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.
Huge mushrooms on the quad.
This guy, posing.
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.)
An orangey-rust flowy dress that makes me happy.
A peach-blueberry pie I made.
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.)
Tomato tart. Which was enjoyed before that peach blueberry pie.
Boh, with his new favorite toy, a plush bone he got from our new vet. Happy Friday, friends.
I haven’t meant to not be posting; just so much going on. Here are a couple of snippets from the last week or so. As you can see, we’re starting to settle in.
My yellow table is back in the kitchen. The things you see on the table and on the walls come from at least 5 different people from all corners of my life, which is pretty cool. (Or at least I think so.)
This guy. That ear.
Smitten Kitchen sesame noodles.
Banana nut espresso muffins from Super Natural Cooking.
Me in my new home.
New chair, and my favorite little corner of my room.
Documenting that I wore blue, purple, and pink all at the same time. (Sort of an unusual color combination for me…)
Everything on this plate came from the farmers’ market last weekend. Everything!
We’re here! And there’s a big, lovely tree in this front yard, too.
I put down Boh’s favorite rug (which was on the lake house porch), and he immediately claimed a spot at the door.
He mostly stayed on my bed during my early unpacking, but as soon as I was able to acquire a new-to-us couch, he settled right in.
I am in love with the main room of this house — a big open space for living and dining and working. After five days of cleaning and unpacking, this room is starting to look like home. (Special thanks to my mom — she’s been here with me, and it wouldn’t look even half this good without her help!)
Had my first bowl of yogurt and granola–with peaches!–in the new house. Happy colors, happy dog, happy rooster.
A lovely lake sunset, from sometime last week. (After a good swim with a friend.)
Lounging on the Arts Quad, maybe for the last time.
A happy dog, on the couch we’re giving away.
A downy woodpecker — the one I like to think keeps coming back to the black walnut tree in my front yard, and sometimes taps on my porch windows. I stood under this tree and watched her for a solid 20 minutes yesterday morning. This sweet bird (and so many others) have kept me company here. (The yard was filled with birds yesterday–it’s like they knew that I’d packed my binoculars and bird books the night before.)
And this morning I took my mug of coffee down to the end of the dock.
I watched sailboats and swallows, and appreciated the morning calm.
This is the week that I say goodbye. And I’m excited about the next thing–a new home, new town, new job. But this place has been kind to me these last seven years, and I think it will be hard to leave. (Finishing up my summer grading this week, packing up the house, and driving south to my new home next weekend. Stay tuned!)
I always forget how intense summer session courses can be. Three weeks of daily discussion sections have gone by in a flash, and it’s July. Yesterday I took my first swim in the lake. And Boh and I have two more weeks here in the lake house, and in our sweet small town, before we move on to our next adventure. Here are a few snippets from the last few weeks:
A porch pancake breakfast with friends who came to visit for the holiday weekend.
We had a dinner party! And a galette! (Tomato, corn, zucchini, scallions, and parmesan.)
Dick: The Game. (A Moby-Dick themed version of Cards Against Humanity. Yes, we are nerds, and proud of it.)
These flowers, in between where I park my car and where our summer course was held. I’d turn the corner each morning and just breathe them in.
Packing. I started with the knitting books — I didn’t realize I have so many! The box pile is slowly growing, and the movers will be here in just under two weeks…
I can’t help myself. I take so many pictures of this sweet face.
Boh and I took a nice walk around campus at sunset.
On Thursday night I baked blueberry muffins.
Nerd fun arrived in the mail. (This is based on Cards Against Humanity — and a prototype of this that I saw on Twitter was called Cards Against the Humanities!) Looking forward to playing this with the rest of the staff of my summer course, perhaps during a lull in office hours? My summer teaching starts up on Monday.
Some impressive kite sailing on the lake, viewed from the park near my house.
Boh, napping under my desk during a conference call.
And nighttime sleepiness. That’s been our week, friends. Quiet, and only sort of productive, but maybe just what we needed.
No knitting this week, just a lot of pictures from walks with Boh. (My family was in town this week, and we spent a lot of time outside!)
But first, porch work and peonies.
This guy had to stay inside because he was howling at the gardener in my neighbor’s yard.
A statement necklace I bought a decade ago. I don’t know what prompted me to reach for it last week, but I love it with this blouse.
My brother and I saw this heron while walking Boh in the park.
Our homemade ransom note Father’s Day card for my dad.
Boh being silly — asking for a belly rub while wearing his circle bone as a bracelet.
From a walk with my parents — the view from the crest of a hill.
I’ve been looking for brown heeled sandals, and I think these are the winners. (Not exactly what I was looking for, but I think the best I’m going to find in my price range. It’s possible that the only thing I’ve done today is confirm that these are comfortable enough to wear all day…)
And all this guy did today is nap! Hope you had wonderful weekends, friends.