Oh, that's right, everyone else has just come back from vacation and were busy purging their in-boxes into mine. Translation: The new quarter has begun.
So I've spent a large part of the day digging myself out. And I haven't even checked my snail-mail box yet. My formerly pleasantly vacant schedule has now become submerged in a deluge of meetings, seminars, talks to give, outreach activities, and a few social events. When the research and writing is supposed to occur, I'm not entirely sure.
I've been meaning to write another serious blog post (I've even got a title: "The proper name for a woman.") but instead today I'll just brain-dump and update you on my doings (in no particular order).
- Despite the sad occasion, our trip to Midwest was actually quite nice with some time with the in-laws and their whole extended family (making it feel a bit like Christmas), a quick visit to husband's best friend and a lovely day with Writer Chica and Toddler.
- The Northwest is truly home now. I experienced quite a bit of culture shock during the trip. I can't handle a life where au gratin potatoes are your only "vegetable" for a day or more, where the grocery store produce is pallid and limited, and the only place to get a Chai tea is referred to as "that hippie place." Granted, this was in an extremely small town, and by virtue of my profession, if I return to the Midwest it'll be to a (hopefully more enlightened) college town, but when I got to the gate for our last flight home, I found myself breathing a sigh of relief and thinking "These are my people." Yes it was pouring, and it is flooding again, but that only heightens my sense of belonging in this place.
- "Now the practice of yoga begins." Apparently that is the first yoga sutra (or something like that) and since I've now survived (enjoyed, even) my second yoga class I think its appropriate to mention it. The class is in my building, and there's something wonderfully satisfying and funny about doing stretches and napping (or whatever it is at the end) with a bunch of middle-age adults with whom I work.
- My research area gets filed differently at different schools, and I am finishing a job application for a 3rd type of department. This department is very applied, and its been interesting to think about which aspects of my C.V. I want to highlight in the cover letter and how subtle word changes in my research and teaching statements are needed to be appropriate for this job. I think I could handle this applied focus very well, but it sure is a different package to put together than for say, FancyPants University.
- I think I'll make a pumpkin leek soup tonight. We've had a pumpkin languishing on our counter since this fall, and I don't care whether or not my husband doesn't like pumpkin, I want to eat it. Plus, it'll be good for me.
- I've been struggling to come up with a proper blog moniker for my husband, having contemplated and discarding things like Mr. ScienceWoman. I think I've found one that's appropriate and that he likes: BusinessMan, BM for short. Whaddaya think?