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It’s been almost exactly a month since I posted anything, and I will admit this pop-in isn’t an announcement that I’ll be returning to a regular schedule now, sadly. This holiday season has been and will continue to be more than just a little hectic, so while I’ll be writing a few posts now and then, regular blogging probably won’t pick back up until January 18.

So, what’s been happening? Well, I finished my Hebrew course on Wednesday. That class kicked my butt for some frustrating reasons, and I’ve decided not to continue on with Hebrew because it would be the same instructor and textbook, both of which were migraine and panic-attack inducing. So. Back to my original plan of doing French in order to finish all the requirements for my graduate degree (technically, I finished the program and I got to walk, but until I’ve completed two years of a foreign language I can’t get the piece of paper). The fact that Liberty University is an “open canker on the face of Christianity” (as I called it in a facebook status last week) doesn’t really motivate me to finish getting my degree from them.

But, I can’t start French until September next year, so between now and then I’ve decided I’m going to throw all my energy into writing my book on why complementarianism is abusive. I don’t think it will change the posting schedule, as spending more than two days a week researching complementarianism is probably not a great idea for my mental health.

Last week I had a sharp pain in my back that I thought might be a UTI or a kidney stone, so I spent the evening in the ER. Turns out it’s a hemorrhagic cyst or hematoma or something on my kidney. The pain has faded to a persistent soreness that feels like I pulled a muscle a few days ago, and it’s unclear whether or not this problem can resolve on its own. Turns out cysts on your kidney are somewhat normal, but if it’s connected to my endormetriosis, it could be a sign that it’s worse than I thought it was and I might need to have an ablation done this year. Considering those have a four-month recovery window, I’m not looking forward to it. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

In the more immediate future we’ll be visiting family for Christmas, trying to close on our house, moving, and I’ll be attending the Gay Christian Network conference in Houston, presenting on “What’s Next for Bisexuality in the Church?” with Eliel Cruz and Sarah Moon. If you’re planning on being at the GCN conference, maybe we can do a meetup if there’s time? Speaking of the conference, the only reason why I was able to even consider going is because of my Patrons, but if you feel inspired to do so, I’ve created a way to make a one-time donation through PayPal. Between airfare, shuttles, the hotel, and food, every little bit counts (especially since my new wheat allergy means that basically all fast food is out, so food while traveling just got very expensive). Anyway, it’s there if you feel so inclined. 🙂

Next up in the review series is Radical: Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt. This book is a little unusual for me since it’s not focused on gender roles, but I think it’s worth tackling in a review series. It has nine chapters, but I may be able to do two chapters per week depending on how it goes, so we’ll see how long it takes. That starts on Monday.

Taking this month-long break has been really good for me. I’ve been very busy and a lot of stuff has happened, but it’s the first time since I started blogging that I’ve taken an actual vacation instead of a “working vacation.” I love all of you so much, but not checking comments/facebook/twitter multiple times a day has been relaxing.

Anyway, see you all on Monday, and I hope your season has been merry and bright so far.

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  • Kennedy

    I’m glad the break has been restful for you! I love reading what you have to say, but self-care is SO important, and I think it’s safe to say your readers hold no ill will for you putting your health and well-being before writing. Please take care of yourself, and know my thoughts and prayers are with you! Blessings. <3

  • Beroli

    Good luck, and take care of yourself.

  • I’m glad you’re okay. I didn’t realize you were taking a vacation and have been worried about you. Praying for your health.

  • JBReiter

    So glad you’re back! I noticed the hiatus and was hoping nothing was wrong. Your blog is inspiring to me. You’ve been in my prayers. Good luck with all your projects.

  • Sisuile Butler

    Good luck at GCN!

    GF/Wheat-Free fast food options (from someone who travels a lot for business)
    Wendy’s (Baked potatoes, chili, salads)
    Panera (seriously. A couple of soups and “power bowls” – they’re on the “hidden menu”)

    I survive mostly through those, kind bars, string cheese, and hummus with tortilla chips.

    • Unfortunately, because of all my other allergies, I can’t eat a single menu item at Panera, Chipotle, Qdoba, or potatoes or chili, and because of my IBS I can’t eat raw lettuce (also, I’m allergic to pretty much every salad topping imaginable, so).

      But thank you. I appreciate the sentiment. 🙂

  • JenMuse

    I just had an ablation 4 days ago and my recovery window was quoted as 3-5 days (the hysterectomy had a recovery window of months) but maybe your recovery would be longer due to the endometriosis. The procedure was a breeze cause I was blessedly unconscious. I’m definitely not back to normal though and don’t anticipate being so for another week. Take care of you; we readers will be patient.

  • So Liberty won’t take your undergrad foreign language, or did you just not have one? I’m just curious if this is another PCC problem. I was required to take a foreign language as an undergrad.