Jan 4

..the second time around of course, and if you don’t believe me, check out his blog.

More later, just finished with a grueling inventory and I’m whipped. Also, much packing to do and cleaning and I STILL haven’t mailed some of my Christmas presents! (yes we’re celebrating it when we arrive back in NC but if I don’t mail them soon, they ain’t gonna make it.)

Bah!

Jan 1

Being I have this “little quirk” called OCD, of course the Tsunami tragedy has me weeping at every image in the news of these helpless victims. We have donation cans set up at work and Howard and I are going to match the donations by the end of next week.

In times like these, I am reminded that my problems are miniscule and silly compared to what is really going on.

Please give today.

Jan 1

The following is spreading around like a rash, but I have a headache and the creativity of a rock today, so here you go. Enjoy:

1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?
Started a blog, tried Bowhead and Beluga whale, shot a rifle, saw a seal (in real life), wrecked a snowmachine, went hunting with husband and friends, cruised several miles down the Bering Sea coast.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I gave up on those a long time ago. No resolution? No disappointment when you can’t keep them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My book keeper
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Permanent water/sewer system.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 28, 2004 of which I will reveal at the right time.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Has to do with previous answer

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failure is a negative word, next question please.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Bumps and bruises because I am a klutz? Every day. Besides the sniffling and sneezing? Nothing really serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Has to do with question #7.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Howard, because after 11 years, he still manages to love me in all my insanity.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Michael Jackson among others. Dude. Get help. Stay the f*ck away from kids.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Books, Movies, Travel and of course, food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Again, goes with question number 7

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
”Dare You To Move” by Switchfoot, even though I’ve loved it since 2000 when it was used in “A Walk To Remember” soundtrack. Finally got recognition this year, and I am so happy about it.

17. Compared to this time last year,are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? About the same
c) richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise (was doing really well over the summer though!)

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Obsessed over trivial things.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with Alex and Melanya and Howard opening gifts, and laughing a lot.

21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Never fell out of love.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Six Feet Under

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, still hate the same ones.

25. What was the best book you read?
”Raising Ourselves” by Velma Wallis

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
This one is tough, I hear lots of great music, but my friend Tess did introduce me to “All About Buford” and I really liked them.

27. What did you want and get?

Love, understanding and the answer to #7.

28. What did you want and not get?
My biological father

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Elephant.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Ate a lot of good, ass-expanding food and watched “Gone With The Wind” with hubby.

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
The ability to not obsess so much.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
In Bush Alaska? Anything comfortable, clean and warm.

33. What kept you sane?
Love, Friends and Family, Music

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Dave Matthews but I have an extreme physical attraction to Vin Diesel. I even sat through “Chronicles of Riddick” purely for the “eye candy” factor.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Plead the fifth, I’ve managed to keep politics out of this blog and intend to keep it that way.

36. Who did you miss?
Hello! My friends and family who are scattered all over the country.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Carla and Michael, Melanya and Alex.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Take joy in small victories, I don’t need near as much as I think I do, and happiness and love is all in your own perspective.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

”I’ve got my hands in redemption’s side
Whose scars are bigger than these doubts of mine.
I'll fit all of these monstrosities inside
and I'll come alive.”

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