FLA

I’ve grabbed a few precious moments of me time. Dreadful cliche aside, I’m wallowing in my alone-ness, hiding in our bedroom. Damon is in the living room with Alden, no doubt watching something objectionable on TV. Mom and Jerry are at the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede. Not kidding. I actually had a little snit that we didn’t have tickets to go too, until I established that Dolly won’t actually be there. It’s apparently like the Mideaval Times restaurants, but with cowboys.

Being down south has reminded me that some people live in homes that feature more square footage than your average cell in solitary. Many of them even come with grass. You own. It’s your grass. Amazing. The never-ending repairs (Don’t ask me about them unless you want to watch my face melt.) and the additional 12 pounds of human have made our apartment seem unbearable. Does anyone have a super-cool job in Atlanta that I can have? Oh, and I need it to pay me lots of money. Not too likely, I think. I’ve built myself into a career tailored mostly for New York or LA. I wasn’t fully considering my grass ownership potential.

Things are going reasonably well on the parental front. This is a three-week visit and that is a lot of togetherness. Mom has actually knocked me out of the way a few times in her eagerness to get at Alden. Which is fine, really. I’ve had very few twinges of possessive distress considering the energy she’s sending in our direction. My attachment to Alden makes me sympathetic to hers.

Seriously, I think this half hour is the first time I’ve been alone in a room for longer than I can hold my breath. I wonder if I can get Damon to slide a pizza under the door and walk away.

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70 responses to this post.

  1. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

  2. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

    • Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
      I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

      Reply

      • Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

      • Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

      • Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

      • Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

      • Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

      • Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

      • Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

      • Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

      • Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

      • Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

      • Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

      • Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

    • Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
      I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

      Reply

    • Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
      I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

      Reply

    • Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
      I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

      Reply

    • Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
      I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

      Reply

    • Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
      I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

      Reply

  3. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

  4. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

  5. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

  6. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

  7. Well, if you think you can learn the box-making business right quick, there might be an opening here pretty soon. Bill is already working on his turn-over file. You can even have our house! The lawn is nothing to speak of, on account of the drought, but you want to ease into that anyway.

    Reply

  8. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

  9. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

    • It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
      I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
      You?

      Reply

      • That sounds like a neat job.
        I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

      • It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
        I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
        I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

      • It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
        I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
        I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

      • It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
        I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
        I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

      • It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
        I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
        I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

      • It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
        I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
        I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

      • It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
        I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
        I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

      • That sounds like a neat job.
        I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

      • That sounds like a neat job.
        I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

      • That sounds like a neat job.
        I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

      • That sounds like a neat job.
        I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

      • That sounds like a neat job.
        I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

    • It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
      I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
      You?

      Reply

    • It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
      I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
      You?

      Reply

    • It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
      I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
      You?

      Reply

    • It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
      I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
      You?

      Reply

    • It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
      I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
      You?

      Reply

  10. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

  11. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

  12. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

  13. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

  14. Congrats on the alone time. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
    What is your job, anyway?

    Reply

  15. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  16. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  17. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  18. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  19. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  20. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  21. If I hear of any jobs in the ATL, you’ll be the first one I call.
    You could always move into our basement, you know. We have carpet now and everything.

    Reply

  22. Wait! Where are you going? Bill makes boxes?
    I feel like I’ve missed a huge chunk of your story.

    Reply

  23. It is lovely, and it keeps me from being a jerk.
    I’m an editorial-type person. I wrote for a newspaper; then I produced live cable news; and now I run the digital version of a women’s magazine. There have been other stops along the way, but that’s the gist.
    You?

    Reply

  24. Please do!
    And be careful what you offer, your BIL tells me it’s a sweet deal.

    Reply

  25. Bill makes boxes–well, in his current position, he makes sure that the guys who make the boxes make good ones. He’s applied for a transfer/promotion to a plant in Waterloo, Iowa (my response when we discussed it was, “Surprisingly, I’m not opposed to it.”). He’s a perfect fit for the position, so there’s an excellent chance he’ll get it, and if so, we’d probably be moving in the next few months.

    Reply

  26. That sounds like a neat job.
    I have spent most of the last year at home with my kids, at first, and my college courses more recently. Prior to that I was at Earthlink, managing something and some people. I leave it vague because it was really, really vague. In January I will start actuarial work, and I’m very excited about it!

    Reply

  27. It is a neat job. I was only semi-vague out of fear of being Dooced some day.
    I wish I could spend more time home with my son. It’s not going to a pretty week when I have to go back to my office and miss him for almost 10 hours a day.
    I’m interested in hearing more about actuarial work. For years my mom has cited that as being at the top of the list of best jobs for quality of life in general.

    Reply

  28. Wow, Iowa. Meredith Publishing is based there, and I used to have weekly conversations with some editors there. One of them was always telling me how she never would have believed she’d agree to live in Iowa and how now she’s shocked by how much she loves it.

    Reply

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