It's been a day of quiet decompression after my visit with the family and playing with my nieces and nephew. The biggest event of the day was having Erin Fitz trip across me reading by the fountain in the overcast dusk, and catching up with her a bit, mostly finding out what she's doing in Milwaukee instead of at Boston College, and her getting the latest on my dissertation research, which she is now more than capable of following. So that was a pleasant surprise. Other than that, picking up Jonathan Riley Smith's 2007 Bampton Lectures at Columbia University – The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam – was the most exciting thing to happen to me.
That said, I can only justify this entry by saying that this photograph I noticed on an AP story is slightly awesome: