I talked to the CTO while I was getting settled this morning and he said RBI officially supports people going to conferences, and I just needed to get a costs sheet written up. So I'll be doing that soon. I'm excited about the idea of getting to present a paper - that will be cool!
I picked Proust back up this morning after a break of at least two weeks. I'm at page 405 of Sodom and Gomorrah - just 105 pages left to go, and then two more novels. I'm hoping to get it done before the end of the year. It was cool seeing Proust's Paris - his bedroom, the Bois du Boulogne, the streets his characters strolled down, paintings of the people he knew (and fictionalized). I've found Paris' architecture quite boring in the past (Belle Epoque is not my thing), but my eyes were refreshed this trip. With luck I'll get to see Cabourg this summer, too, and then "Illiers-Combray" (renamed to include his fake name, isn't it funny? - like Truth or Consequences, New Mexico).
I want to go up the street and get a copy of the book The Victorians I passed on before Christmas, as the bookseller was closed right after New Year's (still). But I also need to go get my new credit card and cash card (aren't I looking forward to seeing them again?). And ... I'm still sick, so I'm moving slowly. We'll see what I manage to accomplish.