Christmas this year was sweet, snowless and a little bit sad. I've always loved going to our Catholic church on Christmas because the songs and incense always created an emotionally charged timewarp, taking me all the way back to my own begining. But this year the sermon was dry and uninspiring, and I spent the entire hour trying to avoid eye-contact with a former grade-school classmate of mine sitting across the aisle. Sometimes it just takes too much energy to do the "hey-how-are-you" bit. Isn't it saving us both a lot of time and breath if we just skip it all together?
My charming boyfriend gave me Poetry on Record
(which I had been lusting after and not told him about), a monstrous orange body pillow made to look like a giant package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and red cowgirl boot SLIPPERS. With cursive "E"s on the side, which he had drawn in with a Sharpie, to make sure no family member or future roommate would accidentally mistake the slippers for their own. Because so many people have red cowgirl boot slippers, obviously.
Also, my dad bought me the cheeky crochet primer The Happy Hooker
, which was adorable because (1) I don't crochet -- I knit, and (2) if you've ever seen my father, it is simply hilarious to picture him (a smallish, bald-on-top, soft-spoken, bespectacled older man) stepping up to the Border's checkout line with a book titled "THE HAPPY HOOKER." I'm keeping it and have added another 2007 goal to my list: learn to crochet.
Donnie and I are heading Up North tomorrow to close with a bang the beast that was 2006. I have a pretty strong list of Goals for 2007 (I don't do New Years Resolutions, because Resolutions are easy to break whereas you cannot "break" a goal). The list is long, but I've whittled it down to a few that I think are realistic and manageable:
1. Make yoga a daily practice, even if it's just ten minutes of sun salutations each morning
2. Reduce my "ecological footprint" by consuming less, buying local, etc.
3. Continue to slowly phase out meat from my diet, with the eventual goal being total vegetarianism (another way to assist #2)
4. Volunteer my time or services to a charity or cause (other than a one-day juvenille diabetes walk)
5. Plan another at-least-one-week vacation somewhere, like my trip west this past September. No phones, no computers, just unplugging and unwinding and exploring somewhere new. So far, taking our respective finances into account, Donnie and I are considering an early-summer tour of the Upper Peninsula. And then, who knows, maybe I'll fund it by writing about it... we shall see...
Happy 2007 to everyone reading this. Hope your New Year's Eve is exactly what you want --