Refreshing Myself

I love being outdoors. Especially when there are not lots of people to disturb the scenery. Introverts are Awesome.

I had this feeling yesterday. I wanted to go and be outside, play with my camera, and just relax and enjoy nature. But, being Saturday, I knew I wouldn’t get somewhere without lots of people to disturb the scenery. I decided to go over to Inniswood Metro Gardens, armed with my camera, my 50mm lens, and my Kindle, I was ready for an afternoon of relaxation and enjoying nature.

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Tea Time

teanotesLast month I placed a huge order of tea with Adagio. There were a couple of restocks in there, along with a lot of samples. I had been planning this order for at least a month, if not longer.

About mid-month, I received notice that it had been delivered. I was so happy. I’d be reveling in a mountain of teas! But it was nowhere to be found. That was a Wednesday. The next day another package was reportedly delivered, but nowhere to be found. I went to the post office to see what was going on.

About a week later it was determined that I was one of a few people who had experienced that in the area and they were running with the theory that the packages were stolen. Considering this had never happened before, and I had received packages since, it made sense.

Now I’m waiting for Adagio to get back to me about sending me a replacement order. I’m trying to be nice about it, and not bug them about it, but I really want my tea!!!

But, having my tea stolen has affected my mood. Well, that combined with being sick and then driving to NYC for BroadwayCon. I just haven’t felt like cleaning things out and just relaxing with a pot of tea. It’s starting to show. It’s one of the acts of self care that I can do while I work on a paper or my thesis or grade my students’ work.

I guess I’m writing all of this to remind everyone, keep up the acts of self care! No matter what you do or why you’re doing it, you need to take time out of your day and do something for yourself! If you don’t, the stress and anxiety and worry is going to pile up and wear on you. Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes it’s subtle. Take care of yourself!

The Dude and the Zen Master

As I mentioned earlier, I recently re-read the book The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman. This book is something I really needed to familiarize myself with, again. I started it on November 12th and finished it on the 17th. It really helped me to get a perspective on the world and to nourish my soul.

Rather than try to talk about it more, I’m just going to transcribe the quotes I made note of as well as any notes I made while reading it. I just ran across a wonderful article that talks about the book. Check it out if you’re interested. These are simply the quotes that really impacted me this time around. I hope that they inspire you to pick up this book for yourself, or at least gain something from them. But remember that these are simply parts of the whole. They have more when they are consumed as part of the whole. Enjoy! Continue reading “The Dude and the Zen Master”

I Feel Good!

HAPPINESS IS...quiet time

I am an introvert. I get drained by too much interaction. I need somewhere that I can fully relax and be myself so I can recharge my energy. This past school year I was living in an apartment with three other lovely ladies. I had my own space. I could shut the door. But I was never able to fully recharge.

But all that has changed.

This week I moved into my new apartment. My apartment. It’s all mine. I’m the only one there. I have space! I have an area for working/studying. I have an area for relaxing and watching TV. I have an area for sleeping. I have a kitchen all to myself! It has been a wonderful week. I didn’t realize how drained I was until this week. I knew I wasn’t getting a full recharge, but not anymore!

Since I moved in on Tuesday, I’ve cooked multiple meals from ingredients in the fridge (I went to BW3s a few times). I’ve listened to music loud-ish and sung along loudly without any reservation. I’ve not had to worry about running out of hot water or if someone else is also showering. I can soak in the tub (which I plan on doing next week)!

I hadn’t realized how much better I felt until I was heading home to the hubby today. I set my iPod to shuffle my Favorites playlist and had a blast driving those two hours. I got home and felt really good. Usually I have to recover from the drive. This time I’m recharged; I can just enjoy being home.

Hopefully all of this will lead to a productive weekend home before I head back up on Sunday to get ready for the week. This coming week is Graduate School Orientation, which means the new cohort arrives and we all mingle and get to know each other. It also means one last week before classes begin. Ack!

I just have to remind myself:
That which does not kill me only makes me weirder and harder to relate to.


Yesterday, my wallet decided to hide out on the backseat of my car. That was part of my problem. Knowing that I had a stack of books waiting for me at the library that I couldn’t get out because my ID was in my wallet was the other. But since I found it just chilling back there after tearing my room apart, things have significantly improved.

Cover of 'X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books' by Joseph P. DarowskiOne of the books in that stack is X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor by Joseph P. Darowski. This is the book I have been trying to find. I’ve been wishing I could find a book that would give me some guidance as to overall stories in the over 50 years of stories in the comics. This is it.

