Er... it is officially fall, isn't it? (scrambles into another browser window to check) Yes! Yes it is! Hoorah.
It is a gorgeous fall day here in RNC: clear, sunny, breezy, cool. Everything is lushly green and growing, the threat of intense heat is behind us, term is 1/2 over (yay!) - and I do not have a hairline fracture in my right foot. Of course, that means that nobody knows why it hurts and swells, but it does mean there is no break. Minor problem: I have signed up for two spectacular hiking holidays next summer, totaling approx. 6 weeks, and rather desperately need to a) get into shape for same and b) lose at least 20 lbs. Both can be accomplished, but would be far easier if I didn't have a painful and swollen right foot. Hmmm. Since medical advice tells me not to wrap it but to ice it and keep it elevated, that's going to make weight-reducing and hiking-fit exercise rather difficult. Not to mention regular life.
I am still wrangling alligators in the department, but we (alligators, dinosaurs and self) are all either inured to the wrangles or increasingly tamed. This is a Good Thing. The departmental/program changes have cleared yet another hurdle. Dino1 is making a real effort to step up to hir responsibilities, MsM actually spoke to me yesterday beyond single word, extremely polite and correct responses, D2 attended his first-ever faculty meeting (after more than 30 years on campus), we're up to mid-30 responses to the job ad and have precisely two candidates that fit the criteria (or even bothered to address the criteria). Problem Stu is failing at mid-term (expected) and even Dino1 is fed up with hir. D1 even sent out an email to Stu - this being remarkable in several ways. D1 doing email is just startling; he doesn't know how to turn on a computer. So he wrote the message out, came in and checked it with me (I congratulated him on his patience and told him I'd've given up on the Stu long before now), then fiddled with it some more before giving it to J, reading it to her so she would be able to decipher his handwriting, and then had her email it out from his account. Stu has now burned all but one professor in the department (D2) and may never graduate with hir history degree. And s/he gets zero sympathy from anybody, as every attempt to work with Stu has encountered delay, denial, excuses and zero effort. So there.
We are on Fall Break now, and with the glorious weather it is simply perfect for cooking glass. So that's what I'm going to spend some time doing. I made a couple of frogs (using a mold) but neither turned out as hoped. So one is going to get remelted into something else (not sure what), and the other is going to go live in the garden as a gentle surprise for anybody who happens upon him. I have a stained glass piece I want to finish too; it's all cut out and pieced, just needs to be foiled and soldered and constructed.
I also got my box of Dutch bulbs I ordered back in May, and if this lovely weather holds I will plant those in the next couple of days. There're over 100 bulbs, and I'm debating on whether I should get a bulb planter rather than struggle with shovel and garden trowel. Hmm. A one-stepper vs a 5 stepper x 100+.
I wonder if I can strap an ice pack on my foot and wander around? Because the swelling is unpleasant, and keeps me from wearing decent comfortable shoes. The shoes that feel okay are flip-flops, which only make the swelling worse. But I really, really hate to waste a day like this by sitting on my butt with my foot elevated. Of course, that means I could legitimately laze away a day reading....