8/16: mostly smooth

I've been a bit nervous about heading back to work, but today's time in the office was okay.

8/15: abstract

...written!  And new thoughts formulated in the process.

8/14: an afternoon sighting

...of a coyote eating persimmons in the rain.

8/13: rain & air

A rare August day in Arkansas with rain and cool air.

8/12: busy morning, quiet afternoon & evening

This morning we got up early so we could pick up some medicine for the cats and run errands in town, but then we were at home for the rest of the day.  I made some collages in the afternoon and then watched Vera with Chris and the cats in the evening.

8/11: a walk alone

...on the beach in the morning.  And an unexpected life lesson was posted there:

8/10: sweet time spent

...with my sister and her spouse.

8/9: water at the beach

Oh I got to spend almost two hours floating on the incoming waves!

8/8: sky at the beach

We didn't have time to go in the water, but here's the sky as Chris, his father, and I stood on the boardwalk.

8/7: enjoying reading

...New Grub Street by George Gissing and some articles about museum history/theory.

8/6: a teeny tiny bunny

...hopping under our deck as I walked outside.  We've seen more rabbits than usual over the past year, but this was the tiniest rabbit I've seen here to date!

8/5: fresh figs in the morning

From Chris' fig trees!

And other good things in the day included receiving some really nice feedback about my Sisters pamphlet, finishing the revisions/expansions to my Beauty and the Beast paper, and getting to kayak for the third day in a row.

8/4: all three together

For a short time today all three cats were resting together on the same chair.  The two older cats sleep together all the time, but I didn't know if that would change when we introduced Phineas into the mix, and I didn't know if they'd cuddle up with Phineas himself.  Seeing them all together made me happy and made me realize how much Phineas has become part of our household in the past month.

Here they are (Em in the back, Tilde on the right, Phineas on the left):

8/3: an email

...inviting me to be part of a panel about Classics and children's media at a conference in the spring.

8/2: revising & expanding

...my Beauty and the Beast paper.  It's a matter of adding footnotes that connect what I'm saying to other scholars' work and mentioning a few things that there wasn't time to mention in the presentation.  When I get into this kind of work I enjoy it (but weirdly when I'm not doing it I forget how much I enjoy it).

8/1: reading some articles

...about the physicality of books, interacting with books, and book-binding.  They were on my summer reading list because some students who are doing a book-binding project with me wanted to read them so I thought I'd read them, too.  They were fun to work through, and I'll admit it was gratifying to see that a lot of what other people say resonates with the things I've done and thought in regard to book-making, book theory, and book history over the years.  It's reassuring to know that I'm not out in left field--or if I am, I'm not alone out there!