Lost in New Jersey


I know where I am in New Jersey, but I’m lost in thought. I’m also drowning in work, but I’m having trouble getting to it, probably because I’m lost in Thought. They should get a road map for that sucker or at least put up signs. Reminds me of the day Bob and I had to drive to a hotel in Milwaukee and they were doing a Big Dig and they’d taken down all the road signs, and Bob, stifling his rage, said that Milwaukee was an old Indian word for “Land of No Road Signs.” Maybe you had to be there. But the hotel was fabulous except that Bob got the room with the fireplace and gloated. He gloated when he got the suite in Arizona, too. And people wonder why we’re not still writing together.

Where was I?

Right, lost in Thought. Actually if it was just one Thought, I could navigate. But there are many Thoughts, a plethora of Thoughts, and they keep stepping on each other. It’s Black Friday in my brain. I would never go out on Black Friday and yet there it is in my head. Why does anybody go out on Black Friday? They call it Black Friday, for Christ’s sake, who would rush toward that? “On sale now, the Black Death!” “Me, me, I want TWO RATS.” You can stay home and order online–does Amazon have Black Friday?–and then watch a movie online and I understand in some places you can even order food online. I wonder if you can do that here in New Jersey? Well, obviously in some places in New Jersey you can but this place is remote. But that’s okay because there’s nothing in New Jersey that’s really remote. I can get to a town in ten minutes here. Took me a lot longer than that in Ohio.

Where was I?

Right, Thoughts. So I’m thinking about rewriting You Again since I had the SBI, but my head keeps going to this probably un-sellable (unsalable?) idea that I really, really love. But I have this derelict cottage that I need to move into before the rent on this place puts me in the poor house, and that’ll take money, and You Again will definitely deliver money since it’s been under contract since 2003, plus there’s the SBI and one of the greatest Best Friends I’ve ever written. But still this other idea, plus there’s Liz and Vince, and now that I’m thinking about cutting most of the 40,000 word first act so we can get to the rock-throwing part earlier, that’s a lot crunchier, too. I have to stop over-thinking these things. And start writing. Pick a lane, Crusie, any lane, and start typing.

Except that I’m behind on my McDaniel stuff. Fortunately my students have the patience of saints. They also have the typing skills of a million deranged monkeys because keeping up with the discussion posts is insane. Also I hate Blackboard which is the interface McDaniel uses. I love everything else about McDaniel, but I would set fire to Blackboard if I could. So anyway, the discussion posts: they’re graded in an effort to make sure everybody participates. Snort. You’d have to mow these people down with a flamethrower to get them to stop posting. They’re all brilliant and I’m learning a lot from the stuff they come up with but sweet Jesus, they post a lot. And now I’m behind on the grading because @#$%^&* (that’s code for “fucking”) Blackboard will not let me at the Module One Discussion Questions. Plus I now have two major assignments to grade and eighteen critiques to do, plus the lecture on Writing Love and the third assignment to give out, so I’m behind. Which makes me cranky. I’m not pretty when I’m cranky. You wouldn’t like me cranky. Oh, wait, I’m cranky most of the time on here. Never mind.

Where was I?

Oh, Writing Love. I used to do this insanely great workshop on Writing Love. The copulatory gaze, the dinner date, the whole thing was fabulous. And I’m sure I have the notes somewhere. Unfortunately they do not appear to be anywhere on either of my two computers. I do have the notes from the Yex and Violence workshop we used to do, so I can tell the McD students how to kill with their thumbs, but that’s not much of a help in writing romance. Although I would suppose that would depend on the romance. I also have the chat Lani and I did on romantic comedy. And I have miscellaneous notes. And a leaky memory, something about a Love Map, thought up by a guy named John Money. And all of that has to go into a lecture so I can hold up my end of this McDaniel deal. Lani says it might be on my Time Capsule. So now, all I have to do it figure out how to hook my Time Capsule to my laptop. I’m betting it involves a USB cord. By some miracle I actually know where the Time Capsule is. I think.

