Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy arbitrary party day.

Resolutions for 2005:

Whore myself out more for graphic design work. The money is good, and it's a challenge to my ego.

Work more on my traditional (painting and drawing) art skills.

Keep the website updated and gorgeous.

Become more intimately acquainted with Flash, to the point where it'll beg me to be allowed to build an interactive menu.

Piss the right-wing and fundamentalist blocs right off simply by continuing to breathe.

Keep the garden weeded and watered.

Build a wine rack for Sol's burgeoning pseudocellar. (Reds and brut champers, anyone?)

Try to be the best mother I can be, even when it involves opening presents from Meghan consisting of a folded-up wad of tissue with snot inside.

Heal my inner child, or at least keep it bound and gagged in a closet so it doesn't distract me so much.

Learn to: make cheese, can vegetables and fruits, make wine/beer, bake a seven-layer cake.

Work on Rhi's literacy, and Meghan's potty training.


This place is gorgeous. I can't believe I turned my nose up at it a year ago, when we were hunting for places to live. (In hindsight, I understand why, and it's a bit shameful - I don't like the fact that my class prejudices are still around, even when they're not overt.) There's snow on both sides of the valley, and the wind and rain has been incredible.

My one big beef with Palm Springs (right now, at least) is that whoever paved the road decided to use some crap shite that crumbled after our big rain; there're potholes you could hide a Cambodian mass-grave in. I wouldn't have so much of a problem with it, because I can swerve pretty well without getting anyone killed; it's the fact that everyone else swerves too, even when it's not in their lane.

Tonight, Sol and I are going to put the kids to bed and celebrate a nice, quiet "thank god we made it through another year" party. We've got the sparkling Riesling all chilled, and I'll be roasting a chicken shortly.

And finally...

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." -- Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, December 18, 2004

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