IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2007
3 January 2008
I did this questionnaire at the start of 2007 and I thought it might be interesting to do it at the start of 2008 and see how the two years compare. Some answers I just copied from 2007 because they were exactly the same.
1. Was 2007 a good year for you?
It had real highs and real lows. I think in the grand
scope of things, it was more a bummer of a year than a banner year, despite
First would be hearing Tom say that he and Laurel are
expecting a baby in 2008. Second would be any one of the Cousins Days
that we had. Third would be hearing Peggy's report about her trip to
Attending the memorial service for our friend Michele.
We're never ready for the death of a loved one, but when it comes so young
(and I still think 65 is young!), it's especially painful.
Moved in with my mother to be her caretaker while she was
incapacitated by her broken ankle. In truth, she didn't need all
that much caretaking, but she did need someone to do the things that she
was unable to do.
I gave up making new year's resolutions years ago because
it's too demoralizing when I find myself cheating on them before noon on
January 1. However, this year I am determined that Walt and I will set
up a Living Trust, to make things easier for the kids when we are gone, and
that we will have a family meeting to go over finances -- what is where, who
has what, what to do when and that sort of thing.
I've discussed them in depth in Journal entries, but several people I knew well died this year (the latest of whom was my old grammar school teacher, Sister Johnetta, whose death I just learned about a couple of days ago. We exchanged Christmas cards for many years). The two that will always stand out for 2007, though, are the Lamplighters' Jean Ziaja and our friend of 40+ years, Michele Havel.
Fortunately, we had no puppy deaths this year.
The same people as last year. I miss Paul and David.
I miss all the female friends who are no longer around any more, including
Peggy, Lynn, Barb, and the whole gang at Women's Health. I also miss
the closeness I used to have with Steve.
I did an interview with actor/director Jack Lynn back in
February. Absolutely fascinating guy. You can read that
Probably July because we always travel to Santa Barbara for
Tom's big barbeque and get a lot of "family time" in.
A healthy granddaughter!
January 3, the day Walt retired, because it was such a huge
shift in our way of life around here, suddenly having Walt around 24/7.
I finally wrote
the article about David Gerrold I'd always wanted to write. I
don't know if he liked it or not since I never heard from him after I sent
him a copy. I also absolutely loved the article I did about the
Davis Children's Nutcracker.
My biggest failures are always the same: failure to
get the house clean and failure to get control of my eating.
Probably my new laptop, a gift from my mother. Finally
having a speedy laptop, with wi fi, was very exciting, though the
nightmare of buying
it was not much fun at the time!
Tom's, of course. He's made me an expectant
grandmother! I also celebrate Jeri, who is glowing these days and
that's so nice to see!
Consistently, the man in the White House, who continues to
destroy the country that I love and who seems to be unstoppable. Add
to that most of the members in his administration, especially Cheney and
I don't think I spent an inordinate amount of money this
year, but probably other than the essentials, the bulk of the "impulse
purchases" went, again, to Amazon.com.
The upcoming new baby! Second would be finally ending
my employment by the Psychiatrist. Knowing that I have NO stack of
transcription waiting for me at all times has been incredibly freeing.
More this year than previous years. I still rarely
drink and my drink of choice is water, but I do let down my hair on Cousins'
I have never done drugs, unless you count aspirin.
Organizing. Not so that the house would be neat, but
so that when I start a project, I don't have to spend an hour getting things
ready to work.
Worrying because I can't control my weight or keep a neat
Grey's Anatomy, House, The Amazing Race, and
Monk. A marvelous TV discovery was a Canadian show called
Slings and Arrows (about a Canadian Shakespeare company), which I got
from Netflix. The show has now ended, but it was absolutely marvelous.
I recommend it highly.
I can't think of one.
I think we only went to one musical concert in 2007 (but a
lot of theatre!). That would be the 40th anniversary concert for the
Davis Madrigal Choir. An absolutely fabulous event.
The aforementioned Madrigal concert, since it was the only
official "concert." But it might also be the Wizard of Oz
film, with musical background by the San Francisco Symphony.
iTunes. I've purchased more music off of iTunes ever
since Tom gave me a gift card last Christmas (which I used up in the first
A book nobody has ever heard of which isn't available
anywhere called "Edwina the Invincible," written by our friend Marie Goff.
We only saw four movies this year -- Hairspray,
Ratatouille, The Martian Child, and Sweeney Todd. My
favorite of the lot was Martian Child because I've been waiting for
this film for so many years -- and they did a fairly good job of it.
I was 64 and we took a trip to Los Angeles that weekend, to
go see another taping of the radio show Says You. It was our
second time going there and it was so much fun that we will return in 2008
and go to both days of taping (4 shows).
The "want and get" would have to be Christmas and everybody
was very kind. Tom & Laurel gave me a webcam so I can follow the
baby's progress after she's born; Walt bought me a book I wanted (James
Lipton's "Inside Inside"), Phil gave me the heavy duty Gorillapod for
my camera and, unexpectedly, Peggy bought me a wonderful new camera.
For Congress to stand up to Bush and try to turn around some
of the destruction that he has wrought.
I don't think I "fancied" any particular celebrity this
"The world goes round and round and if you wait long enough,
it's finally your turn." and "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it
Given that most of our weekends have been spent in the theatre, last year's lyrics are just as applicable this year:
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Jeri's Christmas hat.
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