So after I do the Love Lecture and grade the assignments and do the critiques, I can get started on You Again again, except I have a TON of stuff from that–well, I’ve been working on it since 2003–which is going to have to go into Voodoo Pad and Scrivener. Voodoo Pad I’ve mastered, at least the minimum requirements, but Scrivener has just updated so I bought Scrivener for Dummies and now I must read it. That’s the hell of books, you actually have to read them. Lani was helping me clean out the bookcases and found How Not to Procrastinate or something like that, and she held it up and said, “Really?” and I said, “I don’t know, I never got around to reading it.” It’s like Thin Thighs in Thirty Days: if you buy the book, you should just get the thin thighs.

Speaking of Lani, I miss the people at Squalor on the River. I don’t miss Squalor, which is now evidently much less squalid since I threw out half of everything I own. Well, some of it went to Goodwill and some of it went to Lani and some of it went to Krissie but most of it went into big green trashbags. I had a lot of Stuff. Lani says I’m not a hoarder because I have no problem giving stuff away, but looking at the mass of things I’d accumulated, I have troubles seeing the difference. It really was appalling. And now it’s clean because they threw out everything I left behind that I hadn’t packed except for the dogs. I think they saved the dogs. I miss the dogs. I miss hearing Sweetness and Light giggling upstairs. I miss running into Alastair in the hall and having tea with Lani while we discussed Big Stuff. It helped tremendously that Krissie helped me move to NJ even though she tried to kill me on the road twice (“Mistakes were made”) because she stayed with me for a week so I could wander through the rental (which is about a third the size of Squalor on the River but still larger than Squalor on the Lake) and hear her tapping away on her laptop and then watch TV at night, although if she ever forces me to listen to her synopsizing an episode of The Twilight Zone again, we are going to have words.

Where was I?

Right. I’m having trouble concentrating in New Jersey even though I am buried in work and boxes of papers and I can’t find my T-shirts (although I did find my pjs and nightgowns so I have my work clothes) and I miss everybody. Somewhere along the way I turned into A Person Who Likes Living With People. And Dogs. Who knew?

Oh, and I’m also behind on posts for Argh. I have to figure out a way to put the SBI up in a way that I can take it down again, so probably not on Argh, maybe buried in the website? Oh, and I’m supposed to update the website. Except that I need to take pictures of the collages again but they’re in Ohio except they’re supposed to be on their way to Pam at McDaniel and I promised her whatever papers I found, too, which means I should go through these damn papers which I have to do anyway in case in a moment of briliance I actually printed out my notes on Writing Love. It’s possible. I found my old grad school papers, and I wrote those before I started writing fiction. Or maybe I’ll just break out the salsa and whole wheat chips and a Diet Coke and go watch HGTV which is like valium without the side effects although really, I never had any side effects on Valium, it just made me woozy which is why I flushed the rest of the bottle down the toilet. In Ohio.

Where was I?

Right. New Jersey. Things are going to be different here. As soon as I get these damn Thoughts straightened out.

Filed in Deep Thoughts

56 Comments to 'Lost in New Jersey'

On November 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm Jo Walton said...

Nothing but good times ahead!

Write the thing that has the juice. It’s not like they won’t buy it anyway.

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On November 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm Cammie said...

True. It’s kind of like The Grateful Dead–when you have a strong enough fan base, you can pretty much do what you like and still earn a living. For decades.

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On November 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm Gwenda said...

I hope the chaos sorts itself out, but it makes me incredibly happy you’re writing about warring tugs-toward-book. This can only be to the good. (The dogs miss you too; I’m sure of that.)

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On November 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm Mary Stella said...

Jenny, you sound a lot like I did the first couple of weeks after I relocated to Florida from Jersey. Major differences — I didn’t have a couple of different manuscripts in progress and my dog made the move with me. I also plunged into working at a job and saw dolphins every day.

Okay, so how was it similar? I’d come home at night and my thoughts would meander around in my brain. I was happily engaged at work during the day, but when I got home into the quiet my brain and emotions had to adjust to the new normal. Sometimes doubt crept in. Oh hell, sometimes it stormed in and I’d wonder what the hell I’d done leaving home. When that happened I went out on the porch, hugged the dog and told my brain to shut up so I could listen to my heart.

My heart always reminded me why I made the choice. Then I could breathe and reconnect with the rightness of the move and my happiness about finding new purpose.

The dog didn’t say anything, but just having him to hug provided extra comfort.

Hopefully, your dogs can come soon. If not, there’s always room for one more. Jersey has shelters too.

