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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This past week has been a little nuts.

Wednesday, I gave a two-hour lecture on Picasso to the prints class for which I've been TAing this semester. (My friends at school said, "What do you know about Picasso?" The answer is, before prepping this lecture, basically nothing--especially about his prints. Now, after a whole lot of reading and PowerPointing, I know a little bit.)

Monday, I had to submit material to the dissertation workshop that met today, so I wrote a draft of my Portland presentation.

Today, in addition to presenting at workshop, I also had to return the 65 3-5 page papers my students had turned in two weeks ago, but which I hadn't really touched before the past few days because I'd been preparing that Picasso lecture.

They take their final exams next Wednesday, and I'll have 65 of those to grade in a single week, because I'm flying to Portland the next Thursday.

But, before then, I have a week of relative relaxation to make up for last week's craziness. I thus have time to catch you up on last week, which in addition to crazy lecture prep, writing, and grading, involved a VISIT! From David!

Wednesday after I picked him up at the airport we went to the Mall of America, ended up having the picnic I'd packed on the seventh floor of the West parking garage (my favorite place in the MOA, returned to school for my lecture, and then ate with my neighbors at Pancho Villa. Thursday, we had even warmer and more gorgeous weather, so we took the bus downtown, wandered Nicollet Mall and the farmers' market, explored Mill Ruins park, and enjoyed an appetizer outside at Spoon River before meeting a friend at a theater downtown for the live broadcast of This American Life. Friday, we went for a run around the lakes, biked to the Walker sculpture garden and back, caught a film at the historic Riverview, and had a lovely dinner at Jasmine 26. Saturday, we met friends for brunch, ate tamales at the Midtown Global exchange and poked through the booths, took the Greenway to the river and discovered a trail I'd never noticed before that goes clear down to the water, and then attended a friend's birthday party. Sunday, David had to fly home, but we got brunch at the Bad Waitress and still managed to get him on his plane in time (if only barely!).

You'll notice (especially those of you who have had the tour!) that I definitely have my favorites when it comes to showing people around town. It's slightly different without a car; whereas I took Paul and Ter and Ellen, on their respective visits, to my favorite Indian restaurant in the suburbs, that wasn't on the itinerary this time around. However, we were able to bus and bike pretty much everywhere else with ease--and the carless tour does present a unique way to see the city!

I had to work slightly more than I would have liked to, but David was a good sport and even helped me assemble and format the slide list for the final exam. I didn't do any of my own writing or grade any papers, which sort of caught up with me after he left, but now I'm caught up and won't be deluged again until next Wednesday! That's plenty of time to revise the Portland paper and pack for that trip.

If you're interested in pix from the visit, David has posted the highlights here:


The Churches said...

I love the picture of you working at your desk! Your apartment looks like the french apartment Julia Ormond had in Sabrina (simple, modern- corkboard and all) and your hair looks like hers too!
Great pics of the visit as well! Looks like he makes you laugh and that's a great thing!

Curly Sue said...

Shut up! Look at you with all your fancy bike trails and your fancy public transportation.


You seem to have better luck with the arms-length-self-portraits than I do.

Ern said...

I am SO tired from just reading this post!

Sounds like you guys had a fun visit. :)

CëRïSë said...

Adrianna, thanks! That's actually my office at school, though my desk at home is by a window, too. And, yes, we do laugh a lot!

Leah, I do love that about my city! Come visit, and I'll totally share...

And Erin, it was fun! And really not too tiring; when it's as beautiful as it was for the first part of the week, you can't help but want to be outside doing things.

I Hope So said...

your life is awesome. :)