Hello, readers! Hello! Go ahead and grab yourself a’cuppa and make yourself comfortable. This might be a long one. How has everyone been? Good? Can you believe it’s already the end of April!?! Good grief, the Spring semester just flew by!
“How’s school?” you ask — GREAT! It’s been a little hard to get used to being on the other side of the podium again, but I think I’ve found my groove. I’m doing well in my classes and getting ready to end the semester with a bang! I registered for my Fall classes. I’m pretty excited about it because I’m starting my archival studies! YAY! I’m taking 9 credits … that’s 3 classes. I’m pleased that all of my classes are either online or located in Manhattan next semester. Commuting out to Queens from Staten Island has been a real drag, so the less I’m there, the better. Happily, all of my archival classes except one are online or in Manhattan. I might need to commute to Queens once a week next Spring, but we’ll see.
“So are you working?” No. No, I’m not. I’m volunteering once a week in the Wallach Division at the New York Public Library. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m helping organize and file the Artists’ Papers collection. I’m also volunteering at Queens College to catalog the Africana Department’s book and ephemera collection. I’ll be doing both for the rest of the Summer. I did apply for an archival assistant job at the Frick, but I haven’t heard from them yet. I probably don’t have the right qualifications yet. I also need to rewrite my academic CV to create a library-archive resume, which is going to be challenging to say the least. From what I can tell from job postings, I’ll need two documents — a CV for academic archival positions and a resume for positions in non-academic sectors. I’m not quite sure which path I’ll ultimately take; for now, I just need some experience, hence the volunteering.
And that’s one of the things on the agenda for the Summer: resume and CV writing and a job search. I’ve reached out to a few people regarding possible opportunities in various types of institutions like universities, museums, and the NYPL. I’m going to take the Summer to look for a part-time gig that will give me a whole range of experience while continuing with my volunteering at the NYPL and Queens. I hope to have the Africana Collection fully catalogued and assessed before the the end of July. I really don’t want to travel to campus this coming Fall!
I’m also going to concentrate on my personal projects this Summer. I have a few writing/research projects that I want to finally do and get out for review. I also want to focus on making art, mostly drawing and painting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to knit and sew more as well. And let’s not forget about my garden! WAHOO! Yup, I get to plant a garden even though I’m renting this place! Ed and I are planning on building the beds next week and we’ll have the plants in before Mother’s Day. We always have good luck when we plant just around Mother’s Day — the weather is cooperative and things seem to spring up over night. I CAN’T WAIT TO HAVE A VEGGIE GARDEN AGAIN! Huzzah! Besides all of this fun stuff, we’re planning a lot of camping and day trips, and a trip or two to Salem.
I’m also going to be focusing on me — my body, my heart, my soul this Summer. It’s been a wild ride and I need a break. I’m feeling MUCH, MUCH better! I’m happier, more focused, and a lot more active. I’m eating better and getting a lot more exercise. I’ve been reacquainted with the hiking trails in High Rock Park and how much I love wandering around the woods. My favorite trail is two miles and I’m determined to walk it at least 2-3 times a week. I’m also lifting weights and doing crunches again. I want to strengthen the muscles that were cut during my hysterectomy. Sure, I have a weight loss goal, but my strengthening my body and eating better are priorities for me. The weight loss will come with the change in lifestyle, that’s for sure.
I guess the big, not-so-big news — especially if you follow my Instagram — is that I’ve stripped the black out of my hair with Oops and have been growing out my natural hair color. I toned down the screaming yellow-orange with purple shampoo and conditioner and dyed my hair with Natural Instincts #6c, brass-free light brown. It’s a semi-permanent dye and has blended my natural color, grey, and processed hair nicely. I want to do something dramatic with my hair style, but don’t know what yet. I have a feeling a good cut is in my future, but we’ll see. It certainly would be the easiest way to get back to my natural color, though I do hate growing out my hair.
We’re still in Marie Kondo Mode, though took a break from organizing to concentrate on school work. Ed and I will be going through all of our knick-knacks soon. Yup, that means all of the Boneys and other stuff will be handled and asked “Do you spark joy?” My goal is to display the other set of crystal I own and my collection of Boyd’s Bears figurines … and that means I need to make room. Ed and I also want to concentrate more on our antiques and vintage collections rather than living in a “Halloween House.” Crazy, I know. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still the “Halloween Queen,” but my priorities have changed. Hell, everything has changed. I’d rather spend my money on original art work like Forever Fall’s soft sculpture dolls and antiques/vintage. I also want to display everything, not just a selection of things because I’m out of room. It’s time to purge.
As for my personal style, I’m doing my own thing these days. I neither feel the need to be the bastion of Goth style, nor do I feel the need to continuously feature it or talk about it on my social media accounts. I’m an old Punk Rocker/Goth. That will never change. However, I’m still very much interested in vintage styles, especially from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. It’s no secret that History — be it Art or Cultural — is my jam. It’s who I am and what I do. It makes perfect sense that I incorporate historical styles into my everyday dress like I have been doing for years. It’s where my interests and taste lie. However, I will fully admit to living in leggings and loose shirts for months. I gained back all of my weight and well, I didn’t expect healing from the hysterectomy was going to take so damned long. I just couldn’t bare anything rubbing against or pressing on my scar! I’m only easing into jeans and stockings again.
There’s been a lot of changes around here, that’s for sure. Speaking of changes, anyone notice something different about this blog? Yup, I changed the name of it. Part of the reason why I haven’t really been blogging is that I didn’t think that “The Curious Professor Z” was a fitting name for who I am and what I’m doing any more. Sure, the URL will be the same, but the blog’s name has changed. “In Small Things Remembered” is a spin off of the 1977 historical archaeology book by James Deetz, In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life. I believe the new name reflects where I am in my life and career. It also reflects the fact that this blog is a small glimpse into my everyday life. I neither have a “themed” blog anymore, nor do I intend on having one. After much thought, I realized that I’m perfectly content blogging about everything in my life no matter how large or small. I don’t have a constructed internet image. I don’t care about constructing one. And I certainly don’t ever intend on constructing one. What you see is what you get. And that’s what this blog is about … as it’s always been.
Boy, that was a long one, wasn’t it? I bet you’ve emptied your cuppa and your butt is probably falling asleep. Until next time!