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Thinking…

About writing again. It’s been a while – real life (and real employment, beyond cigarettes) got in the way. Yet I find myself with plenty of things to say.

There will be more to come.

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Blocks and cigarettes

NYC legos, from Abstract Sunday (NYTimes)

After not writing for so long, actively trying to think of something to write about is difficult. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? That’s original, witty or thoughtful? Really, the more I think – and over-think – the worse I get.

But I do have a reason for not writing and subsequently agonizing over not writing – I am officially employed! Not as a journalist, but as the C.O.O. of a new company. Meaning I take care of everything: insurance, permits, equipment, tobacco. That’s right, tobacco. I, the health nut, the girl who eats organic food and whose worst vices are chocolate and coffee, am in the tobacco distribution business. I find it oddly funny too.

So, instead of chronicling my unemployment woes and wishes for a career montage and more patience, I now have a wealth of new material – tobacco distribution related material – to pull from. There is a whole world of regulations and taxes to explore (oh boy!), a whole new vernacular to learn. I am poised to become a non-smoking cigarette expert. Though smoking will not be allowed inside my warehouse/office. What will be allowed (to stay) are the boxes and boxes of caramels and hot chocolate left by the warehouse’s former owner, an ice-cream company. I might be storing my inventory in ice-cream freezers, next to two large jelly bean containers, the kind that separate the jelly beans by flavor and feature stickers with jelly belly recipes on them, such as piña colada or strawberry shortcake. Though they are currently empty of jelly belly goodness. But I will do what I can to change that – candy and cigarettes, such a promising combination.

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The 4+ questions

Passover starts tomorrow night, which means that Jews all over (including myself) are buying matzoh, cooking brisket and sneaking bites of charoset out of the bowl. (Charoset is a mixture of fruit, nuts and wine. It looks weird, but tastes amazing.)

One of the seder traditions involves the youngest person present asking the four questions, which explain the main traditions of Passover: reclining, eating matzoh and bitter herbs. Always the same four questions. To add variety and humor to the routine, the New Yorker has come up with the extended version of the four questions, meant to explain parts of Jewish life today. My favorite:

FATHER: Has everyone here seen “Blazing Saddles”?
ALL: Yes, we have seen it.

FATHER: Do you remember the beans scene? That is the greatest scene.
ALL: Yes, we remember it.

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Quite possibly the cutest thing ever

Two baby elephants and an elephant-sized kiddie pool. So cute, I might die.

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Big girls need big diamonds

No, that’s not from the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” though Marilyn was quite convincing. The above is a quote from Elizabeth Taylor, who died yesterday. She was 79. I’ve sadly not seen many of her movies, including classics such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (though I love the play). But she was gorgeous, audacious and taught us all the value of a gigantic, sparkling piece of jewelry. And not just monetary – but how fun it is to wear something huge and sparkly.

There are a lot of obits out there about Ms. Taylor right now. Simon Doonan’s at Slate is my favorite.

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Back!

And hopefully better than ever. A little older, a little wiser…ok, not really. But definitely with a host of new experiences under my belt. And still unemployed. Sigh.

Now that the midterm elections are over, and my position as a volunteer (in name, not in amount of responsibility) for a Senate campaign has ended, it’s back to the job application grind (and this blog!) for me. To commemorate my return to the figuratively towering stacks of online applications, and more so to the occasionally logical, occasionally absurd content of this blog, here is a picture from the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive:

I love "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog!"

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a picture of my favorite sign, which read: “Dental hygiene is a communist conspiracy against America.” Hmmm, maybe that’s part of the conspiracy… I’ll investigate immediately.

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On hiatus…

until November 3.

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