They're all things I've at one point given up for Lent (some not so intentionally...). The week Lent started in 2009 the economy took my job, so along with chocolate I've given up all news outside of Fark.com, The Daily Show/Colbert Report, and the occasional NPR when I'm in the car. Since I'm not driving daily anymore and I don't have TV, this is easy enough. It's hard to keep your spirits up about finding a job when you keep hearing how 700 people applied to one janitorial job in Ohio. So I'm going for the easy solution: pretend the news doesn't exist!
To be honest, I've made a good time of unemployment so far. In between e-mailing and calling prospective employers I've gone on walks through Balboa Park and the beach, gone to lunch, seen a movie, and read a whole bunch. I even did my taxes, which nailed me rent for another month.
This blog more or less marks the beginning of me trying to take myself seriously as a writer. The lay off was a blessing in disguise, I told myself, and to keep that true I need to use my time wisely and start getting some revenue. One of the things I'd like to use this blog for is for philosophical discussion (mostly with myself). Now, however, it's time for me to go play hide and seek with my cat.