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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The One Where I Realize I Have Way Too Much Going ON....

The move is in about 2 weeks and, stupid me, I agree to take on ONE last project that I'm going "WTH?" about every other minute.  Now that I have a dog, traveling like I used to for the daily is just not an option.  I have to arrange for pug care and that is no easy task.  Thankfully, Ms. Mary, Wiggy's foster mom, is helping me out and he gets to have a "sleepover" at Ms. Mary's house for a few days while I'm traveling out of town for work.  Of course, the original plan was for me to go down Sunday and work until Wednesday in Tampa.  However, plans changed to me heading down Thursday a.m., working through the weekend weekend until next Friday. 

So plans changed and here I am running out of the office to bring Wiggs to Ms. Mary's house before it gets too late (because, of course, those bugs like to drive my car after dark - don't ask. I will find and kill them SOON!)  I'm running crazy late, lots going on and I've got my boxes packed and in my little luggage cart along with various items from my desk as I've been purging like crazy as I didn't think I'd be back in the office for my last day.  Also I have my purse and my blackberry and my keys.  I'm going crazy trying to hit my deadline and put things down to get those daggone boxes in the car along with this rusty pain in the azz luggage cart and I put my blackberry down on the trunk fin.

You see where I'm going, right?  So daggone distracted that my blackberry goes missing in Downtown Orlando as I drive off with the red blackberry on the red Cougar and I see NOTHING!

F*** My Life!!!

All went to hell and I hit my level of frustration.  It's a bit of "give an inch and people will take 20 miles".  Thankfully, I had a long chat both with my gal P. and Ms. Mary.  I finally said "NO" and compromised on a few points.  How the hell am I supposed to pack to move - the truck is coming on the 12th and that part is NOT changing.  However, because I "don't have a job" in Philly, some people think I can just prolong this and, quite frankly, I can't.  Later is NOT better especially when I'm paying for TWO apartments.  I can't pass up any more interview opportunities because it's not convenient.  I need to move and enough is enough.  And, I'm basically kickin' my own ass because it's Catholic guilt - I always think of everyone else first and I need to stop that. 

Funny sidebar story, during the chat with Mary, Wiggy got a little nervous as he's been sent back there before by prior owners and started stockpiling his toys as if he's not coming back.  He'll be a bit confused but the munchkin will learn that he's with me for life - even though some people have designated him a "pain in the azz" (he's my dog so if he's a pain in the azz that's MY call and, quite frankly, I find him to be rather charming!)  I just can not kennel him after the last debacle and this will give him some time to say goodbye to Mary who took such good care of him when the other owners decided that he was disposable. 

So, after all that drama that day, I decided to rest, think and "enjoy the silence" of no cellie.  The next day, I finally bit the bullet, flew into AT&T and upgraded to the iPhone.  I'm learning and it's quite a change.  The apps are interesting so I'll be trying the blogging via iPhone I'm sure when I'm traveling.

Now wish me luck as I go forth to this one last hurrah - it's literally my life full circle with people from my past crossing my path, back to the scene of my first major project and finally putting a lid on everything here in Orlando.

And, after that, I have less than a week to pack up the apartment and then Shaddy, Wiggs and I are Philly bound.  I can't wait.

And I hope that my blackberry just doesn't show up miraculously somewhere *LOL*

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Welcome to the [Blog] Neighborhood: Meowmix

Yup - you read that right, Meowmix, I mean "Sidney" has decided to join the blog-o-sphere so, while I'm off and about working on one LAST project for the 9to9 and then get ready for this move, why don't you mosey on over HERE and tell Meowmix welcome!

Trust me - she's seriously hilar!

Spygirls Wear Spikes

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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Biggest Bitch Is Karma, Let Her Do Her Job

For a little Monday music love, here's a vid that really will kickstart it in the right direction.  I especially like Pitbull's lyrics

...We all get burned
Those who survive are the ones that learn
If it don't kill ya, make you stronger
Pero no te ponga como una chonga
Even though I ain't gonna lie
It turns me on a little bit when you act like a bitch
Mama I know what you went through was hard
But the biggest bitch is karma, let her do her job

Don't even stress these clowns, baby you a queen, here's the crown
Enjoy yourself, you independent now 
They lose, and you winnin' now
You're a shootin' star, now let them know who you are

Talk about hittin' home.  I can think of a few people who Karma is about to bitchslap ;)  Enjoy!

Livvi Franc featuring Pitbull - "Now I'm That Bitch"...


