Getting back into the [blogging] game

You may have noticed that I’ve been rather quiet these past few weeks. Maybe you’ve found that refreshing or maybe you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and if I’m still alive. So, I guess I should tell you!

First of all, I’m still alive. (In case you really did wonder.) As for where I’ve been, well, I’ve been in my flat most of the time. Really.

Life has been a bit crazy lately. For much of May, I was so busy with school and happy happenings that I didn’t really have the time to post. There was a whisky festival, a wedding reception, a half-marathon, a couple of out-of-town visits with friends, and plenty of other joyous things to occupy my time.

Then toward the end of May, I was jolted from my joy with the news of a friend’s suicide. A couple of days later I found myself in an irreparable falling-out with another friend followed by a failed attempt at entering the dating world. And all of those things, coupled with my so-far failing job and PhD funding searches, threw me into a spiral of despair and self-pity. And tears. Lots and lots and lots of tears.

And all of that means that I have spent every day of the month upset. I’ve been sulking and hiding away from the world. I’ve been, quite honestly, a mess. And I’ve not really felt like sharing everything here because I’m sure that I would sound like a whiney little cry baby.

But, I am pleased to say, I’ve been feeling a little better the past couple of days. In fact, I’ve been out of bed before 9.30 a.m. every day this week. And I’ve cooked proper meals every day this week. (Tonight will be teriyaki chicken with rice and carrots. Yum.) And I’ve hardly cried at all this week!

Over the next few weeks, I will be extremely busy with my dissertation and I will be filling out as many job applications as I can find. But I’m going to try to post more often. In fact, I might even try to post 3-4 times a week or more – eventually working back up to near-daily posts.

Oh! And I’m thinking about maybe possibly considering selling some of my swirls (reproductions as opposed to originals) on Esty or something. Maybe as note cards? I don’t know. What do you think? (The swirl with this story is my latest one, and the first black/grey one I’ve attempted.)

4 Replies to “Getting back into the [blogging] game”

  1. Oh dearest Frances. Hugs to you from all the way over here. I love you my dear. I hate when life isn’t fair, I really do. I have nothing comforting to say because sometimes, there are no words. Just know that I love you and am thinking of you:)

    1. Thanks, Amy. It does help to know that there are people out there cheering for me, but I have to admit that when so many bad things pile up all at once–without the benefit of a good thing to off-set it all–it can be a bit overwhelming. And sometimes, no matter how hard I try to say it will all get better, the light at the end of the tunnel can seem dimmer than ever! (But the light seems a little brighter today, even though I still can’t quite reach it.)

  2. Sorry I haven’t had time lately to catch up on Just Frances as it’s been a whirlwind of busyness in my world, otherwise I would have posted to let you know that I care & think of you often! 🙂 I will of course see how thing’s are looking up as I get closer to your current post…until then know my thoughts are with you often~

    1. Thanks Ramona–and no need to apologise for not being around. I know we’re all busy! Things are looking up though, and I hope to have some good news to share with everyone in the several days. So, stay tuned!

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