I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys the comics of The X-Men universe. He focuses on the original title, known today as Uncanny X-Men, through issue #500. This book has not only given me guidance as to what comics I want to look at, it has given me focus in general.

It feels so good to have my focus back. It feels so good to know what comics I am going to look at in more detail. It feels so good to have a game plan as to what I am including and what I am excluding. It feels so good to know someone else has looked at these comics closely to examine what they say about things we deal with every day.

I have focus!!!! Now to get my hands on the other comics!

Who lives, Who dies, Who tells your story?

I haven’t talked about this here yet. I think it’s because I wasn’t ready to. I was trying to figure out my relationship and feelings about the hit musical Hamilton.

I’ve only been listening to the music for a few months now, but things changed drastically when I decided to write about it for one of my classes. Somehow that decision gave me permission to fully immerse myself in everything I could find. Since then, the paper has gone from an academic analysis of the musical to an autoethnography about “my descent into Hamilton fandom” as I like to put it. Basically, I’m going to be writing about becoming a fan, with academic analysis thrown in.

On Tuesday, the #Hamiltome arrived. It’s actually titled Hamilton: The Revolution. It is a beautiful book. I will definitely be writing a post about it when I’m done reading it. The fact that I’m actually going through and reading it, page by page, is surprising me right now. I thought I’d be too excited and jumping all over the place. But I am enjoying it immensely!

I still feel like I need to get the academic paper written before I go full fangirl on here. Maybe it’s partly because I feel like this is more of an academic interest than fangirl. Don’t get me wrong, I listen to it all the time for enjoyment. But the thing that allowed me to fully immerse myself in it and why I am so in love with this work and the people who bring it to life is deciding to look at it as an academic, as a popular culture scholar. It’s weird. I’ve never felt like this about anything. It’s kinda cool. Like I’ve gone through some rite of passage or something. Like I’m one step closer to being a “real scholar”, as if there’s a point where you become one.

Sorry, that got rambly. But it’s how I feel, so there it is. Stay tuned for more Hamilton love!

In my car, holding my copy of Hamilton: The Revolution to my face in pure joy of finally having it. It just arrived.

Challenge Accepted!

The other day my sister posted something on Facebook and tagged me in it. My response: Challenge accepted!


Some of these are going to be really easy for me to do. Others will be a little tougher. But I have a year to do it in. So, anyone else? Come on, you know you want to! Accept the challenge and join me! If you decide to go for it, leave a comment saying “Challenge accepted!” I want to see how many people are going to try this!

Finished! Chicks Dig Time Lords

Have I mentioned I have an awesome father-in-law?

Image from Goodreads

This year one of my Christmas presents was the book Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. I had put it on my Amazon wishlist once I found out about it a few years ago. It’s not a huge book, so I thought it would be a good choice to bring with me to Ohayocon to read during down time between panels. Boy, was I right.

This book is a collection of essays written by women Who-vians. Jody Lyn Nye, Seanan McGuire, and Carole E. Barrowman are just a few of them. I decided to pick through and read what caught my attention instead of just reading it straight through. Why not? It was a good approach. Strike that. It was a great approach!

Reading about how all these women got into Doctor Who and the fandom was really inspiring. Some got into it watching it on PBS. Some started with the Ninth Doctor. Some were there at the beginning in Britain. Some talk about different aspects of the fandom. All of them talk about how it became a part of their lives, in one way or another. All of them made me glad to be a part of the fandom.

Right now I’m reading through it, again. This time with my notebook and pen nearby to write down thoughts and passages as I go. I wished I had that the first time, but there’s only so much you want to carry around at a convention.

If you’re into Doctor Who, this book is a great read. I highly recommend it!

Finished! The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things audiobook cover

The Signature of All Things is a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert. It follows the life of Alma Whittaker from her birth to the later years of her life. It even goes into the details of her father, Henry Whittaker, leading up to her birth. The details of Henry’s life help to explain a lot about his intelligent daughter. Alma grows up to follow in her father’s footsteps as a botanist. In the book we follow her as she grows in knowledge, years, experience, and relationships.

This book takes you all over the world and back again. There were times I felt if I were reading it, I might have gotten a little bored. Just because of the lull in the action, so to speak. But being an audiobook, the narrator did an amazing job of reading, and it kept me engaged the entire time. This is one of the few times where I do not feel the need to read the book. Most of the time I enjoy the audiobook, but crave the immersion that reading a book gives me. Again, the narrator does such an amazing job, I felt completely immersed while I was listening. Well, as immersed as one can be while driving.