Thanks, Fascination! Yeah, Saturday was pretty awesome, subway issues notwithstanding. I forgot to mention a funny thing that happened: while we were touring the Egyptian section, I heard someone say my name. An alumna of the college was there, someone who I know pretty well! (Was in Vagina Monologues, took a gender studies class with me). We caught up on each other's news before proceeding on with our respective museum buddies. TUESDAY 10--Opening Faculty Meeting. This is actually not really a meeting, but more a series of announcements: who has died, who has completed 25 or 50 years of service (citations and awards), publication awards, tenure, promotions in rank, new people, changes in title, announcements. As I mentioned before, there is a major issue brewing--one entire wing of the faculty is seriously ticked off at the administration and sent a verbal firebomb of an e-mail out--but although the incendiary issue was mentioned, it was not addressed because there is a tacit understanding that we do not deal with substantive issues at the opening meeting. So there was a weird tension in the air, but the issue at stake was largely unaddressed. A key player got up to speak and got a standing ovation from that wing before he had said a single word...so we all know the issue is still out there. Free lunch. My department ate together at two tables, and I wound up at the table--it now strikes me--with the untenured folk. I got a lot of questions about the Star Trek con and cosplay. Turns out another member of the department is going to a con with dressing up later this fall. 1:30--The State of the College. I might have gotten a tear in my eye when we gave a standing ovation to the buildings and grounds crew, who did so much during this tough winter. These guys are so underacknowledged much of the time. There was a lot of talk about the need to be innovative and open to change without a lot of specifics. There was mention that we are each getting a $1000 bonus and that there also will be raises this year, so that was nice. Went back to my office and did some work until around 4:30. Itchy, scratchy throat. I think fall allergies have arrived. Went to bed on the early side. WEDNESDAY Move in day for the first years at my college! The crew of peer mentors, RAs, etc who do this have the routine down to a science, and it got a lot of praise from the parents of new students. Proud of my school. Child got her cast off and got an x-ray. I handled myself fine, asked good questions. I then had to take her to get a splint made at a PT place. I ran into a work colleague there who is getting post-surgery PT on her knee, but may need another surgery because of scar tissue. She had had knee surgery on the OTHER knee back in her 20s and said the recovery is harder in your 40s. Sent a couple necessary e-mails in my role as neighborhood association president. (I have a bad tendency to back burner this.) 3--Opening convocation. Home. Books arrived in mail, yay! Hmm, which should I read first...Haruki Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart or Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North? Decide on the Murakami. Later, phone convo with my dad, fill out forms for 7th grade, a little writing in diary.