I've been trying to decompress from the semester. A tall order given the pace of last year. Nonetheless, being a faithful subscriber to the concept of retail therapy, MP1 and I went out shopping on Thursday. I bought some more All-Clad cookware--a gorgeous lidded saute-pan and a fish poacher (used them both last night--they're great kitchen additions. Today, I'm making a fish soup from the strained poaching liquid--a yummy brew of basil, ginger, parsley, carrots, wine, garlic, and leeks. Just need to go to Whole Paycheck to get some shrimp and crab and such to add to the left over salmon). But I digress. I'm still cleaning up the piles of books and debris from the last few weeks of writing, and as much as I love my pricey kitchen gadgets, I also have to say that sometimes it's the little things in life that really get you through. Last month it was these little guys (see below), given to me by a favorite student. They are the coolest. Besides being very petite little flags, each little page of them has an adhesive strip on the back so you can afix the entire strip of about 20 flags to whatever book you're reading, and pronto--there they are when you need them. So--to JP who is hanging out in the wonderful environs of Chaco Canyon--thanks for the baby flags. They are the best!