S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

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.
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