|YAY! I have a kitchen! Excuse the grainy photo.|
We've been busy unpacking, working from home, and trying not to drive each other up a wall. I mean, come on! Ed and I adore each other, but we can be colossal pains in the ass when we're stressed and anxious. Have I told you how stressed out we are? Yeah, the move was stressful enough without having to move my entire class online in a week. Hell, it was so stressful for all of the faculty that CUNY decided to give us another break to "recalibrate" and reboot. It's not a normal semester, that's for sure.
As for anxiety, good grief. Living in NYC and waking up to the news about more deaths, overflowing hospitals and unprotected healthcare workers (and ALL essential workers), and the city that I adore being ground to a halt, has absolutely killed me. I know to a lot of you these are just numbers and statistics coming out of an overcrowded "Big City." It's happening "somewhere else" and not in your hometown. But for me ... well, these are my neighbors. These are my fellow New Yorkers. These are my people and this IS my hometown. Think about it ... Ed and I watched those towers fall that fateful morning on 9/11, changing the city forever ... we hunkered down as Sandy ripped through Staten Island, destroying whole neighborhoods and killing our neighbors ... and now this. It's just too much to bear. The least I can do is hunker down so I don't get in their way or worse, get sick.
I need to keep distracted and busy. Bijou is most certainly helping with that. Our cutie little Noodle Kitten is very quickly growing into a full-fledged cat. She's been having a BALL climbing all over the stacked boxes!
And she's been one snuggly kitty -- something both of us need these days. There's nothing better than having a warm fluff ball purring away on your lap, that's for sure. Bijou has adjusted to both, the move and being in her forever home, like a champ.
She's definitely a Momma's girl and will sleep on the bed while I am at my desk working. Yes, my home office is now sharing space with our bedroom and ritual room. I gave Ed the office because I thought he'd be working from home all the time while I was at school or at the museum. Sheeze, was I wrong! I had no idea that I would be working from home as well. Ah well.
|HURRAY for Girl Scouts! A big thanks to my friend's daughter, Molly!|
|Hello Fresh to the Rescue|
|My Hello Fresh Prep Mess|
|Teriyaki Pork Luau Bowl. Verdict: YUMMY!|
|Ed fancies himself a "Gaston"|
And my picky eater, Ed, likes them, which is always a good thing.
|Haven't been wearing any makeup and my hair hasn't been dyed since February.|
Now all I need to do is calm down so I can focus on teaching and work. I've been AWFUL about getting anything done. I've been having terrible anxiety dreams and feel exhausted much of my day. I just don't have the the mental and emotional capacity for much of anything, never mind very mental work. This is our new normal ... at least for a few months or the rest of the year ... and it's best that I start accepting it. I know that unpacking will do me a world of good. Having my stuff around will at least "feel" normal.
Stay safe and healthy, my friends. Until next time -- ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!