Sunday, March 30, 2008

"Spring" "Break" Update

Well, spring break has basically come and gone and I haven't posted here at all. So here's a very quick day-by-day summary.
  1. Saturday 15 March. It snowed a few inches. Not very spring-like. But it was actually a very warm snow. It didn't stick on the roads at all. Did some things around the house. Got some good beer in Southwest harbor. Watched a hockey game.
  2. Sunday 16 March. Worked like a maniac trying to finish up lots of odds and ends. Read many COA applications.
  3. Monday 17 March. St. Patricks Day. Admission committee meeting basically all day. Meeting went very well. Applications are up this year, which puts us in a position to be more selective. Worked late on campus after the meeting dealing with email and stuff that I should have dealt with a long time ago. So Sunday and Monday were two big days of work.
  4. Tuesday 18 March. Drove to Portland, flew to Sacramento. Had a good itinerary, but flight to Chicago was delayed. Got rerouted via Washington DC and Las Vegas. Arrived in Sacramento 1:35am. Arrived in Davis around 2:30am. Flight to Las Vegas was weird. Person in the seat in front of me was very ill and threw up a bunch. She only spoke Urdu, so nobody knew how to help her.
  5. Wednesday 19 March. In Davis. Gave seminar at Computational Mechanics Group meeting at UCD. Talk went pretty well, I think. Some very good and interesting questions and comments from the audience. Pleasant day in Davis. Warm. Green grass. Flowers on trees.
  6. Thursday 20 March. In Davis. Did lots of work on a paper draft. Ate some good food. Learned that long-time Davis coffeeshop, affectionately known in my circles as "Scuzzy Roma," has closed and been replaced by a Peets Coffee. Have mixed feelings about this.
  7. Friday 21 March. Did more work on paper in Davis. Almost ready to submit. Took train to San Jose. Met by brother, stayed at his house.
  8. Saturday 22 March. Spent day with Mom, Brother, Sister-in-Law, 7-month-old nephew. Had nice brunch. Walked around Stanford campus some. Their campus creeps me out, but it was still lovely. Beautiful weather. Nephew spent several hours late at night/early the next morning imitating an agitated howler monkey.
  9. Sunday 23 March. Drove to Berkeley. Spent time with Mom. Had yummy thai food and later yummy cold noodles on Telegraph Avenue. Went to several bookstores. Had excellent time. Drove back to Menlo Park. Had good dinner with Brother and Sister-in-Law at kurdish/turkish restaurant.
  10. Monday 24 March. Spent time with Brother. Drove to coast. Some nice fog. Had excellent burrito. Hiked some. Explored San Jose. Went to fun Asian grocery store. Had good lunch at Vietnamese place. Took overnight flight back to Portland.
  11. Tuesday 25 March. Arrived around 10am in Portland. Did some shopping. Very tired, since I didn't sleep well on the flights. Drove back home. Was tired and unproductive the rest of the day. Was nice to be home, though.
  12. Wednesday 26 March. Worked a bunch. Started Calculus grading. Deal with junk in my office. Cooked a big batch of enchiladas. Good, but not great.
  13. Thursday 27 March. Worked. Dealt with more junk and odds and ends. Went for a run outside. Pathetic and slow. But good to be outdoors. Temperature around 45 degrees. Felt warmer.
  14. Friday 28 March. Snowed around three inches. Roads not bad. Did some work on campus. Did some calculus grading. Cooked some Kale and Collard greens. Doreen made yummy sweet potatoes and a good tofu and mushroom dish. Watched several X-files episodes with Doreen.
  15. Saturday 29 March. Snowed a little bit. Kinda cold. Did some calculus grading. Cleaned up equipment in zoology lab left over from winter term's chaos class. Listened to Armin van Buuren's ASOT.
  16. Sunday 30 March. Went for a nice hike. Snowy and slippery. Beautiful day. Finished calculus grading! Made some pretty good curry noodles.
So that's my spring break. It was really only half a break, as I did a lot of work. But looking back, it has indeed felt like a break. It was great to see family in California and enjoy some warm-ish weather and good food. And the last few days have been fairly relaxing as well. Perhaps too relaxing, as I've got a lot of things to do this upcoming week. I'm super psyched for my class spring term. I wish I was as psyched for all the evaluations that I need to write the next week.

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