Hello, my lovely readers! Hello!
Whew! What a crazy, busy, exciting few months. What? Did you think that I was gone for good?!? No, no … you can’t keep a good blogger down. I just needed a break from blogging. I also needed to reassess why I blog and what kinds of things I want to blog about. Things are changing around here: we’re moving to Texas in less than three months; I’m in a completely different place in my professional life; and I’m going through another transformation of self. The old blog felt like an anchor — or maybe a noose — to places, things, and events that I needed to put behind me. I have no interest in living in the past, especially not in the nostalgic, wistful way that so many people my age seem to do. Nope, I’m ready to move forward. I’m ready to toss off my old self, to leave the past in the past, and go on new and exciting adventures.
And that’s what this blog is going to be about: my new and exciting adventures as this constantly transforming and growing person, Franny. I’ll be blogging a lot about our new home in Texas and the things we do. Of course, I’ll be blogging about teaching, pedagogy, and my research and writing projects. There will be deep thoughts and silliness. Lots of Halloween and fun, spooky stuff … and yes, there will be fashion — my personal style that has dug deeper into the early and mid 20th century for inspiration. Sure, there will be moments of Converse sneakers, jeans and t-shirts; but there will also be moments of deliciously long strings of pearls and hats. Speaking of delicious, Bat Fit 2017 is being planned and so are healthy meals, both of which I’ll be blogging about. At this moment in time I’ve gained back all of the weight I lost before my Mom’s death. All of it. So, it’s back to the Bat Fit drawing board. I’m not going to officially start anything until January since we’re in the middle of packing for our big move to Texas. And, the new place that we rented in Texas has a place to do some gardening! WAHOO! I can’t wait to get my hands dirty!!!
What have we been doing these past two-three months? We just got home from a rental-hunting trip in Texas. I’m happy to report that we found a gorgeous house to rent and we’ll be moving in December. Ed and I are THRILLED with it — it’s far enough from College Station that we’ll be removed from the hustle-bustle of the town, especially on “game day.” We’re surrounded by ranches and a winery … long stretches of beautiful land that I’ll be spending lots of time sketching and painting. SQUEE!
We went to Salem, MA a few weeks ago for a “last hurrah” before moving. We visited our old haunts and did our usual shopping, but the highlight of the trip was the car show on the Wharf. We didn’t know that it was happening and BOY! were we happily surprised! There was quite a gorgeous selection of Model Ts and Model As, and some beautiful 1930s cars. My Flapper outfit landed me in the driver’s seat of the cars so that the owners could take photos. WHAT FUN!!! I felt like a movie star!
We’ve had some spectacular sunsets here in NYC these past few weeks. This is common for this area during the autumnal months, but the one above was particularly spectacular. It was also the night of my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. The magnificent oranges and yellows of the sunset created an amazing background for my first sip of pumpkin goodness. This season has been great for buying collectables and other goodies; however, Ed and I are showing restraint because we’ll need to pack — and move — everything we buy. Oy. What a daunting task!
I recently treated myself to some super funky reading glasses. My prescription drastically changed and it was time for something fun since I wear them all of the time for researching, writing, reading, and computer work … you know, the things that I do most. HA! Yes, one of the eye frames is black in the center and white on the outside, and the other is the opposite. They remind me of Post WWI eyeglasses and they especially remind me of Dada.
I’ve been working crazy long hours — sometimes 12-17 hours a day — building my on-line classes, grading, etc. I haven’t been doing much of anything else, which will be changing after this coming weekend. I’m going to an art history conference in two weeks to give a paper, the Blaze is coming up, and then another conference. There’s more grading and building to do, lots of packing, and then the holidays … and then finally, the move.
I plan to blog as much as I can going forward, perhaps twice a week and when special events happen. So, welcome to the newest incarnation of myself and my life. Please follow me here and add my blog to your preferred reader. Hold on tight, my dears, we’re going on a HUGE adventure. WAHOO!