New York State of Mind

Ed and Franny in the car on their way to New York City!
And away we go!

Ed and I left Texas for good on Sunday, May 6 at 10:30 am. We arrived in NYC early in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 9. I’m beyond thrilled to be home … mentally, physically, and emotionally home. I’m home among my people, home among the things I love, home where my research is. HOME.

I’m still a full-time Instructional Assistant Professor of Art History at Texas A&M; however, I’m teaching fully online. Matter-of-fact, I’m now the Visualization Department’s Online Coordinator/Guru and my duties have changed quite a bit. This past semester I started to work towards getting my Learning Technologies Certificate, which I’ll get this summer after completing my capstone project. This summer I’m going for my “Quality Matters” certification and will begin prepping my online art history courses for QM Certification. Needless to say, I really like teaching online. I like the creativity it allows me and my students; and now that I have a full grasp on “Best Practices,” I understand how to develop and deliver innovative, engaging, and clearly-defined content. Now I need to convince my department that good online courses take time to develop and a few weeks (or a few days before a semester) isn’t enough time to do so! But I digress.

I’m home. Home where good pizza is plentiful and people say “youse.” Home where the Yankees play. Home where the trees grow tall and the buildings are built to kiss the sky. Home where nothing is further than a few minutes’ walk or train ride. The NYPL, museums, the Met Opera, Broadway shows, parks, zoos, clubs, stores … and really good coffee. I’m home. Gawds, how I missed NYC!

So Professor Z, what’s in store for you — and this blog — in theย near future?

Well, I’m spending my summer painting walls and unpacking — yup, we’re in the most wonderful apartment that’s literally around the block from our last apartment! Let the nesting begin. Here’s hoping our house in Texas will sell soon … anyone want a house in Bryan, Texas by Texas A&M? Anyone? It’s a nice house. If we can’t sell it we’re going to rent it out. sigh … I really don’t want to be a landlord, but unfortunately, we might have to if it doesn’t sell soon. I just found out that I’m getting surgery this summer — a hysterectomy — because my fibroid (Melvin) is being a complete ass and wrecking havoc in my uterus. BLAH. I’m going to be doing a lot of reading and organizing for my upcoming projects, which means I’m going to be doing a lot of writing and, hopefully, publishing by the end of the summer and into the fall. Post-surgery means that I can’t do much for a few weeks, so reading and organizing seem to be manageable projects.

As for this blog, I plan on posting regularly. Yup, I just didn’t have it in me to write blog posts while living in Texas. No offense to any Texan reading this, but I hated every minute of it. To me, Texas was death itself. It took forever to get anywhere … with nothing in between; it was hot as shit all the damned time; and no, Tex-Mex and BBQ are not their own food groups. The prairie is … well … the prairie. I much prefer my big city living with its diversity, cornucopia of good, ethic foods, good pizza and coffee, culture, and liberal politics. Nope, I will only be visiting Texas when I need to go to campus twice a semester. This NYC gal is staying in the Northeast, thank you very much.

What will I post? Well, I’ve been thinking about the direction of this blog for a few months. Honestly, the only time that I seriously enjoyed blogging was when I just did my weird, eclectic thing. I’m much better when I can go off the cuff and in every direction. Will I feature Punk-Goth or Vintage-Retro fashion? Yeah. Will I feature my recipes and cooking? Yeah. Will I be doing anything with Bat Fit, Homework assignments, and Gothidays? Yup. Will I write about pedagogy and teaching, writing and research? Yeppers. Halloween and spooky stuff? HELL YEAH. In other words, I’m going to do what I’ve always done — be me — and to hell with everything else. HA!

Thanks to everyone for sticking with me!

13 Comments on “New York State of Mind

  1. You sound SO MUCH happier. Yay!

    I just started a Teaching Online with Moodle summer course for faculty at my university, and after that there’s a QM mini-course. Pretty exciting stuff!

    Anyway, as you put it, HELL YEAH!

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    • Ooooo! That sounds like fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never used Moodle, but that’s on my “explore this” list for recovery time after surgery.

      And yeah, I am SO MUCH happier.

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      • You’re welcome! I want to say that it was very brave of you to uproot and go to Texas in the 1st place. It is so scary to move across the country, and even though you didn’t feel like it was a fit…It’s so awesome you tried it out.

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  2. It’s great to see your getting some of your energy back and least you give it a trial. I imagine Texas is not for everyone. The impression I get of the state nice to visit but defintly not to live.

    It’s good to hear you’ve found your niche in teaching, it still amazes me how much is now online. That the University are supporting you in you move. I work in health care and sometimes it feel 20 years backwards with all paper based documents.

    I’m sorry to hear about the recent health scare. By someone who sounds like they’re a fantastic doctor.

    All the best and nice to have you posting.

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    • Thanks, my friend! It’s really nice to be back home. I feel my energy increasing and my mood improving.

      Yes! Online learning can be a real benefit, especially for students who are homebound or who have certain disabilities and challenges, for military members, and returning students. I’m seriously considering another Master’s Degree — in Learning Technologies. We’ll see.

      Right now I need to focus on closing out the spring semester, organizing my summer work, and painting the apartment and unpacking. WAHOO!

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  3. I love all the sides to Dr Z, so I’m super excited that nothing will be lost. I’m glad to see you home and happy. And back with some medical professionals that will take you seriously and get shit done. I cannot wait to see your new blog posts now that you’re where you belong. Much love to Ed, Moo and Pumpkin, who have no doubt been looking forward to coming home too.

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    • You know, I love all the different sides of Dr. Z, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes! I am SO glad that these NYC doctors are in the ball and have figured out the problem. AND I’m super happy it’s during the summer when I don’t necessarily have to deal with students.

      Aw, much love to you my dear friend. And yes, the gang is THRILLED to be home.

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  4. YAY!!! HOME SWEET HOME! Glad you are back where you belong! I miss reading your blogs and your Retro-Goth Fashions too.

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    • I’m so happy to be here in NYC! I feel so … ALIVE! Wait until you see the colors we’re painting the apartment. AND I can’t wait to share fashion, food, and NYC goodness with all of you. Thanks for the welcome home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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