so while everybody and their cousin fred is traipsing off this week to san francisco (where I should be, if I hadnâ€™t so badly budgeted cash that I couldnâ€™t afford a plane ticket) for professional composition conferences and visits to friends and excellent restaurants and so on, I shall be cooling my heels right here in iowa. now, now, Iâ€™m not complainingâ€”and I forbid you to feel the least bit sorry for meâ€”the fact of the matter is that a span of days undisturbed in my lovely home with zero outside obligations and even few (but a couple, so not to despair entirely) friends left in town to offer distraction is precisely what the doctor ordered. and just how am I using these great glorious lakes of undisturbed time? glad you asked: working on my web siteâ€™s appendages, joining lovely new cybersphere communities, playing with pots and pans and my excellent new blue mixer in the kitchen, working on several collage boxes, getting class-teaching stuff squared away at a sane pace, and bringing my brain back into line on the diss: sifting through the beginnings of my AWESOME student data, gorgeous multimodal projects, and doing little manageable bits of writing that, over time, are accumulating into a larger whole. how excellent! couldnâ€™t be better, now could it? see, told ya not to feel sorry for me. aaaaaahhhhhh.