08/21/2006: "When friends from Outside visit"
Rod arrived late last night and I gave him the walking tour of Douglas including my sailboat where we drank red wine and watched the stars (first clear night in a long time). I didn't go to sleep until 5:00am so... 2 1/2 hours later I had to get up to go to faculty convocation at the university. I got a little weepy eyed listening to all of our university's successes and a few faculty have already come up to me because they've heard I'm leaving (the rumor is that Iím going to be vice-provost ...hmmmm) I sat right behind the professor who commissioned me to do her book cover art for the Roadside Geology series. Ooops! So, I'm bumping that up my list of to-dos.
So, I only went in for a half day as we're doing the super-accelerated tourist jaunt since Rod's leaving tomorrow night. We're getting ready to go sailing, then lunch at the Island Pub, possibly a tram ride/hike if the rain holds off later in the day. Then there's the glacier, the university campus, downtown, the Hangar on the Warf, etc. etc. I feel sleepy.
But the really good news (and I don't know if this is a secret but if it is I'm going to out him on my blog) is that he says he's planning to move to Seattle probably by the spring if all goes well! Fun! You're next Subi...when are you and yours coming back to the states?
And finally, it is indeed feeling more like the fall everyday. My yard is already collecting a nice assortment of leaves, and last night it was cold enough to see your breath. It's hard for me to imagine that others of you are still having a summer...I dislike the rain but I love the smell of the autumn, the dying leaves (even the horrid stench of spent salmon in the channel and rivers) it is the most poignant time of the year for me.
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night's decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
Emily Jane BrontŽ