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Wow, you guys rock my pants off, which is awkward because TOR is sitting next to me trying to watch the hockey game. I had no idea that last post would elicit such genuine concern about the well-being of my social life, but there you have it. I could nearly taste the panic. To clarify, folks, I won’t be cutting out my social life entirely. I’ll now be getting sloshed just once a week, as opposed to two. Seriously, that’s my idea of banning a social life. There are exceptions, of course.


So, the big news! Two days ago I received an email from David Miller, the senior editor at Matador, asking if I would like to join the team as an associate editor. I remember clicking down through my emails that morning at work, glancing at that subject briefly, and moving on…only to have this “WTF?” moment, and immediately scrolling back. I’m still having random “WTF?” moments all over the place, including random bouts of happiness which cause me to dance down my stairs at 8:00 a.m. In my pyjamas.


I’m still waiting for them to catch on and realize I’m not actually that smart, I just receive Daily Word emails from


Anyway! I’m incredibly excited, and unbelievably happy to be a part of such a kick-ass team. The whole thing is a little daunting right now, but if I can write technical manuals for software defined sonar, dammit, I can do this.


Friends, I think it’s safe to say I can cross off #9 on my 20 Before 30 list. I love life.


In other news, I’m also interning for Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt. It’s an unpaid position, but Matt is one ambitious fellow and I want to learn everything I can from him. Should be interesting.


With all this going on, and knowing now that I have more followers and I’m working with a team of incredibly bright people, I really feel like going back through all my old blog crap and deleting it. I’ve resolved to handling my writing more slowly and carefully. I tend to just spew words out on paper since I’m always pressed for time, but I have to work on that.


I’m also mad hating on this blog, and I’m super anxious to get the new site up and running so I can have a more professional (hah!) environment to work with, and I’m really looking forward to adding dozens more of you people to my blogroll. But my website designer seems to be MIA for whatever reason, and That’s Tangly was supposed to launch two weeks ago. He’s a friend of mine, so I trust him, I just hope everything’s okay. I’ve also decided to launch a separate travel website in addition to my blog, so I can have a place to reflect on just travel-related topics. Like starting a Global Pubcrawl.


There you have it! I really hope I can do a good job with this, and I’m going to try super hard. And if that means having to cut out some of my gym time…well, perhaps I’ll just cut out sleep instead.


1. Matador Trips published my piece titled Big Nature in St. John’s, Newfoundland today. What tops a cup of black coffee tasting like mud mixed with fecal matter from your company’s coffee machine first thing in the morning? Seeing your name in print. Seriously. I love being Matadorian nearly as much as I love being a Newfoundlander.

2. I discovered my pubcrawl t-shirt sitting on my laptop when I made it to my cubicle after my crap coffee. It was laying there with all its good intentions and promises of a fun-filled Saturday of karaoke, copious amounts of alcohol, and a potluck where my only contribution is cookies, whereas the others promise things like scallops wrapped in bacon and jalapeno poppers and probably cavier.

3. My other coworker, upon hearing me bitch about the rain, brought me a yellow raincoat she didn’t want anymore. Then, one of my bosses handed me over some knee-high, incredibly sexy black boots with just the right amount of heel. They’re fucking magnificent, except my calves are too fat and the zipper won’t close properly. Whole new wardrobe!

4. I cashed my pay cheque and asked the teller why I couldn’t see how many Airmiles I earned from using my Mastercard, and then she discovered that I actually have two different Airmiles accounts. After some stealthy Internet hacking, I found out that I actually have almost triple the amount I thought I had, thus leading me one step closer to my Edmonton dreams.

5. I successfully mooched my first book from BookMooch, The Time Traveller’s Wife. Incidentally, this is my favorite book in the whole wide world!

6. Bubble boy is okay! My god if I could only explain the sheer intensity of mine and Cubemate’s focus on the live camera feed as that poor little boy supposedly floated around the atmosphere. IT WAS EPIC. And then I went to the gym and forgot about it.

7. The storm breaking into a warm, sunny morning was apparently good enough reason for my neighbour to address me for the first time ever, commenting on our good fortune. Then a young guy met me at the crosswalk with the same comment about the sunshine, adding that some unfortunate soul had been killed in a car crash in CBS. He then abruptly turned around and walked back in the direction he came from. I always attract the winners.

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