Rocking and Rolling

bannerfans_16248261And just like that, my first semester of the MLS program at Queens College is over! Whew! The grades for my paper and two finals aren’t in yet; however, I should be getting an A in both classes. I’m averaging a 97 in one class and a 95 in the other. Unless I did something horribly wrong, this trend should continue. Not too shabby for my first semester back in grad school. I’m actually finding this program to be engaging, interesting, and, dare I say, fun. It’s a nice change of pace from the more theoretical, heavy scholarship-driven discipline like Art History and Visual Culture. A lot of what I did this semester was “hands on,” something I really enjoyed. I’ll be done with my foundational classes and starting the archival classes next semester. I can’t wait!

But for now, it’s SUMMER! WAHOO! I’ve been “on break” for almost two days and I’m … a little lost. I know that I need to take a break and catch my breath, but I can’t help but feel the pressure to do something because I only have twelve weeks until classes start up again. I have a project that I need to have fairly finished before June 4th and I want to rewrite a paper that was rejected twice. The plan is to get it out for review before the end of the Summer. I want to make art and do an awful lot of reading … but where to begin? I can’t even decide what book to read! I guess I’m still in that “I’m a professor and need to produce on Summer break” mode! I have a terrible habit of feeling guilty when I’m not sitting at my desk and producing something. This is a hold over from my PhD and full-time professor days when I forced myself to work even though I was struggling to do so. It would have been better to leave my desk and do something fun or healthy like working out or knitting. Instead, I sat at my desk and did nothing, wasting my entire day trying to work.

This feeling of not being able to move forward is only compounded by the fact that I don’t know what my Summer schedule actually looks like. I’m not going to elaborate, but there are a few part-time gigs cooking around here. I may, or may not, be working this Summer … and I may, or may not, be working two jobs. I won’t know the details until June … hopefully. More on that if and when things come to fruition. Needless to say, I hate not knowing my schedule. I know, I know, I need to be patient and flexible. sigh … I’ll try to relax. I promise.

Look at all the grey!

In other news, I’ve stopped dying my hair, which means I’m embracing my grey. The whole point of cutting my hair short was to get rid of all of the processed hair so that my natural color could grow in. One more good haircut should do it and then I start growing it out … again. UGH.

In the meantime, it’s been interesting to see my natural hair color, that’s for sure. Who knows what I’ll ultimately do with my hair! Will I cut it into a bob again? Will I just let it grow and grow as I embrace my Sea Witchiness? Will I get frustrated and dye it all over again? I have no idea. All I know that this is yet another adventure that I’m happily following.

  2 comments for “Rocking and Rolling

  1. Lainey
    23 May 2019 at 10:11 am

    I’ve been toying with not dying my hair-I’ve used henna for years and it is such an ordeal. Plus, it really isn’t “strong” enough to keep my grays covered for long anyway. My only issue is that some of my grays get wild-sticking straight up or out so not sure what to do about that…
    BTW, Sea Witchiness sounds awesome!
    Good to hear about your classes-it sounds as if you’re re-energized which is really nice to hear.


    • 29 May 2019 at 11:33 am

      The grey hair on my temples have a mind of its own! It’s much courser than the rest of my grey hair and much more stubborn when it comes to dye. I keep reading that a good, leave in conditioner will do the trick. We’ll see what my hair “does” when I start growing it out again.

      I certainly feel like a Sea Witch lately! It’s going to be wild seeing my natural hair! I might have to dress the part. HA!

      I feel AWESOME and much more … Me. Thanks.


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