Categorical Changes

One of the things that my psychologist told me when I was seeing her was that there tends to be clearing and/or cleaning which precede life changes.  I have been doing a lot of both clearing and cleaning lately (some of which started in the Summer).  Some of these changes might seem fairly minor while others, well, you should see the state of our office this morning.

Taxonomy of an academic

Major change

Last night we started the major chore of transforming our office into space that we can heal and do hobbies in.  It has mostly been a storage room and the biggest chore is trying to categorize my partner’s library of books into boxes for interim storage until we either move and have more space for them or she has an office on campus where she wants them.

I have been talking for a while about remaking the office into something more useful and last night we got started.  Even though I know making a huge mess is part of the process of cleaning, by the time we went to bed, I had questioned what we had gotten ourselves into.  But, I am looking at the end goal of having two desks together for all three of us to be able to craft at, open windows with natural light and space for me to have my massage table (rather then it being folded up in the living room).

Minor change

I have almost never been a breakfast person.  Brunch on the weekends after I have been awake a few hours, yes, but never one to eat anything upon awaking and before I start my day.  My breakfast since starting college has consisted of coffee and for a very long time, almost always something with white flour and white sugar.

The past two years when I have gone for coffee, I look in the food case and all I can think is “white flour… white sugar….” as I look at almost each and every item in the cooler.  Two evil things I would like to cut out of my diet.  I heard something not that long ago that has really stuck with me:

White sugar is fuel for cancer.

Given the amount of cancer in my family, I would like to avoid it in any way possible.  We buy a bag of white sugar a year for canning and the rest is either maple, brown or coconut sugar.

Over the past few weeks, I have started forcing myself to eat something before I am allowed to drink my coffee.  I have started taking coffee with me to work to save money and ensure I have something healthy to eat before I start drinking it.  I am now going out less for coffee on my “days off” when I study and am wanting to reduce that even further so I can save even more money and put to use this space we are creating in our house.

More clearing and cleaning are coming.  I have a stack of recipes printed out at home that I am hoping to make up today including ones that are for the freezer to easily be pulled out and thrown in the crock pot.  

With us creating space to be able to do hobbies, I am hoping I actually get my Boxer Quilt made this Winter!