December 05, 2005
Eyes open, fingers crossed
Interviewing this week for a new assistant. I've written notes on what I'd like to cover with the candidates. But in the end, I hope we find someone with a brain and a good work ethic. If the person could be nice - that nebulous "good fit" - that would be great too.
December 06, 2005
Today, like yesterday, I am really tired. I just want to stay in bed and sleep the day away. But what I want and what I did are different things.
Met with two candidates so far. Gut impression: professional, promising. One more to go, and then we'll decide.
And that's all I know.
December 08, 2005
December 14, 2005
Holiday Reality Check
From Liz Smith's column yesterday:
"THE SINGLE best way to cope with familial turmoil is to give up hope that your relatives will suddenly become cornucopias of emotional health. Your family of origin should give you unconditional love, wisdom, and insight. And this should happen right after your hamster publishes its novel."Also of note: http://www.fuckchristmas.org/
So writes Martha Beck in O magazine. Let's hold this thought as we plan our get-togethers with those nearest and dearest to whom we are related.
Addendum: I see the weeks ahead as an obstacle course. I will just take things as they come. Try to let life roll off my back, and deal with the stuff that matters. That's something someone very wise always tried to tell me.
December 15, 2005
Kiss My Radical Militant Librarian Grits
December 21, 2005
I finally have DSL and can load up pictures more regularly. For instance: my recent trip to the aquarium.
Tonight is dinner with family, more cards to write.
December 22, 2005
From Overheard in New York:
Chick on cell: I just wrote a paper comparing the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Starling to the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Is it ok to think this girl is an idiot?
December 25, 2005
May Your Heart Be Light
I finally saw "Meet Me in St. Louis" a few years ago, and I look forward to catching it on television this time every year. It's a musical, so things end well. But in the interim, there are some tough moments. I had no idea that "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" could be such a heartbreaking song.
I'm not sure why there seems to be so much hypersensitivity about the holidays this year. Whatever you celebrate, whether it's for your religion or for the time you spend with loved ones, I wish you my best for peace and love and joy.
December 27, 2005
This year's booty
Presents for my family:
Chocolate for dad
Dallas seasons 1 & 2 for mom
Kate Spade organizer inserts for sisters
Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. cd for sisters, plus pins that say "This Sh*t is Bananas"
Golf in the Kingdom for Scott's dad
Sudoku and Kakoru puzzle books for Scott's stepmom
The Historian and Brazilian coffee for Scott's mom
Al Franken book and sudoku book for Scott's grandmother
Mixed nuts for Scott's other grandmother and aunt
March of the Penguins for brother-in-law and his family
Tepper Isn't Going out and chocolate for brother-inlaw
Casserole cookbook for sister-in-law
Dinosaur pop-up book for nephew 1
Eric Carle picture book for nephew 2
On the receiving end:
Surprise! - An Idiot Girl's Christmas by Laurie Nataro from Paul F.
B&N giftcard from boss
Godiva truffles from coworker
Xmas dish towels from coworker
Mixed nuts from coworker
Silpats and wooden utensils,plus company cookbook; down throw from sister
Pen & business card holder, Bodum teapot, Field Guide to Stains, cookbook, Zagat guide from other sister (some of these she meant to give me last year)
Senseo coffeemaker from my parents.
Organic tea (earl grey, raspberry) and lavender body butter from Scott's dad and stepmom
Pullover for Scott from his dad and stepmom
England calendar for me from Scott's mom
Chicago and Jazz calendars for Scott from his mom
Coffee and white chocolate truffles from Scott's mom
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer from Scott's mom
Pocket money from Scott's grandmothers
Going to Chicago next week, so some of these presents haven't been given yet, and I imagine we'll get some from Scott's brother and his family.
I do like presents, but I would be fine if we all just gave each other little things, or even just one thing. As it was, on Christmas night I was a bit anxious, wondering how the time with my family would go. But everyone was in a good mood, we had a wonderful dinner, my sister's bulldog posed for many pictures with his new dog toys and costumes. We visited with each other and it was a pleasant evening. The most inspired gift was giving my mom the Dallas dvds, as she's always loved that show.
Otherwise, a nice long weekend. Got to see King Kong, which was loads of fun. Raced through disc 1 of season 1 of Veronica Mars. Went for a walk with my friend Mark, took a trip to the farmer's market, had brunch at the Flying Biscuit. And lots of sleeping in, surrounded by small furry bodies.
Tasty? Not so much.
The company cookbook one of my sisters gave me could have used a copy editor. Some of the recipes include "Crap Dip" and "Crackpot Chili."
December 28, 2005
The Magician - "Thirty years before Harry Potter, Ursula Le Guin was writing novels about a school for wizards. As well as good and evil, her fantasy worlds also address issues of race and gender" [The Guardian]
Crime Against Hair
Think a mullet can't possibly be any more hideous? Think again.