2009 Starts (Semi) Strong…
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.
Things turned around quickly, though. I social-networked like crazy throughout the week, acquiring contacts that helped with my pitching. A former colleague of mine hired me to proofread his book manuscript. I wrote about unproductivity and its connections to work/life balance over at the Frisky, and saw my latest dating advice column go up at Nerve. I started looking for people for my latest Nerve piece: Dating Advice From…Jazz Musicians (fyi, I still need interviewees for this one!). All in all, the week was a productive one.
We capped it off by having Charlotte, Josh, Nicole, and Mike over for a Shot in the Dark party. Basically, I had received premixed shot samples to review for MM, and wasn’t about to sit at my desk by myself taking shot after shot like a lonely alcoholic. That and I only drink wine.
My review will go up next Friday but, for the moment, here’s some pics to whet your appetite with:
That and I’ve been enjoying the new mellowness of my cats on Valium.
To close out this post, I’d like to share with you a photo of Lusa in a too-tight sweater:
Over and out.
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