Listening: Escape, by Rupert Holmes is on right now. Otherwise for the last couple of days its been Selena, some old Motown, and Sleater Kinney. Yes I know I need some new sounds in 2005.
Reading (perhaps quality): Slogging through Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. Or should I say studiously avoiding reading Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak?
Reading (definitely pulp): Nothing.
December 30, 2004
Looking at the year... sigh. Don't get me wrong, there was lots of great great things and I love my family and friends but after reviewing the events at dinner last night with Heather I feel like 2004 has been about getting some lessons learned, setting up for an even better 2005.
At least I hope so.
Vegas! and Flu! (January) - New Years rocked and the rest of the trip to Vegas followed suit. The best part of the trip was hanging out with my girls, the boys and the booze were just icing. Then when I got back I spent four days sick with the flu. Haven't been that sick in a long time but thanks to Foster giving me supplies I made it through. The funny bit about it all? I would wake up from my fever haze to find catnip mice all around me, due to Anna leaving them for me as a get well treat.
Kings A-licious (January) - I threw the second annual Three Kings Day party jointly with SS the SS. The party was a success (good cake, tons of people, friends making new friends) and it felt great to have a tradition going.
London, baby, London (February) - A great trip to England with Tess and Jen. Got to catch up with them, see some things I hadn't before (Greenwich, Portobello Road), do some shopping, and laze around the joint a bit. London's a blast and it was great to be there with these deceptively wild old friends.
Flowers and so on (February to August) - The lower-case-r-relationship didn't start with the flowers-of-mystery (actually met him at my Three Kings Day party) but that's about the time it actually got going anywhere. He's a great guy and it was a good six months but the best part was/is how much it all taught me. Not the least of which is that I don't want to date any more conservative republican men.
Much much family (June) - Crawdads and babies and family, oh my! Went out to California in early June for several family and friend celebrations, capped off with a crawfish boil and more Louisiana relatives than I'd seen in a long long time. Wonderful to connect with all of them, am always amazed with their generosity warmth and kindness.
The big 3-0 (July) - Don't feel like life is over and am excited to see what the next decade brings and lets me achieve. But I'd be lying if I said that leaving my 20's wasn't a big adjustment. Luckily I have amazing friends who threw me parties that involved not one but two piñatas filled with candy and miniature liquor bottles. I just hope that digital video of me funneling a beer doesn't get out anywhere.
Bon voyage (July) - Imagine 8 months where your best friend just has to leave town and be a globetrotter. Welcome to my world. It has been tragic being here in DC without her but thank goodness for e-mail, occasional phone calls, and years and years of friendship that can make any distance bridgeable.
On the camino (September) - Two weeks on the camino to Santiago de Compostela was amazing. Physically it was a workable challenge, spiritually it moved me, and emotionally it changed and then reworked me back together in a way I wouldn't have anticipated but am now grateful for. Couldn't have asked for better traveling companions than my fellow peregrinos SS the SS and Thali.
Leadership and more (November) - Started my new position in the library's Leadership Development Program. Its been a couple of months of orientation, training, and more evaluation of my professionalism and skills than I've had in my entire career. Am looking forward to my projects next year and seeing where this whole experience takes me.
Goodbye, Grandma (December) - My grandmother on my dad's side passed away on the 24th ending her struggle with cancer and depriving all of us more time with her sweetness and warmth. Miss her, love her - already and always.
A lot more happened than the above, with other people enriching and changing my life in all over the place. But the year's about to end and I've got things to get crackin' on. Best wishes and much love luck and joy in 2005 to all!
Doing (life and related tasks): Finishing up a few things at work, reflecting on the last year.
Doing (crafty stuff): Remade a scarf, packaged up some others to give to charity looking for hand made cold-weather items.
Wanting: My grandmother healthy and back. Barring that, some truly good times this weekend.
Anticipating: New Years Eve, what else?
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