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On November 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm JulieB said...

And, the moral of the story is. . . moving sucks. Don’t worry, you are absolutely normal. I wish I could help. Instead, I’ll just say, give it time.

And, thanks for the post. Best wishes.

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On November 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm Thea said...

Yes! Jersey has shelters! I know because some doggies (and cats, I suppose) were flown here to SoCal from the Sandy-dun-in shelters in NJ. Alternative was euthanasia. So, yay, whatever airline donated the big fly-out! All those doggies! All cute! (Can you tell my dog ran away today by cleverly using the COMPOST HEAP as a leap pad? Turned out he was trapped for hours [we were away] behind the wall next door. He’s fine, I resemble the compost heap.)

As for the writing and the teaching and the grading, well, heck, it’s my experience Jennifer Crusie always gets herself sorted. It’s the writing output in which I’m invested, so please do the Other Stuff, clear it away so you can make SMP and your fans happy.

BTW, I pledged to the Goddess that if Petey-dog returned, I myself would write. Turned out the dog was *just next door*. I’m parsing the legality, but I figure the bargain still stands.

So amidst the chaos of your move, go do what you have to do, Ms. Jenny – is Louis still around? – and turn the thoughts OFF. Unless you feel like unleashing Thoughts on us, of course.

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On November 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm Annamal said...

Does walking work for you?

Walking for long enough just about always clears my head to the point where I know exactly what the thing I need to do next is.

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On November 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm Cathy M said...

You’ve uprooted from the known and comfortable, gone through the pressure of sorting, shipping, discarding and moving and now your poor psyche has to adjust to the new normal while dealing with day to day living. That’s a LOT of adjusting on top of teaching and writing. It’s no wonder you’re in a mental whirlwind.

As Julie B said, give it time. I’ll bet as you settle in and create a new “normal” you’ll feel more in control and be better able to concentrate. And while it must be annoying to have your mind ping ponging from thought to thought, it made for an interesting post for us.

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On November 22, 2012 at 1:44 am Karla said...

Geez, you gotta lot going on, Jenny. My head hurts just thinking about it.

My favorite solution during times like these, when my head is spinning = take a nap. Invariably things are better when I wake up.

I do wonder why the dogs didn’t come with you. I haven’t read all of your postings of late… If you need people & dogs, I said get them.

And if nothing else, let go or be dragged (that has saved me more times than I can count!) Sending you love. You know we can’t wait to read whatever you write next. Go with your gut :)

(and now I guess I am all out of platitudes … hope you have a good (decent?) thanksgiving!)

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On November 22, 2012 at 7:46 am Jenny said...

I’m in a rental, but the landlord just okayed Mona, so I will be bringing one small poodle back with me when I go back to Ohio in December. YAY!

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On November 22, 2012 at 9:28 am MaineBetty said...


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On November 23, 2012 at 2:46 am Karla said...


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On November 22, 2012 at 1:47 am Karla said...

And remember — hope I get this right! — You are JENNIFER-DAMN-CRUSIE. You kick butt & we love you!!!

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On November 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm Beth said...

Damn straight. You write it, we buy it.

I admit, I only found this board recently so sometimes it’s like eavesdropping on a party. Fun and frustrating.

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On November 22, 2012 at 2:02 am KellyJ said...

You are the magnificent Jenny Crusie – keep writing and all will be well. :)

You may already know this, but one trick to the awful Blackboard discussion forum is to use the “Collect” option – Click the Discussions link, then click the forum you want to read, and then check the Collect box and click Submit – this creates a printable, easier to read page that includes all of the posts. In my classes, I collect the posts, read the entire forum while jotting notes to myself, and then I respond to the class as a whole and cite specific student examples as needed. Then I post grades using the Grade Forum button. YMMV depending on the Blackboard version. I’m happy to help you if there’s anything I can do. Blackboard is no Cherry Forum.

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On November 22, 2012 at 2:04 am Robena Grant said...

I love these posts and your random thoughts.

