Hello, my lovely readers! Hello! Good grief, what a busy two months it’s been! Since the last time I wrote, I’ve been to two conferences — one in Roanoke, VA (giving a paper) and one in Atlantic City, NJ — and I’ve been pulling 10-15 hour work days, six days a week. When I told Texas A&M that I’d teach two on-line classes I had absolutely no idea how much work it would take to build on-line classes from scratch. Keep in mind, I’m recording 30-60 minute lectures for both classes in addition to curating information, creating meaningful discussion topics, writing tests, answering questions, and grading. I still can’t figure out how to edit my videos and QuickTime voiceovers, so sometime in September I thought it would be “easier” for me to write scripts for the lectures. HAHAHAHA! Easier my ass! Gawds, the whole process took forever!!! But, I did learn a lot about on-line learning environments and my own teaching process, so win-win on that front. Thankfully, this Wednesday is my last official day of teaching and all that’s left to do is grade. I have two weeks to get my final grades in, so I should be in good shape.
Speaking of Texas, I need to be on campus this January and that means we’re in the middle of packing insanity. Yes, yet another “Gothic Nesting!” HA! The POD is coming this Thursday and will be picked up next Monday, which means everything needs to be packed and loaded this weekend. As you can see from the above photos, the books were packed first … and that’s when we learned that this apartment is much smaller than we thought. We aren’t taking all of our furniture with us, so whatever isn’t going is being put to the curb to make room for boxes.
When the POD leaves on Monday, we’ll only have the two chairs, a side table or two, a folding table and two folding chairs, an air-mattress with our sleeping bags, coffee maker, borrowed dishes and cookware, and some clothing left in the apartment. We’ll be living a very spartan lifestyle for two weeks, that’s for sure. We’re leaving on December 26 and should be in Bryan-College Station on December 28. Yes, we’re driving down with the cat and the dog. Goddess help us.
As for me, I’m doing … okay. I’m not feeling fabulous, but I’m also not horrible. I’m quite exhausted and I’m dealing with a damned ear infection and sore throat. I took this weekend to pack, to do some necessary food shopping, and to sleep in. Hell, I slept in this morning because I just don’t feel 100%. I can’t get sick right now, so it’s best I rest up a bit. I should be grading, but today is slated for more packing. Tomorrow will be a grading marathon that’s for sure!
In other Franny news, it’s official: I’ve gained back all of the weight I lost on Bat Fit. sigh … so that means there will be some important life changes once we get to Texas. I’ve been sitting at my desk 10-15 hours a day, six days a week. I haven’t exercised since July and my portions are out of control … not to mention how much wine and beer I’ve been drinking. Bat Fit 2017 will definitely include losing 45 pounds by my 45th birthday in June! It will bring me back down to a healthy 195 lbs. Of course I’ll blog more about this in the next few weeks. And yes, I’ll be launching a Bat Fit 2017 week long kick off the first week of January! HELL YEAH!!! Stay tuned.
Ed seems to be doing much better than I have been. He’s been “working out” — doing chin ups using the landing over our stairs and carrying book boxes up and down the stairs to “get ready for the move.” No, I’m not kidding. He’s wrapping up his commute to Long Island and will be setting up his home office in Texas when we get there. I think he’s pretty excited not to have to drive to Long Island from Staten Island — a 2+ hour commute one way. AND he’s really excited to have his own office space at home again. We don’t have to share an office in our new place and we’re both very happy about that. He can be as loud and as geeky as he wants … and that’s a good thing! He’s really looking forward to exploring Texas. Most of all, he’s really looking forward to a winter that’s mild and doesn’t require him to break his back shoveling snow.
As for the kids, Pumpkin has been dealing with his own health problems. In the last two months, his allergies have gotten so bad that his yeasty ears were almost impossible to keep clean and he had hot spots under one “arm pit” and under his chin. He licked the spots raw and then then got infected. The poor kid needed to wear his cone everyday, all day, especially after I put his medicine on. Everything is now cleared up and he has an appointment with the groomer for one last “spa day” before we head down to Texas. He doesn’t know what’s going on with all the boxes! He’s been very needy lately and wants to be glued to us every chance he gets. Poor guy.
Moo, however, is Moo. We have her on a new diet and she’s lost a ton of weight. And that means she’s super energetic and spritely … and getting into all sorts of trouble. The boxes, bubble wrap, and paper have been an endless source of entertainment for her. Unlike her brother, she doesn’t seemed fazed by the packing and sees it as an opportunity to climb on boxes, run around the apartment, and cause mayhem. Cats.
We just bought Moo a medium-sized dog carrier for the trip. It will fit a good sized litter pan and the kitty very comfortably. We’ve never traveled a long distance with her, so this should be an experience.
This week I’m going to be in pack, grade, pack, grade, pack and more pack mode. Once the POD is packed and picked up, I’ll finish my grading and can then focus on doing my research, meeting up with friends, and seeing all of the holiday sights before our big move. And that means I’ll be back to my regular schedule of writing/researching, teaching, blogging, sewing/knitting, working out, etc. WAHOO! I can’t wait!!!
And speaking of holidays, I want to thank Sarah over at Tales from a Geordie Goth for kindly hosting a Holiday blogging party in my absence. Obviously, it’s impossible for me to host Gothidays 2016 this year and Sarah stepped in. THANK YOU!!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a holiday post or two during this month. After all, I will be taking in all of the holiday sights around the city before we leave! YAY!!!