The Boojums visited us yesterday, and far from "softly and suddenly vanishing away," we had a very lovely visit, despite the rain which put the kibosh on our planned croquet game. They were laden with lovely stuff as usual, including an offering of brats which much pleased the gods of gastronomie.
It's great being back in the Northeast again, close to folks we missed a lot while we were living on the third coast (not that we don't miss our friends down there now -- and hope we can persuade them to visit us!). It's wonderful being in weather we can live with -- I think our windows have been open since we got here. Even rain is welcome -- although not without problems. A box of books in the shed got wet and several books damaged. Argh. But I got to move a few things into my office, despite the fact that we found on Thursday that my key did not work. Bit by bit. New faculty orientation and various other meetings this week, including a chance to finally meet some students. Nervous, but excited -- it will be an action-packed week!