You gave that talk on love at the Sydney conference. Probably why you don’t remember is ’cause you would have had jetlag. : ) If you can’t find those notes, I have notes and although they are in my own shorthand I can type them up and email them to you in the morning and I’ll bet they’ll trigger your memory. Such a great talk. You did a bit of Sex and Violence, then Why do they Have Sex? Rebellion. Fantasy fulfillment, etc. then the love part: Sight: assumption, copulatory gaze. Scent. Touch, etc. how each stage escalates and what different actions mean. I also have your comments on sex and violence from Sydney conf, plus the print out of S&V (Putting Action on the Page) you did that with Bob at the Arizona conference.
Let me know if you need anything. I’m not going to L.A. until Friday morning.
Happy Turkey Day!

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On November 22, 2012 at 7:45 am Jenny said...

I love you, Robena.
I have the Yex and Violence talk, just not the Love one. If you can send me the notes, I’ll send you the new PDF and anything else you want.

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On November 22, 2012 at 11:45 am Robena Grant said...

I slept in. : )
One more coffee and you should have this mid-morning. It’s absolutely my pleasure to do it. Anything to say thanks for all you’ve taught me over the years.

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On November 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm Deborah Blake said...

Robena for the win! Yay!

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On November 22, 2012 at 2:41 am Evelyn said...

I love this post. Especially the part about buying a book on procrastination and then not reading it. Too true, sister.

So, tonight I was celebrating my friend’s Birthday and while out, met a bunch of new people. This one guy just rubbed me the wrong way and for a good half hour, I continuously made fun of him. And I’m not usually a b****. When I got home, I figured out that he was Taylor from Agnes & the Hitman. Just a complete sleazy narcissist. So, then I stopped feeling guilty and said another prayer for the lessons your books teach us.

Also, it sounds like you may be visiting Maryland soon? Can we invite you to dinner? I had the pleasure of meeting you in Pittsburg a few years back and well, you’re as delightful in person as you are in type.

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On November 22, 2012 at 4:47 am Liz said...

Switching from living with people and animals to not is painfully difficult. It sent me into a deep depression earlier this year. Dogs however are like furry, slobbery valium, without the dizzy side effects, and I can attest first hand what a huge difference they make. We do have extras in Jersey, and I’m sure they’d be willing to share one with you 😉 (Far better Black Friday choice than 2 rats.) This guy for example is a cutie- http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24317491

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On November 22, 2012 at 6:23 am romney said...

Finish something. Anything. Thats usually helpful.

Like your book on procrastination, I’m always planning to read Bird by Bird.

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On November 22, 2012 at 8:13 am Clever Cherry said...

I agree with a couple of commenters – write what has the juice – and finish anything. So finish whatever has the juice?
Sounds like you have a lot else going on, too, though. I can see why you’d be veering toward the tv with a diet coke.

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On November 22, 2012 at 8:14 am Clever Cherry said...

Oh double comment – sweet.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone who celebrates it.

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On November 22, 2012 at 8:47 am Jinx said...

Exactly! Thanksgiving. My birds & squirrels are celebrating with a big roasted seed.

I lie, actually. Many unroasted seeds, but they’re definitely celebrating. Happy Thanksgiving!

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On November 22, 2012 at 9:13 am Cindy said...

Good luck in your new chapter in New Jersey. I heard they were bringing in a new girl for Jersey Shore, just didn’t know it was you:)

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On November 22, 2012 at 9:46 am MaineBetty said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all, where ever you may be!

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On November 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm Susan D said...

Things are going to be different here. Is this the new mantra? Sounds good to me.

About those SBIs. I’ve had so many over the years (still do) and the few that remain in existance until the morning light generally find me at my laptop saying, What was so effing (code for @#$%^&) brilliant about that??

So if your SBI (a term I’ve been using probably as long as you have, thanks to Haley Mills & co) is still with you and still brilliant, more power to you, Jenny.

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On November 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm Jenny said...

Ah, a fellow Hayley fan.

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On November 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm Susan D said...

Ooops. Hayley. Thanks. I knew it looked wrong, and yet somehow right. I didn’t have time to check the spelling because Grandson #3 was just announcing that his nap was over as I was posting.

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On November 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm Deborah Blake said...

Loved her! Even as an adult she rocked.

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On November 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm Sure Thing said...

My motto these days is “Get it done, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it done.” Maybe it’ll help you.

