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What a whirlwind! George Bey said last night as we were waiting to get picked up for dinner that every meeting has its own personality...and we agreed that this years SAAs was all about networking. Everyone seemed to be meeting with other people, and I felt like every archaeologist I know was in Austin. Apparently it was nearly 5000 people, so one of the largest ever. I had a lot of fun and some really important professional stuff happened, so I'm going to try and put some of that down here.Read more... )
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As usual if I think too much about trying to catch up on my journaling I start to freeze up, so I'm just diving in.

Yesterday I stayed in the hotel room all day and finished a writing project. Its a chapter for a festschrift in honor of a woman who has contributed a lot to gender studies in Mesoamerica--she is someone I have had a love/hate relationship with as she is really temperamental. But I was invited, and decided to go...they want the chapters now to make into a book in time to present it to her in Mexico City in Dec. Felt like a lot of pressure to say something MEANINGFUL but then since I'm not really so invested in her I just had to get it done. So big push this past week to finish the conference paper which I gave on Thursday, and then the chapter which I finished yesterday. Whew. The writing in a hotel room thing works again. After I sent the file yday afternoon I met my friends who are here at the conf in the hotel bar for a drink...Matthew and Amara, they are lots of fun. I only know about 6 people at this conference so its nice, I can skip most things and just go to a few that I really want to see. Left the bar and had a great wander around the Quarter (we are in the Hotel Monteleone for the conference, since its a smaller one.) Beautiful place. Felt my spirit guides leading me here and there, and asking for a cigar (tobacco spirit is really tugging at me lately) and the next place I saw was a cigar shop with guys hand-rolling! I bought one and then Amara texted that I should join them at their super elite leaders of the conf dinner, which turned out to be just another group of 6 geeky historians having Italian food. It was nice and then we wandered to hear music in Frenchman's Alley since we were so close. Caught a great brass band in the club [livejournal.com profile] greenwapiti and I visited some time recently. I got to dance a bit (it was crowded) and again my spirits were happy.

I'm sure coming to New Orleans so soon after the seership retreat is all connected in some way...And I know there is a river connection, since this is one of my major river mojo places and the retreat was right next to the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac--we even went down to see their actual meeting point. Lots of river energy in my life in the last few years. I asked Oshun to make Herself known, so duh!

At noon a bunch of Mardi Gras Indians will be visiting the conf to talk about their work! With geeky historians in tow, squee!

My re-entry to Miami post retreat was mostly good--I felt balanced and maintained that balance, mostly. Every time I do some deep spiritual work it feels very balancing to my otherwise heavy emphasis on the life of the mind. Had three meetings one day which I have decided is one too many for anyone, especially me, post deanliness. So I promised myself I will try to decline that third meeting invite when it comes up. Saw Morgan for breakfast one morning which helped me stay balanced, and time with Cy was good, as always. On Monday after school he was smoking pot in his room and I told him that was not cool on a school day. Tues night he did the same thing, so Wed morning he was busted and given a bunch of chores to do, purchases postponed until he got a bit more on top of things. He always gets very embarrassed and sheepish, so its not a hard conversation, but it worries me. I brought a little seership to the situation and asked him if he could see that the spirit of the plant had a role in this experience too--its not just about his ability to do what he wants or not, the spirit of pot is calling him...he agreed although I'm not sure how much he really got it. In any case he didn't use again before I left but then of course, I left...hopefully all went well on thur night. He is cleared to smoke on the weekend if he wants, so I guess I will get a report when I get back. Sigh.

The other interesting news item from the week is that the Mexicans/INAH issued a press release about the 3 objects we returned to them. UM decided not to do the same, since we think 1 of them is a big fat fake, and well other legal issues are in play. Many of my colleagues have been posting on Fbk and writing the Lowe "informing" us the stela is a fake...so I have been writing them privately to say, yeah we know, but the Mexicans wanted it back. My Mexican friends are writing nice emails of thanks. But now the AP has run a story and so the University is preparing an official response, which has to go from media to the Lowe Director, to me, to the legal department...Mostly the colleagues I know well are being very cool when I contact them privately and say, hey, lets back up for a moment and let the Mexicans have a moment. Social media definitely changes the way this has all played out.

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