The Latest with Me.

I feel like I've been phoning in my recent blog entries. Which is unfortunate because I'm always getting ideas for topics throughout the day or taking pictures of things I want to share. But when it comes down to getting it out on paper (see: keyboard), I just haven't been able to do it.

So, I'm going to try to update you on what I've been up to lately. In bullet-point format, of course.

-After BlogHer, I came back with millions of tidbits I wanted to share. I met some VERY cool people, experienced a summer-camp-like whirlwind vacation, and had somewhere near 100 pix to prove it. By the time I was able to get my thoughts in order, enough time had gone by for everyone to say "BlogHer...? That's so six months ago." I kind of dropped the ball on that one. But don't be surprised if more random pix (and videos) show up in a future post. BTW - for anyone who went to BlogHer, I posted pictures (and have more to add shortly) on my Facebook TILTE page. If I took a pic of you, it's probably there.

-I got laid-off. (Everyone give a collective "Awww..." and share some words of encouragement that will lift my spirits. -Like giving me totally exaggerated compliments or telling me Red Robin is having two-for-the-price-of-one lunch entrees.) It wasn't really a surprise since basically 90% of the company had already been let go. But it was still stressful time, mentally and financially. I didn't want to tell you right away because I was still high off BlogHer. Then my days were crazy busy hunting for jobs, filling out stupidass, pointless online applications, and meeting with employment recruiters. I was actually working harder as an unemployed person than I had been as an employed person.

-And the whole "unemployment" thing kind of cramped my style in the "food blogger" department. With a tight budget, there was no room for fine dining or trying out new recipes. My meal options mostly consisted of pasta, Uncrustables, and ham/ cheese sandwiches. -Which is not horrible if you ask me (because I like to eat that kind of shit), but they're not exactly notable delicacies.

Other little random things that have been going on lately...

-Boyfriend's daughter Pearl spent some extra time with us these past few weeks AND she just started kindergarten this past Tuesday.

-My family is planning my grandma's surprise 90th birthday party, which isn't actually until next April, but my mom is pretty excited about it and wants to get the ball rolling. (Also, I'm not sure if the "surprise" part of that title refers to the fact that it's a "surprise party" or the fact that my grandma is probably going to be surprised that it's her birthday.)

-Biscuit got into a naughty funk and kept getting into the trash every time we left the house. One day there were even day-old stinky, rotting chicken guts all up and down the hallway. Boy, that was fun and appetizing to clean up. Fortunately though, we were able to find a Biscuit-proof trash can. No more chicken guts problems.

-Lastly, I was lucky enough to get some short term employment through my friends, Rob and Bao. So far it's been a dream job. The team is all work AND all play, which are my two favorite things. (Just kidding. My two favorite things are frozen yogurt and cupcakes.) I will bring my extensive blogging knowledge to the table as the one-and-only Copywriter. I KNOW! I'm totally big time now, guys. Anyway, hopefully this shit pans out and I get acknowledged as a permanent full-time employee.

-But this Copywriting gig pretty much means I'm using up all my writing juice during the day. And when I get home to blog, it just turns into a bunch of useless drivel. So don't expect anything earth shattering over the next few weeks.

So that's it for my updates. I'm sorry I haven't been able to comment on all of your blog entries. I'll make it up sooner or later.

Is there anything important I've missed since I've been MIA?? Do tell.



jerrod said...

my two favorite things are double decker taco bell tacos and the entire gilmore girls collection. not necessarily in that order.

i bet you rock out that copywriter gig.

Vanessa said...

Congrats on the copywriting job! Trying to get my own blog started, so I have tons of respect for your dedication!

Anonymous said...

First, "awwww" and "everything happens for a good reason." Well, except double decker taco bell tacos, Jerrod. Their reason for happening is to remind you never to go to Taco Bell.

And I write for my job, so I can relate. I spend all day in front of a computer and along with sapping my soul, it also saps my pretty words.

Jessica said...

My two favorite things are soggy waffles and hitting up the drive thru of White Castles for a cheese fry breakfast. Do you have White Castles in California?

Mandy_Fish said...

Welcome to the copywriting gig! And remember: Don't get attached to your headlines.


Nikosmommy said...

Thanks for the update on your life and all the stuff going on right now. I totally understand that blogging is really dependent on what's happening in a person's personal life! My blogging has sucked tremendously lately because I really haven't had the time of a fastest enough computer to write anything decent. But its almost sept and things will pick up!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

JERROD - speaking of Taco Bell, have you tried those Cheese Roll-Ups or the Maximelt?? The first time I had them my mind was blown.

VANESSA - what is your blog going to be about?? let me know when you get it started.

ABBY - i'm glad you can vouch for my lack of blogging capabilities. after trying to think of cohesive, "catchy" words all day, my brain feels like a wrung out towel.

JESSICA - ooooooh, i like where you're going with the soggy waffles thing. you might be onto something. and no, we don't have White Castle out here. the closest thing we have are the freezer section boxes, but i'm pretty sure it's not the same.

MANDY - thanks for the warm welcome! i had my first copy review a few days ago. it was just like the scene in A Christmas Story where Ralphie imagines his teacher is going to break into a song-and-dance over his homework submission, when in reality he gets a big fat F.

NIKO - you're SO right: blogging depends on what's going on in your life. when i was miserable and married, i had so much more "bite" and sarcasm. but now that i'm happy and in a great relationship, my writing is pretty tame. (but i'd much rather have it this way.) :)

suki said...

boo to losing a job, but hooray for finding one so quickly that you like. :)

MRanthrope said...

sorry about the, well, you know. I'll cross my fingers for you.

Vinny C said...

I know exactly what you mean. The whole unemployment thing really bites the big one, doesn't it? Good news for you getting something already. Short term or (hopefully) not, that's a good thing.

Trude said...

Wow I really hope it turns into something more for you! I've been laid off twice, and I'm only 27. Guess I kept picking the wrong industries! It's the worst feeling, knowing it's nothing you did. Glad you're bouncing back so quickly!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new job! I, too, am in the process of working harder as an unemployed person trying to find a job. Blogging is pretty hard when you spend all day online applying for jobs.

Coyote Rose said...

We did have eerily similar experiences recently. Yay for both of us to be "professional writers" (yes I feel the need to use that term everywhere).

Also that is the most bad ass trash can ever. I'm going to need a new one to keep my dogs out (who knew a 24 pound dog could cause so much trouble).

Wombat Central said...

Mmmmm. Double-decker tacos. Damn you, GERD!

I've always considered job hunting to be a full time job. Tough out there for a gangsta, ya know? I don't even know what the hellI'm saying. I'm still stuck on the damn tacos. I bet Biscuit would like those too.

Hope you get the job full time!

Jessica said...

The ones in the freezer section of the store are no where close to the real deal. They also have the best cheese fries! AND I know you don't have an Imo's pizza in Cali either which is a huge bummer. If you ever find yourself in the STL area you have to stop at one!

Lorraine said...

yay paid to write! yay paid to write!

Your predicament is essentially why I could never be a food writer. I mean, no one wants 10 back to back posts on zebra cakes and/or chik-fil-a.


Anonymous said...

Booo for being laid off, but good for you for already finding something else! Especially in writing!

Keep us posted on how it all shakes out.

Deborah said...

Crapski about the job, but yay on the new temp (?) gig. It's a jungle out there.

I hear you on the writing-juice getting all used up. Doesn't it SUCK?

Alicia xoxxo said...

Oh man....I hate that you lost your job. But congrats on the copyright job! I hope it totally works out for you! Would love to see your BlogHer pics, you know, if you get a chance to post em! :)

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