Unemployed, but popular (in a completely obscure and geeky kind of way)

Now that I’m officially unemployed, I can pretty much do whatever the hell I want to do, whenever the hell I want to do it. That’s right, baby: you can’t hold me down. I’m as free as a bird … albeit a soon-to-be-homeless bird with two kids, a wife and a six-figure pile of debt I no longer have any means to pay for. But, hey: freedom is a state of mind … and if you’re as insane as I am, you can look at all of those dire realities and shrug them off with one big, fat, optimistic “Fuck it!”

And while I’m in this free state of mind, I’m going to go on a quick stream-of-consciousness journey. Join me, won’t you?

So, last week, I get an email from the lovely Meredith [Wanner] Groenevelt, whose blog can be found at BuenoBaby.com. Meredith flatters me with the news that she is planning to make me the Featured Blogger at her site this week — a slot previously occupied by the equally lovely Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child. Melissa asks if I’d like to supply her with a graphic that she’ll link back to my site. I noticed that Rebecca had supplied a very subtle, artistic, dignified graphic, so, being the class act that I am, I felt it would be best if I whipped up something equally dignified.

You don’t think this is too narcissistic, do you?

So humble. So very humble.

Well, if nothing else, the one thing I do have going for me is the fact that the delightful and talented Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.com took that photo, and anything that Karen shoots has intrinsic value, regardless of the subject matter. Basically, what I’m saying is: this is all her fault.

At any rate: Thank you, Meredith. I’m flattered. And humbled. And, quite obviously, in love with myself. Your attention has done nothing to lessen that. Nice work.

As if Meredith’s fawning wasn’t enough to swell my head to dangerously huge proportions, I also received this week an email that contained this bit of news:

Cool, right? I was nominated for a — what’s that? I wasn’t nominated? I’m what? A potential nominee? Oh. Ahem. Well, just being potentially nominated is an honor, dontcha think? No? Well, um, at least they included some helpful advice on how to get the most out of my nomination potential nomination:

And while I’m flattered that their editors picked me, it only took a few seconds before it occurred to me that nominating potentially nominating a bunch of bloggers and suggesting that we slap on our blogs a bunch of “Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks” graphics isn’t so much a great way of “rocking our nominations potential nominations” as it is a great way of “promoting Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect website for free.” But, OK, fair enough, I’ve taken the bait. If you feel so inclined, you can go there, find my mug and click the “nominate” button underneath it. [UPDATE: Nevermind; it’s even more blatant than I thought: they force you to sign up for their site in order to click on the “nominate” button. I’m not down with that.] I don’t have the foggiest idea what happens if I win, but I’m betting that, at best, it involves someone dumping a bucket of that green slime on me. So there’s that.

As if all of this adulation wasn’t enough, Wonder Woman and I had the pleasure of heading into Cambridge last Saturday night to attend the final stop on Bossy‘s 12,000-mile (No) Book Tour, where Bossy herself snapped this here shot of the lovely couple:

And by “lovely couple,” I mean those two huge-ass, tequila-filled beverages.

We also met (and, in some cases, re-met) lots of other cool peeps, namely: Meg, Chicky Chicky Baby, Christine, Christina, another Christine, Ron, Sarah, Michelle, Margalit, Angela, Sierra and cameraperson/blogger Erin, as well as non-blogging blog enthusiasts Golden, Betsey and Jeff.

I took a few photos — including one in which it looks like Bossy is flipping me the bird:

Bossy's Boston-area (No) Book Tour meetup

I’m pretty sure she wasn’t actually flipping me the bird … although I did tell her earlier in the evening that I was planning to relocate to her neck of the woods, so she may have been sending me a message about how excited she is at the thought of having me nearby. At any rate, the real post-meetup/(No) Book Tour fun is happening over at Bossy’s site, so I encourage you to check out her official Bossy debriefing.

Now, if anyone’s still reading this clusterfuck of an entry (hey, listen, they can’t all be winners), allow me to end with something unbelievably awesome and inspiring that, with any luck, a couple of you haven’t already seen.

Greyson Chance is a sixth grader who recently participated in a talent show, during which he performed a cover version of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” a song that I’d never before heard until seeing the following video, which Greyson uploaded to his YouTube page three weeks ago. It has since been viewed almost 19 million times, earned him a spot on “The Ellen Show” and reportedly landed him a record deal. (Viewing tip: Watch the cute blonde girl in the background fall in love with Greyson during the song.)

Now that kid is having a way better time than I did at his age. If only I could sing … or play the piano … or have a cool-ass name like “Greyson Chance” … or something.

But, nooOOOooo … my big talent (supposedly) is blogging. What a turn-on, right? Well, at least I already landed my own cute blonde girl.

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