Watch Me Turn 30, by Ashley N.
Question of the year: Is spending your late 20s living on South Beach and island-hopping the Caribbean as a career a) every responsible adult's fantasy or b) totally outlandish and ultimately unfulfilling for a semi-responsible adult who still places an abnormally high priority on fun? Perhaps the mere concept of what constitutes adulthood has been distorted due to my surroundings.

Through this blog, I hope to figure out what being "almost 30" really means to me...hopefully, before the big b-day next January.

Thanks goes to Holly C. for, first and foremost, agreeing to go on one of my press trips to the 'burbs of Fort Lauderdale and ultimately passing this site along to me.
the photo for July 26, 2008
DAY 197  |  July 26, 2008

In a previous life, I worked in corporate communications at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. At the time, I saw it as a safe bet where I could both make my rent and have real health insurance. It ended up being two and a half years of sheer comedy where I planned company picnics and wrote memos with topics such as "Due to recent cost-cutting initiatives..." Anyhow, the woman who held the position before me now owns this amazing antique store that is straight out of the pages of InStyle. I can only hope my future holds a similar creative fate.

After visiting the antique store, the second errand on my list was to buy a gift for Meredith's bachelorette party so I headed to, where else, the Fetish Factory. Apparently, not too many well-adjusted blondes are shopping for gag balls on Saturday afternoon because the purple-haired, pierced, Marilyn Manson tatted clerks were a bit too eerily nice. I'm thanking my lucky stars I didn't end up kidnapped in one of their basements wearing a rubber mask and making snuff films.

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