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At the closing of the year

In 2006, I graduated with a PhD.
I published my first article, a book review, and an encylopedia article. I have another encyclopedia article and book review submitted but not yet published.
My sister got married.
I went to Texas for the first time.
I took way too many trans-Atlantic flights.
I spend a day doing mill-tourism while jet-lagged.
We hosted scads of houseguests; it was good to see so many of my North American friends while in London!
I rediscovered reading. (I hadn't lost reading, really, but hadn't allowed myself to read much non-academic work while mid-dissertation as it was too distracting.)
I taught three classes for Middlesex University, my first employment in the UK.
I got an NI number.
I was hired to teach two classes for UALR - the job starts in two weeks.
I had my first paid editing job.
For the first time in years, I didn't give a single conference paper.
I chaired my first conference session.
I went to four science fiction or anime conventions (Picocon, Eastercon, Anime North, Novacon).
I finally started to feel settled in London; getting to know friends there better and making new friends helped greatly.
As ever, LiveJournal was a supportive and friendly source of social interaction and getting to know new friends better.
I had four Thanksgivingesque meals. (One Canadian, two American, one British Christmas dinner)
I started to actively plan vacations around restaurants.
I finally ate at Susur in Toronto; I'd been planning on celebrating my graduation that way for years. It was good, but not nearly as good as I'd hoped it would be. L'Enclume in Cartmel, however, was extraordinary. Anthony's and No. 3 York Place in Leeds; Lola's (now closed), The Lock Dining Bar, and Lindsay House in London; The Goods Shed in Canterbury; Monachyle Mhor in the middle of the Trossachs in Scotland; and, as ever, Splendido in Toronto, all fed me memorably good meals as well.
Thanks to food blog organization and connections, I won a cookbook, attended a house party, and went to the Henley regatta.

I started the year in Venice. I end it in Preston with no passport.

On the whole, it's been a very good year.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
It's definitely been a banner year for Owlfish! Mazel tov! :-D

I salute your choice to plan vacations around restaurants.
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm happy to report that next week will feature three more restaurants!
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
UALR as in the place on this side of the Atlantic? Are you teaching online, or moving?
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
And obviously, congratulations!
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be teaching online. It's for this I've been asking for advice on running WebCT courses.

(Also, thank you!)
Dec. 31st, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Wonderful -- and you know you can always contact me if you aren't getting what you want from the students, yes? I'm still tweaking, and this fall, I discovered something very important about trying to combine F2F with online in a non-tech-savvy environment. I'm now trying to come up with good blog assignments, and think I've figured out how to make them palatable and useful. I've also come up with an entirely different strategy for the Blackboard discussion board for the survey, which is something I'll be talking about in May, I'm sure, in comparison.
Jan. 1st, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! It was such fun meeting you - I hope to be able to repeat some day :) May 2007 be as successful as 2006!
Jan. 1st, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm certain we will be able to repeat some day. I'm looking forward to it.

Happy January 2007 and every other month of this year!
Jan. 1st, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Sounds like lots of great stuff...till I got to your lack of passport at the end. Eeek...!

Happy 2007!!
Jan. 1st, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
The passport thing sounds far worse than it is! It just means I can't leave the UK right now. I've sent my recently renewed passport off to get the appropriate visa put into it. I should have it back within the next few weeks, hopefully with visa.

Happy 2007!
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