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. 😛 ) 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?