Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No. 4! But Who's Keeping Score?

I'm not sure how much longer I can keep this post-a-day pace up, but I'm doing my best! These first few posts have to deal with within-the-walls matters, as I will not have an opportunity to venture out until the weekend. Today I can show you the view from my office...
...and some of the bikes which our workers use, both to get around the campus quickly and to commute between their homes and CH...
...and a few of the majestic Washington Palms to be found on the grounds...
...and two more of our coterie of cats, Dusty and Beau...
Dusty the Hierakonpolis Cat

Sitting Pretty
Beau the Wonder Cat

So-named because of his resemblance to Buttons
You'll be pleased to learn, I'm sure, that any cat who decides he or she would like to take up residence here is required to be neutered or spayed. We are lucky to have access to the services of Animal Care in Egypt for these operations.

And finally, a beautifully enameled vintage lamp from the courtyard...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stocking Up & A Miscellany...

Sundays are good days for taking care of personal business, as they are the one day each week we have entirely to ourselves. In addition to doing some laundry I didn't want to entrust to the staff, I made my initial raid on the supply magazine, the food magazine, the beverage refrigerator and the cookie store. Here is my booty:
Clockwise from top: Paper towels, dish detergent, juice boxes (mango-peach), club soda, pomegranate with pulp, Adel's famous oatmeal cookies, nut mix (almonds, pistachios, walnuts and peanuts), dust cloth and sponge
Later I made up a new cocktail using gin and the club soda and pomegranate. Very refreshing!

Today's miscellany includes flowers and the library. I'll have more for you about the library and its workings soon. Don't forget to let me know if there's something in particular you would like me to blog about. I'll do my best!
Wonderfully fragrant jasmine from the Library entrance
Marvelous Marvel of Peru from the breezeway
Original East Bank CH Library (houses the card catalog, journals, monograph series, and folios)
Library Extension (houses the Main Collection)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chaos at Healey House

You can see that I still have a long way to go for my room to be "shipshape and Bristol fashion"! But I am making progress...
You can see some of my treasured possessions acquired during the "first" ten years: the Akhmim-woven bedspread; the carpets and kilims (I have too many to put them all down at once, so I rotate them!); and photos and drawings. The lamp on the nightstand is an original University of Chicago one (this belongs to the house, but I lust after it!). And that pile of ironed and folded laundry was just brought back by one of the housemen. Yes, my laundry is done for me!
But I have my priorities! The Autumn door decor had to go up right away! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to do a quick survey. My friend Sonja responded to my first post of the season as follows: "Please post more daily, kind of routine things. I would love to see photos inside your library." So, please let me know in the comments (If you can. If not, drop me an email.) what you would like me to share with you about my life in Luxor. And yes, Sonja, I promise to share photos of the library!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

She's Back...for Her 11th Season!

Just arrived in Luxor at about 6 a.m. yesterday morning--10:45 p.m. flight from Paris to Cairo, 5 a.m. flight to Luxor. Exhausted but happy! It's always good to come back "home".

Slept most of yesterday, but did manage a couple of photos of my first close encounter of the cat kind, with Buttons!

After doing a bit of unpacking yesterday (in between deep sleep sessions!) and this morning, I made my way to my office and started the procedure for preparing the library for opening, probably late next week. After lunch, I took these photos of the flora of CH (since I had taken the fauna shots yesterday!):
Milk and Wine Lilies...
...fill the foyer with the most wonderful fragrance!
The breezeway garden at the beginning of the season
See you soon...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weight-ing Around

Back in early February I signed up through my health care plan for an online program called Daily Challenge. I thought I'd give it a whirl, probably get bored and drop it in short order. Well, that hasn't been the case. I've completed 52 challenges, am on a 32-day "streak" and have made a lot of new friends. I also feel a lot better these days!

Today's challenge was as follows: "Strengthen the muscles along the back of your rib cage with 10 alternating weighted arm pulls." I usually try to complete each challenge before going to work, which gets the day off to a good start. This morning I didn't have any real weights in my room, so I had to improvise! I chose the heaviest thing I could find, which just happened to be a carved and painted replica of a pharaonic head that I had purchased a couple of seasons back from a roadside artisan!
It worked, but it wasn't wholly satisfactory, so I was determined to get to the exercise room on the third floor of the residence after work to do a real weight workout. It was probably about 5:20 when I reached  the roof, which is a bit of a workout in itself--there are 47 steps!
Since I was using only dumbbells, I could bring them out to the "terrace" to do the workout. I know I will be the object of much sympathy when I show you the view I must put up with there!
After I finished my workout, which really flew by, I decided to check out the rooftop on the other side of the exercise room and perhaps see what the kites who live in the large eucalyptus tree were up to. One of them was dining!
And I had to take one more photo of the pre-sunset vista from that angle!
Thanks to all my fellow DCers for their encouragement, support, and good humor! This one's for you, guys!