After a few obsessed weeks spent revising and editing Sitawan for its fall release, I joyfully spent the day eating oysters, listening to live bands (one of my favorite things), and hanging out with family and friends at Oyster Fest. I also discovered some unusual earrings from a local artist, and at the end of the day bought a whole, cooked brisket from the Humboldt Cattlewomen’s Association for a bargain, which made serving dinner easy and delicious. A thanks also goes to the cattlewomen for those humongous chocolate chip cookies from the Lolita Bakery, too. After the stress of the past few weeks spent writing and teaching simultaneously, Oyster Fest allowed me to laugh and relax. Great job, Arcata!