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.
I’m realizing that maybe the reason I’ve been returning to blogging more regularly has something to do with the fact that I’m not writing anything in my work life right now. (I mean, I’m deep into course prep and syllabus development, but I’m no longer writing a dissertation.) I’m sure I’ll be back into working through other research materials and beginning an article before too long, but right now, my writing is mostly blogging! (Another reason might be that there is way more daylight and sunlight, and lots more pictures of me and Boh frolicking outside…) So, here are today’s pictures (though we haven’t yet completed today’s frolic):
Coffee with my canine companion.
Reading what might be the final book for the seminar I’m teaching this fall. (With Boh’s help, obviously.)
Yesterday’s post-gym mimosa. Or, my attempt to solve the problem of how to finish an open bottle of champagne while living alone (and not all in one sitting). My argument is that when combined with orange juice, champagne can be a recovery beverage… And I’m sticking to it.
I finished the second repeat of the diamond stitch pattern, and the more I knit, the more I love this cowl.
Obligatory outfit mirror shot — temperatures are back up to springtime levels, though I did need a coat for the trip to the coffee shop.
I’ve mostly been working at home these last few months, but today, after a sort of slow start to the week, I decided to get out of the house, at least for the morning. It was a great idea. I read A LOT of pages, plus there is a heart in my latte! I appreciated this small affirmation of my plan for the day. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Boh and I have a date with the park!