Yesterday was a good day. I got up early, finished reviewing for my Science in America final, went and took my ten-minute oral exam at 11:30, passed with flying colors, and headed to the last department brown bag of the semester, followed by the last SociETAS of the semester. I then rode my bike home, baked cookies, had a cup of tea, listened to some Crowded House, and was thrilled to be in the house when my new tent was delivered, which I promptly set up in the living room, minus rain fly and stakes. If our May camping trip happens as planned, we’ll be all set!
After the cookies were done, Abby returned, and a little before six we drove over to Bill Cronon’s for the end-of-semeser Environmental History get-together in honor of Ryan’s departure for UCLA. It was a big pot-luck, and the food was delicious; I chatted with a bunch of people over beers. After dessert, we all gathered in the living room to watch Grizzly Man, followed by a great discussion. The EH folks are a great bunch — and it’s nice to have a group of people outside of my own department that also feels like a community, one I can belong to just as well.
And so this weekend I have two papers to revise, and more writing to do once those are finished, but at this point I’m feeling like I actually have the time to do what I need to get done. It’s quite refreshing, for the end of the semester, actually.
In an hour or so I’ll be taking Paul to the airport — he’s going home for his father’s ordination tomorrow, and coming right back on Monday. It’ll be another good opportunity to get some good work done, even though today is already feeling like a (well-earned) day off, after a leisurely morning eating pastries on the porch and enjoying the sunny day and cool breeze. Oh, and would you believe the amazing job of parallel parking I did last night, right across from our house? Perfection.
With the exam behind me, and the good fun last night, this weekend is feeling like the start of a summer kickoff. The tent helps — and even on film Alaskan scenery makes me positively itch to get outside. There’s plenty to celebrate.


2 thoughts on “Kickoff.

  1. Am:
    Thinking about you today. My exam’s on Tuesday, and straits are dire. Melancholy threatens! And yet, I know that Tuesday night will mark a night of celebratory drinking, regardless of outcome… and a letter will soon be in the offing.

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