Hello lovely readers! Hello! Can you believe that it's only been two weeks and a few days since the beginning of the New Year? In these parts, it feels like two months have passed because there are so many fabulous things happening right now. You better go get yourself a cuppa and settle into a comfy chair. I have a lot to tell you.
You already know about the beautiful, tiny Bijou, our new kitty. She's settling in nicely and isn't hiding anymore. She's eating like a champ, playing with her toys and with us, and using her litter pan. We took her to the Vet yesterday and she's healthy and happy, albeit underweight. She was definitely in competition for food at the rescue. The Vet said that we need to make sure she gains some weight and that she gets her exercise. Even though the rescue had her tested for FIV/FELV and her results were negative, we had our Vet do a Snap test just in case. We're waiting for the results of that and her stool sample, which should be before the end of today.
The real news is that I applied for an adjunct teaching gig at City Tech for this Spring. I had my first interview two weeks ago and then the final interview last Monday. I was offered the job -- teaching one class, The History of Graphic Design -- with the possibility of teaching three classes in the Fall!!! At least one of those classes will be The Art of the United States! WAHOO! I'm back in the classroom and I'm over the moon! How cool is it that I'm working in a museum in the curatorial department doing what I adore -- research -- AND I'm teaching, something else I adore. I'm currently working on my syllabus, assessments, rubrics, and classes. It feels so good to be back. I feels so ... right.
The other bit of awesome news is that I was able to get a research residency at the New York Public Library. Yup, I was able to get my space in the Wertheim Research Room again. This is the very same room I occupied as I wrote my dissertation and as I desperately tried to write my papers and book. I have my space and shelf, and that means I can re-start my research and writing projects. I'm excited, that's for sure. I have a very distinct feeling that this year is my second and final chance at teaching and publishing. I better make it happen.
As for "Dry January," I haven't touched a drop of alcohol since ringing in the New Year. I have to say, it has been a lot harder than I thought it would be! I had some terrible sugar cravings the first two weeks and restless sleep the first weekend. I am learning just how often I reach for a glass of wine or a beer when I'm stressed or upset, and it's disturbing. I'm also learning how much alcohol is part of academia and socializing in general. Dinner party? Wine. Summertime BBQs and pool? Cocktails. Cold winter nights with friends? Hot spiked cider. Gathering together with colleagues at a conference? The hotel bar. Graduate student socials? Wine. It's ridiculous. I'm not sure where this "dry" thing is going to lead me, but it has certainly helped me be more aware of my own drinking habits. It has also shown me just how much we, as a society, depend on drinking to socialize, relax, and "have fun."
Until next Sunday! Have a good week.