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Monday, March 08, 2010


This weekend, I was in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign. I presented at a conference that I had signed up for primarily in the interest in having my department reimburse me for visiting Ellen, and which I had been cursing over the past few weeks for causing me to write, and then completely re-write, a paper that would figure little in my actual dissertation.

However, to my great surprise, the conference ended up being the best I've ever attended--despite the fact that the organizers' laptop wouldn't read my DVD and I had to show the clip on a television cart, and that they had no way for me to advance my own slides, so I had to indicate each of my approximately 45 slide changes to the guy running the laptop. The organizers were helpful and friendly, the presenters gave interesting papers and asked smart questions, and there was even a nice lunch on Friday. It was great.

On Saturday afternoon Ellen and I rode bikes, hiked, explored one of UIUC's fantastic round barns, and later made delicious Indian food. Sunday we took the bus into Chicago and spent the afternoon there before I caught my MegaBus back to Mpls (one of those overnight affairs, made more delightful by an entirely sold-out bus). I am back home exhausted from a weekend that was full, exhausting, and completely worth it.

All the outdoor photos are courtesy of Ellen (as were the bike I rode and the jacket and helmet I wore).


Leah said...

Aw, you two are too cute. What did you do in Chicago?!

Ellen said...

On my list of things to do in Chicago was shopping at thrift stores and bringing home bags full of wonderful cheap stuff. Instead, I found one shirt. It was used, but from Old Navy.

But we did see a lot of the city and I had a great time walking around. And we ate wonderful food at Chicago Diner.

I guess I don't have to update my blog now.


CëRïSë said...

Yep, Ellen pretty much summed it up! I also bought a top and earrings at H&M. Oh, and we rode a lot of public transportation, with some interesting characters.