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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Updates Galore

We've had a lot going on lately!

Here are a few highlights with corresponding pictures.

1. We went to California for Veau's 31st birthday. It was a great time. Emily and her brothers threw him a surprise party. We surprised him too, as he didn't know we were coming. Of course, he was in the shower when we got there. The theme of the party was to wear the craziest thing you could. Erin wore entirely sequins. Here I am wearing a Erin's sequiny coat and Veau's in his tutu.

2. I went hiking with Chris again and this time we headed up to the Mogollon Rim. We camped out next to this great old cabin. It was one of the most idyllic places I have ever seen. Fantastic.

Me and the Cabin

3. I was supposed to teach ENG 241, which is American Lit. up to the Civil War, but it got canceled for low enrollment. Bummer.

4. Katie and Jacob came to visit from California. We went to Tucson, Bisbee, and Tombstone. Tombstone is kind of neat. We also went back to the San Xavier Mission. I also went to a Diamondbacks game with them. That was my first major league baseball game ever. This is us outside the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee. It doesn't look like we're having much fun. We went to St. Elmo's bar. They have one of those claw game things where you try to grab stuffed animals, except it has porn in it. Hilarious.

Copper Queen

5. Erin and I went camping on the Mogollon Rim and we went fossil hunting and hunting for geodes. We took the truck off road. We found some fossils, mostly shells, and some neat geodes and nodules.

6. We went to the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix and went food shopping. We bought this fake chicken. It's made from Nazi mushrooms.

7. Ishmael's been acting crazy lately. We got a new brush that is the most amazing cat brush in the world. It gets tons of cat hair out. Here he is in the sink.

8. I've been trying to publish a book review for Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan's new book, "Men of Letters in the Early Republic." It's an interesting piece of intellectual history about bellistristic societies and other intellectual forums in the post-Revolutionary America. I'm learning the ropes of publishing and it's kind of fun, though I haven't found a journal to publish it yet.

9. I'm reading Bryan Waterman's book, "Republic of Intellect." Topically, it is similar to Kaplan's book, but it focuses solely on the New York Friendly Society, whereas Kaplan's work includes Joseph Dennie and the Boston Atheneaum.

10. I've been revising a paper I wrote on Charles Brockden Brown that I will be reading at the PAMLA conference in Pomona, CA this September. One of the scholars I reference in my paper is Beverly Voloshin from San Fransisco State. She just happens to be presenting her paper right after mine. It's a little intimidating, but I'm feeling pretty good about my work.

That's it for now. Of course, there are many more pictures and other interesting things on our Flickr page.


Anonymous jen + Kev said...

hey guys thanks for the update. I love seeing all the pictures and hearing all the great things you guys are up to. Man eric- its a little intimidating reading about all the books you are reading and papers you are presenting! It sounds very exciting!! Are you guys working over the summer or taking classes??

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Jen + Kev said...

ooo p.s where did you get that great cat brush you are talking about?? pirate and gully now live here in pittsfield with us and they are shedding like crazy.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

We get excited when we see your house! It looks awesome!

Erin's working over the summer; the class I was supposed to teach got canceled. I was taking a class, but I dropped it because I didn't need it.

We got the cat brush at Petsmart. It called the Easy Groom Cat Shedding Blade. Sounds nasty, but Ish and Razzle love it. Here's a link to what it looks like.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

We had tons of fun in AZ, that Bisbee picture is just us coming down from our Tombstone/dive bar porn high.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Sean said...

Thanks for the updates and you look ppretty good in glasses.

7:29 PM  
Blogger BillyPru said...

Veau's party outfits look awesome.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Jen + Kev said...

so i got that cat brush and the cats love it and it works amazingly- Thank you!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaplan is at ASU. You should email her!

10:30 PM  

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