Last week was a whirlwind. The normal end of semester obligations all converged into one week. In addition to all my grading and service meetings, I had a data collection event, a faculty retreat and two graduations. I also turned 48 and Angel came home for a month long visit.
This semester was indeed long and horrible but it was not without its rewards. I enjoyed teaching my theory course immensely. It was an interesting class to design but mostly I enjoyed the amazing discussions with my doctoral students. But the highlight of the semester was Friday morning's graduation, where I got to hood another student. She is a lovely woman with a promising career and the warmest of smiles. I am proud of all the work she did and thrilled that she landed a tenure track position that will allow her to continue to grow and succeed.
I'm spending Mother's Day doing what I love best: being with b and Angel. It is a beautiful spring day filled with lots of good food and a family bike ride. Best of all, my grading is done and I can take the day off without regret.
Tomorrow starts my summer schedule. I have a short list of projects and plenty of yoga planned. Let the summer begin.