I can't friggin' believe it is October, when I feel like I never even had a full summer. Jennifer, my chic assistant, is a big coffee drinker and hates "when someone at Starbucks orders a fall-themed latte and the smell of cinnamon and clove smacks you in the face. Did you know the pumpkin spice latte has its own twitter feed?"
This week, our company had a pumpkin-free office party with, instead, chips and guacamole and wine and beer. The entire Say Media NY staff was there -- minus xoJane, which often happens, because 85% of us are 100% sober. I haven't yet asked our chic NEW MANAGING EDITOR (welcome her below and tell her what she's in for!!), Eugenia Miranda, if she likes pumpkin-scented hand soap or whether she is sober, because we have been too busy so far talking about budgets and schedules and assignments and hires and priorities, etc. She comes to us from Vogue.com. She's awesome. And so chic.
The other big news item from xoJaneland this week is that the site is almost fully redesigned. So when you come here on Monday, it will look and act a little different, which I expect you will react to in mixed ways (some likely involving profanity, which I will love).
Change feels weird, but it is a work in progress (as we all are) so we will be listening to what you like and hate and making alterations as we go along. On the backend (I just like saying that), we are going to be joyously celebrating being able to easily use our company's clever new CMS, Tempest. Aaaaaah!
Despite the overwhelming majority of people here last week telling me not to move into the apartment I found, I am doing it anyway. (Though the lease letter I just got carries the subhead, "Jane Pratt Renal Agreement" -- is that a further bad sign?) Which advice of ours did YOU not take? I'm just trying to make a transition here and to get you commenting, so answer that below or maybe answer one or more of these questions:
- Are you a ring tone or vibration-only person?
- Have you ever bought a piece of clothing, wore it, then returned it for a refund?
- Do you always tell your co-worker when they have food stuck in their teeth?
- Have you ever told a partner about ALL of your past relationships?
- What was your favorite candy as a child?
Or answer none of those and just tell us about your week, a current dilemma, a current change you're going through, or whatever else you want to say in this fantastic place to share what's on your mind and in your life and truly have it heard and embraced. And because I love you for commenting so much, I will not end this with a pumpkin-related pun.