It has been a whirlwind couple of days! On Monday and Tuesday, I spent literally all day locked in my office writing my doctoral qualifying exams. Four essays and seven score identifications later, and I'm mostly done with quals, hooray! I have an oral defense next Monday and then I'll be past this hurdle (and much better prepared to teach musicology).
And in a really mean scheduling twist, the very next day after quals I had another exam. I'm delighted to report that I passed my Latin language proficiency yesterday, making this one of my most successful weeks in graduate school yet.
So after locating a stack of library books to help me prepare for my oral defense on Monday, I claimed the rest of the afternoon for myself and spent it buried in Elizabeth Wein's companion novel to Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire. And then in between reading up on Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Rossini's trip to Vienna, and our first choir rehearsal of the semester, I started The Hobbit last night. I've been meaning to re-read The Lord of the Rings, and my intense disappointment with the latest Hobbit movie (it's really silly, and by really silly, I mean really REALLY silly, and then they start making grenades) inspired me to start with this one first.
My semester technically starts today. I don't have a class of my own, but will be sitting in on the freshmen seminar for which I'm a TA. It'll be a nice leisurely day full of preparations for Monday, and my guilt-free fiction yesterday has left me feeling incredibly refreshed. And perhaps Husband and I will finally get to the Downton Abbey season premiere!
Wish me luck on this last portion of quals! And now I'm really curious - have any of you seen the second Hobbit film, and if so, what did you think?