Before I sound stalker crazy – yes, I know I’m a fan, and I read just about whatever you post, but you write “so” well…. I thought I’d offer. I’d be your PA/butler if you want. I type 50wpm when I’m in my best nick. I am english first language speaker and I want to see some other parts of the world (but I’d need work permits, so that could be a problem. And I eat so I’d need to be paid -BUT mainly veggies so that makes me more cost-effective than any other live-in help. I’d follow you around recording your ideas, then I’d catalogue them for future reference.

Aside – does a butler seem like a nanny for grown-ups. Or would that be a paid-companion?

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On November 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm Krissie said...

So SBI is a scathingly brilliant idea? Got it. The time capsule was to the right of the table, maybe on a chair. Look underneath stuff. I shoulda gotten that hooked up before I left.
And yippee for Mona!!! That’s going to really help!

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On November 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm Deborah Blake said...

Moving is discombobulating. And being without your posse is even more so. Yay for being able to have Mona there. I’m with the “pick something and work on it” group. Maybe alternate working on the MacDaniels stuff and the fiction?

And happy Thanksgiving to all!

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On November 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm toni said...

I have come to the conclusion (or maybe I am rationalizing, because I have had a year of Thoughts), that Thoughts are the prelude to Magic. It’s like the whole chrysalis stage (which sounds much better than calling it the pupa stage) — there has to be a point of stasis while you’re undergoing a metamorphosis. And, frankly, you are undergoing a metamorphosis, both physically, and in location, and so of course that would affect your art. You’ve always struck me as being similar to me in that you get bored too easily with doing the same sort of thing; you need new challenges, and you’ve been issuing those challenges to the Girls. I think they’re cooking up the answers for you, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it all finally clicked after the Thoughts have had time to mull, ferment, and turn into some very fine wine.

At least, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

(I am not sure how my analogy went from pupa to wine, but hell, at least it ended up somewhere good. I claim points for that.)

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On November 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm Sure Thing said...

It’s the larva in the TEQUILA that took you there. Btw. Good tequila is not supposed to have larvae in it. Heck, that probably goes for good “anything”.

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On November 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm g and t said...

I thought the worm was in mescal only.

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On November 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm Sure Thing said...

The mezcal worm thing was a marketing gimmick. And people bought into it – in some places mezcal and tequila are not differentiated like the people who couldn’t care one way or another about cognac over brandy.

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On November 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm lily malone said...

I would write a list, and at the top of it I’d put (so I could cross it out) Write Brilliant Blog Post.
Then by the sounds (thanks to Robena) you could have Find Sex & Violence Notes (crossed out) and Send McDaniels Sex & Violence Notes (crossed out).
Seriously. I write lists all the time and I cheat and put lots of things on them I’ve already done to make myself feel better. It works for me. I’m also with Annamal on the idea of a good walk to clear the head.
Good luck with everything.

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On November 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm Leigh said...

I have been busy stirring the pot in hopes of an SBI. So I haven’t kept up. I missed two, maybe three blogs. My agent says that whenever I get distracted like this, I’m on the verge of a breakthrough. In that vein, may I wish that your air of distraction leads you to a sky of exploding SBIs.

Missed reading your blogs Jenny Crusie. I don’t know you, but I feel I do:-)

Missed you, Jenn

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On November 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm dancingcrow said...

Moving sucks, renovations suck, and the first year in a new place sucks – you have your distractions lined up for yourself! It always gets better.

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On November 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm Skye said...

Glad you get to have Mona with you in NJ. You’ll feel so much better. It is hard to go from living with others to living alone again. My sympathies to you in your changes and my blessings for Mona and you in the rental.

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On November 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm inkgrrl said...

Once you get Dragon fully trained, you might find it to be The Awesome when it comes to a lot of online things, but only if talking works as well as typing. In any case, my sympathies on the Thoughts.

As to any other lecture stuffs, do you have the files from the year of blogging with Bob that you can refer to as well?

Hugs and love and sloppy puppy kisses from Emma & Angus!

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On November 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm Allie said...

Are you up in North Jersey to be near your daughter and her family or did you end up somewhere cool, like South Jersey? 😛

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On November 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm MaineBetty said...

