I need to focus and get my shit together when I get back to Berkeley.
Nostalgia will be the end of me. I'm winging my way to Orlando for a liturgy conference (The North American Academy of Liturgy meets annually) and have just wrapped up a wonderful visit with friends and family back in Virginia. Spouse and I traveled all over the Old Dominion visiting everyone.
I'm emotionally and physically spent. Great conversation. Wonderful food. Generous gifting back and forth. It was a great visit. I miss everyone already.
I need to focus and get my shit together when I get back to Berkeley. There's a lot to do. I need to schedule the seated comprehensive exams. I need to schedule my written essays. There's going to be a lot to do when I get back. And if there is ever to be a hope of getting back to Virginia in some fashion, I need to get these things done well and with appropriate haste. If I can be done with all the written work by the end of August, I should be okay.
There's simply a lot to do, a lot to process, and much to hope for.
Merry Christmas, all.