A few of my colleagues were there. One stopped by to lobby me on one of the possible textbooks we are thinking about changing too. Last semester I made a very impassioned argument in favor of one, and she doesn't like it. She sent me a two-page email over the holiday, breaking down chapter by chapter what she doesn't like. I like it because it is up-to-date on the newer concepts, and is about 1/3 the cost to students of the other book. Anyway, it will be decided by the entire faculty, not just her and me. Anything will be better than the book we currently use.
I find I am becoming more savvy about academic politics. At first, after a career in the hospital, it was a big mystery to me, Now I think I have a fairly good handle on it, though I mostly stay out of it, unless it is something I am passionate about.
I talked with my awesome boss for a while. She was able to procure funding for a few of us to go to an academic conference up in Yosemite in the spring. I am looking forward to it, as it will be my first academic conference, and...Yosemite! I have already made reservations, and will stay an extra day so I can enjoy the scenery.
I took this photo over by the art building when I went to use the bathroom. I love how even our immediate environment is an ever-changing landscape, always surprising in both small and big ways.