away messages

~ LiFe’S nOt AbOuT tHe BrEaThS wE tAkE, bUt ThE mOmEnTs ThAt TaKe OuR bReAtH aWaY ~
— 7th grade memories

Is that the sound of the AOL Instant Messenger door creaking open?! Affirmative. SCOPES is back online.

If this were the year 2002, I would have just committed a major social faux paux: walking away from the computer without setting an away message. *Gasp!* The horror. One did not leave their "buddy list" hanging without an explanation of your whereabouts [showering...brb], an inspirational quote [don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon] , or a BFFL shout out [shopping with my bestie IrishDancer1522!]. God for bid your crush should IM you and take your non-reply as a rejection.

Thankfully, this is 2015 and no one has used - much less thought about - their collection of perfectly curated away messages for at least a decade. I blame a serious case of writer's block for effectively breaking the camel's back on June 11. But, to be honest, there were a few other underlying issues that ultimately led to my hiatus. Everyone has chapters they don't read aloud, but as a rare gem I tend to be an open book.

Some (looking' at you Michael M.) have told me time and time again that you have to leave some mystery in your life. I would argue that the fact I love cats and how I know so many random fun facts are big enough mysteries for most. So, over the coming weeks I hope to not only conquer that snippet about weddings that stopped the presses mid-June, but also share with you my journey to see Marsha P. LICSW. (Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! The Brady Bunch anyone?!?) 

More on those deep thoughts later. For now, let me fill you in on a few of the sassy things that have happened since I last wrote Vacuuming. I started meditating. I colored with crayon on a wall in my apartment. I sat in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. I saw my Boston College family. I swam in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean in the same week. I wore a killer dress. I learned The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. But most exciting of all, I landed a new job! (Pop the champs!)

I owe each of you reading these words a tremendous THANK YOU! Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for coming back. Had I had the foresight to leave you with an away message six weeks ago, this is what it would have said:

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." - Shakespeare  

I hope you find these words to be true as SCOPES picks up the chat where we left off...