Monday, October 17, 2005

Fall Villa at Omena . . .

. . . was pretty low-key this year, providing a badly-needed opportunity for relaxation in the middle of a frenetic fall semester. I accomplished most of the goals I had set for the weekend: I made it to Spike's (twice, in fact - once on the way to Omena and again on the way back), I attended Sunday Mass at Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Peshawbestown (Franciscan Father Andy Buvala, the robust octogenarian pastor, was in particularly good form this weekend), I picked up some new shoes at the G. H. Bass outlet store in Traverse City, and I got a lot of reading done (on one of my rare forays into fiction, I read most of Jeffrey Eugenides' Detroit epic Middlesex over the course of the weekend). On Saturday evening, several of my companions and I watched as USC beat Notre Dame 34-31 and as U-M managed an incredible 27-25 victory over Penn State on the strength of a touchdown in the very last second of the game. Driving back to Loyola House Sunday afternoon, Tim McCabe and I unexpectedly came across the Pere Marquette - the locomotive featured in The Polar Express - which happened to be making a history-making stop in Grayling. As I commented to Tim at the time, seeing the Pere Marquette proves again that Jesuit influence is omnipresent. All in all, another great experience of villa at Omena. AMDG.


At October 17, 2005 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fall relaxation? How much work could a second year novice possibly have that would require a "vacation"? It must be exhausting organizing the books in the library and/or dusting on Saturday afternoons.

Good luck making it through an otherwise stress free year.

At October 17, 2005 12:42 PM, Blogger Joe said...

It's true that in an objective sense we're a lot less busy than most people. Subjectively speaking, however, I still feel busy, and I'm entitled to kvetch about that. Nonetheless, thanks for the reality check!


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