Occasionally I find it in me to write about some aspect of my life that isn't directly related to reviewing anime or manga, so I thought I might try scheduling a time for that and seeing how that goes.
While it may seem like the majority of my life is spent in front of my computer screen, I actually have managed to have a decent social life since leaving college and entering the "real world." I get together with my friends on a regular basis, help organize a sort-of-spiritual group, and somehow thus far managed to keep from becoming a crazy cat lady (thought my husband may one day achieve the status of "crazy cat dude" at this rate). One of my outside projects is doing work for Anime Detour, an anime convention that takes place in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. My involvement isn't really as intense as that of some of my friends, some of whom head departments and help organize major events, but I put on several panels during the convention and help out behind the scenes where I can (for example, in the past I've done artwork for the publications department, and this year I'm providing a good chunk of the DVDs needed for the video rooms). This year, I was asked to be in charge of running the AMV contest, which is one of the most well-attended events at the convention (and at most conventions, judging by the ones I've been to). So far, it's been an interesting experience, and while I'm actually a pretty patient person, I can see how the job of picking and choosing amongst a lot of worthy entries or having to re-explain entry rules multiple times could start wearing on a person.