Updates Galore! And Blogging Thoughts

My First Pumpkin Spiced Latte of the Year

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, bat-fit-2017and 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!

Me in a Model T in Salem, MA

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!

My New Funky Glasses

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!

18 thoughts on “Updates Galore! And Blogging Thoughts”

  1. So happy to see you back! You made that car a show stopper and I’m not surprised the owner wanted you in it. Those glasses look great on you. I can’t wait to see the story of your Texas adventures.


    1. Thanks Cathi! It’s good to be back. I love the glasses, too …. though they did take a while to get used to. Texas is going to be AMAZING! I can’t wait to get down there, do something nesting, and get on campus full-time. 🙂


  2. Nice glasses. Great to have you back. Thanks for all of your expertise, funny-ness and friendship. Go get’em tiger!


    1. Thanks so much Julie! 🙂 Or as we say at Texas A&M … GIG ‘EM! hehehe … I can’t wait to share this new chapter of my life with all of you! It’s going to be so much fun! And thanks for the support through the years. Get ready for some fun.


  3. It’s great to have you blogging once more. It’ll be interesting reading and seeing your new development.


  4. Those glasses are pretty rad! Make way for the next Iris Apfel. I am glad to see you are back, I especially cherish bloggers my own age and their take on life and fashion. Plus we are sisters in all that is ooky and spooky. Xo, Jenna


    1. Hehehehe … thanks! Every time I see myself in the mirror wearing these glasses it surprises me. HA! I guess they’re that striking!

      And thank you. Sometimes you just need a time-out to catch your breath and reassess where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Thanks for sticking with me.


  5. Seeing this post from you, my darling and very dear friend, just made my entire weekend brighter and my whole October scads more happy. Thank you so much for the thoughtful update and for letting us know that you plan to keep blogging. I am certain that a collective cheer arose in the blogging world this week when we all read that awesome news.

    Tons of hugs & the most joyful of Samhain/Halloween season wishes,
    ♥ Jessica


    1. Aw, that makes me happy! 🙂 Right now I’ll have to be happy with once or twice a week, but I’m hoping this will go back to my three times a week schedule. We’ll see. Today is the first day that I set aside to work on my own stuff. It’s a nice feeling.

      Thanks for welcoming me back and stay tuned. I have BIG plans for future blogging. Lots of love to you, dear friend. Lots and lots of love.


  6. It’s so good to have you back blogging. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but it’s like having a big sister (which I’ve always wanted). It’s so exciting to see you getting ready to move to Texas. You have had so much going on in the last few years and it seems like everything is all set up for you to start a new part of your life with a truly clean slate.

    I’m also really excited for Bat Fit. I’ve put all my weight back on as well and I’m determined to take it off and get active again. It’s so much easier to do it with someone (or a whole group of someones), so I’m eagerly anticipating 2017.


    1. I’ve always wanted to be a big sister, so thank you for that! This has been one crazy fall, that’s for sure. As we head into the final weeks of October and then onto the Holidays, I’m definitely going to get more and more nostalgic for the NYC that I once knew. BUT, I’m excited to start new traditions and a new life. This is really an exciting, crazy, scary, overwhelming moment in time for me.

      Here’s to 2017! I have Bat Fit plans … MWAHAHAHA!


    1. Once things calm down a bit more around here — next week? — I’m back to my normal 2-3 times a week blogging schedule. I need to rebuild because I probably lost some loyal readers, but it’s nothing I haven’t done before. 🙂 Thanks for sticking around.


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