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!)
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I love this pupper. (He belongs to a colleague.)
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More evidence of my attempt to not wear real pants at all during my current break from teaching.
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Library reading room — getting ready to work.
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Airport knitting! This is a Seaman’s Cap out of handspun.
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View of Toronto from our hotel room on the 24th floor.
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View of a dozen dumplings from just before we ate them.
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The view from the bar of Handlebar in Kensington Market.
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A spectacular meal at Brothers.
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The action at Kinka Izakaya.
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Everything we ate there.
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Mapo tofu at Anne’s Magic Kitchen.
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Balaeniceps rex, my favorite bird, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
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Tasty things at Momofuku.
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This guy was happy to see us.
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Stole one of Chefboyfriend’s hats on my way out the door yesterday.
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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.)
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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.
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Here’s what that looked like!
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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.

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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.

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THIS DOG.

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A beautifully bound-off edge.

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New (cassis-colored) leggings.

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Writing a thing.

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Reading a thing.

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Closing down the coffee shop.

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Thing of beauty. (Huge pot of bolognese.)

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Pupper.

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Chefboyfriend’s new toy — an immersion circulator.

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The very tasty results.

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A Sunday morning walk in our favorite local open space.

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

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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.

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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…

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I pickled some radishes.

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And some beets.

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

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While in Albuquerque, we enjoyed tasty Mexican desserts.

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And beer.

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

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Once home, I graded in a coffee shop.

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I drank beer that “tastes like wizards.”

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And captured this stunning sunset.

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

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Admired fall yellows.

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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.

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In his old age, Boh now naps with a pillow.

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And pants happily after runs along the creek.

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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.

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

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

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Snow on the peak. (This is the view from our apartment patio.)

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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!)

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

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Farm share — the haul from week 19 of our CSA.

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

anybody out there?

Hello, friends. It has sure been awhile. (So long, in fact, that the jeans that were new in the last post ripped a few weeks ago and I went on an emergency jean-buying spree.) When I last wrote to you, Boh and I lived in the South, but we were getting ready to head West for a new job, maybe even THE job. (This one’s tenure-track, and partway through year two, I’m really happy here.)

Not long after we moved, I met a dude — from here, but newly returned. We figured out that we drove across the country the same week. Let’s call him Chefboyfriend — because yep, that’s what he does. We’re going on 16 months together, and all three of us (me, Boh, Chefboyfriend) are happy.

I’m not knitting a lot, but there are some long term WIPs on the needles. And also a book in the works. And I’m wondering to myself if restarting the blog might be a good way to work on my writing practice as I begin working to find regular time for my research again alongside my pretty intensive teaching schedule. So, no promises — we’ve seen how that goes — but I have missed this space. And all of you.

Would you like to see some pictures of my life since March 2016? Here’s a handful (or seven):

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New apartment.

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Not long after I moved out here, I went to a dear friend’s wedding in Portland. And wore pink!

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And I cast on a baby hat.

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I continued working on a long overdue wedding blanket…

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Boh and I explored our new home.

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More of that wedding blanket. (Yes, this picture is from more than a year ago, and no, it isn’t done yet…)

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I prepped for class on my patio and looked at the mountains.

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Chefboyfriend took me on lots of hikes and drives. This one, to see the aspens last fall, was pretty great.

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I set up (and sat down at) my wheel.

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And even spun some squishy two-ply yarn.

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More adventuring with Chefboyfriend.

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We drove out to see my little brother and meet the animals on his farm.

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We took our bikes to Canyonlands for spring break.

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And there’s been lots of chef-cooked food. Cornish game hens and asparagus here, I think.

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Buffalo chicken sandwiches with Anchor Bar wing sauce my parents sent us.

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Grilled butternut squash and pork loin.

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Scallops, enjoyed on the patio near the end of summer.

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More spinning.

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We bought a dresser and celebrated our adulting skills.

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Boh experienced Great Sand Dune National Monument.

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I baked several of these variations on the Smitten Kitchen raspberry buttermilk cake.

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A colleague invited me to guest lecture at Tulane, so we went to New Orleans and ate all of the tasty things.

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I got out the tent.

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And we camped in Yellowstone.

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And drove through the Tetons.

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I baked zucchini bread and muffins — and barely put a dent in the zucchini we’ve been getting in our farm share.

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Saw my first show at Red Rocks — The Avett Brothers with Shovels & Rope.

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We have a new bakery in town, and it turns out the baker moved from where I went to grad school! He used to bake the bread in my bread share and work at the awesome farm I belonged to there. These galettes are happy-making. And the bakery is an easy bike ride from the apartment.

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Boh remains sweet and silly.

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A pinwheel blanket I cast on before our summer road trip.

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A professor costume.

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Sour beers in bright colors.

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My office door.

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Boh, with an ultrasound haircut. We had a big health scare with Boh this fall. He’s certainly getting older, but for now, he’s doing pretty well — and running along our favorite path with me again. And frolicking. Here’s one last picture from our first hike after all the scary medical stuff:

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Hope you’re well, friends. And happy knitting!

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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Clouds.

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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!