I have a confession to make. For the last few months, that smirking caricature hovering over this column every day has been a little misleading.
I mean, I suppose it still looks as much like me as it ever has (I've never really had pinstriped hair), but if you were to scroll down and see what the rest of me looks like, well, things have changed, primarily around the midsection.
What I'm trying to say is, I'm about to make like Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa -- to name just a recent few -- and have a baby. In fact, by the time you read this, I may already have had a baby.
What does that mean to you gossip-lovin' readers? It means no Nothing Personal for a couple of months, while I temporarily trade the glamorous life of chronicling celebrity malapropisms and missteps for the even more glamorous life of diaper duty and 3 a.m. feedings.
I'll be back on column duty -- sleep deprived and cranky perhaps, but that's nothing new -- sometime in May, and I hope you will all return with me. In the meantime, Salon has generously made other plans to keep you loopified on the world's daily dish.
During Nothing Personal's brief absence, a gossip blog called the Fix will appear daily, Monday through Friday, offering pithy summaries of -- and convenient links to -- gossip items gathered from far and wide. It will be written by longtime Salon staffer Karen Croft, who's also the editor of Salon's Sex site, so you know it'll be juicy.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I plan to enjoy exclaiming over smiles signaling digestive movement and taking walks in the park with my new bundle of boy. See you when the spring gets riper!
P.S. Feel free to keep in touch. I'll miss you and will still be checking my Salon e-mail fairly regularly: firstname.lastname@example.org.