Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year, New Apartment, New Belle

Wow, it's 2013 already. When did that happen?

2012 was crazy. Just like 2011. And 2010.

In 2012, I lived in New York for the first two months, then Toronto for four months, home in the South for three weeks, and finally in the Midwest for five months, with a whole week of that being in my new apartment.

I went from being a live-in au pair to doing social media and assorted IT stuff for a start-up company. Yeah, I'm still confused about that too.

The boyfriend and I went from very long-distance (an airplane) to long-distance (a six-hour drive) to medium-distance (driving two hours!).

My twin brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor that miraculously went away with surgery.

My car died. I became an emotional wreck. The boyfriend gave me a car for Christmas. I finally figured out humility

Both my twitter followers and blog readers grew by leaps and bounds. I expanded my blog posts a little bit. I don't always talk about only virginity. I write about books, and feminism, and family, and sex, and politics, and fun stuff like that. 

I even GULP participated in a giveaway.* You know, one of those shameless promotions to gain followers who sometimes keep following you, but often unfollow you when the giveaway is over? You know, one of those fun things where you can be generous to other people?

Awesome giveaway hosted by Bonnie!

I even survived the Apocalypse!

I live a crazy life. It's how I roll. I'm pretty sure 2013 will be just as up and down as my previous years. Some changes I can anticipate. Others will be unexpected challenges.

For my readers, you'll notice a few changes. I'm not going to focus as much on only blogging about sex/virginity. I did expand some this past year, but I feel more comfortable now writing like a real blogger, and not just some funny academic essayist. Of course, this is partly because I will be writing a column for HI! Magazine. A funny academic essayist column on virginity. So... there's that.

As much as I will strive to keep up my 3-7 posts a month range I've got going on, I can't make any promises. See, another change I'm (hopefully) making is getting a second part-time job for a little extra spending money... plus health insurance. This will eat into my writing time. 

That, and my only New Year's resolution is to read Les Misérables. En français. Also, my non-resolution, just regular goal of reading 53 books this year. I read 51 last year, with a goal of 52. Reading is important.

Edit: I totally forgot to mention one of the biggest changes. I didn't just move into a new apartment--I moved into my first apartment without a roommate. Turning it into my own little home will also be totally time-consuming.

All that said, big changes are in store for Belle and Beau** in 2013. Who knows, we might even experience coitus for the first time.***

Whatever happens, I'll be here, blogging away. This is, after all...

Confessions of a Virgin. 

*When the boyfriend donated to How to Lose Your Virginity, our prize packages included two cherry pendants. I gave one away. I briefly reached 51 blog followers by participating--I'm down to 48 now. But. I'm following one young woman who followed me and gave me crazy-awesome compliments on my blog. Genna's super-cool.
**If you're new here, that's me and the boyfriend.
***Kidding. Mostly. 


  1. We have the same opinion on giveaways! LOL! And yes, turning a place into your home is incredibly time consuming. But, it's exciting too! And without roommates you can have it exactly how you like it (that was the biggest problem when I lived with roommates... even with my husband, lol!)

    I'm excited to see what your blog has in store this year!

    Samm @ DysfunctionalEverAfter.com

    1. Part of me felt like SUCH a fraud participating in the giveaway. But I really like and respect Bonnie, and she doesn't feel like a "fake" blogger to me, so I figured it would be okay. Plus, I gained some genuine followers, one of whom I now follow back. So it all worked out. :)

      I'm totally pumped about my own place. My bedroom looks pretty cute already (the boyfriend and I did a TON of work on it this weekend). My living room is completely bare, though. I don't own any furniture! Epic dance parties in my future...?

  2. Wow. That sounds like an incredible year. If anything, I'm grateful for a recap of your life :) I feel like I've missed out on a lot.
    I think it's great that you're starting to expand outside the virginity subject. I attempted to do that a year or two ago and ended up concentrating moreso on being single than being a virgin. I don't know whether it's right for my own blog to move on to bigger (and better things). Not sure if it has the capacity for it since it's been centered so much on the topic of love and relationships- and that I haven't been able to break out of my own problem yet.

    1. Last year was definitely crazy! As much as I love the excitement of moving to new places, I'm very happy to settle into my own apartment.

      It is difficult to branch out from a theme. For one, I don't want to be "just" a blogger. Even though I love the blogs I read, I don't want to turn into a fashion blog, or a beauty blog, or a pinterest blog, or a craft blog, or anything like that. Nor do I want it to be just a daily log of my everyday life.

      Striking a balance between a theme and everything is key. I think you can do it too!

  3. I impressed that you're planning on reading Les Mis in French. I read it in high school, but in English, and I can't imagine trying to get through it in a second language. Of course I can't really read French, and I'm assuming you can, which definitely makes it different.

    1. I'm fairly fluent in French. It takes me way longer to read stuff in French than in English, though. Plus with the old-fashioned language, I'm sure I'll need to look up certain phrases and words. I plan on emailing my old professors for some advice on how to read it with the best level of comprehension.


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