Well, I thought I would take the time I had off from working (read: I actually did work, just not in an office, which made it feel way more like fun than it should have been) to blog more, but it just didn't happen.
I was too busy starting my own business (The Gourmet Girl), a home-delivery gourmet dinner service, working freelance as a writer and editor (thanks Orlando Weekly and Tupperware for keeping me sane and busy) as well as taking some time out to really decide what I want in life. Sometimes, the pure act of stopping everything can make the world around you suddenly very clear.
I loved my time off. I had time to cook like crazy, make things I wished I'd had time for while I had a full-time gig, and got together with friends I hadn't seen in a while. If you have the chance to take a leave of absence (or if you get fired, hate your job and quit, or get laid off), ENJOY it for the ride. File for unemployment, do odd jobs for friends and take the time to really get to know yourself again.
Here's what I found out about myself:
1. I love pasta more than almost anything else that's edible in the world. On my worst days, a bowl of pasta (not a plate, mind you, a bowl) can make me feel like everything is right with the world.
2. I drink more when I'm employed than when I'm unemployed. I'm pretty sure this has to do with stress. I thought I would spend my days drinking away at the pool, but I didn't. I was AMAZINGLY productive and sober.
3. Sometimes unfortunate things (like finding out your new job just isn't right for you) have to happen for you to realize your full potential and do things you've always wanted to.
I loved my time off, but I'm happy to get back into the swing of things as editor of a national baby magazine. I'm sure I'll be back to blogging and eating and travelling soon. We're planning an anniversary trip (possibly to St. Croix, possibly to Kansas City) and there are other great things on the horizon. I hope you'll be there with us.