Hello, my lovely readers! Hello! Good grief, have I been busy around here lately!
Classes started last Tuesday and I’ve been in a mad rush to get my on-line class up-and-running, writing syllabi, organizing my first lectures for my American Art class, and getting acclimated to a new school in a new state. Not to mention attending meetings, getting involved in the Live Lab, and trying to figure out my work schedule. It’s been pretty overwhelming to say the least.
Speaking of a new state, we’re slowly getting used to Bryan-College Station, TX … though, I have to admit, I’m a bit homesick for NYC. I really miss the ability to get on the train and go anywhere in the five boroughs, especially to the museums and library. Since I don’t have my license I’m really dependent on Ed to drive everywhere, including dropping me off and picking me up at school. I feel kind of trapped right now — something I hope to fix in the next few months as I work to get my license.
As for the unpacking process, my kitchen, bathrooms, and most of my wardrobe are unpacked. Ed unpacked most of his books … and me? Well, let’s just say I have boxes and books everywhere with hardly anything unpacked. I just haven’t had the time, energy, or wherewithal to do so. I’ve been digging into boxes for the books that I need immediately, leaving everything in piles on my office floor. My nick-nacks, Boneys, crystal, etc. are all still in boxes in the garage … forget about my art, sewing, and knitting supplies! Alas, we’re not completely moved in yet … and it really, really bothers me. I just haven’t had the energy or emotional capacity to do much of anything except teach. I’m exhausted from the move and last semester, a bit lonely, and really out-of-sorts because I’m in a foreign place. My goal is to have everything unpacked and in place before February 1 … we’ll see if this actually happens.
As for my health and weight, I think things are going well. I don’t have a scale anymore — we threw it out when we moved because its time was done — so I have no idea if I’m actually losing weight. I feel thinner and my clothes are fitting better. Ed recently told me that I look thinner and healthier, so perhaps I am? My eating habits are back to their normal Bat Fit goodness: I’m eating reasonable portions and healthy, wholesome foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’ve been cooking at home five nights a week, reserving our eating out to “date nights.” We’re finding healthy and delicious alternatives to the typical calorie-laden Tex-Mex, Mexican, and Southern/Texas options here in Texas. A local BBQ place has healthier dishes, including grilled chicken over salad, and many restaurants have vegetarian and smaller plates. The little café in my building offers a yummy hummus-veggie wrap that has been my lunch for the past few days. I’m snacking on oranges because it’s “Citrus Season” here in Texas and that means oranges are CHEAP. Like really cheap. I also bought a box of microwave popcorn — the bags are 100 calories each so I can regulate my portion size. And let’s not forget about yogurt, which I eat before bed. Yesterday, Ed and I decided to treat ourselves to cookies. Nothing too extravagant, but enough to satisfy the cookie craving that we were both having.
I’m moving more, however, I haven’t been exercising as much as I would like. I came down with a horrible cold and bronchitis, which turned into a terrific cough that I’m just getting over. I’m feeling better so I can start working out 30 minute a day, four days a week. Until I get my bearings in the new school and state … and until I figure out a “doable” work/writing/research/etc. schedule I won’t be swimming any time soon. I still have my eye on Masters Swimming for the Fall. crosses fingers We’ll see. Slow and steady. Slow and steady.