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November 10th, 2013

Back to the cave

Today is Sunday and my plan is to hide in my cave, listen to a podcast or two, re-read some comfort SF. Tomorrow starts an intense work week month, which will be a shift from the past two weeks... which were wonderful but exhausting!

A million years ago, beamjockey and K came to visit, and we had three intense days playing tourist in Rome. Never got inside St. Peter's, even. They are just going to have to come back and visit again! K left to get back to work, so Bill worked with me for three days (among other things, inventorying the meteorite collection; Bill got to handle a thousand space rocks, and I got to update our catalog!) Then we were off to Florence for a weekend, which he has reported delightfully about on his LJ.

I got back to Rome a week ago and immediately fell into the grand Vatican Observatory Foundation tour for some of our donors. This included guided trips to St Ignatius and Gesu churches and the rooms of Ignatius; tours of the Vatican Gardens, the Tour of the Winds; a private tour of the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel; the papal audience on Wednesday; tours of the Swiss Guards quarters and the Mosaic school; and then transfer out to Castel Gandolfo for the last day of touring around here. I was on duty the whole time. Met some wonderful people, got to see some great stuff... but for a high introvert, an exhausting experience.

So today I hide in the cave.

Tomorrow, it's back to work on the final draft of the book we promised to deliver November 1. New due date is December 1. Plus a referee report of an awful paper -- those take the longest to write -- and a paper for Medieval Science Fiction that I haven't started yet. And work due the end of the month on geochemical constraints for interior models of Vesta.

Oh, and we now have 135 applicants for our summer school. I need to read them all and whittle them down to 25.

Don't expect to hear much from me until then...



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