The last few days have felt VERY fallish here on the coast---it is very cool in the morning, leaves are starting to fall off the trees, it gets dark around 8:15-ish (compared to almost 10pm in July) and the sun is setting way way south of the rock.
We don't go back to school til the end of September, but the K-12s in the area are slowly starting up. Many don't go back 'full time' til 9/14, but some schools are having 'soft opens' where teachers and parents and kids get used to the learning systems. We were kind of lucky at the UO that we had a whole 10=week term to teach online so I think we've all figured out a lot of things we need to do during fall, and we will hopefully avoid some of the stressors other faculty across the country seem to be facing.
The weekend was a mix of activity (nothing too stressful) and reading/knitting/art/etc. I've made it through 2/3 of the next clue of the Sharon Show, even though something weird happened with the yarn that threatened to derail the whole thing but apparently I did a good fix on it (the whole story later).
The most recent stitch pattern is really pretty.
I also made a focaccia bread from scratch. I used this recipe from Bon Appetit which was incredibly simple and really, really worked. I also made a pot of chili yesterday (see, FALL!) and the bread went well with that, plus it was thick enough for sandwiches. It takes a lot of time--mostly for rising--but you can pretend you are on The Great British Baking Show and that makes it all fun.
The rib is feeling good but I realized I'm very tense throughout all my muscles trying to hold my body in a way that doesn't hurt. The general solution to this--yoga--isn't possible right now, so I did pop in the sauna for a few minutes last night and that helped.
I finished "The Herd" (it ended with whiplash twists, which can be annoying) and "The Secret Commonwealth" (the second book in The Book of Dust, which kind of dragged on at the end, just like the first book). Now I'm reading "The Comeback" which is the story of an actress who had a "#MeToo" relationship with a director and I like it a lot, and makes me wonder how many other actresses went through that.
We watched "Richard Jewell" on Saturday and man 1996 seems a long long time ago.
Here we go--a week before a long weekend. Have a good Monday!