In no particular order:
1. I gave my genius professor a thank-you gift for writing me a recommendation letter and he *loved* it. The gift: a 1978 paperback copy of Hillare Belloc’s Selected Cautionary Tales for Children, just like the one the prof. lost last quarter.
2. I got two scholarships. One pays for my next year’s tuition in full (the prof. above wrote a letter for it, hence my gratitude). The other one gives me a lot of money for a short-term job which I really loved doing anyway.
3. I chose my wedding dress and my future sister-in-law and father-in-law surprised me by *buying* it as a gift. She explained that it was a tradition in their family that the sisters purchase essential wedding items for one another, and it shouldn’t stop with me. Awesome.
4. I had a great conversation with the Chair of the English Department. I had heard some classmates talk about how dull he was, but I thought he was really stimulating. He was really excited to discuss literature and language until his next appointment. I’m supposed to have lunch with him and the scholarship donor (an 84-year-old female political/environmental activist) this summer. I’m thinking of getting orchid leis to give to them; people like orchids, don’t they?