September 21 Day 927: Red-eye

It’s the start of the new academic year. Two retreats are done—Science and Math Division last Friday and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences yesterday.

Classes start one week from today. I’m not ready but I will be. Tomorrow is the math Faculty retreat. I won’t be there because I’m flying east to NYC on a red-eye.

Why a red-eye?

I would have been happy to fly during daylight hours today but the hotel cost for this evening was prohibitive.

The first flight out tomorrow morning gets me to NY late afternoon/early evening and requires getting up at o’dark thirty. It inconveniences my dear husband who drives me to the airport the prerequisite number of hours early.

So I opted for the 10 pm flight. An easy drop-off at SEATAC. Short lines to check baggage and get through TSA. The gate is crowded but I have plenty to keep me busy. I can sleep on planes and have an early checkin when I arrive. So I will get a few hours of quality sleep before adventuring out tomorrow afternoon.

I am traveling in my capacity as MAA President. There will be work—but it will all be fun. (Just the way mathematics should be.)

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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