The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Points of Focus


A bulleted list of thoughts this morning:

  • I ran 9.2 miles (~15 km) this morning.  That was a bit more than usual for me on the days I have to start teaching at 8:00am.  So, that is good.  I am on track that with at least 9.6 tomorrow, I can take the weekend off from running, and just walk instead because I will have hit my 55 mile (~89 km) a week running target.  
  • Cleaning and reorganizing one of my labs is going smoothly, and I am still excited about its eventual cleaned, refocused design.  Even though cleaning and rearranging is not something I like doing, I am staying focused on the benefits that will be readily apparent when I finish.... to help me keep motivated.  
  • My first air travel since the start of Covid is happening relatively soon.  Air travel is not my favorite to begin with, and so I am both nervous (about the air travel, with its normal myriad of hassles.... and of course the added Covid issues as well) and excited (about the destination) regarding this research conference I will be presenting some of my data at.  
  • I found in one of the drawers in the research lab I am reorganizing, a pouch of pipe tobacco that I had not thought of in quite a while.  When I opened it and sniffed deeply, I was reminded of the slight caraway seed aroma that it had.  I remember thinking how pleasant and unique this pipe tobacco was to smoke when I last had it.  And, its from-the-pouch aroma reminded me about this rather fun and gentle tobacco.  I remember the smoke was also very "textural" to me, having a hefty density to it that was grand.  
  • My wife is making a butternut squash casserole tonight for dinner, using a new recipe that she had found.  As is true with most recipes we try, I actively encourage her to double up on the spices as many recipes are spiced on the rather mild side because a lot of folks tend to be spice avoidant.  
  • We are likely going swimming again today, which makes for a beautiful conclusion to the workday!  Immersing my entire body in the cooling water is something so utterly refreshing, I cannot adequately describe it.  And, the lowering of core body temperature a bit..... relaxes and refreshes the mind.  


Blogger Margaret said...

I treat myself to a fancy coffee and always have excellent books to read on my Kindle so that time traveling (or mostly waiting) isn't onerous. I wish I liked to swim; the way you describe it is very attractive, yet I'm not at all good in the water.

Thursday, 23 June, 2022  
Blogger Pat M. said...

Professor, does your bushy beard allow you to wear a KN95 or N95 mask safely? For air travel these days, I would definitely want to be wearing a mask.

Congratulations on finding an old pouch-treasure, even if you decide not to do anything more than sniff at it. I hope that in its stead you'll find the aromas of tonight's casserole sufficiently spicy and enticing!

Thursday, 23 June, 2022  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Thanks for your lengthy and thoughtful comment at mine. I’ll have to read it again, however, to get it to sink it more.

As for the phone. MIne is standard size,There is a Pro size, however,

Friday, 24 June, 2022  
Blogger Liz Hinds said...

You are sounding much more upbeat and positive. It's good to hear.
Like you I am still nervous about going in a plane but in most other things I am getting braver!

Saturday, 25 June, 2022  

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