When I was shopping for degree programs, what really attracted me to the UBC English Department were the excellent facilities. And by excellent, I mean private. We have a private reading room, a private computer lab, and a private kitchen and lounge. (If you're teaching, as I was for some terms past, you also get a private office.) They're old and brown and unfashionable, but they're all ours. So my foray to IKB Library yesterday was a bit of a shock.
Yes, the high ceilings and stain-glass-filtered sunlight were nice. And the wooden furniture looked very American Campus Chic. But it was confronting to have to study cheek-by-jowl with a zillion undergraduates. Words got written, and I got outta there. I'm debating whether to get myself some earplugs and go back next Saturday, or whether to just bring a blanket and a hot water bottle to Buchanan Tower and tough it out, like they did in Victorian times.
Today was the most lovely day. It was mild (ie. above zero) and sunny, and Matthew and I walked to Main Street to meet his friend Harry for Dim Sum. Afterwards, we went vintage shopping. Natch.
|This one of the windows in Front and Company, one of the most beloved stores on Main St. Hovering above the cakes are fat little bumblebees. Too sweet.|
We were ready to go.
|Matthew designed a linocut of retro warhammer robot heads, to make prints, to photograph, to digitally crop, to make his new Seasonal Blog Header.|
|Here they are printed.|
|While all this was going on, here's me, actually writing you a Christmas card. No, but really, aren't they festive? :)|