IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2006
"3 Weeks Old"
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1 January 2007
At last! My very own year!!! True, I identified with last year, the year of the dog, but this...this is the year of the PIG. I must do something to celebrate. A few sausages, perhaps...
1. Was 2006 a good year for you?
things considered, this was a good year. A vanilla kind of year, with
a few nuts thrown in for variety.
Jeri's surprise 40th birthday party in Boston. Coming in a close
second would be attending the taping of the radio show, Says You, in
Los Angeles in
February. We enjoyed it so much we're going back to do it again in
February this year. Third favorite moment was spending a weekend in
San Francisco with my friend Lynn.
Holding little puppy Elmer as he struggled and ultimately lost his life.
A very, very difficult day.
outside of a casino for four hours while waiting for someone inside to
finish gambling. It looks like this is something I'll be doing again
next week. We are not amused.
gave up making New Year's resolutions because it's so depressing when I
break them before the end of January 1. So I guess that's my New Year's
resolution: not to make a New Year's resolution. (A very simple
one to keep!!)
our friend Charlotte's house.
small group of wonderful people from the Davis Comic Opera Company, playing
"the name game," where we all frantically write down the names of as
many people (real or fictitious) we can think of and put them in a bowl.
Then we spend the evening trying to get our team to guess the name of the
person whose name we have drawn.
the same place.
the same people, doing the same thing.
Our friend Bill Desmond died in April. He was the first member of the "first generation" of our Pinata group to die.
Father Joe O'Looney, who has been a family friend since I was 10 years old, died right before Christmas. He had been one of my mother's best friends, though he and I never really got along that well (he was too much like my father!)
of our puppies also died. Peanut, the most beloved of the bunch, died
the day of Bill's memorial service.
"Miss" doesn't necessarily mean missing because they are dead, so my list of
people I miss terribly would include Paul and David, of course, Gilbert, of
course, Peggy, Melody, Lynn and most of the people I used to work with at
Women's Health. I miss having "gal pals" around.
Linda ("DesertNut") and "Missbehavens," both vloggers I met at Vloggercon in June. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, as well as Linda's husband, Gordon.
14. What was your favorite month of 2006?
Probably April, first because it is always a beautiful month, and second,
because it was the month we surprised Jeri for her birthday.
one this year: Massachusetts.
can't think of anything; I'm relatively content at the moment, especially
now that I have my video iPod!
Jeri's 40th birthday, not only because of the party, but because that was
the date I became the mother of a 40 year old, which is a sobering thought.
Nothing "big" in the grand scheme of things, but it is special
watching all these puppies grow up and move on. I'm also rather proud
of a few feature articles I wrote for the newspaper this year, especially
the tribute for the end of the Davis Comic Opera Company
I couldn't keep those puppies alive. Dandy was too sick when I got
him; I don't think he lived out the day. Peanut left here healthy, but
got sick after he left here, so I don't feel like anything I did or didn't
do for him had anything to do with it. Elsie came with kennel cough
and probably never had a chance, but Elmer seemed to be such a healthy
and robust little puppy and I'll always wonder if I goofed somehow and
caused his death.
Fortunately I did not. I'm probably due for some big bug to descend on
me, but I don't really think I even had a cold this year.
23. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Ned's. Ned is in a good place right now. He had such a difficult
time for so long after Paul's death and it's great to see him happier and
busily engaged in working on building a "party room" onto his house.
He's fun to be around again.
On the political scene there are too many to list but I have spoken of many of them here over the year and no point in doing a mini-diatribe again. Let's just say I'm thrilled to have a "count-down calendar" on my wall for the year!
the celebrity scene, I think I'm more sad that the trio of Britney Spears,
Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have occupied so much of the media's
attention. Three young girls who have had too much fame too early and
are acting accordingly. I hope they grow up soon.
every year, to Amazon.com!
The Big Voice not only opening in New York, but getting rave reviews
from everybody: The New York Times, Variety, The Village Voice
and every publication on-line and off. Also, that it is starting to
play to full(er) houses.
don't really drink any more. I did have a few glasses of wine and
maybe a cocktail or two throughout the year, but basically I had very little
have never done drugs (unless you count aspirin and/or Motrin)
Writing. I am finding that the older I get, writing is the thing I
love the most and I spend an awful lot of time putting thoughts down, some
of which get published, some of which get saved, some of which get
destroyed. But writing is the thing that keeps me sane.
Transcription. I am really, really, really tired of transcription and
never ever being able to get away from it, because if I take a day off, I'm
further behind when I come back.
Grey's Anatomy, Lost, House, Monk, 24,The Daily Show,
going to say "For Good" from Wicked,
but I think I first heard that song in 2005, so I'll have to say that there
is no particular song that immediately comes to mind that I identify with
didn't see any concerts in 2006, but we sure went to a lot of
theatre. I reviewed roughly 51 or 52 different shows.
said, we didn't go to any concerts, but of the productions I reviewed, "Insides
Out," a one-woman show by Katie Rubin, a friend of Marta's, which was
just mesmerizing, was head and shoulders above the rest.
kazoo is not a good instrument to accompany a harp.
Technically speaking, I didn't actually read
it since it was a book on tape, but "Marley and Me." Everybody
who likes dogs should read this book! Second would be "Five People You
Meet in Heaven."
We only saw six movies in the theatre this year, and I wouldn't say any of them absolutely blew me away, but of the six, it would be a toss-up between Prairie Home Companion and Little Miss Sunshine.
the newer movies I saw on DVD in 2006, the ones which made the most
impression on me were Crash (not an enjoyable movie, but definitely
gets a message across), Transamerica, and Mrs. Henderson Presents.
turned 63. My mother took me to a lovely lunch, and then Walt
and I went to our Mexican daughter Marie's restaurant where we were treated
not only to a magnificent feast, but sent home with lots of food and wine
video iPod (but I got that for Christmas).
peace and a clean house.
aforementioned gal pals.
"Fashion concept"? You mean something other than "does this sweatshirt
have too many stains on it" and "you mean I need to put on shoes to go to
Writing. As I look back over my life, writing seems to have kept me
sane for most of it!
O'Donnell. She seems to be someone you either love or hate, but I love
that a big woman is so unashamedly real, that she speaks her mind, that she
says the things most people are too polite to say and isn't afraid to offend
anyone, that for all her celebrity she is unabashedly a showbiz fan, that
she gives so much of herself to help others. I've never watched The
View before, but now I wouldn't miss it.
If you leave anything edible on the kitchen counter, it won't be there when you return, and Lizzie will be looking very guilty.
50. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
To start your year off right,
here's a very
funny cartoon for you. (Warning: explicit language) It
actually gets funnier if you watch it more than once.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Jeri, despairing of our ever actually reading an iPod manual,
(you can tell she's become a real teacher!)
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