Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Heart Day and Other Bits of Fluff

The stress level at Medieval Woman HQ has been off the charts. So much so that my blood pressure has spiked into "Immediate Stroke" territory. My doctor actually peered at me to see if I was still breathing and asked: "Are you a little jumpy lately?"

"Yes," I replied with eyes bulging.

So, I'm on a host of new meds to help reduce anxiety and bring the blood pressure down into life-sustaining levels. One thing about me - I wear all my emotions on my sleeve. Literally. My body can't hide anything. I would be the worst spy on earth - the first one discovered and dispatched by the enemy. TD was his usual wonderful self and got me a block of 5 massages so I'm going every week for over a month to have her work out the knots in my neck and shoulders (where my legion of stress fiends reside). And I'm eating better.

Why so stressed, you ask?


The other university that had offered TD the job and was pushing us to make a decision in 20 minutes renegged. Not for funding reasons but because they suck and they got their panties in a wad when we wouldn't capitulate to their ridiculous timeline. (My ninjas have put them in their "black book" of universities who will receive weapons-grade anthrax in their Arbor Day cards this year). We put them off because we were honestly thinking something would work out at the Dream Academy. It was a calculated risk and it backfired, but them's the breaks. I don't regret making that choice and I'm not unhappy about our decision to put them off. However, this does mean that my husband continues to work at a place that will never employ me and that we have to do all of this again next year.

Hence the stress. Put off plans to live together, save money together, have baby together, etc. for god knows how long.

This week has also been the week from hell and it's finally over - woo-hoo! Job candidates have been through and it's now over. I had some extra university work to do this week and it's now over. So, last night I languished at home, cleaned, made chicken burritos, and generally felt great. Today is lunch with friend and then dinner with more friends. Tomorrow is work. Monday is massage morning and margarita night.

I'm looking forward to the summer (who isn't?) because it's going to be very chill. TD will be here for 4 months and I've just had to drop out of a summer conference abroad because I can't afford it - travel funding here is very wonky because of budget issues and I can't afford to pay anything out of pocket this year (not with $3300 in taxes to pay). But, this means that we will:

1) Work lots - I'll finish my book manuscript
2) Go camping frequently
3) Grill many burgers
4) Perhaps go to the beach with J&A

No big trips, no big conferences, no big shakes. Just work and relax.

Ahhhhh....I can feel my blood pressure going down already....


Contemporary Troubadour said...

Phooey on the renegging university :(. Glad you're getting some TLC to help with the stress. Summer sounds like it will be lovely for you and TD.

Sisyphus said...

:( Wahhhhh! The massages and the summer plans sound good though.

squadratomagico said...

Oh no!
Oh no - oh no - oh no!

So sorry to hear your sad news, (((MW)))

warm thoughts and virtual hugs to you from here, Sq.

What Now? said...

That totally sucks about the job news, MW; I'm so sorry to hear it.

In the meantime, I'm glad that you're taking care of yourself (with the Dutchman's help, of course). Living well is the best revenge, but it sometimes takes a while to get to that stage, so take care of yourself so that you all can someday smile in a superior way at the mere mention of Reneging University as they gnash their teeth and pull out their hair at their stupidity.

Flavia said...

I'm comforted by the knowledge that the ninjas CANNOT BE DETERRED, and Sucky U will get its comeuppance--but sorry that the two of you will be in limbo yet longer.

But! Summer is only three months away.

Much love~~

heu mihi said...

They renegged? What the hell? That blows. I'm sorry. I hope the massages help.

I hate the job market with a hate that is pure and true (with apologies to Dr. Crazy, whose phrase I have just sullied). It is loathsome. I'm sorry that you'll have to go through this AGAIN.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Boo to the university-of-backing-out-on-an-offer. May their administration offices be filled with cocroaches, the smell of burned popcorn, and whining students for eternity.

I can empathize with the long distance thing. It is hard -- but, I suppose it would be kind of sad if it were easy to live away from your sweetie.....

Notorious Ph.D. said...


Man, that sucks without style. So sorry to hear that. But I'm glad you've still got those ninjas on hand for situations like these. In these rough economic times, a lot of people are needing to furlough or even lay off their ninjas.

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

Should you ever have to lay off your ninjas, I will volunteer Basement Cat to replace them. He'll work anyone over good, for cat treats.

Good Enough Woman said...

Damn. Damn, Damn, Damn.

But your plans for summer sound lovely. As we say in our house, "Summer rules!"