Disappearing Act, or Where the Hell Have I Been

bannerfans_16248261Can someone please tell me where the hell January went to? Seriously. One minute I’m happily posting my goals for 2019 and how I’m going to post more regularly, and the next minute we’re already a month into the year! Sheeze.

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. I’m very excited to report that I was accepted into the MLS program at Queens College. I already registered for classes, paid my tuition, bought my books, read the syllabus for one course (the other professor hasn’t made BlackBoard accessible to us yet), and started to do the reading. While I’m exceedingly excited about starting on this new career path, I’m really anxious about it. Sure, I already have an MA and a PhD. This isn’t my “first time at the rodeo,” but it is my first time venturing outside of Art History. I know what to expect in Art History courses and I know exactly what I need to do in order to get an A. I don’t know what to expect in Library and Informational Science and that terrifies me. I’m taking the Fundamentals of Library and Information Science and Introduction to Organization of Information (Cataloguing). Fundamentals is more of a history, background course — a topic with which I’m more comfortable. Cataloguing is a full on classification course, something the Humanities sorely lacks. I’m sure I’m making more of this than I should, but I won’t calm down until I start classes next Monday. Stay tuned!

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Besides getting ready for another round of grad school, I’ve been knitting up a storm. I’m finally getting the hang of reading the patterns, at least the hang of reading the simpler patterns. I’m still looking up the notations and techniques, but at least they’re no longer a barrier to actually making something. I’m currently working on a sweater that I started two years ago before we moved to Texas. I didn’t pick it up when we were living there because it was too damned hot to knit! Hopefully, I’ll finish it within a few weeks. I have a pocketed scarf/shawl that I want to knit. I’m always looking for something to wrap around me at the library or at home. Sweaters and sweatshirts get a little boring, and normal shawls don’t have pockets to hold my tissues.

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Ed decided to work on his latch hook project while I’m knitting. We usually do our latch hooks together at the table, but I’m so much further along in mine that he needs to catch up. I love when he latch hooks. It brings out the little kid in him and I get the extra bonus of hearing about his Grandma. When he was young, they worked on the same latch hook together, she on one side, he on the other. I also like watching his big paws try to deal with the small bits of yarn and finesse the hook through the holes. There’s nothing more precious then my big, barrel-chested husband working on his latch hook unicorn rug.

Besides knitting and getting ready for school,  I organized and catalogued my books using Library Thing. Also, I was inspired by Marie Kondo and tackled the first category of tidying, that of clothing. I’ll post more about both of these activities later this week. I am going to go back into my books and get rid of what doesn’t “spark joy,” or tokimeku, which translates as “flutter, throb, palpitate.” Tokimeku seems to encompass more than just “joy,” but there really isn’t a word in English that encompasses the Japanese word’s whole meaning. Anyway, I’m going to follow her categories throughout the Spring. I’m particularly inspired by the acts of gratitude and honor that her method encompasses — they really mesh with my own Pagan practices.

As for Bat Fit, I’m doing pretty well. I haven’t really been exercising because I pulled my batfit2019plantar fasciitis early in the month. How? Exercising and walking. Oh the irony! I have been trying to move as much as possible, easily making my Move and Stand rings on my Apple Watch app. I needed to buy special shoe inserts to support my arch and foot. I even bought a pair of Vionic sneakers, a brand devoted to alleviating issues like plantar fasciitis.  My foot is feeling much better and that means I can exercise … which has changed for us. We dropped our YMCA membership because they raised the fee, yet again. Since I’m not working at the moment, we can’t afford it anymore. That means no treadmill, stationary bike, or pool. However, this isn’t going to stop us! I have free weights here at home and we’re going to do a lot of walking and hiking together. Of course, there’s always dancing and calisthenics, both of which don’t require special equipment or a whole lot of room. We have a nice, big downstairs foyer that can easily double as our workout area.

