The 2021 Blue Jays have joined the Nest, their banner is in the library, and Homewood Campus is running at full capacity again. There are symposia and colloquia on fascinating topics pretty much every day, autumn sports are off with a bang (we defeated Goucher 0-2 last night, #packthenest), The Beach is littered with undergrads, and free food is everywhere. I have registered for a number of speakers and related events, and it feels good to be back for this semester.

However, I did make sure to enjoy my brief vacation. I visited Charm City Cakes and bought a lemon layer cake in a jar. I visited the Baltimore Museum of Art and contemplated purchasing the prettiest coaster for $18. (I did not buy it.) I read and read and read some more in my favorite chair in The Hut. I got in good workouts before taking off from training for two sessions to enjoy some time with an old friend. (I might pay for this next week.) I deep cleaned the apartment, purchased a few new clothes for fall, trimmed Bun’s claws, and ordered textbooks. I went to the Hopkins-Goucher soccer game and am looking forward to football and soccer games for the rest of the season. I ate lots of vegan cake, drank too much coffee, and slept just the right amount. All in all it was a vacation well spent.

Classes began last week, and I am pleased so far with my courses. My schedule is a little rougher this semester because of the extracurricular activities which are beginning, but it is the very best kind of frantic frenzy of busy and I have no complaints. I will report more about the classes later, but for now I am optimistic.


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