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This Day in My History

2001:  It's a New World I See
2002: 
How'm I Doin', Coach?
2003:  Party Girl
2004:  It Came Without Whistles
2005:  Pondering the Imponderable

2006:  It Started with Mutt


IN MY OPINION
"A Christmas Carol"

Books Read in 2006
(Updated 12/8
"Tender at the Bone")

Currently Reading
"The Cat Who Could Read Backwards"
"Dog is My Co-Pilot"

FUNNY THE VLOG
"3 Weeks Old"

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My Favorite Video Blogs

Desert Nut
Missbehavens

(for others, see Links page)

Look at these videos!
Nathan Lane at Pops
Parts 1-8

(Tribute to Danny Kaye)


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Community Meals
Christmas Eve
Christmas 06


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IF YOU WAIT LONG ENOUGH,
IT'S FINALLY YOUR TURN

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...


This came from Alexandra, who got it from Sheila

1. Was 2006 a good year for you?

All things considered, this was a good year.  A vanilla kind of year, with a few nuts thrown in for variety.

2. What was your favorite moment(s) of the year?

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.

3. What was your least favorite moment(s) of the year?

Holding little puppy Elmer as he struggled and ultimately lost his life.  A very, very difficult day.

4. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?

Sat 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.

5. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I 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!!)

6. Where were you when 2006 began?

At our friend Charlotte's house.

7. Who were you with?

A 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. 

8. Where will you be when 2006 ends?

In the same place.

9. Who will you be with when 2006 ends?

With the same people, doing the same thing.

10. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not this year.

11. Did you lose anybody close to you in 2006?

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!)

Four of our puppies also died.  Peanut, the most beloved of the bunch, died the day of Bill's memorial service.

12. Who did you miss?

"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.

13. Who was the best new person you met in 2006?

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.

15. Did you travel outside of the US in 2006?

Not this year.

16. How many different states did you travel to in 2006?

Just one this year:  Massachusetts.

17. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

I can't think of anything; I'm relatively content at the moment, especially now that I have my video iPod!

18. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

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.

19. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

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

20. What was your biggest failure?

That 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.

21. Did you suffer illness or injury?

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.

22. What was the best thing you bought?


Lizzie, of course!

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.

24. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

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!

On 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.

25. Where did most of your money go?

Like every year, to Amazon.com!

26. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

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.

27. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2006?

I 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 alcohol

28. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2006?

I have never done drugs (unless you count aspirin and/or Motrin)

29. Did you treat somebody badly in 2006?

I hope not.

30. Did somebody treat you badly in 2006?

Not really.

32. What do you wish you'd done more of in 2006?

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.

33. What do you wish you'd done less of?

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.

35. What was your favorite TV program(s)?

Grey's Anatomy, Lost, House, Monk, 24,The Daily Show, Jeopardy

36. What song will always remind you of 2006?

I was 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 2006.

37. How many concerts did you see in 2006?

We didn't see any concerts in 2006, but we sure went to a lot of theatre.  I reviewed roughly 51 or 52 different shows.

38. Did you have a favorite concert in 2006?

As I 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.

39. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The kazoo is not a good instrument to accompany a harp.

40. What was the best book you read?

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." 

41. What was your favorite film of this year?

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.

Of 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.

42. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I 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 too.

43. What did you want and get?

The video iPod (but I got that for Christmas).

44. What did you want and not get?

World peace and a clean house.

45. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The aforementioned gal pals.

46. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

"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 the theatre?"

47. What kept you sane?

Writing.  As I look back over my life, writing seems to have kept me sane for most of it!

48. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Rosie 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.

49. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

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.

Another op'nin, another show
In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo'
A chance for stage folks to say hello!
Another op'nin of another show.
....
The overture is about to start
You cross your fingers and hold your heart
It's curtain time and away we go -
Another op'nin
Just another op'nin of another show

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,
took to drawing us a diagram to explain exactly how
an iPod works.  Since it's too big to be stuck to the front
of the refrigerator, I decided to share it on my journal.

(you can tell she's become a real teacher!)

                                                                                                               

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