The H-Cat is back!
I’ve been gone a little longer than I expected to be. To tell the truth, I’ve really been enjoying my time away. I’ve been internet detoxing, spending most of my internet time on my work email and reading the news.
And I did, as I expected I would, need the time away from my blog to get my master’s thesis done. It’s a little hard to remember what I did in my 6 weeks off, partly because I did so much, but I’ll share the highlights for a little Week in Review.
In mid-April, I gave a reading of one of the essays in my thesis. It’s an honor that my university gives to each graduate student in creative writing during his or her last year.
My parents came to Colorado for the reading and I took a little time off from work to spend with them.We went hiking, did a smidgen of shopping, and tried out a few local restaurants. The last few weeks of April were mostly grading and writing, grading and writing. I may or may not have totally spaced off an assignment for one of my classes. Oops. It was the day before I had to submit my thesis to my committee.
Also in April, I got a job offer! I’ll be teaching composition full time at CSU next year. Four sections. *Gulp.*
This summer, I’ll be developing an online creative nonfiction course for undergraduate students, which I’ll likely get to teach in the spring! I do enjoy teaching composition, but I’m excited to teach the subject I studied.
Throughout April and May, my metabolism has been as high as ever. I kept up the work I started with my dietitian back in March. The dietitian thought it might be good for me to gain some weight. No difference there so far, at least that I’ve noticed without getting on a scale. But I still guess (and hope) that the increased calories and nutrients will help get my hormones back in order and increase my bone density.
Early in May, I defended the ding dang thesis. I passed. Now I just have to get the graduate school to approve my formatting on the thing.
Shortly after my defense, I packed up to fly to Kansas and spend time with family.
My grandpa came up for a few days and we went to the lake for some fishing and kayaking.Finally, my two grandmas have both stayed with my family to attend my cousin’s high school graduation party, which was a great opportunity to catch up with them.
My time away from the H-Cat has made me conscious–not necessary more conscious, but differently conscious–of what I most enjoy about this blog and what I’d like to change about it. I’ve come to realize that, despite the nature of this post, I’m not enjoying the Week in Reviews and similar life-y posts the way I used to. I still love your link-up, Meg, and I love reading other bloggers who write so beautifully about day-to-day life, but I personally have wanted this blog to be a bit less…well, personal.
I’m not quite sure yet how this change will manifest itself. I imagine I’ll still write about aspects of my personal life if it pertains to my subject matter or if there’s something I’m really excited to share. But what I’d like to focus my energy on, now that I’m out of graduate school, are recipe posts, thoughts on recovery and diet culture, and thoughts on IBS. I also may cut down to posting more like two times a week, but I’m not 100% on that one yet.
Thanks to all of you who have stuck with the H-Cat. I understand that some may drift away as my style starts to change a bit; if that’s you, happy trails! I also hope some of you will stay with me through the transition.
Have you ever made a significant change to your blogging style?
Have you ever done a detox from spending time on the internet?