thank you.

Hi everyone,

I haven’t had the bandwidth to write back to your sweet notes, but please know that I appreciate them so much. It has been strange to be in our apartment this last week and a half — there’s no dog on the couch, no water bowl to fill, no need to carefully adjust my legs so that Boh can sleep exactly where he wants to in the crook of my knees.

I was back in the classroom the Monday after we said goodbye to Boh, and as much as being sad is also really exhausting, it also feels good to have a new group of students who are excited about the class to focus on. I’m holding onto that right now.

Here are a few pictures from the last week and a half.

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Sunset on the day we said goodbye.

3dec - 2
Deer in a nearby park — we went for a bike ride, and it helped.

3dec - 3
We’ve taken some walks along the creek and through the neighborhood north of campus, slowly reclaiming the act of taking walks for us, and not just for Boh.

3dec - 4
The peak in the early morning. The pigeons are extra brazen these days because Boh is not here to terrorize them. (I’ll confess that I scared them away, just as he would have, the first time I went out onto the patio without him.)

3dec - 5
Today’s project. I ordered a few prints so that we could have Boh’s dopey face around, and today, as a break from my pile of grading, I went out to buy frames. I’m hoping Chefboyfriend will help me hang them when he gets home from work.

It is quieter here than it should be, I think. Boh was never a loud or super active dog, but I’m missing the sound of paws on hardwood floors and the silliness of his snoring.

We’re doing the best we can. Hope your human and animal companions are well, and happy December, friends.

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very sad news about a Very Good Boy.

Dear readers of the blog and lovers of Boh,

I have some very sad news. Yesterday we said goodbye to Boh. I know it was the right decision, both because of his prognosis and because he stopped eating and mostly stopped drinking over the weekend, but I don’t think that made the choice any easier. I am grateful that I got 10.5 years of his companionship, silliness, bed-hogging, and belly-rub requests. And I’m so grateful to him for getting me through a decade of transition in my life.

I adopted Boh after moving to New Mexico, into my first solo apartment. He crossed the country with me for graduate school, and even accompanied me on several research road trips. I joke that he too, got his PhD, and also that he was very clearly always destined to be my dog because he loved to lick library books. (Don’t worry; when I figured that out, I stopped stacking the library books in places he could reach.)

He came with me on my move south, to my first full-time teaching job as a visiting assistant professor. He kept me company while I graded papers, reminded me when we both needed walks, and listened to me prepare for more job interviews. And when I got my current job, he was so happy to return to the mountain West with me in the summer of 2016. We started running together again like we had when he was a much younger dog in New Mexico, on a path not unlike that first trail along the Rio Grande and through the Bosque.

A friend said to me last night that Boh was a hard dog to get to know, but that the effort was worth it. Once he trusted you, he was always happy to see you, and he remembered old friends even after years without seeing them.

He loved Chefboyfriend immediately, and welcomed him into our lives and our home. Boh even waited with an eye on the door for him to come home from work for belly rubs and evening walks around the neighborhood. I am grateful that Boh was here to see me happy in this way, and after yesterday, I can’t imagine navigating this goodbye all by myself.

You all have been part of our journey, too. I started this blog in the fall of 2007, just a handful of months after adopting Boh. The very first post has a picture of Boh on the day I brought him home from the shelter. (It’s the first picture below.) You watched him grow as you read along with my attempts at various knitting and spinning projects, and you offered him pats and scratches in your comments over the years. Thank you for being part of his life, and part of mine. Here are the pictures I shared on Facebook in celebration and remembrance. As always, thanks for being here.

1puppy2 puppy3 anew mexico kitchen3 boh spaghetti4 wrinkly face5 lake house porch phone screen6 shoulder lean7wrinky face lake house8couch lean9in bed10co walk11boh and ball12cory and boh hike13cory's sweatshirt14cory arms15old boh

international adventures…

This week we went to Toronto for a conference, which means I did my thing (attending some panels, giving a paper), but mostly, that Chefboyfriend and I ate ALL OF THE THINGS. And they were delicious. Here’s a peek at life before, during, and after our whirlwind of a trip. (Psssssst: I brought some knitting!)
15nov - 3
I love this pupper. (He belongs to a colleague.)
15nov - 1
More evidence of my attempt to not wear real pants at all during my current break from teaching.
15nov - 2
Library reading room — getting ready to work.
15nov - 4
Airport knitting! This is a Seaman’s Cap out of handspun.
15nov - 5
View of Toronto from our hotel room on the 24th floor.
15nov - 6
View of a dozen dumplings from just before we ate them.
15nov - 7
The view from the bar of Handlebar in Kensington Market.
15nov - 9
A spectacular meal at Brothers.
15nov - 12
The action at Kinka Izakaya.
15nov - 11
Everything we ate there.
15nov - 13
Mapo tofu at Anne’s Magic Kitchen.
15nov - 10
Balaeniceps rex, my favorite bird, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
15nov - 8
Tasty things at Momofuku.
15nov - 14
This guy was happy to see us.
15nov - 15
Stole one of Chefboyfriend’s hats on my way out the door yesterday.
15nov - 16
Wove in the ends of that hat last night. (I finished the knitting on our first leg of the trip; I should’ve brought the second project I readied, and then took out of my carry-on. Lesson learned.)
15nov - 18
This morning, since I’m feeling a little under the weather (probably just some mild version of post-conference crud), I tidied the apartment, did laundry, and made pumpkin puree with our farm pie pumpkins.
15nov - 17
Here’s what that looked like!
15nov - 19
And here is the newest addition to my office — a happy cactus in a beautiful ceramic planter one of my advisees made! It is officially fall break here, friends. Stay tuned for (hopefully) pictures of a mini-adventure or two before I head back into the classroom after Thanksgiving.

could it be?

