Tuesday, September 4, 2007

And As Promised...

...we're back to our regularly scheduled programming. Well, kind of. It may not be exactly what you're used to, though, 'cause here's the thing: I'm not dating, which may make it hard to blog about dating. On the other hand, it might not, cause I still have plenty of friends who are dating and having the usual troubles, and there's never a drought in the news about dating and relationship topics. Anyway, I'll get back to that in a minute. But first, an update.

It's been a while since you've heard from me, so let's catch up. I got promoted at work, picked up a few new hobbies, and, probably most importantly for this particular medium, I had a great relationship with a wonderful girl for most of the summer. Turns out it wasn't the best fit for either of us, but things ended in a positive manner, and we both got a great new friend out of the deal. That ended about a month ago. We still talk regularly and hang out on the friends tip once a week or so (yes, I did just say "on the friends tip." I must be losing my mind).

Since then, as mentioned above, I haven't been dating. Not that there's any big reason for it, I just haven't really felt like putting forth the effort required to do so. I've got a lot going on, and I guess you could say I'm focusing on myself at the moment. Sometimes it's important to take a breather every now and then to make sure you're the best person you can be.

So what am I doing with my time? Well, I've still got my pool league two nights a week (and have managed to convince a couple of fun blogger chicks to join us), I'm learning Russian, and I've been spending a lot of time digging up new music. In addition, I'm building a business to compliment my day-job income (and it's going quite well!), and writing a lot. Not this type of writing, but fiction, mostly short stories. Oh, and I've made a few pen-pals on other continents. I'm planning a vaca to Eastern Europe in a couple of months to practice my new language in its natural environment.

Wow. So I planned to write a post about how important it is to take a break sometimes, and instead ended up with a disjointed "here's what I've been up to" story. I guess I need to get back into the swing of this whole blogging thing again. Consider this "setting the stage by supplying proper background info." Anyhoo, the point was that it's good to be well rounded, and relationships with the opposite sex are not necessarily the most important thing in the world. I have to admit, little more sex would be nice, but again, I'm just not feeling the "go find it" -iveness. Maybe later.

And tomorrow I've got a real post coming. Definitely more like what you're used to seeing here. Check back. :-)


P.S. -- I haven't been reading blogs, either, so I'm ridiculously behind on what's going on in all of your lives... bear with me, k?


The Brooklyn Boy said...

Welcome back, brother. I definitely see you on the not dating tip. That's been my entire summer (with a few lapses into the for fun zone). Now that the college has started back up, that'll be harder to maintain, but it's definitely been productive to be going for dolo. (Yeah, I said it.)

Looking forward to more from ya.

mm said...

No worries about the dating theme. Write about whatever's on your mind. Welcome back.

Dagny Taggart said...

Glad you're back. :o)

Lisa said...

Delighted you're back. I don't care if you write about dating or not. In fact, I loved this update.

Anonymous said...

Russian is supposed to be one of the toughest languages to learn in the world (from what I've heard). Good for you for making the attempt. I'm sure that's more than most people planning a trip there do.

LMNt said...

Brooklyn Boy -- Yeah, sometimes one just seems to have better things to do.

MM -- I'm thinking it's not gonna be a problem. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

Dag -- Somehow, I think I knew that already.

Lisa -- Yay!!! I've missed you, babe.

Anon -- I actually started learning it in hopes that it would motivate me to actually plan a vacation. And from what I've read, it's a tough one, but not nearly as much so as English. I have a friend who teaches English over there who starts his first class with this:

"Russian is a very difficult language with lots of rules that must be followed to the letter. English, on the other hand, is a very difficult language with lots of rules that we break every chance we get."

Seems to sum it up pretty well so far.

Beth said...

Welcome back! I missed your updates.

SWF42 said...

I was in Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg) back in 1991. I hated it.

I'm sure it's changed some, but you have my best wishes for a better trip.

(And, welcome back!)

LMNt said...

Beth -- Thanks! Good to see you're still around.

SWF42 -- I've heard it's changed a lot in the last couple decades. That said, it's really the differences that make me want to check it out, so I hope it hasn't changed too terribly much.

Anonymous said...

You should go to Latvia, it's awesome from what I've heard.

I'm sure you're capable of learning it, it just seems like it's one of the languages that's harder to gain fluency in than others. Supposedly if you know French it's easier, but it doesn't seem any easier to this francofile.

I guess when you're immersed in it (like any language) you pick it up much faster.

Congrats on starting the biz, too!

Anonymous said...

sorry, should say "more than capable."

Learning Russian is really not something I'd even try tackle myself, unless out of necessity (because I know how difficult it is). So again, good for you! Being multilingual is a very good thing!

red said...

Welcome back! So glad to have you, esp. since I've gotten kinda serious about the fellow I'm seeing and therefore sworn off reading my ex-bf's blog.

I have had _lots_ of breaks from dating, some voluntary, some not, and most just situational. Being single for a while is great for helping you know who you are when you get back around to not being single.