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December 31, 2008


One New Year's Eve between 2001 and 2006, my husband and I stayed away from both bar and party and instead cooked and ate dinner with our best friend who is now dead. We watched some movie on TV, talked and maybe laughed and most certainly drank, and when the neighborhood fireworks started to go off, we realized it was midnight. We walked outside to catch a glimpse of the pro fireworks downtown, and then called it a night, and a year.

This evening Sundance channel is airing a marathon of the new Elvis Costello talkshow, "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With..." As you might expect from its Sir-Elton-John influence, it's fucking awful. Sir Elvis seems bored and detached, even while oversinging. Somehow he induces his interview subjects to ramble - maybe they sense how bored he is with them. The episode with Lou Reed was especially lame, because Sir Lou's a bit of a rambler to begin with.

I couldn't help but think that this would be a splendid way to spend New Year's Eve with our friend, eating supper and drinking and yelling and throwing nerf balls at the tv, because both Sir Elvis and Sir Lou were once huge, huge heroes to us, and now they're being fake people on some arty version of The View. I wish we were all here watching this stupid TV show. But we're not all here, and those of us who are here are instead getting ready to go to a party we're not really in the mood for.

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one last entry for this shitcan of a year

In with a bang and a rush of optimism, out with a grunt of indifference.

December's been relatively drama-free, so there's not been much worth writing about either. All month, I've managed a training load averaging 35mpw (!) plus 4-5 hours of crosstraining. I'm still slow, but less slow. The stress fracture is ancient history, and the annoying secondary injury (peroneal tendonitis) is slowly and surely going away. Some of my "workouts" actually happen on the road instead of on some machine at the Y. I think I've lost one of the 5 extra pounds I've been carrying. And next week I get to run more than 40 miles! Undramatic, but a start.

Other stuff: work is busy, band is fun, my beloved car broke down again, viola sounds less and less like a dead cat or saxophone. For the entire last quarter of this year, my business has broken even, with anywhere from $2.00 to $3.17 left over at the end of the month. I wonder how my business will fare after the turn of the year. I've given some (very vague and instantly-dismissed) thought to returning to Eye Tee for a quick cash injection, but I've been out of the industry too long and I think it's too late for that now.

Anyway, there's nothing to do but keep plugging away. Hopefully 2009 will be everything 2008 was supposed to be.

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December 24, 2008

meme about me me me me me

In lieu of a real blog entry, I thought I'd post this thing, which is a meme from another blog I read occasionally.

The point is to let the world know what things on the list you have done. I have bolded the things I've done. Feel free to grab this and post on your own blogs, bolding the things you have done. Invite all your blogging friends to do the same. And in the end, we'll all know what we all have done.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - no, but I saw it every AM/PM from the window of the D train
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language - computer language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing (and got really, really seasick)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain - can't remember exactly, but I'm sure I must have
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching - no, but I've seen whales without going watching for them
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - sold it, too
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check - but not on purpose!
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone - if stress fractures count
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle - no, but I've been on a crawling 10mph motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (only if crabs count)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury - no, but I've been voir dire'd on a panel
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant - not nearly enough

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December 15, 2008

hardly worth mentioning

training, that is. The novelty has definitely worn off, the honeymoon is over, and I'm in that phase where I'm horribly slow, I've developed a minor, annoying, secondary injury on the uninjured side, and did I mention I'm slow? I'm slow. Horribly.

For the past 3 weeks I've run just over 30mpw and crosstrained maybe 4.5 hours each week. The crosstraining has become dull. I've gained 4 or 5 pounds over the 4 months I wasn't running, and I feel them (actually, I feel them 2 or 3 times over) and imagine I am huge.

We've had amazingly good running weather this fall, and we're smack in the middle of our fabulous racing season, and I am sitting it all out. And yes, I am jealous of all the good race times I read about in the results, and the good fortune (and good training) of folks I know who are improving this year. I am in no shape to race and just have to have the patience to keep plodding away. But before I let myself dissolve into too much self-pity, I think about a running acquaintance of mine, a really fantastic runner who got injured about 3 years ago and hasn't raced since, despite lots and lots of training. I know that runner's probably reading race results with the same mixture of emotions I have. So it could always be worse, lots worse.

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