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Campus is quieting. Raindrops are falling, bloated and huge, on an increasingly empty campus. A handful of medievalists wandered down by the swans and the lake, just before the sky opened up. The air is pleasant, warmed up from the cool of morning. There are convenient parking spots everywhere.

The Congress is over for a year, and it was a good one. I saw many friends from years past, from other schools, from previous Congresses, and I met new ones. There were good sessions, funny sessions, and a few particularly good desserts.

This morning, worn from not having had enough sleep after staying up for the dance, I went to the Avista sponsored minting demonstration. The craftsman demonstrated the parts and pieces of his craft, his punches carefully carved for just this event. We all took away newly minted silver coins, labeled in meaningless, but stylistically correct, punched words and patterns.

I bought a few books, in the end, all marked down. None of them are important for my dissertation, but all are on subjects of interest to me: an atlas of medieval warfare, a book on medieval female intellectual history, and one on fashion. I have a weakness for historical atlases - it's so much easier for me to understand the ebb and flow of battles when I can vizualize them.

It'll be a quiet afternoon, with the good company of hilly02 and aquitaineq, with the hopes of another good dessert at the end of the evening.


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May. 9th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
did you see smithkatie at all? i meant to ask you to say hi (which really seems rather silly, considering that she lives in the same town as me and you live in another country-- oughtn't the greetings be going the opposite direction?), but i was pretty swamped myself this weekend, and forgot till now. ah well. i hope it was a good time.
May. 9th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
I had many lovely visits and meals with smithkatie, most recently at breakfast this morning. She was leaving at 9 am for the drive back, so she should be back in town with you by now. I know she checked in on your LJ in the last few days, so she's as up-to-date on your happenings as your public posts at the time would allow - so you were in our thoughts for a bit, even if neither of us had your greetings to pass back and forth.

It was a very good time indeed, thank you!
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