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Continuing On

One of my good friends defended her dissertation yesterday! It was a fantastic defense, and, although I didn't get a chance to read the actual dissertation, I've heard her talk about her work enough that I do have a sense of her argument and the general shape of the work, and I know it was excellent. I'm not a person to make bucket lists, but if I were, seeing her defend would have been number one on my Chicago Bucket List.

The move proceeds apace. Most of the furniture is already either sold or promised -- two kitchen chairs, the sofa, and the sewing rocker are walking out the door today, and the bed, the dresser, and the night table are scheduled to go on Sunday. The movers have taken away the stuff to be shipped, and there's just a few bags left to pack. Today I have to deal with some stuff at the bank, and there's a bunch of stuff to drop off at a secondhand place, and the final house sweep and clean. I'm spending Sunday night at a friend's house, and on Monday morning, we'll come down to Hyde Park early, do one last pass at the apartment, lock up, turn in the keys, and then she'll take me to the airport to go to Connecticut.

I'll be staying with the Pony Parents for about three weeks while the British consulate processes my visa and sends it back to me, and then I can head out! My apartment in Cambridge will be ready on the first of October, I am told, but Corpus said that they'll have a guest room ready for me a week ahead of time, so I can come over a bit early and get things going and be really ready for Move-In Day.

I'm going to miss Chicago -- mostly my friends there, I think. But that's the nice thing. People can travel. I don't think that I'll never see Chicago again. I can always find some reason or other to come and visit. And I'll have a real guest room in Cambridge to host friends who make their way over to come see me. This chapter is ending, but there's a big adventure coming closer. And, really, I never could resist the call of adventure!

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dot_o_choillmor
Aug. 28th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
It's really happening!

You sound very organised. Have fun with the Pony Parents.

I'm glad I got to see Chicago while you and Meckinock were there. I can't believe you'll both be gone!
frenchpony
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
It is really happening, and it won't be too much longer before you can come over and help me explore Cambridge!

(And the Ireland Sacred Harp Convention, held in Cork, is now a a realistic goal for me!)
dawtheminstrel
Aug. 28th, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
This sounds wonderful. I hope you're planning on posting lots of pictures of Cambridge because I want to see them!
frenchpony
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
Somewhere, at least. LJ has been weird about photos for a while, so I might have to go looking for a place to store them.
elliska
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
This is so exciting! I am so happy for you.

And hooray for your friend who defended!
frenchpony
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
She was still pretty dazed when we took her out to lunch today, but it's all starting to sink in. For both of us, really.
lcohen
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
chicago will miss you!!
frenchpony
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
I was just telling people at singing tonight that I'm pretty sure that I'm clever enough to think of a way to visit Chicago at least once or twice over the course of my fellowship. I was thinking after the WCN conference in Austin, perhaps.
fafojoy
Aug. 31st, 2014 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm really happy for you! This is such a great adventure for you to get to go on. Selling everything and putting all of your life's stuff into a few boxes and suitcases must make this so real. You truly are ready for travel. Stay safe and enjoy the journey!
frenchpony
Aug. 31st, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Packing up everything and seeing my household walk out the door is, frankly, a wee bit terrifying, but at the same time . . . kind of exciting. New Things are coming, the biggest and newest things yet. I can't but look forward to this. It's going to be so cool!
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