Friends, I bound off the pinwheel baby blanket I started in July. I still need to block it, but I’m blogging it because it is ALMOST done, and it has been quite a long time since I finished a knitted something. Other things of note? I am doing a pretty good job of not putting on real pants during this break I have from teaching. I’m cranking through my to-do list, which is extra-long right now because we’ve got a trip to Toronto coming up. (I have a conference to attend, and Chefboyfriend has some parents [mine] to meet. We both plan to eat all of the things.) That’s the update! Here are some pictures of last week’s adventures.

6nov - 1
THIS DOG.

6nov - 8
A beautifully bound-off edge.

6nov - 2
New (cassis-colored) leggings.

6nov - 9
Writing a thing.

6nov - 3
Reading a thing.

6nov - 5
Closing down the coffee shop.

6nov - 6
Thing of beauty. (Huge pot of bolognese.)

6nov - 7
Pupper.

6nov - 11
Chefboyfriend’s new toy — an immersion circulator.

6nov - 12
The very tasty results.

6nov - 13
A Sunday morning walk in our favorite local open space.

handspun! Also, a road trip and a favorite house guest.

lateoct - 4
Finished two-ply handspun. I don’t remember what this is, but it is wonderfully squishy, and will make a lovely winter hat, or maybe a pair of mitts.

lateoct - 5
The blob of this pinwheel continues to grow. I only have a few more rows until I’m at 450 stitches, but as you can imagine, these are LONG rows. Hoping to get this to the baby I began it for before said baby is a toddler…

lateoct - 1
I pickled some radishes.

lateoct - 2
And some beets.

lateoct - 6
And then I drove to New Mexico to see dear friends and pick up a favorite houseguest to bring home with me.

lateoct - 8
While in Albuquerque, we enjoyed tasty Mexican desserts.

lateoct - 7
And beer.

lateoct - 9
And I brought back a lot because Chefboyfriend couldn’t make the trip with me.

lateoct - 11
Once home, I graded in a coffee shop.

lateoct - 3
I drank beer that “tastes like wizards.”

lateoct - 13
And captured this stunning sunset.

lateoct - 14
Went for a hike. (That’s favorite houseguest on the left, and Chefboyfriend on the right.)

lateoct - 10
Admired fall yellows.

lateoct - 15
And appreciated the beauty of a bright, crisp, October afternoon.

plying after months away.

15oct - 5(WordPress encouraged me to change my theme because I was using something older and now unsupported, so I did that, and now I’m fiddling with image size and some other things — please bear with me.) Also, this is what happens when you sit down to ply after months of not plying: you ply in the wrong direction until you notice that something just doesn’t seem right. I even had to google “which way do you ply” to confirm that yes, I should be doing this in the opposite direction I spin singles…sigh.

15oct - 4Boh totally knew that I was doing it wrong.

15oct - 3But then I started again, and see? Pretty pretty. (I think the twist could be a smidge tighter, but these singles, spun in the spring, maybe, are really nice!)15oct - 6And I’m excited about the yarn, though I don’t have the label handy to tell you what it is. (My best guess is something awesome from back when I belonged to the Hello Yarn fiber club.)15oct - 1I did a little bit of work on the patio yesterday.15oct - 2And Boh kept me company.15oct - 7This morning he was a ham and a bed-hog.15oct - 8Looks like I’m going to have about 176 yards of this squishy 2-ply. It’s soaking as I type. Happy weekend, friends.

An October week in photos.

Thanks for the kind words, friends, and for still being here. It means a lot. I don’t have any new knitting to show — I’m teaching a new class right now, so the prep is pretty intense — but I do have pictures of Boh, food, and mountains to share.

13october - 1
In his old age, Boh now naps with a pillow.

13october - 2
And pants happily after runs along the creek.

13october - 3
I still watch for birds, and this flicker has been visiting the rooftop outside one of our apartment windows. She’s noisy, always announcing her arrival.

13october - 4
Leggings and boots under long skirts — we had a sharp cold snap earlier this week, and even a little bit of snow!

13october - 5
We got a new toy in anticipation of the immersion circulator Chefboyfriend ordered for himself. It should arrive next month…

13october - 6
Snow on the peak. (This is the view from our apartment patio.)

13october - 7
A thing of beauty, prepared for the company we had over for dinner on Tuesday night. (Chefboyfriend made duck with a maple syrup glaze. I ate mine too quickly to take a picture!)

13october - 8
Our favorite bakery had a donut day on Wednesday, so we made this our first stop before heading to work.

13october - 9
Farm share — the haul from week 19 of our CSA.

13october - 10
Early this morning I curled up with Boh to read for a lunchtime discussion of Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas, which I highly recommend.