CG Nation, well — I’m here to say that times are changing.
Three years ago (3 and a half?) when Jess and I started this lovely blog — well, things were different. We were two (mostly) single girls about town, stuck in jobs we were good at but didn’t totally engage us, and we were looking for something different and fun to do with our time.
Now, Jess has this amazing job where she wears suits (with lapel pins!) and bosses people around while overhauling the ivied towers of education. She also has, and I can say this b/c I’m very far away from Philly right now, a hugely hot man in her life who is clearly in it for the long haul. Her time for running around on bad dates (and yes, at one point she was the single girl. And so was I. Up to you to figure out which ones we were!) and writing about them has come to a close. She wears a LAPEL PIN, and gets appointments scheduled by her RECEPTIONIST. She has arrived.
And me — well, as I sit here writing on my couch for what might be the very last time I’m actually a little teary-eyed. I’ve had my couch for 8 years, and it has seen me through many serious boyfriend break-ups, promotions at work, ill-fated trips to India and Peru, and lots and lots and LOTS of bad reality television. Not to mention writing for you guys. I was single when I started this blog with Jess, in a serious relationship for most of it, and am now back to being single. My couch has stood in for many a date, given many a hug, and kept the ottoman at bay when times were tough. But now — I’ve left my corporate job to start my own business and now…well, I’m getting ready to leave DC.
And my couch isn’t coming with me.
And CityGirls probably isn’t either. Jess and I have realized that we don’t have a lot of time for writing anymore, and our worlds when we began this blog have shifted so far away from what we once were. And, as our webhosting comes up for renewal we are thinking: “hmmm…do we really want to do this again?”
I think the answer may be no. Jess has enough to do with her world domination office plans, and I’ll be on the west coast trying to fit in with my copy of the Washington Post and my insistence on eating pork.
And so, I think this is turning into a goodbye (for now) letter. We may publish a greatest hits piece or something else before we go, but I am leaving my apartment tomorrow…and I know that sometimes you want to look forward, not back.
But before I look forward, I just wanted to relive some of the memories, and say a sincerely heartfelt thanks to anyone who ever read this blog, and especially the Couch of Christie section of it.
1. Our great excitement the first time DC blogs featured us in a post. We thought we were SO cool.
2. Getting a ton of partnership calls to do stuff – thinking we were hot stuff, and then realizing that all of them were sketchy (date for change, anyone?).
3. Getting featured in the Post Blogger section. AWESOME!
4. And getting our photos taken for said article. At 7 am. In Philly. In the MIDDLE OF WINTER. We were wearing cocktail dresses and completely freezing.
5. Our first positive comment!
6. Our first negative comment! (Jess: I’m deleting this sucker. Me: All press is good press?)
7. Our CG strategic summits, which often involved TV and chocolate.
8. So many boys and so many bars. And we only wrote about 30% of them. So….
9. Talking to people. Meeting cool people. Thinking about relationships and getting so many cool comments and fun thought-provoking guest articles. Learning, loving, and just having fun.
10. Writing from my couch. Couch – it took me a full month to find you 7 years ago so that makes you officially my longest relationship. Thank you for your support (literal) and support (figurative). You’ve been a bed, a friend, a chair, and a place of sanctuary. Men and jobs have come and gone, but you have stayed. I spend 90% of my time in my apartment with you — and leaving you behind is making me really sad. Not for nothing was there a section called “Couch of Christie.”
I wanted to say something profound here, and I find that mostly I have nothing left to say. Writing CityGirls has made me think and learn and process a lot of what was going on in my life in positive ways. It has been an outlet for fun and a way to meet new and interesting people.
To everyone who reads us, I think you are awesome.
To Jess, you are my person.
To my couch – thank you.
Christie (And Jess)