Lucretius (lucretius) wrote,

Vacation: emptying out

So, down to the last couple of weeks before I go back to work, so have to recivilize and get working at a minimal level to prep for my courses.  Emerson / Thoreau, which I've been reading for in a desultory fashion, and American Lit post 1865, which I've taught before, and will have to cut to local standards for summer courses.

So, here's what I've done over my minimonth of break.

Wrote and presented an iffy but entertaining (to me) and well-received semi-academic paper.
Attended Whitman's birthday party in Conroe, Texas (with lots of Texas poets and a few other cool academics of my acquaintance)
Saw a deer suddenly startled out of a marsh in a park near my house.  First ever. Walked endlessly.
Read a fair amount of transcendentalism, and nothing much else.
Played obsessively the following instruments
  • Martin LXM all-high-tech-countertop-and-stratabond guitar (I unconditionally recommend this instrument--ask if you want further info)
  • Yasuma tiple (a 10 string glorious rare monstrosity)
  • Nastily-finished octave mandolin (wow, tuning in 5ths sort of makes sense)
  • Gut-strung fretless gourd banjo (my primitive cred probably went up)
  • Etc., etc., et f*n c.--had an instrument in my hand most of the time
Got my thumb in order for ragtime playing, sort of, and listened to a /lot/ of odd and wonderful music (ask if you want reccs).
Bought a fabulous chair, a nice used rug, mostly re-covered an ottoman, and otherwise had halfassed adventures in decorating.
Watched dozens of bad horror movies. I need to write a ghost novel, but may not until I am old, gray, and insane.
Made a character on a MU* and played him once or twice
Drank a fair amount, had practically no social contact
Continued half-assedly with my sledgehammer-centric workout. Got better muscles in my shoulders. Lost about 5 pounds (lost 8, gained 3 back due to tasty soup recipes).

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