All in the culmination of months that happened to wrap up this morning a day’s work. I’m pretty sure I’ve earned the right to play video games and don’t actually need to start on the next stage of the project until tomorrow.
I made these images today and they are quite special. The expressive medieval faces - and a pair of hands - are part of the stained-glass “Great East Windows” at York Minster and they date from 1408. Not many people have seen these details from this close, for the simple reason that they are normally positioned twenty meters or so above ground level. Except for now. They are presently being restored and thus taken down, one segment at the time, to be treated by experts. Visiting the cathedral gets you face to face - literally if you want - with these 700-year-old individuals. It is sensational to see them the way the artisans did when they made them, especially knowing they will soon be out of reach again, perhaps for centuries to come.
Pics (my own): York Cathedral, restoration exhibition.
If you want it to go totally bonkers, go on a summer weekend when there’s only a student worker there. (In all seriousness, people who work at libraries are awesome, and the librarians and student workers I’ve been dealing with this summer while away from my home institution have been very helpful, but every single time I go in, some new confusing thing happens.)
There is always, always work. It is always more than you can do (because if you finish your current main project there’s that paper you’re revising for publication or a conference to submit an abstract to or some job market materials to tinker with or a new syllabus to put together). I know that becoming a professor will NOT make the work go away, but I’m hoping it will make summer stop feeling like automatic vacation time. Six years of grad school hasn’t done that yet, even during summers when I’ve been teaching.