Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight


The Blogger Formerly Known as Jenn

 

Is this thing on?

Do you remember me?

Am I still welcome here?

My name is Jenn, and I used to write here. Right here. Not that often–sporadically, once in a while, when the mood struck. Today the mood struck, and I wanted to pop in and say HI!

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Here’s something you should know about me. I don’t believe in multi-tasking. I think it’s a crock. Every time I’ve tried to juggle more than three balls in the air I end up with a stubbed toe. I’m a believer that we can accomplish anything we want in this life, anything and everything…but not at the same time. This excludes things like working while being a mom, not that kind of multi-tasking. I mean pursuing two or three big goals at a time. Not a fan of that. So anytime I take months away from this thing, it’s a pretty safe bet that things are going just fine, I’m just throwing my focus in another direction. Just for a little while. Just till I square things away. But I always seem to come back here. I’m not sure why.

Awww, sure I do. I love writing. And today I found myself missing it.

But I’m also rusty, so today’s post will be mostly a little life update. Doesn’t every life need a little updating now and then?

*The big news is.. I started a private practice! I’ve wanted to do this for years, and I finally did, but it took a lot of planning and I’m not out of the woods yet. The first step was moving out of my supervisor role and reducing my monster caseload at my clinic, which had to happen organically over time. This week kicks off my first 4-day week at the clinic (!!), and every Wednesday I’ll be on my own. My ultimate goal is to do private practice two days a week, clinic work two days a week, with the fifth day free.

I have no clients yet, as it takes between three and four months to be accepted by insurance panels. I’m hopeful that once I can accept insurance business will be easier to find, but for now I’m cash-only, which makes me feel like a naughty service. The best part is that my new office is in Astoria and a TEN-MINUTE WALK FROM HOME. If you have ever ridden the NYC subway during rush-hour you have some idea of what a significant lifestyle change this is going to be!

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* I’ve had eight doctor’s appointments in the past two weeks. That’s about seven too many, in my opinion, especially considering that I’m in really good health (thank goodness). A severe case of contact dermatitis has had me at urgent care and an allergist, who performed one of those four-day allergy patch tests on me to determine why my face and neck looked like they’d been scrubbed with a scouring pad. Turns out I’m allergic to nickel, “fragrance mix” and four chemicals found in most cosmetic products, so it looks like I’ll be using organic half and half to wash my face from now on. I’m just glad it wasn’t food. I also had two wisdom teeth removed last week when I thought I was only having one. Not sure how they snuck that one by me! Oh! And I’ve had fucking plantar fascitis since June, which really sucks. Have you ever had it? Does it really go away like they all say it will?

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(finally looking like myself again= warrants a selfie)

* I’ve gotten perhaps a little, how do you say, woo-woo? It all started with me buying a Himalayan salt lamp and a bottle of lavender oil spray for my office, and now I’m in acupuncture every other week and going to  yoga classes like they’re going out of style. I’m very late to the yoga party, but I have mastered downward dog and full spaz.

* I finished writing a book earlier this year, and have literally not opened the document since March. I told you I’m not a multi-tasker. Maybe I’ll get back to it, but part of me feels like I won’t. I really like certain parts of it, but there are a lot of others that kind of fall flat, and I’m not sure if it works as a cohesive piece. Maybe I’ll open it up and tinker with it again in the next few months once I settle into my new work routine. Maybe I’ll start something new. We’ll see. But I’ve tried moving away from writing, and it just doesn’t work for me. I always want to come back to it, and I always start to feel just a little bit sad when I’ve stayed away too long.

* Nearly two and a half years into owning this home, and it’s finally starting to feel almost done. Although, it’s hard for me to even say that because there are still so many little things I want to do around here. I have absolutely loved the process of decorating my home. I find it to be another form of creative expression, and this place really feels like “us”.  We were in such hard-core saving mode when we lived in our basement apartment (for 10 years) that I never really bought anything to give it life. Now that I know we’re going to be in one place for a good long while, I’ve really taken my time and tried to find things I think are just right for the space. I’m not as afraid of spending money as I used to be, which is a very foreign feeling to me. I’m also borderline obsessed with thrift stores and flea markets. Anyone interested in some room tours?

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* Three weeks ago I organized my tupperware drawer and it still looks the same. This signals major personal growth.

* I saw A Star is Born this weekend, and I think Vin and I were the only two people who didn’t walk out crying. I liked it a lot, Gaga is a freaking marvel and Bradley Cooper’s acting was A++ but something fell short, and I still can’t put my finger on it.

Anyway, I think we’re all caught up now. Enough about me. How have you been?

I missed you.

 

 

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • Rosemary
    So glad you’re back.. what a nice Sunday surprise! Your home decor is beautiful, glad yourey feeling better, & congratulations/good luck with your private practice!
  • http://www.farmgirlmiriam.ca/ Miriam
    Welcome back! You are right, multi-tasking is a myth – some things have to take a back seat once in a while for other things.
    And I know the feeling of wanting to quit writing and not being able to … it’s annoying, but writing has chosen us, and there is nothing we can do about that.
    Congratulations on your private practice, that’s amazing! Sounds like lots has happened in your world, I’m glad you’re feeling better again.
    I really hope you won’t give up on your book, I’d love to read it!
  • Sara Daly
    Hi Jenn! Longtime reader, but I’ve probably never commented. I wanted to say that if the plantar fascitis does not seem to go away that you might want to ask a doctor for testing for rheumatoid arthritis. I thought I had a running/exercise injury (mostly in my feet) that just wasn’t getting better and it turns out nope, autoimmune disorder. Mine didn’t present as “normal” and I had to go through a whole series of health care professionals before being correctly diagnosed. I hope it’s not RA but just throwing that out there just in case!!
  • KJMprivate
    Jenn! ! Good to see you again! I adore your writing and not much makes me happier than getting a notification that you’ve written another post. Glad you’re taking care of you and am looking forward to publication of your BOOK!
  • Katherine Walsh
    Glad to read a new post from you. And congratulations on opening a private practice, that is such an impressive undertaking. Also, to weigh in on the plantar fascitis, I had it and it did go away. But, it took F-O-R-E-V-E-R! I don’t really recall how long since it was years ago. But, I was wearing just sensible shoes and mostly athletic shoes for I feel like maybe a year. It sucked, but it did go away eventually.