on monday.

When I was in college, “School on Monday” was one of the preferred cheers at the big football game that occurred the weekend before Thanksgiving, because we had the whole week off, while our opponents had to return to class for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the holiday. I heard it in my head when I woke up this morning, only this time, I’m starting life as a professor on Monday. My syllabi are done, but I want to proofread them again before I make copies. And I need to plan out the actual Monday class meetings — one class is a seminar, and the other is a lecture. I’m nervous, of course, but also excited to be in the classroom again, and sort of ready to be done anticipating all of it. Next week I’m sure I’ll feel like I’ve been thrown into the deep end, but right now I feel sort of ready to jump, if that makes any sense.  So I have no idea how regularly I’ll be posting here as I settle into a work routine. So here are a handful of pictures from our preparation for the semester. Hope you’re all well.

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Huge mushrooms on the quad.

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This guy, posing.

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And watching me from the couch. (He does this a lot, and I find it so funny. At the lakehouse, the couch was pushed up against the wall, so this wasn’t really an option.)

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An orangey-rust flowy dress that makes me happy.

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A peach-blueberry pie I made.

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Patio furniture acquired! (Hooray for Craigslist, and for the young men who offered to deliver this to me because the table was about two inches too big to fit in my car.)

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Tomato tart. Which was enjoyed before that peach blueberry pie.
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Boh, with his new favorite toy, a plush bone he got from our new vet. Happy Friday, friends.