Committee chair John told me he's reading my dissertation while attending a conference in CA and said it's good. Whew. I'm still decompressing from the long research and writing stretch. Today after our weekly pozole brunch with the gang Knut and I went to check on the progress of the Zilker Garden's iris bed. More blossoms and buds but still not full flowering yet. There was an orchid show in the club house and the orchids were spellbindng. What amazing creatures orchids are. I am hypnotized by them. They are mysterious and spectacular even the tiny ones, flowering in clusters. There are fantastic patterns on some of them like some ancient or alien language. The colors are those of surrealism.