Sunday, January 31, 2010

Please Excuse the Dust

Well, it’s been an action-packed January and to be honest I need a little break.
This month I’ve been to Las Vegas, Cleveland and Boston, I’ve decided to relocate for a new job, and my now ex-boyfriend and I decided to split. Am I living in a movie or is that just megalomania?

In December, I was contacted, completely out of the blue, by a recruiter in Cleveland, Ohio. The opportunity seemed too good to be true - a step up in terms of the corporate ladder, a great company, close to my family, better money and benefits, perfect. Out of curiosity, I followed up and went on the interviews.

Everything went smashingly. The job felt like a perfect fit and last week they offered me the position. The offer is more than competitive and most importantly, it’s only 2 hours from where my family lives.

My now ex-boyfriend supported the decision, pushed for it actually, saying that it would be crazy for me to pass up. He came with me to Ohio to meet my family, set today for me to meet his. We talked about taking some time to decide whether he would move out to Cleveland. Everything was busy, but I felt really excited about the move and the direction it was taking.

Then, last night he told me that he would never move, that it’s not feasible for him, that he would never be able to live so far from his family.

While I was thinking put your big boy pants on, I found myself realizing that I have more important things to worry about at the moment than his commitment-phobia. At 30, relationships progress to places where the mommy and daddy security blankie is a little ridiculous.

So, please excuse my little rant and my absence pending the easing of the craziness that’s unfolding in my life (yet again). I’m going to take a little break and promise to get back into the swing of sharing the blogosphere with you in the next few weeks.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Vegas Baby

It’s Monday, the universal I-hate-work-day, and normally, I would be among the first to complain, but being that I just stepped off a plane from Las Vegas, it would seem a little facetious to whine about a company that sent me on a work-play business trip.

It was a crazy, hectic, but really fun week and I did learn some things. If you’re planning a trip to Sin City, here’s my not-so-complete list of tips:

(Ok, so the diet went out the window for a week.)

Best Cheap Vegetarian Dinner
Portobello Sandwich with Fries at Margaritaville (approx. $9)

Best Vegetarian Dinner Budget-Be-Damned
Mushroom Tortellini at Wolfgang Pucks (second floor of the Venetian, approx. $22)

Worst Vegetarian Meal
Veggie Garden Burger with Fries at Harrah’s Casino CafĂ© (approx. $12)

Best Dessert
Hot Fudge Sundae at Ghirardelli’s (approx. $7 with 20% coupon available from Harrah’s)

Is there such a thing as a worst dessert?

Monday, January 4, 2010

And Then There Were Technical Difficulties

So, I thought I'd use this blog to experiment a bit. And, for those who visit it often, you see that I keep changing around the widgets and the backgrounds. Unfortunately one of the "improvements" that I've added to the site is not functioning properly.

A couple of days ago, I started supporting IntenseDebate for my comments. I chose this commenting platform because it provides backlinks directly to the blogs of those who are nice enough to leave me comments. I thought it would be an attractive feature and give something back to those who actually take a moment to read my blog.

Unfortunately, while I'm receiving confirmation of new comments on blog posts in my email, they're not consistently showing up on the site. I apologize for the frustration caused by this snafu. I've contacted technical support at IntenseDebate and will find a solution to this issue soon.

If you've left a comment but cannot see it, let me know (I still see your comments in my email).

As always, I appreciate your patience and support.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Reason to Power through the Drudgery of the Gym, Charity

Last month, I mentioned on this blog that I was going to get serious about getting fit again. Thank you for all of the words of encouragement and support!

While I hate working out, I love charity, which is why, inspired by Christine’s comments, when I saw the flyer at the gym asking for volunteers for Cycle for Survival, I signed up.

Cycle for Survival is a worldwide team indoor cycling event supporting cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for rare and under-funded cancers. It’s a great cause.

This is how it works...

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve in NYC

It’s my first year living near New York City. So, of course, I thought ringing in 2010 at Times Square would be an excellent idea. What a mistake! If you plan on visiting the Big Apple for New Year’s Eve next year, here’s some free advice to keep in mind.

1. Be there 12 hours early unless you have a hotel or restaurant reservation.

Once the boys in blue set up the road blocks expect mass confusion in their direction on how to view the ball drop. We arrived at 7 pm, walked like moths to the flame to the lights at Times Square, reached the road block and then we were directed to 44th and 9th Avenue. At 44th, the police directed us to 49th Street. At 49th, we were directed to 52nd Street. At 52nd, we were directed to 55th Street. Finally, when the signs for Central Park were visible, we were permitted to enter into a mass of annoyed and tired revelers hungry to push forward and unable to see anything.

Sadly, because I’m not the most technologically inclined, I don’t have a digital camera, but I will post a picture once I get the film developed. It was a madhouse!

As a side note, if you have a hotel or restaurant reservation, you can get past the police barricade much closer to Times Square. The trick: get a ticket from a local business to act as a pass to get you much closer to the action.

2. Bring food and drink.

After an hour of standing in place, having walked half of Manhattan to get there, you find yourself staring at little shops selling food and water. Then, as if to torture you, people start walking the sidewalks calling out “Pizza! Pizza here!” and “Hot Chocolate!” As you pull out your wallet, ready to pay any amount for refreshment, the New York’s Finest chase them away. It’s a cruel joke.

The Revenue Share Experiment: December 2009 Report

Inspired by Felicia’s open discourse on her progress in writing online (No Job for Mom) and Willow’s work to provide a compendium of useful information for writers (The Freelance Home Writer), I’ve started to investigate how I can make headway in generating a more substantial income by investing time in revenue share opportunities.

Over the last month, I’ve dedicated about half of my writing time to developing content posted to several sites that pay based on page views or a share of the revenue generated by ads. The other half of the time, I’ve spent on up-front pay, which at this point, is by far the major contributor of my writing income.

I’m not impressed with the numbers thus far, but here’s my progress in revenue share for the month of December.