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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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!

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?”

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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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Cozy.

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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.