Yesterday I found myself completely out of people-cope and in severe introvert plz 2 show me 2 nearest hermitage mode.
I have had a lovely time managing to arrange f2f meetings with DW/LJ/Wiscon etc peeps, but this was combined with a certain amount of non-voluntary socialisation in connection with my academic activities.
And while some of the people involved are lovely people with whom I share a lot of scholarly interests, it all got a bit wearing, and I had a final get-together from that aspect on Saturday evening.
(Plus, doing 3 back to back masterclasses, which were fairly intense, with individual grad students, before giving a paper is something I CAN do as a favour to a friend in view of time constraints, but it is totally not the ideal way of doing this.)
So, anyway, yesterday I was twitchy and jittery (over-caffeination may have been in the mix) and grouchy and in the interests of not spending the committed-to dinner party in the evening crouched under the table growling and biting people's ankles, declared it a Day of Hedjog Solitude (apart that is from necessary functional interactions with hotel staff etc).
I usually seem to manage this sort of thing better but I guess the cramming All The Things in to a relatively brief space of time just tilted the balance.
LISTEN meta on last week's DW episode which puts it excellently in a larger Whovian context.
Scriptwriter and Director of Breaking Bad's OZYMANDIAS look back a year later.
(Which reminds me I was here in the Southern Tyrolian alps, too, when BB ended. Tempus fugit indeed. Also, the article mentions Rian Johnson is set to direct the Star Wars sequel after the next one, if I understand it correctly, which, um, does that mean I have to watch it? I am that oddity, more invested in the prequels than in the classic trilogy anyway and really not interested in what happened next. Then again: Rian Johnson did some fantastic work on Breaking Bad and I'm glad he'll get a cinematic break. Presumably he won't use lense flares, either. Hm.)
Yesterday I was taken on a delightful excursion in Gatineau Park, courtesy of commodorified.
There was a voyage by canoe along a lake (I wasn't paddling, I was sitting amidships like Cleopatra in her barge), a hike through the woods, arrival at a cave (which turned out to be unseasonably full of water, so not very approachable without more gear than I had about me), several pauses for tasty refreshment, and return via the lake.
Wildlife spotted: ravens, gulls, hawk, loon, dragonfly, chipmunk, and some sort of water-edge plover (?). Also, 2 beaver lodges though no beavers.
Plus trees, rocks, water, etc.
A lovely day.
And on the wildlife front, think I spotted a groundhog today.
One of my favourite dead Scots, James Boswell, would have probably have voted pro-Union, unless of course the vote took place on a day where he had a bad experience in the theatre of the crowd booing fellow Scotsmen. I was delighted to hear that there will be a a film about his defense of Mary Bryant, because a fictionalised version of that episode in his life has been an old Yuletide request of mine. I never had the chance to watch the play the film will be based upon, Boswell for the Defense, and the tv two parter about Mary Bryant, while great, only mentions Boswell in dialogue and doesn't let him show up in person. However, I'm not sure about the actor they cast as Boswell. I mean: does my icon look like Steve Coogan to you? (It's Boswell as sketched by Sir Joshua Reynolds.) (Then again: lots of actors played people they didn't resemble physically and were so good no one cared, the primary example being Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote.) So not only do I have the film to look foward to in 2015, but a better chance for fanfiction in the following Yuletide because let's face it, watching the movie will be easier for people than reading biographies.
Tomorrow, I'll be off to Southern Tyrolia for a week with the APs. I'll have an internet connection, but only the chance to watch those tv episodes they put up at iTunes the day after (the trusty Ipad can't be tricked even by TunnelBear), which is bad timing because next week a whole lot tv shows start their new season, not to mention the ongoing Doctor Who and Manhattan. Well, we'll see what I can get. Mostly I hope for good weather, because after this rainy summer we need it, and Southern Tyrolia is gorgeous to hike through.