Three things you rediscover once you are working again

1. Your work clothes feel funny. They seem tight (OMG, have I gained weight?!?!) and confining. I have never tugged… (and tugged… and tugged) so much in my life. No more cookies with afternoon tea for me.

2. People act strange. I know this is only me becoming reacquainted with actual people again and having to actually carry on a verbal conversation with someone other than through a computer keyboard.

3. You don’t know what to do with yourself. I feel awkward and out of place in my new office space. My new surroundings feel surreal and unnatural. The computer feels like it’s in a strange position, the chair is all wrong and the coffee tastes weird.

One bonus though: I work on a military installation and there are, like, men everywhere… OFFICERS!!! IN UNIFORM!  (she says, in manner of Lydia Bennet discovering that the miltia were to be quarterd in Meryton) I wish you could see the gorgeous Naval Officer!! who sits in the cubicle across from mine. I mean, all I have to do is turn around anytime I want during the day to have an instant Captain Wentworth moment!


And the added benefit, no more snarky ravings!

I have finally found a job!

You know what this means, don’t you? My mind now has better things to focus on now other than my “poorness” and “chocolatelessness”.  This also means that the writer’s block will most likely disappear very soon.

And the nominees are…

The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humor, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to acknowledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance.


1.  I chose Kirsty of Boblog because she is English, a Jane Austen fan, and has a thing for freakishly cute kittens. I’ve learned a lot of things from Kirsty like, not all English people drink tea, English people don’t generally call themselves English, and that people from Scotland and Wales are not English. OK, so I already knew most of that, but Kirsty keeps me from generally making a fool out of myself by patiently answering all of my stupid questions… mostly about handsome English British political figures.

2. Although The Little Professor is clearly 10 times smarter than most people I know and routinely writes about academic subjects waaaay over my head, I wanted to nominate her because she deserves it as this particular post clearly proves.

3.  Not that she would ever acknowledge me or read my blog(s) (for she is a famous authoress and I am therefore beneath her notice) but I nominate Jennifer Weiner (of a Moment of Jen & Good in Bed, In Her Shoes fame) because I never fail to laugh at all her posts even when they concern highbrow literary types or when she is engaged in jabbing at the New York Times Book Review section (rightly) who, incidentally, I would die to have review my own books when I become a famous authoress myself (that would be the books that I have yet to write)


Four more?  What a long list!  I’ll have to come back later to finish this post later on in the day.  Right now I have to make a phone call to the Virginia Department of Taxation to lodge a complaint, basically to let them know that unemployed people should not have to have their unemployment check taxed.  Yeah, I don’t think it will work either!  This will take a few hours!






I’d like to thank the Academy, my mother, my publicist, my pilates instructor…

The Elegant Extracts Blog has been nominated for the Excessively Diverting Blog Award at Jane Austen Today.

divertingI’d like to thank Laurel Ann of AustenProse for the recognition, but hardly think I am deserving of such a honor.  All I’ve done lately is excessive whining about getting no sleep, written excessively about my frustration with having writer’s block, and doing quite a bit of excessive complaining about the lack of a job. Now all I need is for some Daniel Clever type to dump me for a stick insect and I will become Bridget Jones.

It will take me a day or two to get my own nominations together as I am mush brained due to my current obsession with classic Star Trek episodes over on and pretty much sleep deprived (see!) and have had to edit this post at least five times already due to incorrect grammar and the large quantity of misspellings.

I can’t seem to shake myself out of my funk

And by funk, I mean my current funk, and not to be confused with the funk that I was trying to shake off last month. So, it would seem that I have a new funk on top of the old funk.

I am going to finish FTLOJ, I promise. I just can not concentrate on it right now. I only want to think about jobs and recruiter assassination. And you don’t even want to get me started on why I want to assassinate recruiters (calling my house at all hours of the day with no job to offer and just wasting everyone’s time) But I digress.

On a positive note, I have not turned to alcohol, so that’s a good thing.  I’ve narrowed down my insomnia problem.  It is the copious amounts of tea that I’ve been drinking.  And before you say that that should have been a given… well, it really wasn’t as caffeine never really affected me before… and by before, I mean when I had a life outside of the house and basically burned all of the caffeine out of my body by activity.  So naturally less activity, less need for caffeine.

Hold up… my TV is on in the other room and I can hear “The Bachelor” coming on and listening to that drivel is simply out of the question!

There!  That’s much better…

Ooooo!  Ice skating!

Frederick needs love, too

Well, he doesn’t actually need love as we all love him, but I wanted to show him MY love.

display1For all those who expressed an interest on the t-shirt front, I am working on it.  I have decided against Cafe Press but have found another online printer.  As soon as I get my sample shirt back and if I like the quality, I will post ordering information.

I can only do one design for now.  Based on its success, it will be used to finance more designs.  Naturally, if it is a flop, then nothing will follow.  Now, the only thing that remains is to decide which design will go first.  I know several of you like the Willoughby shirt, but I can not imagine that there are enough Willoughby fans to generate financing capital.  That leaves me with Darcy.

A Darcy shirt will probably sell better than most.  Unfortunately, I don’t, as yet, have a proper Mr. Darcy design and I can not image that my Brontë readers would exactly want to wear the Mr Rochester vs Mr. Darcy shirt. 🙂  I’ll try to come up with a resonable Rochester and/or Heathcliff shirt (or, just to be completely snarky, a St. John Rivers shirt).