November 3, 2003 1:26 PM

Everything was sparkling this morning. The leaves and trees were salted with frost. I had 11 hours of sleep.

I ordered this pretty thing yesterday from Novica. It's made in Peru. It seems like a worthy place to shop -- they provide a free venue for artisans in countries across the world to sell directly to consumers.

I met a classmate today who's plan is to teach English as a second language and additionally have an emphasis (our version of a degree) of 'philosophy of linguistics' ("universal" languages like music and mathematics). If not that, he wants to fill airplanes with fuel so he can have free time and tickets. I wish I'd thought of that. He has a beard. It makes him look like a woodsman.