(Because we now are, in fact, exactly halfway through the summer--if you don't count May, which I see absolutely no reason to do.)
The Home: Generally in good shape after entirely too many days of errands and projects and phone calls to my landlord, the local utility companies, and every creditor on earth who now needs my new address. The only major project that remains is painting, which Bert will be in town in a week or two to help me with. After that, the place just has to sit tight until I have an income with which to finish the furnishing to my satisfaction.
The Car: I have one! Or rather, I almost have one. Despite the fact that I've never owned a car, that I have no interest in owning a car, and that I possess almost zero knowledge about cars, I've just put down a deposit for a brand-new, very-sporty-for-the-price little number that will be arriving next week. And thank God for that: what a waste of time and brain cells the process has been.
The Office: Not much to report here, except that I have an email account and an office assignment (currently inhabited by lecturers, who will no doubt hate me for displacing them), and as of next week I'll also have an ID and library privileges. Even more importantly: my Regional U ID also gives me privileges at the local R1, which is both bigger (duh) and closer to home than my own campus.
The Research: Well. The best I can say here is that I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after a hiatus of fully two weeks. Still, the progress hasn't been bad, and I ought still to have a full month to draft my new chapter, write that book review, and knock out two or three conference abstracts before classes start. (I was also ecstatic to learn that RU has The Longest Winter Break EVER, which means that, hopefully, the work I set aside in late August won't sit around gathering dust until May.)
How's it with you-all?