I've been neglecting livejournal for a long time.
Lots of reasons, really. I went through a couple of Major Life Events that felt too big to discuss, and there were other various uncertainties that I was avoiding because discussing them might get me into trouble, and so on and so forth. So my livejournal sat undisturbed for a long while, with only the occasional update because I felt guilty neglecting it, and because I really liked livejournal when I was using it more actively. And of course, it doesn't help that everybody has migrated to other social networking sites like Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook. All of these sites are better for networking than livejournal, but none of them is as good at connecting me to people I care about. Updates made to Facebook seem very casual. livejournal has some kind of permanence.
So I think I'm back. I want to be back.
Everything that was too daunting to write about has more or less sorted itself out. One of those things is my job. We merged with another company just shy of a year ago, and everything has been up in the air since that happened. My department had a mass exodus of employees and a hiring freeze, and those of us who were left had an pretty tense and depressing several months while things worked themselves out. Those of us in the lower levels of the hierarchy have no idea what's going on in the future, but things were much worse and much scarier a few months ago when we were all putting in 13-hour days and the chances of being laid off or fired seemed so much higher. Part of this is probably the seasonal ebb of the workflow. All I know is that I still have a job, and my overtime is voluntary again. Hopefully this paragraph doesn't endanger that.
The other big thing -- which may come as a surprise to those of you whom I don't know in person (who am I kidding? Like you're really paying attention) -- is that I got married to crabmoon. Yeah, I know, I uh, probably should have mentioned that. Short version: It happened on August 7th, 2009, which was a rainy Friday. The ceremony was hilariously officiated by rob_matsushita, who is a man of many, many hats. On Sunday the 9th, we went to Rome, where I discovered that I have serious foot problems, which I am in the process of correcting. There are photos of both the wedding and the honeymoon, but I must caution you that they are completely unsorted and unlabeled. These are the photos that I put into an album for my coworkers, and organizing them is on my list of Things To Do Someday Maybe, which means that it has become less of a priority every day.
Regardless, we are happy with matrimony. Especially now that my job doesn't make me want to stab things. Hopefully that sentence doesn't get me fired, either.
Also, we have a dog.