Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

My posts I know, have been waning in the last few months. I keep saying that I intend to rectify this but there is a lot at stake in blogging now. I do have the time and plenty to say, but since I started annecentral, the world around me has changed when it comes to the internet. We all Google each other. Things are more instant. I have to be more careful with what I post here, yet I don't want to compromise the honesty and bluntness of my posts, which I know is the very reason you all come here and have written such honest letters to me. So, my wrangling with that has right now, unfortunately produced a lot of empty space. Don't worry, I haven't left annecentral. I've made so many wonderful e-friends through this blog, and feel a richer person because of the souls like you that I know are out there.

For Christmas, I went to the Four Seasons for dinner with Shannon. My mom, Jack and I did it last year and it was spectacular. It's a fun, eclectic group of people and just an awesome spread. And, a woman at the table next to us made a point to tell me I was gorgeous. How sweet of her, and wow, what a compliment out of the blue. I ate to my heart's content, trying as many kinds of food as I could, and of course relishing in the deserts. I didn't feel that I over ate though, which I think is a side effect of my new eating habits.

Afterward, we dropped by Nolan's and were surprised to find it packed. Plenty of people, high on Christmas cheer and warmed by spirits were boisterous and enjoying each other's company. Some woman hugged Shannon out of the blue, and it was hilarious. I wasn't really into the season this year, but that changed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. I'd opted for a quiet one, and got a little of both.

Speaking of that, somehow, during the holidays I've still managed to lose a pound and a half. That puts me a mere .4 pounds from my goal. Yes, that's less than half a pound. Go figure that one, as I've been indulging in the cookies and treats. Merry Christmas to me. I think the taking it slowly has really helped with that.

Along with my contract being extended, I got a half-time freelance job with my former boss at Avid, who was laid off from Avid along with me. He's working for an awesome company and they need a social media presence, so he thought of me. It's something that I can do from home and during lunch breaks, and it's a half a salary on top of my full-time salary that I'm already making. I'm beyond thrilled. First and foremost, because it's a great gig for a cool company, with a bitchin' app.
And a fantastic way for me to stretch my wings creatively and create something from the ground up. Our department was doing really cool things at Avid, but unfortunately that was cut short due to their downsizing. My boss is one of the creators of iTunes, so he has an incredible vision when it comes to building brands in non-traditional ways and working on tech consumer products that literally change the future. I was both flattered and humbled that he thought of me for the gig. This product is going to make waves and change the way people watch TV. Check them out at www.peel.com and download the app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It's free!

Yes, that was a shameless plug. Gotta problem with that? If you download it, let me know how you like the app. I'd love to hear your feedback.

So, things are going well for me. But, being a realist who's been around the block several times, I'm prepared for anything when it comes to the job front. Things can change in an instant. I hope not, because I'm in a really good spot right now with the great work I'm doing for Disney and now this work with Peel. But, I am prepared.

Merry Christmas.