shoots and ladders.

Sebastion Reiser

As you all know, back in January when I started this blog, I decided I was going to try this thing called go celibate for an entire year and keep all things highly platonic. In a serious attempt to prove I wasn't totally humoring myselfI wrote an entire piece about it. 

Well. If you've been reading along then surely you've found word that my little science project has plummeted. And if you've missed word, then let it be known that I, jen, have miserably failed to stay away from the boys. 

I lasted a good five months without so much as having brunch with maybe one dude who I was reluctant to even climb into a car with. 

Then, much like the time Chandler had a cigarette to reward himself for not smoking cigarettes, I hung out with Steve.

And then I took an impromptu trip to SF where I met A, the Russian. Who did a marvelously fine job sweeping me off my feet in what I like to think was a pretty crazy twist of fate. I didn't even tell you guys this, but A actually flew down from SF to Ventura and spent my last weekend in California with me before I left. Very rarely have I ever had a dude come my way, let alone get inside an airplane to do it. You tell me how the hecks a gal is to say no to that? 

And now I've been in New York for nearly four months, and have definitely flirted my way into disaster with one pumpkin and totally embarrassed myself very recently with another. 

In summary, I've been very busy doing a horrible job avoiding the male race. So shoots to that.

But what I can say is this-- with only a month and half left of this year, I've given myself some serious time to not just dip my feet in several ponds, but not get lost or specifically glued to any one of them. I've enjoyed each connection as they've been bestowed upon me, without denying them or their significance, for better or for worse, for moments short or long, I've said yes. I've said yes without my usual agenda to commit, or expect, or sacrifice my own plans. I've managed to say yes while still staying single. And totally I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T. do you know what that means mang. 

minus my own house, my own car, and the two jobs.

Tho, I did have two jobs like two weeks ago, and I won't argue with the bad broad part, cause well. 

I kinda just got the biggest job promotion of my life thus far. 

I've been meaning to tell all of you, but really, it's taken me a couple weeks now to really grasp that a. it's actually happening and b. it's quite remarkable and also c. I will succeed and do fine. (insecurities get the best of me when big things happen.)

Today marks my third day training as a manager for my restaurant job. Of course, the anti-corporate America in me is banging it's head against the wall a little bit, but to deny an opportunity like this one, would be foolish I think. It's a very large corporation with pockets deep enough to secure me a nice apartment in the city, with salary, benefits, free sushi, the whole ninety yards.  + a promising future if I work hard enough for it. And so I've chosen to say yes again.

Kind of crazy how things continue to be working out. 

Of course, there's been a lot of the feeling homesick. The weight gain hasn't been delightful. And actually that first George pumpkin who followed me onto my 1 train did manage to get to me a little bit. More than I'd like to admit. But that's the first real slight heartache I've felt all year. And as far as my health is concerned, a little heart ache here and there ain't so terrible. I mean, it's not like I have a choice anyway. Ha- I don't know how to keep my heart anything but wide open all the damn time, I really don't, but I think it's better than all of those people who say no over and over, simply out of fear of rejection. Or disappointment. Or abandonment. 

Those things are inevitable and they will happen at one point or many points for ALL of us. I can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed. But it doesn't take away from all the soulful and ever-endearing moments I've shared with so many strange and wonderful individuals in my life. I wouldn't trade those glances, those laughs, those quiet duets for anything. 

Eventually, I know I'll find one that sticks. My darling dear, wherever you may be, your cold beer and Royal Tenenbaums Criterion Collection awaits you!

For now, I'm living the dream in NYC. Being a boss. Climbing ladders. Playing footsies wherever applicable. And saying shoots. Cause srsly- who the crap knew.


  1. Congratulations on the upward momentum you are creating! So happy for you that you are creating a good life for yourself in NYC, and you're not completely drowning in homesickness.

    As for boys... well, they're just a problem for most of us. You are not alone!

  2. Saying yes is wonderful! I'm firmly in the 'keep your heart open' camp. More importantly, CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)

  3. Making plans to do things in life can be a great process but it's wonderful that you don't let anything limit you, including yourself!

  4. Aww! Yay on your new job situation! I just honestly hope you have a moment like in the movie "Serendipity" at the ice skating rink... Possibly Mr. Right in the city of your dreams?? Stay tuned! haha :P
    I love your blog!!!


  5. Eh there is nothing wrong with slipping up and allowing yourself to be in a relationship as long as it is a) healthy b) making you happy and c) not allowing you to forget about your goals and dreams. Keep going, woman! Sounds like the adjustment is going well. You are awesome.
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

  6. Glad to hear about your job, love the friends reference, and keep keeping on sister! It sounds like your doing well and that makes me happy! Proud of you!

  7. I'm so happy to hear about your progress Punky, and shoot if Mr. Right comes along, don't shoot yourself in the foot and just run with it. Congrats on the promotion lady, I'm proud of you! :)

  8. congrats on the promotion. and seriously major high fives for doing the damn thing out there. if i could redo any part of my life, it would be not taking the risks and adventures that were open to me prior to settling down here in San Diego. so rock on!

  9. Oh, all good news.

    Good news.

    Thank you.

  10. dude, your blog is so fun to read. love it!

  11. I've missed you! This is all part of learning, and you're doing so great with your move and I think a little fun along the way never hurt anyone. It sounds like you're handling your businaaaaas without a problem and not letting and dude interfere with your goals. Go Jen!

  12. 1. Congrats on the promotion. That is something to be very proud of. 2. This part almost brought me to tears. ('I don't know how to keep my heart anything but wide open all the damn time, I really don't, but I think it's better than all of those people who say no over and over, simply out of fear of rejection. Or disappointment. Or abandonment.') 3. I love how you spill your heart here to us. I appreciate it.


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