December 2021 Life Update
Even though I check in and tinker with my blog on a near-daily basis, I feel like it’s been months since I last really said anything.
This semester has been a lot. Close family members are dealing with serious chronic illnesses. And yesterday, I took my cat, Wednesday, to the emergency vet because she wasn’t breathing well.
She spent four hours in the emergency room receiving oxygen and diagnostic tests. It turns out she has asthma, which isn’t surprising given that she was living in a terrible hoarding situation before we adopted her. But she also has an enlarged heart, which could signify a serious health condition.
We made the choice to bring her home with asthma treatment so that we can look into further testing. In addition to being incredibly stressful, it was incredibly expensive. With so many other medical concerns circling around, it just feels insurmountable at times.
As far as my schoolwork is concerned, I have literally had my life changed by the Work, Debt, and Christian Witness course I’m taking with one of my favorite theologians.
I don’t think anything has radicalized me as much as looking deeply at the ways Capitalism forms, limits, and exploits us. While, in some ways, I’ve been thinking about this for years, now I have the tools and the reading list to understand it more rigorously. I am writing my final paper on influencers. We’ll see how it turns out.
Being back in school in-person has been wild. It’s amazing how you can spend a lifetime doing something – that is, being around people – and still have such a hard time adjusting to it after one year of Zoom life.
I find myself frequently exhausted and trepidatious. But I have also found myself less emotionally inhibited in a way that has been affirming. I frequently tear up over how grateful I am for the kind, challenging, brilliant people I get to study alongside. It’s a shame that this seminary journey is almost over.
Speaking of that, I am preparing for ordination exams in early January. They’re basically like comps, if you’re familiar with those. I will write six essays on six areas of study over the course of three days.
Then, in March, I’ll be ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church!!! It’s hard to believe it’s actually happening.
I just need to finish four papers and a presentation before this semester is over. Then, hopefully I’ll get a brief chance to breathe before things pick up again.
I’m grateful for you all: for sticking around, for commenting, and for encouraging me in spite of my inconsistency these days.
Hopefully I’ll be able to put together a few outfits posts soon.