January, you suck

I know I have taken a longer than usual hiatus from blogging these past few weeks.    Sorry about that!

Life happens, and it has been happening a lot this month.

Stress is stress, regardless of the cause.   Sometimes it is hard to remember that good things can still be stressful too.   This season has had its ups and downs.   So here is what I’ve been contending with:

The Good:   My work and relationships have been both good and busy!   I’m teaching at two different schools I have learned a lot from my new school.  Also, the extra work I’ve gotten has allowed me to be out of debt for the first time in my adult life.    I also have amazing friends and relationships.   My partner and me have decided to move in together and have started looking for a new apartment.     So I have had some wonderful hours looking for apartments with her, and trying to coordinate the puzzles of our lives optimally.

The Bad:   Looking for a new apartment has some extra motivation recently.   My current apartment has been … damp.   This has been an unusually wet Winter, and my apartment has flooded multiple times.  My landlady is nice, but I’m tired of the underannounced workmen who show up, and occasionally coming home to find puddles in my hallway.    Also my recent apartment hunting turned up some issues that I had to deal with in my credit!  (Lets just say it was some residual fallout from a nasty breakup a few years back).   I managed to fix the issues… mostly.

Also, kidney stones are no picnic.

The Ugly:  Taking care of yourself is important, but sometimes even the best efforts don’t work.   Depression and insomnia are things that I periodically have to contend with in my life, and it has made starting teaching this quarter a bit difficult.*   I also have some very dear friends going through some hard times.   I can listen and sympathize, but there isn’t anything I can do otherwise.   And then there is dread… I’ll just say that I’m hoping to avoid PTSD triggers this quarter.

The Usual:    Teaching is a wonderful thing, but it is a lot of work.  Patience isn’t always easy, and it is a necessity for teaching.     I love my students, and I love to teach, but it is a rare week when I don’t have a three-inch stack of grading with me on my weekends.   Teaching is a job that will take all the time and energy that you give to it.   And there will always be more to do.

I also shouldn’t be allowed to listen to politics.   Ever hear the old saying:   if you like laws or sausages, never watch either being made?   Yeah.   I look at American politics and can’t decide whether to laugh or cry.

And that has been my life.   Sorry I haven’t been posting/not sorry, because I can’t really feel bad for being a responsible adult.

February has some more promise in it.  I’m hoping for less drama, although moving friends (and possibly ourselves) is likely to be happening.   January, you are hereby voted out of 2016.

 

* Just to let you know, I’m okay.   Still weird, and feeling better at this end of the month.

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