Yesterday was our two week anniversary of being back home and I have to say, it’s like we never even left. Sure, things and situations have changed, but the “Big Apple” will always remain the same frantic, neurotic, amazing, wondrous, overwhelming, and magical city that I know and love. Texas is a distant memory.
So what have I been doing lately? Well, I’ve climbed lots of stairs, ran for subways and ferries, walked bunches of blocks, got shoved and cut off, witnessed unspeakable grossness and inspiring acts of kindness, heard lots of different languages, ate delicious food an drank REAL coffee from tiny holes-in-the-wall, and shared my space with thousands upon thousands of my neighbors who are from all over the world. All of this activity and stimuli makes me feel alive … fitter … healthier … sharper … ME. I know that NYC isn’t for everyone, but it’s exactly the balm that I needed to sooth my soul and breath life back into me and my work.
In the last two weeks I:
- Visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the exhibition, “Thomas Cole’s Journey, Atlantic Crossings.” What a marvelous exhibition! I don’t know what I enjoyed more: the Cole’s, the Constable’s, or the Turner’s! What a feast for the eyes. While I was there I saw “Visitors to Versailles,” a nice exhibition with limited substance. The period clothing was my favorite part, obviously. And yes, I did catch some of “Heavenly Bodies.” I’m still on the fence about this exhibition. While the concept is interesting, the displays — especially in the narrow Byzantine Hall — are something to be desired.
- Hung out with family and friends! There’s been tons of pizza and wine, lots of yapping and catching up, and a whole bunch of fun. And the best thing is that it’s only getting started! I didn’t realize just how lonely I was in Texas until I came home and was immediately surrounded by my family and friends.
- Went to the doctor and dentist to get ongoing problems checked out. Doctors in Texas completely ignored or refused to figure out what causes my recent issue with urine retention (long story that I will tell soon). When I asked the urologist if my fibroid was causing the trouble, he dismissed me and told me that there’s nothing physically wrong with me. He surmised that I was being “over-dramatic” and that it’s probably stress. It took my NYC gyn and a specialist to determine that, yes, my fibroid is most likely causing the problem. Matter-of-fact, the specialist is 99.9% sure it’s causing my issues. More on that later. As for my teeth, I’m getting two very old crowns replaced. Nothing major, but something that would have cost me an arm and a leg in Texas!
- Went to the NYPL to think and to sort out my research focus and schedule. Yesterday was the first time in years that I had a quiet moment to myself, so instead of doing something for someone else — school, service, etc. — I reflected on where I am as a scholar, where I want to be, and the steps I need to take to achieve my research goals. Again, more on this in a later post, but I’ve been really struggling to find the joy in my research. Yesterday was the first step in doing so.
- Cleaning and getting the apartment ready for our stuff. The first of two PODs is being delivered today and the second is being delivered next week. We hung blinds and bought paint. This weekend we’re painting the living room and dining room. Throughout the next two weeks we’ll finish painting the rest of the apartment and start the slow, but rewarding, process of unpacking and nesting.
Other than that, I’m trying to catch up on my sleep and finish any work I have left over from the spring semester. I still have things to do, but they aren’t urgent. It’s now time to shift my focus to my research, nesting, and living … in NYC.