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Thursday, February 18, 2010 // 2:28 pm
Wait, It's 2010....!?

I guess it's about time I stopped Twittering and stopped by to update this place.  A lot of things are going on and some of them might actually be interesting.  There will also be a story about how I lost a tooth and gave myself a concussion.

Since I last blogged, I've done a fair bit of travel, seen some strange (and stranger) sights, and done some other stuff.  We shall try to go from the beginning, or maybe not.

I work in real estate now.  Have I mentioned that?  I got a temp job for my current company back in August, and they hired me full time a few months later.  I still have no idea how I lucked into this job, given that the economy here is having a nervous breakdown and people are defaulting on homes and businesses left and right.  But it is a great job, it pays well, and I work with some cool people.  I'm certainly not going to complain, but I will be amazed.

Gran had a triple bypass in the autumn of last year.  She is recovering as well as can be expected and doesn't really want me to say more beyond that, as things I write here have a tendency of becoming family gossip.  I will say that the goings-on leading up to said surgery could've equated to either of us filing a big fat hairy lawsuit against the hospital.  I have ranted about these things to most of the people I know personally.  If you want the story, call or email and I might give it to you.

Zombie and I spent Halloween in New Orleans, courtesy of a birthday present from her.  I will admit Nola wasn't on the top of my list of places to visit in my lifetime, but I fell in love with the city as soon as we arrived.  We stayed at the Le Pavillon hotel, and, if you are ever in new Orleans, you MUST do the same.  It was walking distance from the French Quarter, the weather was gorgeous, and the food was to die for.  To my surprise, I fell in love with the local cuisine.

Halloween in New Orleans is something you must experience.  Aside from the whole creepy, haunted, vampire, voodoo vibe, there was an abundance of brilliant, elaborate  costumes, and a true party atmosphere.  My personal favorites were a quartet of cross-dressing geishas, a pair of "Sausage pizza" delivery boys and a rhinestone gladiator.

This is so going to be an annual pilgrimage, and we are already planning this October's voyage.  We're hoping to journey beyond the French Quarter and Garden District and get to see more of the city this time.

I got to go home for Christmas, which almost didn't happen due to the freakish amounts of snow and power outages Virginia is continuing to have even as of this posting.  Gran's power was knocked out for 6 days prior to my arrival, which left me worried sick since she was by herself and had just had major surgery.  Somehow she persevered and didn't go to a hotel, and the power came on the night before I arrived.  It was great to see everyone and catch up, and I wish I'd had more time to spend.

Christmas was, well, the kind of Christmas I wish I'd had for most of my life.  Gran and I went to two great celebrations Christmas Eve with Jen and her family, which was full of music and traditional carols and great good.  Then Christmas day with Mike, Andi and their family, which was more good food and some truly great times.  I'm so grateful to both of you for inviting us into your homes.  Both Gran and I really enjoyed Christmas, for the first time in years.

Zombs and I went to the red carpet ceremony for the AVN Awards, just to say we'd been.  And boy were we entertained.  There were some truly epic trainwrecks on that red carpet, and we have photographic proof.  Notable names from the event:  Evan Stone, Tera Patrick and Mr. Ron Jeremy.  Also saw a guy on the Strip who'd shut himself in a glass cubicle full of deadly snakes and what has to be a Holy Grail gathering of celebrity impersonators outside the Bellagio:  The Blues Brothers, Jack Sparrow, Michael Jackson and Elvis.  And, a few blocks away, dancing stormtroopers.  I love this city because you never know what you're going to see next, but you can be certain it will entertain you.

In current news, I'm moving next month.  I have found a bigger place that is much more convenient for my daily commute, and it's substantially less expensive than where I'm living now.  I jumped at it, though I dread having to get everything from Point A to Point B, and I know the move is going to traumatize the cats (again.).  I'll be giving up proximity to the Strip, but I can't even begin to look at that as a downside.

And, finally, I gave myself a pretty cute concussion over the weekend.  I had to go to the dentist to have a tooth pulled (I have a freakish dental issue where 4 of my permanent teeth never existed, so the baby teeth are still in my mouth).  Those who know me know I am a first-class wimp when it comes to these kinds of things, and this was a new dentist, to complicate matters.  The procedure itself was painless, and as I thought I was actually going to get through the experience without any drama.  Then, as I was standing at the counter to pay my bill, I started to feel a  little lightheaded. I got as far as thinking I needed to sit down, then the next thing I knew, I was on the nice soft floor with three staff members  around me in various stages of freaking out.  Apparently, not only did I pass out, but I hit either my head or my elbow on my purse, which is made of metal.  The purse has a huge dent in it and won't close properly now, and I have a dent in my forehead as well.

I spent most of Saturday being unconscious because I couldn't open my eyes without getting dizzy, and things still get queasy if I look at a computer screen for a book for too long.  I'm getting ready to wrap up this entry for precisely this reason.

I'm going to try to start using this blog more regularly, but Twitter is still my preferred method of inane communication.

Creativity recap for while I've been away:
Writing done (an anything at all):  0
Paintings painted:  0
Drawings:  0

I'll post up some pictures of the various things I've blogged about here when I get home from work.

But enough about me for now.  How are YOU?


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