Dusting this thing off

I know it’s been a while since I last blogged, especially regularly. Most of that has to do with my bright idea that I would wait for the new Movable Type 5 to be released so I could have an excuse to migrate my blog to a new directory (which I did) and set up a new installation of MT. My old installation appeared to be moving pretty slow, and I just wasn’t happy with everything. Anyway, pardon my dust. I did some mod_rewrites of my old URLs, so hopefully everything should be in order. I still have some things to add to the site, but I will fix those later today.

As for me, I literally spent two months in LA (mid Nov – mid Jan) because I was hiding from the weather. I cannot stress how much I do not like snow. I’ve been back in NYC for a week now, and so far we are in the extremely warm (for winter) temps of the mid-40s. Break out the tank tops and shorts. Never one to stick around for possible snow happenings, I am on my way back to LA this weekend for some fun in the sun, medical appointments, and hopefully a week or so in San Francisco with one of my best girlfriends from college. Yes, running your own business online affords you the comfort of last minute, flexible (and cheap) flying, as well as the opportunity to work from anywhere with an internet connection.

I have some exciting things coming up, which I will be writing about later on this week (or later today). More, soon…

American Guilt

Now that I am back in Los Angeles, I am slowly getting myself back to normal, but also making some changes in my life. One thing my trip to Brazil did for me was make me realize how lazy of an American I am–on so many levels–as well as how much of a glutton i am.

And now I feel guilty.

I really want to run down to Panera and get my sausage breakfast sandwich, because that is what I do every weekday morning. Or, go to Robek’s and pick up a nice smoothie if I’m feeling healthy. But knowing how I went two weeks without my “neccessities” combined with realizing how ridiculously expensive that is in the grand scheme of things makes me feel guilty about wanting them.

So, instead, I sit here in my bed.

I’m somewhat fearful about what I am going to do with myself. I can’t not eat. I can’t not spend. But it all seems so frivolous now. Cable TV? Frivolous. All these clothes? Frivolous! My Wii? Frivolous! These are also expensive. Why do I spend so much?  

I feel like downsizing my entire life now. Going into closets, getting rid of all these “extras” or at least organizing them and putting them in a storage unit for safe keeping. I don’t need all this stuff at my fingertips.

I am a packrat on top of being one of these greedy Americans. I love this country, in fact I have never loved it as much as when I was outside of it. I just think I am beginning to go overboard with my consumption habits.

10 Lessons From Brazil

I’m back in the states. Still not back to LA yet, but I am making my way back to the left side.

My trip was quite the experience. It had it’s awesome times, as well as it’s not so awesome times. Either way, it was good to get away from my normal day to day routine for two weeks, and just be in another country. Some take aways and lessons from my time in Brazil:

1. I spend too much money on luxuries and convenient services, and don’t appreciate the basics. (I write this as I lay across my king bed in my suite hotel in Washington, DC.) I like nice things, but I realized I don’t appreciate the basics. Like hot water, and being able to go to an ATM any time of night. And root beer.

2. I spend too much money on and consume a lot of processed food. Now that I am back in the states, my digestive system is not having the best of times. It was nice and calm the entire time I was in Brazil. I am going to reevaluate my diet when I get back to LA.

3. The Internet is slow as molasses in Brazil. It may have been my janky wireless, but in general, be thankful for this lightning speed packet movement we get in the states. Yes, I am a spoiled geek.

4. I spend too much time on Instant Messenger. I have something like 8 screen names across different services. I think I enjoyed not being logged on to them all at the same time, all day. Don’t expect to see me on your favorite instant messaging service anytime soon.

5. I have a lot of gadgets that use up a lot of electricity. Electricity is that crack and I have a bigger dependency on it than I thought.

6. I like to travel. I don’t like being looked upon as a tourist when in another country. I enjoy being able to blend in.

7. I am a pretty smart cookie, yet when I do not know the language of the land I feel like the dumbest person to walk the planet. Interesting how that works.

8. I do not enjoy being the only woman in the company of men. I didn’t think it would bother me. It did.

9. My camera and my iPod are very good travel companions.

10. It’s bigger than religion, hip hop.

All in all, this was a great trip and came to me at the right time. I have some personal evaluations to go through as a result of this trip, and this leads me up into what I anticipate to be a great year in 2009.

Brazil pictures and stories to come.