I'm finally settling into a routine: get up early (well, early for me - alarm goes off at 7.30), do academic work in the morning (editing/researching for Kristine on Mondays and Fridays, my own on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, teaching on Thursdays), take an hour off at lunch (to meet friends, wander around town, walk on the beach), work in the library in the afternoon, go to the pub at 5 (by myself, with people, with books, with knitting), go home, have dinner, and then - wait for it - have spare time to knit, watch movies (or The Doctor), read novels, do academic work. And then there is the weekend. The weekend! Two weekends ago we stayed in and watched Series 1 of Doctor Who all day, which was rather enjoyable. The Doctor is much better than I remember, and Rose is not nearly as annoying as I remember. Last weekend involved a trip to the border abbeys, the Swedish Shop and The Best MacAndCheese Ever. This past weekend consisted of preparing for an interview, and re-organising the kitchen cupboards.
I've been listening to music again. I used to listen to music, and care about music, and keep up with music, but at some point during my undergrad I just sort of stopped being interested. I still listened to old favourites, but I stopped caring about new stuff. In the past year or so, however, urged by various despairing (yet well-meaning?) friends I have rediscovered my love for music-with-instruments. I like singer-songwriters, I like bands, I like guitars (and, as ever, I like rhymes and half-rhymes and fancy phrases). I have exchanged music with friends and been introduced to lots of awesome music that way, and I've gone and bought music, on CD, as downloads and on vinyl. There have been mix-CDs. I've finally found some music I can listen to while working - The Mountain Goats.* I've been buying an album a month for a while now - this month's was "The Sunset Tree" and "Tallahassee" by The Mountain Goats, the month before was Kid Canaveral's "Shouting at Wildlife" - on vinyl. Month before that? King Creosote and Jon Hopkins "Diamond Mine", I think. Next month? I'm thinking Broken Family Band's "The King Will Build a Disco".
* The Mountain Goats, like so many awesome things/ideas/people, came out of this year's BARS conference in Glasgow.