the folks at the fulbright orientation insisted that it's infinitely easier to get a visa to India from here in the States. so, since we were going to Chicago anyway for a wedding on the weekend, we're trying to squeeze in those visas before ben t. takes off (with his passport, of course) for Israel next Sunday. glitches in that trip in that he can't be an unaccompanied minor -- too much time in between flights in London. so he'll be doing that on his own. big gulp here.
meanwhile - the quilt is done. we had a fantastc 48 hours here with my youngest sister and her daughter who is almond joy's age. it came together brilliantly and it's so much easier to quilt when one person keeps on sewing when the other gets tired.
have to grade the first set of papers -- the second set is starting to come in. have gone so much easier on these two classes than usual. gave up on writing new quizzes. changed the research paper in one of them to a position paper with less required resources. interesting work coming in.
I think I'm going to have schedule days in my office to clear some space. maybe the home office, too. can't leave for a year in my usual pack-just-before-the-flight manner. we have tickets: August 5th, arriving August 7th. no apartment yet. no classes assigned yet. such is life.