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sometimes A Little Reflection Is Good...

I know I'm super stoked about the upcoming move and looking forward the adventure ahead.  However, I wouldn't be truthful if I didn't think about what brought me here to Orlando in the first place.  I believed in a project so much that I left a good paying job at a major corporation to head forward into the unknown and handle the PR for a group of amazing individuals who, even to this day, I am so proud of.  Regardless of my issues with their management, I always believed in them and do to this day.  Anything that they call me for, you know I'll drop what I'm doing and help them out.  They have all grown up now and I still slip and call them kids, but the memories I have with them and their family is just priceless.  They are fabulous individuals and I adore them.

When times were tough, the people surrounding them became a surrogate family of sorts - and I can't imagine not having MB or Fus around to yip with.  They understood my frustration - Fus and her family let me spread my wings PR wise and handle things for the label, giving me major experience and huge learning opportunities.  I was able to reconnect with industry people from my past and revive those relationships, take on new clients and explore different genres.  I learned that sometimes you just have to branch out and have faith that the road you are on is the right one.  I also learned to rely on instinct and if something doesn't seem right or you just know it doesn't fit in your plan, then get rid of it.  I learned that some people are just downright snakes and your instinct won't lie to you.

Of course, when their band broke up and they moved back out West, I stayed here in O-Town and wound up getting the job I have now (and will have til Sept. 4th).  I met some amazing people regardless of someone's telling me to NOT work and that just "things would be taken care of" (thankfully I also learned that some people are full of ish and they just need to be gone!)  I learned responsibility at a level I never really had to before, where I became truly independent and could think for myself.  I embraced my inner bitch and dealt with the drama swiftly, only looking forward.  What would crying do to help me, not a damn thing.  I just had to soldier on. 

I also learned that besides the day to day, I needed a creative outlet, hence me starting Just Because... well, just because and meeting (virtually) some fabulous fabulous people that I would love to have a cocktail or coffee with and just chatter endlessly about fashion, cooking, the weather, anything with :)  I further branched out into honing my cooking skills and then transitioning that over to Cooking in Stilettos and meeting FoodBuzz, another group I just adore.  On the fashion end (because, well, I'm a fashion whore - totally admit that), Reese and I collaborated on Fashionista+ which I'm excited to work on again. 

And, on the personal level, Shadow and I met the one and only Mr. Wiggles who taught me that things I deem urgent, really aren't - at least in a dog's eyes.  I began to laugh again and to not always focus on the minutiae.  I discovered that Loubous and fabulous shoes are, indeed, my crack.  I rebuilt some relationships from the past.  I learned to "edit it down" when it came to my surroundings and address things that normally I would try to hide from and stick my head in the sand.  Sometimes when you just deal with it, it's not as bad as you think it would be.

The past few years have not been easy and the move to Philly just seemed out of my reach. However, once I set my mind to it, the wheels began turning and, in a few weeks, it is a goal I'm about to achieve.  Since 16, I knew I wanted to live there.  In February 2008, that feeling was overwhelming when I was wandering around Center City by 17th Street.  I knew that I needed to be there in the thick of it.  I reconnected with old friends from the past such as OurBuddy, Jas & CK and with them, Reese & Meowmix, some great discussions were had.  It was during one of those Philly jaunts that, by chance, I met Rifleman who would be one of those friends I think will be around for a long time and has gone above and beyond to help me attain this goal.  I discovered that there are, indeed, good hearted people in the world that really do give a ***t.

There are so many other avenues that are opening up left and right that I think Philly will just be a whole new playground and a level up.  I will miss my friends and adopted family here in Orlando - that's for sure but I welcome the future opps.

And when I sit here tonight and think about it, one song comes to mind bringing this full circle -Jett17's track "All Together Now" - because, quite frankly, things are coming together now.  I know where I'm going, where I came from and what I went through and it made me the person I am today and, you know what, I think I kinda like her.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Moving In Stilettos: Point to Ponder...

One of the benefits to moving - the decorating starts ALL over again.  Aren't y'all thrilled?  I kid I kid....

Yes, this gal got approved for the apartment that she wanted and I'll be headed the Philly way in the beginning of September.  My move got skewed by a couple weeks but I'll roll with the punches - everything happens for a reason.  All the pieces are falling into place.

And, yes, this will be my kitchen...


And Wiggy's view from the balcony



and a big closet for my shoes, a high ceiling and a hallway for Shadow to run back and forth in her goal to be Wiggy's personal trainer.

Blessed, most definitely.

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