night of self care
i’ve been more aware lately that my periods have been linked with an increased severity in my depression, and so tonight, i decided to really take care of myself.
*i ran a hot bath and listened to the boatman’s call by nick cave. i also drank a beer and read americanah in the tub
*i gave myself a facial
*i made peppermint tea
*now i’m watching moonrise kingdom and sipping peppermint tea.
*i had already cancelled class tomorrow, and i don’t have to be anywhere until 2, which is going to mean a nice, extended morning at home. but tomorrow i have to start grading my students’ ethnographies :/
summer 2014 goals
i’ve been giving a lot of thought to how i’d like to use 3 months i’ll have off of school. i’m going to keep working at the press, but most likely, only twice a week. while i do think it’s important that i enjoy the time and relax, there are also a lot of personal/professional goals that i’d like to work towards accomplishing. i find that making lists like this public makes me more accountable. tentatively, this is what i’d like to spend the summer doing:
1) read at least one book for fun a week
2) have one new essay drafted for my nonfiction workshop
3) have one short story drafted for my fiction workshop
4) spend 5-10 hours a week conducting and compiling research on the Tabasco/Avery Island/McIlhenny project
5) starting August 1, I need to focus more intensely on revising my curriculum for the fall. Hopefully I will have had time to sit down with members of my cohort to talk about what we might revise together. A lot of the assignments and readings will remain the same, but one unit is getting cut altogether… so I need to figure out what I’ll teach instead
6) look into travel grants for research
7) start investigating potential jobs in publishing. i definitely need to ask my boss how to go about this
8) cook dinner 4 nights a week
9) use the long weekends to travel whenever possible
i realized i never unveiled* my beautiful sophia overbust corset from what katie did. i’ve always wanted a real corset, and this more than delivers. this is easily one of my favorite things i’ve ever bought. it also pairs beautifully with their maitresse girdlette—and of course, their seamed stockings.
*i drank enough sparkling vodka cranberries that now seems like a good time. eeeep
An Amethyst, Coral, and Diamond Ring by Bulgari, circa 1970’s. Of asymmetric design, centering on a free-form cabochon-cut amethyst, framed by a carved coral and circular-cut diamond plaque, to the polished gold open-work band, mounted in 18K yellow gold. Via Phillips.