Archive for October, 2005

The Way That You Are

Tomorrow, I go home. I’ve never been so excited to see my husband in my whole life.

Do you think he’ll care that I’ve gained enough weight since I’ve been gone to resemble Jabba The Hut?

8 comments October 27th, 2005

Waiting Line

Thank you all for your emails and concern! Geez, just when you think no one reads this thing.

The house is fine. Adam is fine. Snapper is fine. It was miserable, I guess, for them, but they are a-okay. No power or phone, though, so argh!

And yes, I’m still on this fucking business trip. I’m in Phoenix, of all places.

4 comments October 25th, 2005

Circle

I quit.

Tomorrow or Monday, I am quitting my job. The one that I hate. The one that’s taken advantage of me, humiliated me and lied to me.

I quit.

I don’t have another job lined up. No prospects. I’m taking a leap of faith that it will all be fine, which is so wildly out of character for me, you cannot imagine. I don’t know who I am if I’m not working towards a crazy career, but I’m about to find out.

This decision came as I recapped the series of events that have happened over the past several months, with a particular eye towards the humiliation that was Thursday night, and realized the only choice I have to leave my dignity intact is to quit. So, while on a business trip from hell, I quit. I give up. Nothing’s good enough for anybody else. It seems.

But being alone is not the best way to be, and I’m so very very lucky to have a husband who replied, “You have finally come to your senses,” when I told him I’m going to quit.

Even if he is stranded alone at our Florida home putting up hurricane shutters by himself as Wilma ravages the Mexican coast and hurtles towards our house.

Argh.

13 comments October 22nd, 2005

Get Ready!

I’ve been tagged…twice. Yeeshola, I tell you!

Here’s the first, from my beloved Mireille at C’est Chic (by the way, when you see her blog name, you must do as I do and sing, “aaaaaaAAAAHH! Freak OUT! Le Freak , C’est Chic!” It’s pat, I know, but rather fun, yes?)

So, here are the rules, as outlined to me:
1. Go into your archive. 2. Find your 23rd post. 3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to). 4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. 5. Tag five other people to do the same.

Welp, that day wasn’t a good one. My fifth sentence, in the post titled, “Certainly Sir!” was pretty much all about the three pinched nerves I had in my left arm. At the time, I was quite, quite certain that I had some sort of deadly disease, or at least a tremendously debilitating one. Without further adieu, the fifth line of my 23 post:

“My work certainly suffered, since I would type, then rest, then type, then rest.”

As I read it now, it kind of shows me how fucked up I was – I was worried about my WORK instead of whether MY ARM WAS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY or whether I WAS DYING OF SOME HORRIBLE DISEASE.

A new state, new day, NEW LEAF, I tell you!

I can’t tag people for this one. I may, but for now, I will break the rules, and the cycle. But tomorrow? OH, THERE WILL BE TAGGING.

6 comments October 13th, 2005

Good Thing


When I first told people I was moving here, there were a lot of people who made it a point to tell me what a gargantuan mistake I was making. My guess would be those people had only been to the parts of Florida we drove through on our way down here. At one gas station, I swear the attendant was thisclose to commenting, “You sure do got a pretty mouth!”

In other words, not here. While there are certainly downsides, there are some pretty cool things, too. Yes, yes, there are anti-abortion billboards and gunslinging locals, and yes, I spied a bumper sticker today on a monster truck that said, “My Other Toy Has Tits,” but it’s lovely! Erm. Really. No, seriously…

For example, the people are odd, but at least borderline tolerant. I was rather impressed at the way the gentleman reacted when he found two teenage boys having sex in the bathroom stall of the gym. Yes, teenage sex in the gym bathroom in broad daylight. This after a local Lolita hit on Adam poolside while I was standing next to him. Anyway, I’m convinced he didn’t make any bigger of a deal of it than he would have if it were two teenagers of the opposite sex. This impressed me. But there is still the issue of teens having sex in the gym bathrooms. For chrissake.

It’s multicultural! For all of our Northeast snobbery, Boston is an extraordinarily segregated town. Swampscott was as lily white as it gets – I think there was one black family, and it just reeked of tokenism, not that a town can really do that, but you know what I mean. Here, our neighborhood is a marvelous melting pot – our neighbors are Indian, the folks across the street are from Singapore, and there are infinitely more African Americans in my neighborhood than I ever saw in the whole of the neighborhoods I lived all over Boston. Many, many Latin Americans, too. Spanish is spoken everywhere. It’s really so refreshing. This is by far one of my favorite things about living here.

I’m not sold on the people, though. I can’t stand perfect people who always say the right thing and remember to send thank you notes on time, and smile pleasantly but reveal nothing about themselves. How boring it must be to BE them. Talk to me for five minutes, and there is a near 100% chance that I will do or say something embarrassing for both of us, but at least I’m real. Yes, sure, I scream “FUCK!” in my driveway and cry hysterically outside because I think I’ve lost my cat in the neighborhood (who was, by the way, sitting inside on the couch the whole time), and maybe my clothes don’t match and I’ll reveal some sort of ridiculously personal information that falls under the “TMI” category. And yes, going out to dinner with me can be a challenge, as evidenced by tonight’s Thai outing, where I scratched my eye with a finger that had just been intimately involved with some chili powder, causing blindness and swelling for a full five minutes while I tried in vain to order another iced tea. Maybe perfect people don’t do those things. But for God’s sake, you’ll never hear me say, “Isn’t that nice?” and smile politely.

How fucking boring. I’d rather be friends with the Monster Truck Tit Man. Please god, tell me there are people who are comfortable enough to be human somewhere around these parts.

11 comments October 11th, 2005


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