Another field season done and I can't even begin to describe how happy I am to be back home.This one was a doozy. The first half of the season went amazingly smooth considering how nightmarish the logistics of this particular study were. Then 'the event' happened and everything just seemed to go downhill from there. The first night after taking the elk back into the field, J had to go to the emergency room when he slipped down a rocky slope carrying the water pump and crushed his finger. I use that word correctly here. Crushed...as in what happens when you take a hammer to a grape. (He's okay...was stitched up and given instructions to keep it clean [HA...HA HA HA] and it has healed albeit with no feeling in the tip of his finger). This was the high point of that final session if you can believe it. Quite telling is my reaction, when, 15 miles from having the elk back safely at the end of the season, something blew into my windshield and shattered it. I couldn't even muster the energy to be angry or upset...instead, the only thought that managed to go through my numb brain was 'How fitting'.
But it's done and I am finally home and recuperating. And beyond what I have written above, I really don't want to relive anything that happened this summer. But, as you can see, I am willing to share just a few pictures I managed to squeeze in between data collection bouts...these are the good memories!
As is typical, it will take me some time to decompress and to get back into the swing of things. I've been home for only 3 days but have already started to cook again (this is important after eating fried egg sandwiches and pasta with canned sauce EVERY DAY for months on end...15 pounds lighter, I'm itching for other tastes!). I haven't yet picked up my needles but hope the desire to knit returns soon. And while I've been 'pinning' away some recipes since I'm even more food obsessed than normal (see note above!), I haven't been able to face blogs yet.
So I'm asking for your help. For the sake of my sanity, I need to 'mark as read' all blog posts so that reentry into blogland isn't quite so overwhelming. But I also don't want to miss all the craftiness, the thoughts, the activities of you all over the past 5 months or so. I would love if each of you posted a link or two (or more if you've been busy!) in the comments to blog posts you want me to read. Either a project you are especially proud of completing, a post that you think will speak to me either with the words or the pictures, or a vacation/outing that you think I'd enjoy reading about. I'll make a point to visit each of those and then I'll be starting afresh.
Now playing: Say Goodbye by Girlyman