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Week in Review: Goodbyes, Cleaning, & Strawberries

Goodbyes and cleaning: two hard things. Not my least favorite things to do, but not my favorite, either.

I don’t know why, but for some reason, leaving loved ones has been particularly hard this year. Cora in her wisdom pointed out recently how Seasonal Affective Disorder starts to hit this time of year; I don’t know I’d go so far as to say I have depression, but definitely feel a bit low with short, cold days. I’ve been trying to get out in the sun every day, and get exercise when I can–both things I know help.

But anyway, saying ‘goodbye’ to my family after Christmas break was unusually tough. Monday night, we went out for two-for-one burgers at the neighborhood sports bar near my parents’ house. The pictures were blurry but happy.

After flying back to Colorado on Tuesday, I spent several days with my sweetie. He’s in the interview process for jobs–some out of state–and with the possibility of him being gone soon, I was also for some reason particularly hit when he drove away Sunday night. We had a nice couple of days though. We watched Spectre (so cheesy), went for several walks on the cool paths in Fort Collins, and had a nice dinner at a local Himalayan restaurant.

In the interim between flying home and having my sweetie in town, I mostly have been cleaning my apartment. Pretty aggressively cleaning, in fact (although, to be honest, my standards of “aggressive” cleaning are almost certainly lower than most. πŸ˜› ) Sinks, tubs, floors, closets, giant stacks of paper that have been accumulating for far too long.

I even threw things away. I feel terrible throwing things away, and I always always donate if I can, but I had a few clothing items that were damaged beyond anyone ever wearing them. Sigh. For someone who’s not that Type A about cleanliness, I am very Type A about wastefulness. Forgive me, dear departed clothing! You served me well in your time.

I’ve also been reading the new anthology I’m going to teaching my composition students from. (I couldn’t stand to grade one single more essay about the same five topics covered in the anthology I used the past three semesters!) The new anthology is about food, particularly food systems sustainability, which could be pretty interesting and maybe even engage my science major students a little more.

I went to see Hidden Figures. It’s a must-see–really a wonderful movie!

And I published a number of posts to the blog: a discussion of my research into Health at Every Size, a delicious gluten-free and vegetarian lasagna recipe, and a message to group fitness instructors from an eating disorder survivor.

Seriously, though…between the two of us, my mom and I made this lasagna no fewer than three times over break, and I’m still not bored with it. I figure that’s a good sign in a recipe.

Randomly, although I have very few pictures from this last week, I have several pictures of chocolate and strawberries on various occasions. Which makes sense, given that my diet has been consisting largely of chocolate and strawberries. And tea. Lots of tea.

So that’s the news from Lake Woebegone. To see what other bloggers have been up to, check out the Week in Review link-up over at Meg’s! It’s about the best place to be on a Monday morning.

Are you Type A about cleanliness? Wastefulness? Both?

Seen Hidden Figures yet?

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  1. Big hugs. If you remember my post from the other week you know I was hit my that same funk/sadness when my sister and P. left after New Year’s Eve. Work has helped distract me a little since but weekends can still be a bit rough when there’s not much happening.
    That lasagna Looks and sounds amazing enough already but its many appearances during your time home serve as further proof. Grated carrots – you totally made this for me, right ;)?
    Throwing things away. I hear you on that one. It’s ridiculous how much we hold onto some items even if they’ve served their good time and can’t be used anymore.
    I hope you’re having a good start into the new semester!

    1. Joyce says:

      I remember you were really hit with a funk after your sister & P. left. Loneliness is a tough thing–hang in there.
      Of course I made the lasagna for you, Miss Polkadot! I didn’t realize you were a carrot fan.

  2. I’m sorry that you had to say some hard goodbyes. I always hate saying goodbye too..and the cold sad winter weather doesn’t help matters either! I can see how chocolate, strawberries, and tea would definitely help to perk you up though!

  3. Alyssa says:

    oooh I want those chocolate covered strawberries. Haven’t had those in forever! I have heard great things about that movie too. I gotta see it!

    1. Joyce says:

      I definitely recommend both chocolate covered strawberries and Hidden Figures. πŸ™‚

  4. I am SO excited to see Hidden Figures! I don’t know when it will happen (babysitters and logistics can be a nightmare) but it’s top on my list. Saying goodbye is always hard. I believe it’s because certain people make us feel at home and saying goodbye feels like re-entering a less hospitable world.

    1. Joyce says:

      That’s very articulately said, Jamie. It does feel like entering a less hospitable world. So hope you get a chance to check out Hidden Figures. πŸ™‚

  5. Cora says:

    Saying goodbye has been getting harder and harder for me in the last couple years. I seem to be growing softer with age. So, I hear you, though I don’t think this is a bad thing. It’s pretty beautiful to feel so much love for someone that it’s hard to say bye.
    Yep I hate throwing away and wasting BUT at the same time I love it? I love minimalizing and simplifying my amount of “things,” though I do have a huge problem with “what ifs” when it comes to clothes. It sounds like yours had been well used and worn and loved. So It is time my dear! Time for them to go to clothey heaven.

  6. Sometimes those good-byes can be super tough for unknown reasons. At least you were able to offset them with great movies and strawberries and chocolate. I sure could go for the latter right about now.

    Congratulations on purging stuff especially since it was out of your own comfort zone. I adore decluttering and while I pitch some stuff, I also have a box going for donations. πŸ™‚

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

  7. Goodbyes are never easy, but I always remind myself that the fact that they aren’t easy is a GOOD thing: it means that you care and those relationships matter. And in the interim, chocolate, strawberries, and cleaning are good for the soul.
    I love a clean house. I just struggle with achieving it. #toomuchstuff

  8. Goodbyes are always really tough. After being in a long distance relationship for 6 years and having to say goodbye to Jesse 6 times, I know that it’s impossible to be “good” at goodbyes, too.

    I’m definitely type A in every part of life, haha. But now that you mention it, especially when it comes for wastefulness – be that wasting “things” or time!

  9. Kaylee says:

    That lasagna looks delicious. My mouth is watering.
    Type A probably more about wastefulness than cleanliness. My room is a MESS.

    I just read your Thinking Out Loud post from earlier this week and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Definitely gonna keep checking it out.

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks, Kayl, for the kind words. I’ll for sure check out your blog, too! It looks like we have some shared experiences. πŸ™‚

  10. Claire B. says:

    Oh, I hate throwing away clothes–but sometimes it just has to be done! Good on you for cleaning up and parting with things, it’s really so hard!

    Those chocolate-dipped strawberries look divine, too. I haven’t had berries in ages!

    1. Joyce says:

      I think it’s probably a good thing to be hesitant to toss stuff–it’s just that, yeah, it can be taken too far.

  11. Sarah says:

    I am totally type A about my cleanliness and organization… clutter doesn’t stand a chance around me πŸ™‚ Good for you for cleaning things out, it always feels good to have a fresh start.

    Glad you were able to use chocolate and movies to move past your goodbyes, I agree those can be especially hard this time of year.

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