Ten years ago...Just graduated from college. Living in Dupont Circle in DC whoring myself as a paralegal at Mayer, Brown & Hell, literally counting the days on a calendar with big red Xs until I could quit. On the way to moving to Boston with Mr. X....
Five years ago...Watched 9/11 unfold on my fucking roof. I was at FCI, about four blocks from WTC. They didn't want us to leave the building at first, but then we wised up and walked home. We lived about a mile away. Military on the closed-off streets (these kids with their semi autos looked more scared than we did!). People streaming past our apartment covered in white dust. Very quiet and eerily calm. Giuliani was estimating 10,000 dead. The smell of electrical fire in the apartment for four months...impromptu sobbing in the streets. Then That Year of Unprecedented Community in New York. It was surreal.
One year ago...Moving to Philly. Rearranging everything to take a risk and move here. No job, no prospects, but in the process of closing on a beautiful house in G Ho we never could have dreamed of afforded in New York. I know I liked Philly from the start. I've always felt an affinity for this place. Reminds me a lot of Chicago in certain respects - the downtown part of Center City, the grittiness, the people...this is a great place to start fresh. Makes me realize just how very hard it is to live in New York. You don't notice it until you leave and get perspective.
Yesterday...I fired one of my bakers. But then I rehired him "on probation" because he's a good guy, is very loyal to me and I know he loves his job. I think everything will be okay now.
Today...I got a supersweet email from someone telling me that they were planning a fun day trip for me while I'm in Scotland! It made my day! (xx, you!)
Tomorrow...I will be at work. Yet again. And maybe a BBQ with Rasputina at the Human GI Joe's place. Ermmm....or maybe.I'll.just.sit.that.one.out.and.be.antisocial.for.once. (xx!)
5 Snacks I Enjoy...Pepperoni Pizza Combos, Cheddar Combos, Fat Free Pringles, wasabi peas, brie and bleu cheese fondue at Ten Stone, bread.
5 Songs I Know All the Words To...Oh jesus. I know most of the words to most of the songs I know. Except for the ones that are unintelligible. And then I just make them up.
5 Regrets...Not taking care of this relationship stuff sooner (Lather and repeat four more times).
5 Television Shows I Watch Weekly...Big Love, ANTM, Top Chef, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Project Runway. (I get the creepy feeling y'all already knew all of that.)
5 Things I Would Do With $100,000,000.00...Pay off loans, pay off loans, sell The Canary, pay off friends' and family's loans, buy a bunch of pieds a terre in places I love.
5 Locations I Would Love to Run Away To...Reykjavik, Vermont, Cape Town, Riga, or Vegas. (I'm kidding about two of those places...but which ones?)
5 Things I Hate Doing...Bookkeeping, cleaning the cat box, looking at my bank statements, sitting in traffic, rolling a joint under pressure.
5 Things I Like Doing...Frosting cupcakes, singing in the car, walking everywhere, buying toiletries in foreign countries, buying shoes in foreign countries. (Not necessarily in that order!)
5 Things I Would Never Wear...mom jeans, broomstick skirts, anything Gucci, jeans that are so low slung you see pelvis, peasant shirts.
5 Recently Seen Movies I Like...Crap, I haven't been to the movies in MONTHS. I swear, I think the last movie I saw was the Batman movie.
5 Famous People I'd Like To Meet...GWB, so I could kick him in the shins, John Kerry so I could kick him in the shins...hmmm...not feeling very starstruck at the moment because I haven't been to the movies in months.
5 Biggest Joys of the Moment...Upcoming trip!, being my own boss, watching people freak out over my cupcakes (it's all about the buttercream...), being free, awesome human beings.