For the past few days, I’ve been thinking that I should write a sort of “year in review” post, something to tide you all over during my bloggy silence that will occur over the next week while I’m busy visiting with family and friends. Here it goes.
Since Aug 15th, 2010 I have….
- Lost between 3 and 4 sizes and lost approaching 40 lbs. (I’m kind of irritated that I’ve been hovering around the same weight all summer, but since I’ve lost a further size (swimming? the fact that in spite of having no desire to be “a runner” I apparently have started alternating jogging with fitness walking?), I feel like maybe I shouldn’t focus on the number. Whatever the case, I am so much happier with how I look, how I eat, and how I live.)
- Started a writing group and shepherded it through its first year of existence.
- Started a new book project, and continue to work on it.
- Completed my first sabbatical.
- Cut my hair short (like, truly short) since the first time since 1997.
- Seen the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, both for the first time.
- Celebrated Christmas in my own house that I own for the first time. (And probably the last time for a long while, as I tend to visit the family at Christmas.)
- Had an article accepted. (boring, but true)
- Learned to knit. (though I am beginning to think that I will never make complicated and beautiful creations, and that rather my efforts will be mostly like Hermione’s non-magical knitting efforts in Book 5 of the Harry Potter Series – you know, all those hats she knits for the house elves)
- Taught three brand new courses and substantially revamped and taught another.
- Gone on some dates (meh)
- Cut off contact with a certain Fake Boyfriend once and for all. (Which is unfortunate, whatever, but more than that like a huge weight has been lifted off of me.)
- Applied for AST and was accepted! Huzzah! (Yes, I am still celebrating that.)
- Put myself in a position where I can apply for an NEH thing for next summer, and for other grant-y things to support my research.
- Had more houseguests in a single year than I’ve had in any other year of my life. (FL, my parents multiple times, High School Best Friend, Naomi, my aunt and uncle, Knitting Runner, A….. I think that’s everybody)
- Threw my first actual party since high school. (I kind of hate parties, but I do like it when they are at my house, it turns out.)
- Gave my first invited talk at another institution.
- Was tapped to chair of a Very Important College-Wide Committee. (Won’t know whether this is a blessing or a curse until I’m 37, though…)
- Decided that for the first time in my grown-up life I should take a vacation during the academic year (during fall break, so the trip won’t happen until I’m 37 but the deciding I matter enough to plan it happened this year) that does not piggy-back onto a conference. (Napa Valley here I come! Woohoo! Love that I have a high school friend in Napa Valley!) Going along with this one, I also decided not to teach summer school, and not to change pre-existing travel plans that conflicted with my department retreat (though I do still feel guilty about that last one, even though I told my chair about it before he even scheduled the retreat and even though I’m going to two other day-long meetings that 99 percent of my colleagues are not attending that are more important). Apparently, I have crossed some sort of threshold into realizing that I matter more than job-related things. I feel like this is a huge breakthrough.
- Visited the “Homeplace” of Loretta Lynn in Butcher Holler, KY.
I do believe that those are all of the important highlights, and, truthfully, I can’t really think of any definite “lowlights.” All in all, I declare my 36th year to have been a really, really great one.
So, blogging will be light to non-existent between now and next week. I may get the urge to post after doing work-writing today, but otherwise, I’ll see you when I’m 37!