I got a permanent, full-time job as a department secretary at my husband’s university. It’s perfectly suited to the kind of work that makes me feel like I’ve accomplished things each day, and there’s a lot of down time. I love going to work every day, which hasn’t been true for a long time. I even got to spend thousands of dollars in grant money to help stock the anthropology and archaeology lab with things like lab stools and measuring calipers and resin casts of skeletons. My favorite anthro professor left me a box of skulls to help me study anatomy over the summer.
My surgery went really well. I got to spend two weeks trying to keep my arm above my heart around the clock. This sums up my feelings about it pretty well…and then the nice hand therapist cut me free of everything and gave me a gold star for overachieving my hand exercising and having full range of motion upon having my dressings removed.
And it turns out that the surgeon told me the worst case recovery times. Mine were better. I did my first award scroll’s worth of calligraphy last weekend, 2.5 months after surgery. I wasn’t expecting to be able to start trying for 4+ months. Is it good calligraphy? Not so much. But it means I can start practicing again every day and (hopefully) get back to where I was in 2013.
We got to see lots of friends. I went back to Texas to visit and see my friend Elen become a Laurel. She’s absurdly talented with calligraphy and needlework and fiber arts and 14th century costuming.
A bunch of friends came up for the Fourth of July, and our friends threw a killer barbecue. We went down to St. Simon’s Island the next day to play on the beach. A gorgeous storm rolled around us, and everyone left happy and relaxed.
And now I’m back to making stuff, albeit more slowly and with less precision than before. Surgery wrecked my hand strength, so I’m getting back that and my endurance. I’m picking projects that are smaller and easier to complete, that require less finesse, and that are mostly for me.
I start back to school in three weeks, working on the prerequisites to start an accelerated BSN program in a year or so. If I make good grades between now and then, I’ll be working as an RN in about 2.5 years. But I have to pass Anatomy and Physiology I-II and Statistics and Microbiology & Disease and a Developmental Psychology class first.