I have arrived.

Heading out closer to 7:30 than 7, but the car is packed, the podcasts are queued, and I’m ready to drive.

Today is a fun day.

My birthday cake (it's carrot!)

I have just processed a mountain of emails, and now onto the fun stage of daydreaming plans and possibilities for the next year…

3725 for the Hour Swim this year!

About to see Knives Out again!


intersection of four concrete pavers as part of a pool deck

Time to pull the classic 43-hour drop taper

Having now seen A Hidden Life, I can confirm that it is a Terrence Malick film.

Brief thoughts:

  • It’s an elegy to the pastoral.
  • Gorgeous soundscape and cinematography.
  • Could have been at least 20 minutes shorter.
  • The war is jarringly external.

Time for Little Women!

The rain has begun.

Just finished Season 4 of The Expanse. Loved it!

Lots of thoughts; happy to discuss.

Starting the new season of The Expanse!

And that’s a wrap on the semester!

Time to spend the next four days sleeping.

A sharp, bright, brilliantly blue morning.

park with sharp shadows from rising sunlamp post, power line, and contrail silhouetted against a brilliantly blue sky

Top 5 books that I’ve read this year:

  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
  • The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chamber
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Morning reading: At once tiny and huge: what is this feeling we call ‘sublime’?

It’s one of those days where I’m just going to have Ghost’s discography on repeat.

Plans for today:

  • process emails
  • work on the Greek paper
  • break to catch up on last week’s Watchmen
  • continue working on the Greek paper (ideally finishing a first draft)
  • watch ep. 3 of His Dark Materials
  • leftovers for dinner
  • a bit of Latin review
  • sleep

The pizza place is playing Dance Macabre in the background as I sip my beer and read Trail of Lightning. A good way to start the break.

Settling in with some tea for a long day of making progress on all of these final papers. See you on the other side.

Sometimes it’s good to take a break and sit in a library, listen to some jazz, and read a bit of poetry.

I had some strange dreams last night.

A nice cool misty morning.

Today I have a meeting, then another (longer) meeting, then a three-hour seminar, and then it’ll be time to make dinner.

Grad school is exhausting.