I haven’t had a drop of alcohol since the stroke of midnight on January 1st. I’m embarrassed to admit that I had some withdrawal symptoms like headaches, moodiness, and cravings for sweets. These symptoms have just about disappeared, however, I sometimes intensely crave sugary treats like chocolate and other candies. I’m cooking a whole lot more and have made some wonderful meals for us. I’ve been successful at controlling my portions and I feel like I’m back in a Bat Fit groove. Here are some examples:

That delicious looking bowl of pink, bananas, and peanut butter is a peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl. What a wonderfully delicious and whimsical breakfast! Frozen strawberries, all-natural crunchy peanut butter (no sugar, lightly salted), a little milk — I use almond milk, and bananas make this satisfying and protein-rich breakfast.

49270159_2125592094419128_8626134126853881856_oAnd finally, I had to deal with my SADs, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which seems to hit me hardest right around the holidays and lasts well into March. I didn’t really have any symptoms while in Texas, probably because of the heat and constant sun, but here in NYC … it’s horrendous. So, I bought a Happy Light from Verilux. Long time readers will remember that I posted about the Verilux light a couple of years ago when my blog was still on Blogger. I absolutely SWEAR by my daily light treatments. My mood and focus have improved, as has my ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night. I’m back on my Vitamin regiment, something my doctor put me on years ago. I’m low on Vitamin D and B-12; as a result, I’m tired and sluggish all the time. I’m sure the combination of vitamins and the light have been doing me a world of good.

So that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Stay tuned for how Marie Kondo and her KonMari has helped me organize and tidy my belongings. 🙂 How are you doing, dear readers?

 

  10 comments for “Disappearing Act, or Where the Hell Have I Been

  1. Laura Rever-Dollbaum
    21 Jan 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Happy to see you doing so well ❤️
    After three years my divorce finally happened. I’m moving out of this house to live a different life.
    Great post love all the information looking forward to hearing more.

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    • Franny
      30 Jan 2019 at 12:57 pm

      Good luck and lots of love!

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  2. 21 Jan 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Aren’t crafty husbands the best?! Mine learned to knit with me in a class lo these many years ago, and although he no longer does it, he totally supports me in that habit and has his own crafts (woodworking, woodcarving, 3D printing — I guess he’s a very 3D guy). I love that handwork can be a spiritual practice as well as something fun and practical. I always say that knitting is definitely magical. 🙂

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    • Franny
      30 Jan 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Ed watches me knit, but won’t pick it up. He’s all thumbs so latch-hooking is pretty much all he can manage. He does write and his poetry is just divine. It’s also very personal and I’m the only one who he shows. Knitting is magical … and frustrating … and just wonderful!

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  3. 21 Jan 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve been doing some culling, purging and donating to the thrift store myself! It feels good to get rid of excessive stuff!

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    • Franny
      30 Jan 2019 at 1:04 pm

      It does feel good, doesn’t it? I’m tackling books next and then my papers. Yes, I’m following her methods. The miscellaneous and sentimental will be difficult for us.

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  4. Jenna
    21 Jan 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Heyyy there! I know, January is just flying by. Glad to hear you are doing so well, you sound happy. And welcome to LIS!!

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    • Franny
      30 Jan 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks! So far, so good!

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  5. 22 Jan 2019 at 10:31 am

    I can’t even imagine knitting in Texas! I finally finished the spouse’s Cowichan sweater this month – it had to be put aside for a while because it’s too heavy to work on even during our cool summers!

    I actually tried to convince him he should learn how to knit while he was laid up with his busted ankle this winter, but he would have none of it. Probably knew I was dying to put that particular project on his To Do list. lol

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    • Franny
      30 Jan 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Every time I picked up the yarn in Texas my fingers and hands started to sweat. It was awful. It’s nice to be snuggled down under my knitting. 🙂 HA! I can’t see Ed knitting. He gets so frustrated with things like cooking — too many moving parts, times to keep in mind, etc. — that I’m sure knitting would drive him to drink! HA!

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