And we're back! At least I'm back. From Kalamazoo, where I met Dame Eleanor to say hi, and also other medievalists.
I felt good about my paper, and heard some stellar work. I learned to play a game, and am trying to think how I might make that work in my own courses.
But I barely slept. Blanketgate.
Just so we all remember: at some point a short while before the conference, word got out that people staying in the dorms wouldn't be provided with blankets, but would need to either bring their own, go without, or buy one. Some smart folks figured out how to arrange so that the bought blankets could be donated for one or more shelters for people more needy than most medievalists, and also worked to fund some blankets for more needy medievalists (especially grad students).
I bought a blanket. It was an okay blanket, but nothing to blog home about, mostly because it was too short. I'm about 5'5", and I had a choice of either shoulders or feet for coverage. Fortunately, it wasn't super cold. (And in case it had been, I had long johns and sleeping socks packed.)
Most important, I reconnected with a friend and had several lovely long talks with her.
But now, holy cow, back trying to catch up on all the stuff I put off. I have papers to grade by Wednesday morning (so I can give them back at the final). I had a final to write, but it's now written.
My home is a mess, my office is a mess, my life is chaos, and I haven't practiced the violin since before Kalamazoo. (This afternoon, I promise myself.)
I need to figure out all sorts of things before summer really starts, but can't do some of those until official paperwork happens, and we all know how paperwork getting done sometimes is.
And the Giro d'Italia is on, and Nairo Quintana is in the lead! (It's a rest day today, the second during the three week race.) Tomorrow is a time trial, which I don't find much fun to watch, alas, and which may also spell the end of Quintana's time in pink for now. (Since the Tour de France is more familiar, folks may be more familiar with the yellow jersey worn by the general classification leader of the Tour. The general classification is the total time to finish the race. For the Giro, the general classification leader wears a pink jersey.) There's also a cyclamen/purple jersey for the points leader, which is basically a jersey for sprinters, currently held by Fernando Gaviria; a blue jersey for the leader of the mountain competition, currently held by Jan Polanc; and the white jersey for riders under 25. (There are other competitions, but only four result in distinct jerseys.)