It’s been a long weekend. Michael and I spent all of Saturday and Sunday painting our bedroom. This entailed removing our two dressers, two bookcases, nightstand, and mattress from the bedroom and squeezing it all into the living room, dining room, and kitchen. After that, I was already tired.

Then, we painted the ceiling and did two coats of the walls before collapsing onto our pillowtop mattress, sprawled out across our living room floor. I was worried that the color we had chosen (oakwood brown) was too dark. Going on wet, it sorta looked like we were smearing poop across our bedroom walls. Still, neuroses didn’t keep me from falling instantly asleep.

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Back in September, I lost my momentum.

I had been researching career coaching certification programs, going on informational interviews with both career coaches and career counselors, and working on building my Freelancedom blog.

Then, the NY Sun folded, I was suddenly unable to enter a certification program, and my entire plan fell to hell.

Things have been better lately. Since the new year, I’ve guest blogged over at Darren Rowse‘s TwiTip, starting blogging occasionally for AOL’s Lemondrop blog, and have gotten assignments for Nerve, Babble, and Time Out NY. It’s why I haven’t been seeing you. It’s why I’ve been so busy.

I haven’t forgotten about career coaching, though. In a flash of pure genius (okay, I was reading the Career Renegade book), I’ve decided to leverage my web presence to more fully promote my proofreading, copy editing, and blogging services, and have also begun work on an ebook which I will eventually sell via Freelancedom, in order to raise money for a certification program. Hopefully, I can make certain changes to my site within the next few days (and by “I,” I mean my web-savvy husband).

And then, once I have achieved world domination, we can hang out again.

Just kidding. We can hang out now. I still leave the condo sometimes. Michael and I have signed up for the next level of salsa at the Starlight Dance Center, and I’m also thinking of returning to belly dancing in March. I’m not a complete career-obsessed recluse.

Wish me luck, and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.


Apparently, marriage hasn’t completely cut me off from the ability to try new things and have new experiences.

Last we spoke, I was complaining about the rut I was in (a rut that I foresaw extending far, far into my future…).

Since then, I’ve been reminded that, as long as I have my writing, there will be no shortage of surprises in my future.

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Before I get into the nitty gritty of this particular post, I’d like to link to my happy hour test drive post over at the Modern Materialist, in which I recount how some friends and I tried out some premixed shots two weekends ago.

You can get the lowdown on our evening there (though you can pretty much guess the outcome from the photo above).

Now that that’s taken care of…

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I had my doubts this past Sunday that 2009 was going to be any different from the end of 2008.

When Andrei and Alayna came over so that Andrei could take a look at Michael’s dead-in-the-water computer, I don’t think any of us had a clue that it would be a marathon, hours-long session, during which Alayna and I would have nothing to do but watch TV and eat chips, donuts, cookies, etc.

The discovery of Bingo America on the GSN was particularly exciting (as was Family Feud and a celebrity edition of So You Want to be a Millionaire) but, by late that evening, we were feeling pretty gross. Even worse, I was unable to start work on an article I had due later that week, or to stockpile any MM pitches. Incredibly inauspicious beginnings.

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Anybody there?

I wouldn’t blame you if you weren’t. Since the Sun folded way back in September, I’ve become a total recluse. I’ve thrown myself into the Modern Materialist and Freelancedom, and limited most of my communications to Twitter. My most meaningful conversations have taken place between me and my three cats.

But this is a new year!


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Great. It’s been over a month now, and I can’t even begin to think of all the things I haven’t told you.

So instead, I’ll leave you with this holiday screen shot, and promise to do better in the new year:

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