Pardon the lack of posts. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time attempting to avoid driving 45 minutes to stand in the rain and watch people chip out 7″ of asphalt around manholes. Cuz, you know, probably no mammoth tusks in them.
Nevertheless, I did just buy a new pair of earplugs for a sort of construction monitoring I have never.ever.done.before.
Hey everyone. I should get back to posting more regularly after today. My mom is finally getting out of the hospital and into a rehab facility. She’s making slow but steady progress and we’re all hoping that once she gets back to her home town where family and friends can visit more frequently that she’ll perk up more. Plus she’ll be getting more intensive physical therapy. Now that I don’t have to drive over an hour each way and sit in a hospital room I can do more of, well, everything else.
First, I’ll be traveling to Wisconsin again this Thursday to manage mom’s care. She’s out of the horse-pistol but still in an acute care facility, and doing some rehab. A lot slower recovery than we had anticipated, but so far so good moving forward with things. I’ll be there until probably early November. Should be able to continue blogging regularly from there as all that stuff won’t take an inordinate amount of time.
At first I thought it would be kind of fun kicking around my old home town by myself for a month or so while mom went through rehab in town, but now it looks like she’ll be an hour’s drive away for the time being (but hopefully soon). It will still be. . . .interesting. It’s a lot different, being in the old family home with neither mom nor dad there. Even the town feels different without mom or dad in the picture, although mom is, at least, still around in some fashion. But I’ll have plenty to do looking after her and keeping the household running.
But in the meantime, I will give you a preview of coming attractions:
Still here in the Land Flowing With Milk and Beer. I’d actually had some plans to do a little posting while on vacation, but those were unfortunately cut up quite short: My second night here my mom had a bad stroke. Right in the room with me.
After a 911 call, trip to the ER, and then a midnight (literally) drive to Milwaukee, mom was in the ICU until yesterday. She is out now and into the stroke center/rehab portion of the hospital and is responding to commands. The area affected is a small but important one controlling, among other things, the area around the face and neck so breathing (actually maintaining an airway, which is different) was an issue. And, although we’ve been told this is an area of the brain that does well at rerouting, we won’t know what the real prognosis is for weeks if not months. Mom is quite independent and healthy (she’s been swimming almost every day for years now) so this was a great shock to all.
My brother is coming to relieve me today and I will head back to Seattle for a couple of weeks and then probably come back for a while, depending on how things are going, where mom is, etc.
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Gonna be gone to my Stammland (Wisconsin) for a couple of weeks. Been crazy busy the last few days trying to get that straightened out and also get some fieldwork done. I’m putting a couple of photos here of that, although I can’t show too much (private property and such, donchaknow). But as a bit of background, I was over at Leavenworth (not the prison; they haven’t found my stash of Victorian child pron quite yet) on Sunday and Monday to do a small survey next to Icicle Creek. Eastern Washington has been very dry this year and has had lots of wildfires. Here is Leavenworth when I got in Sunday evening:
Went to Portland last Thursday to give a talk for the local ARCE chapter. They’d been trying to get me down for a couple of years now, but I finally went and did my talk on the Karanis Bath work I did in 2012. I should make that into a slide show or something and put it online. Hmmm. Must remember to try that. Anyway, I also gave a few minutes on a Grand Tour of the Fayum as well. Went well, although it was a small crowd, probably because it was a Thursday night in the summer and it was 103 degrees. Lots of good questions. I liked the trip. Stayed at The Benson and they were filming The Librarians there at the time, although I think it was done(?) by the time I got there. If there were any celebrities present I didn’t recognize them.
Anyway, also did a small survey up on Orcas Island yesterday (Tuesday) and that’s a long day; the survey itself was only a couple of hours, but travel time, waiting for the ferry, etc. Always a 12-hour day. And we had our block party/Night Out in the evening so *sigh* busy.
Thus, a couple of posts tonight and hopefully will hit it again tomorrow.
I was a speaker again this year (Saturday morning at 10), and all went well. You may be surprised to learn that Greco-Roman Egypt isn’t all that popular; our session had less than 20 people in it. I say you may be surprised since Greek and Roman archaeology is generally very popular; but ARCE people are far more interested in Dynastic stuff. I had interested people though and several questions and comments at the end.
Didn’t see much of Houston I’m afraid, we were in the downtown core and pretty busy. Saturday evening we had a to-do at the Houston Museum of Natural History which was interesting in more ways than one. Their new Egyptian halls were recently opened, and it’s a nice collection. They have one section that replicates what a private collection from the late 19th and early 20th centuries would have looked like, i.e., sans labels.
Of course, it had a few problems. Namely that the sessions ended at 4:30 and the busses left at 5:30 so few people had anything to eat before going and by 7 you had 300 ravenous Egypt-o-philes and a reception with only hors d’ourves taken out on plates by wait staff. A few of us took up stations by the doorways so we could actually snag some grub; I said that every time a plate came out it looked like a bunch of zombies at a car accident.
Had a great time though. Met some new people, saw some old friends and colleagues. A couple of people are interested in going to work at Kom el-Hisn again, so I talked with them quite a bit. It was just really stimulating being around people and talking about our weird semi-obsession.
So, a couple of stories to post and then I’ll get back to things regularly.
Yeah, light posting. Mainly because of the holidays and have been managing a truly evil project. Last week our Guy in the Field found some human remains — my first on a project! — so I’ve been spending lots of time figuring out what to do with the continuing finds, and making up excavation permits so they can do emergency things, etc., etc., etc. That and putting the finishing touches on another paper to submit. Busy busy busy!