Saturday, May 9, 2009

Grades are in!

...and between getting my grades posted, graduation banquets, and post-hooding parties with the neighbors, I am exhausted. With any luck, though, I'll be able to get some shut-eye today during commencement (those floppy hats we wear with our academic frippery hide a lot of sins).

My only concern is that I might wake up with an Elgar earworm.

And then look out: it's Garden Time, people! Don't try to get in my way!

UPDATE: I actually love the ceremony of commencement, and so I thought I'd share a few pics of the morning and say "Well done" to the Class of 2009.

(BTW: Texas Tech alum and 60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley gave the best commencement address I've ever heard. It was so good I even paid attention to it.)

On our way to the festivities (notice my new Keen commuter sandals--I am Bike Commuter Awesomeness!):

Lining up backstage with the handsomest faculty member in the Department of Philosophy:

One of my students was the Honors College banner bearer:

The reason I do it:
I always love this view, with the faculty and students walking out of the coliseum together after the big show, and the parents lining the fences, waiting for their newly-minted grads:

What we really wear under all the fancy-schmancy regalia:


  1. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, Garden here you come!

  2. I love the photos of you on your bikes in all your fancy robes! Too cute. With a Garden Rant t-shirt underneath, how perfect! Can't wait to see what you do with all your newfound gardening time. Congrats to you and the kids for getting through another year!

  3. Ha, that's great! I've got to show this to my hubby who's a prof as well. They're on the quarter system so he's still got 2 weeks to go, arg! But then he can help me in the garden. :-)

  4. I came by way of the Rant, but also live in Texas. Your blog went straight to bookmark and feed when I saw the mosquito counter. Ramen noodles went out my nose and I choked out "AWESOME" all in the same breath. I am looking forward to enjoying your future posts!

    Thanks for the laugh and enjoy summer break!

    SC in San Antonio TX

  5. Heather--I can see it, too! Woot!

    Karen--Thanks. It's no mean trick to cycle wearing miles and miles of fabric...

    Jean--yes, get hubby out there. It'll help him shake off that academic pallor.

    SC--Excuse me wile I take a moment to process the mental image of Ramen noodles coming out of a nose...Okay, all better now! ;-) Welcome to the bike garden!

  6. Yeah for you, and for your students! Thanks for giving them the gift of your perspective and your wisdom. Someday they may even appreciate it.

    My asparagus are up, and we're having the first batch with new potatoes and freshly harvested chervil tonight. It's been a dry and windy spring--serious drought here--but the tree swallows are back from Latin America and they're dipping and looping through the air over my garden and restored block of creek, and the big western and Hunt's bumblebees are dodging the broad-tailed hummingbirds as they both go for the first flower spikes on the desert indian paintbrush.

  7. Love the T shirt. I wonder what everyone else was wearing underneath :-)
    Enjoy all that gardening time!

  8. I second the other Karen - love the image of the robes and the bike!

    Well done to you and your students.

  9. I'm saving up for one of those snappy hoods you're wearing--very nice. And I need some medals too. Can you get those on ebay? Looking sweet, Dr. T.

  10. Oh I love the subversive T-shirt under all the academic finery!

    I can't believe all the misbehavin' that's been going on with your weeds whilst you've been busy!


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