Saturday, February 14, 2009

The first post is always the hardest

Today is Valentine's Day. I got laid off yesterday. My husband and I made homemade red velvet cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting (verdict: meh) and spent the rest of the day playing WoW. We had good intentions to go hiking today and Royal was going to teach me to play tennis, but I felt like today needed to be as unplanned and relaxed as possible. Yesterday was hellish.

The worst part? I knew it was coming. I just didn't know when, and that was making me sick with anxiety. I couldn't decide if I should start looking for something else — or fight harder. The magazine was so special and so beneficial to a lot of people... It doesn't feel real yet that we don't have it any more.


  1. Tina,

    That sucks!

    Joey Kennedy introduced us a couple of months ago when he was taking me around the newsroom. I was an intern at the News many moons ago, and I was really enjoying seeing the magazine when I'm at home in Birmingham.

    I wish I had some answer for the what's next question ... I'm in pretty much the same boat as you. Finally got exactly the job that I wanted and then it disappeared out from under me in November. I feel your pain.

    Anyway, just wanted to say that I will miss Lipstick and I'm hoping all the best for you and your crew. I'm putting your blog in my RSS feed!

    I don't want to post my contact info here, but e-mail me through my blog link if you want to connect further for networking/moral support/etc.

    Anne S.

  2. I'm wearing black and would wear a veil if I had one to note the passing of Lipstick. Birmingham is the worse for its absence. May someone drop a load of cash in your lap and tell you to carry your magazine vision nationally. All of us smart, funny women would subscribe.

  3. Hi again Tina,

    My second surprise you play on wow... so do I - on the US server at Blades Edge. Always have a problem getting the new versions waiting for WotLK to arrive. Ended up on the US server because I joined online and Europe didn't have that option. Maybe see you there sometime. Characters are Caloman, Namolac, Dreadnei all 70's.

    All the best / Eddie

  4. Tina, after months of being just another rabid fan, I finally mustered the courage to submit something, only to learn that Lipstick was no more.

    Loved the mag. Loved the voice. Loved that there was nothing else like it on the planet. Birmingham conservative? Nah! Not as long as we had our Lipstick.

    I am so sorry but am sure you will land on your feet.