Saturday, March 28, 2015

Master of My Own Domain

Well, Internet, I purchased my own domain. All the recent shenanigans of the wrong (or perhaps right) people getting a hold of other people's domains, have inspired me to purchase my own. Behold: www.arielbirdoff.com. Isn't she beautiful?

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Been a While, Internet

Hi there! Remember me? Got laid off in June? Is a giant nerd?

Yep. That's me.

So anyway, a lot has happened since I reminisced about Deathly Hallows back in July. Since things have been kind of hectic, I guess I could sum up the last six months in three easy bullets:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Seven Years Since Book Seven

Today marks seven years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I remember sitting and reading, silently crying as I mourned the loss of my favorite characters, as well as the closing of the most magical story I had ever read. But even though the books are over, the gifts that Jo Rowling gave to me are still coming. Harry Potter changed my life. I have friends that I call my family.

I have The Group That Shall Not Be Named to fill my calendar with the most awesome events every month, I have Kelly Zepha Owen and her wonderful family who are so dear to me, it's as if we were blood, I have Adam Rothstein, my partner in all things... and while we didn't meet at a convention, pretty much the only reason we made it past round one of Jewish Speed Dating is because he mentioned the two words that touched my heart (Harry Potter), and I have everyone else in this wonderful fandom family. I am so grateful for all of you. You are all a gift to me every day.

And let's face it. It's been seven years since the end of an era... but the wonderful thing about books is that you can start all over again.

Monday, July 14, 2014

At Home on a Monday Morning

It's 10:00 on Monday morning and I am at home. I just woke up. Usually at this time, I am prepping for meetings, hankering for lunch, or sifting through the many emails that came in over the weekend. I should be at my desk, in my office, with one of my many pashminas draped over my shoulders, because no matter what season it is, it's always freezing in my cubicle. But I am not. I am home. Last month I was laid off.

You may think that I was angry, but I wasn't.  My relationship with my job was a long and committed one. I had almost 10 years of a mostly healthy, mutually beneficial, and comfortable relationship with my employing company. I was surrounded by like-minded and kind people who became much more to me than the faces I saw each day. We cared about each other's lives, professionally, and personally. I attended their weddings, performances, and relatives' funerals. When my grandfather passed away, my boss gave everyone the afternoon off to pay my family a shiva call out on Long Island. My tiny department at our not-for-profit company was a family.  But despite my comfort and happiness, there was no future with my career besides more of the same. I was cared for, and appreciated, but there was never any hope of growth. Perhaps this is the reason for my lack of anger. Perhaps I've known for quite some time, that my professional life required more out of my place of employment. That I deserved to receive as much as I gave out. And now, finally, (though it was not planned) I have the motivation and resources I need to move forward toward a healthier and happier relationship with a successful career.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NERD!VERSE Update!

Do you like Shel Silverstein? Are you in a fandom? Would you like to read PG-13 nerdy verse written by yours truly? Well...my NERD!VERSE campaign ends in just a couple weeks. I am 2/3 of the way to my goal of $600. There are still some good perks left! For a small donation, you could receive:

  • A signed copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgments!
  • A hand made minimal (read tiny adorable animal)!
  • A poem of YOUR choosing about the fandom and person of YOUR choice!
  • Virtual hugs, thanks, and a plug from me (priceless, I know)!
If I hit my goal, my stretch is to raise $750 so I can hire fellow fandom friend, Hufflepuff, and graphic designer extraordinaire, Jennifer Drucker to design my cover art! 

Come on! Only 1/3 to go before I reach my goal! 

Your help is much appreciated.