Saturday, November 21, 2009

Long time

 

So... ahem... it's been a while. A long while, in fact. Three months and three days.

Do I have an excuse? A boatload of them, actually. Not that anyone cares, of course, but it was mostly about working a whole lot, being sick, rinsing and repeating. The point, though? I've missed this place, a lot. I've promised myself that I would write already more times than I can remember.

I've been reading, trying to keep up with at least some blogs. I've been mostly failing. We had the flu. We are all better now, even me-- I've had my voice back for a whole three days now, yo. And yesterday I filed or unemployment. My contract technically ended last week, but I have been trying to finish up the things I didn't finish because of the flu. It's a weird, weird feeling-- I am supposedly unemployed, but I am still chugging along.

Come to think of it, it might've been good that I couldn't find time to blog for a while-- saved you from reading boring job search angst. Not that I am altogether done with it, I don't think. But for now I seem to be back to grimly determined (from, you know, flattened).


I was going to write this post (ha-ha) about five times in the last week. I was going to title it "Winding Down, Wound Up." Because, see, I am winding down my job, and I am, OMFG, wound up. Except I am not, anymore. And all it took is a seven hour drive. Which, to be fair, was only seven hours because of some serious traffic. I am away, at the retreat. Eating, drinking, walking among the kitsch that seems endearing this time of year, taking pictures, talking. Breathing.

It's nice. Really nice. So nice I'll have to write about it more. Plus, there are these crazy mannequins I just have to share... But, you know, later. Because right now there's conversation and laughter coming from the kitchen. So if you excuse me, I'm gonna go open a bottle of wine and join the fun.

15 comments:

slouchy said...

nice to see you!

EmmaL said...

Hi glad you are back and I hope you keep writing. It's me LAS by the way from over at This Too Shall Pass - I had to move my blog etc. Take care of yourself!

katherine said...

yay, you're back! I was really hoping "One" wasn't the end of this story - though with every visit here I thought that it migh t be...
I'm glad the anxiety is abating... And I can't wait to read what you have to tell...

Magpie said...

Ooh - hi! How are you? Where are you? What's with your job? Missed you.

Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read the article. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Heather said...

Welcome Back!! :-)

tree town gal said...

Oh, so very glad you are back... i too was worried that "One" was your last post... i kept rereading, wondering if i missed something. health to you all....

Amelie said...

Great to see you back!
Enjoy the meeting, and then good luck with the job search!

ezra'smommy said...

It was so very amazing to spend the weekend with you. xoxo

loribeth said...

I've missed you too! : ) Glad to see you back posting!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

So glad to hear your voice again and can't wait to read the recaps of the retreat.

angie said...

I recognize that insane lamp, I'm surprised there were no creepy doll, mannequin or carousel horse pictures. *sigh* It was such an awesome weekend, Julia. XO

TracyOC said...

Laughter, food, and mannequins. Doesn't get much better, does it? It was lovely to meet you in person and I can't wait for more pics.

Lani said...

awesome weekend julia!! so glad to have met you. xo

christyna said...

The pickle ornament is a German tradition (as recently told to me by my man and practiced at our house now). On Christmas Santa (not sure if thats the original tradition) hides the pickle ornament in the tree. The person who finds it after ALL the gifts are opened gets and extra gift. The Christmas Pickle we call it. I should google it I guess. Love the pics!!!