I had this adjustment when I bought this house, changing from living with people and animals to just myself. I really REALLY missed the dog. Now my cat lives with me, and we are pretty happy, and since it’s 8 minutes away, I see the dog often, too. I do like living alone, but I do miss moments of companionship, still.
It’s rough to have to make so many decisions and get a handle on so many new things, but Mona’s coming soon, and things will work out, and you’ll get to know the towns, and lots of good things will start happening. I bet six M&Ms.

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On November 23, 2012 at 5:49 am Micki said...

You are simply amazing — you’re doing a very good job as a teacher, too, so that saint-like aspect of patience you see? You’re projecting (-:. We’re just satisfied students.

That thought thing really resonates right now: I’ve got at least three Big Thoughts from class fighting it out, two Big Thoughts from work, and my kid is running a fever for the second day in a row (bad mom, I was out of town for older-daughter stuff when she came home from school early yesterday). The thoughts chase each other around and around until I’m dizzy looking at them.

I think you planned for a big shake-up in your life, and you got it. Give it a couple of months. I bet by spring, you’ll be really happy with the choices you’ve made, even though it’s so, so tough in the meantime.

That’s what I’m saying to myself, but for me, the happy times should start showing up about the New Year, because I’ve got smaller problems. Fingers crossed, and good times ahead!

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On November 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm Sure Thing said...

Ooh, I missed the Mona news. YAY for doggie cuddles. BEST EVAR!

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On November 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm Louise said...

Well you’ve written your thoughts down, which is one way of stopping them from bouncing around in your head. At least it’s supposed to help :-) It’s a huge adjustment from living with friends you love to being by yourself. Mona’s coming, she may already be with you … brilliant!

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On November 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm g and t said...

I had a period like that before I chucked the big-ass job and I found meditation, which was someone talking me through the enormous static in my head. No odd poses, no weird food. Knitting helps somewhat now but I could use some decent meditation.

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On November 24, 2012 at 3:15 am Beth Matthews said...

OT and you might have seen this already but I thought you, Ms Crusie, (and the other Argh folks) would appreciate it.

It’s a TED talk from Elizabeth Gilbert about the “elusive creative genius.”

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On November 24, 2012 at 10:13 am Lynn said...

Funnily enough, I did get TWO RATS last week. For a ridiculously low price at that, but that is because the shelters around here have stupid policies. Not a holiday special, is what I’m getting at. That would just be silly.

Great news on Mona, and I hope the great whirling chaos of moving eventually turns into something useful. Change is so hard.

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On November 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm Robin S. said...

It was wonderful to come back and find you writing again. Even if your Thoughts are misbehaving. And, yes, you definitely need to bring back a dog. Critters are a necessity for mental health.

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On November 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm Paige said...

About Blackboard…. believe it or not, it could be much worse. I was not a huge fan of Blackboard, but then I started working for a community college that uses the knockoff brand of blackboard. It has been a real lesson in Blackboard appreciation!

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On December 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm PG said...

Lots of food delivery options in the mid-Atlantic, depending on where you are. I used to live in NY and now live in Wilmington DE. Even in a small city, there seem to be more delivery options than in, say, Houston.

Type your home address into http://www.seamless.com, https://www.delivery.com, http://www.takeouttaxi.com (and probably some more websites that I’ve never tried) to see which restaurants will deliver to you.

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On December 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm Jenny said...

None of those websites will admit my address exists. Or the address on the next main road over.
I live in the middle of nowhere (which is fine by me). My neighbor across the street tells me I can get pizza and Chinese delivered, so I’ll be experimenting with that once I get into the cottage.

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On January 10, 2013 at 6:24 am BJ Arthur said...

so this is way, way late – and it’s the winter-time, so it might be a bit off – but Getting Lost In New Jersey doesn’t seem half as bad when you hit the shore. there’s a sleepy little Irish town in the Belmar/Sea Girt region (and it’s clean, which is amazing on the Jersey Shore). they’re doing some reconstruction after Sandy but everything should be good by Spring-ish. there’s also a St Partick’s Day parade (i think in Belmar) that’s good for taking your mind off things (8+ blaring bagpipe bands will do that). time seems to slow down there, though, which is great because suddenly you’re able to finish everything you wanted to get done back in the Real World but didn’t have time to do (interesting research topic: Time Worm Holes on the Jersey Shore).
anyway, since it is now January (bright, fresh and brand-spakin’ new), i hope you’ve found time to do everything you were looking to do. :)

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