Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year!

From the weekly UU message:

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Ending the Year

Since my last post, I've been trolling through other blogs. I like the "next blog" button - it's like the random I-Pod shuffle, in that you never know quite what will come next. I must say I react to the foreign language pages with as much excitement as I do all those Tony Bennett/K.D. Lang duets (which appear much more frequently in the song rotation than statistics should allow.) Neeeeexxxtttt.

I am, apparently in the minority, not falling into one of two major blogger types: the teenage girl who can't spell but is addicted to exclamation points (! Elaine Benes would just! die!!), and stay-at-home moms, who sometimes have interesting things to say, but mostly just seem eager to connect with the outside (grown up?) world. I do like the few bloggers I've run across who are using the space as an online writing journal, posting a writing exercise a day, etc. It's an interesting idea, as it's a semi-public forum - more visible than a notebook keep in the bedside table, but less than distributing your stuff in an actual writing class.

Speaking of which, I just signed up for a Gotham Writing Workshop/Zoetrope online fiction class. It cost mega $$$, but I'm hoping it's worthwhile. A friend from the Zoetrope Belize workshop said that the live Gotham workshops are great. I think I chose online because it will be easier in the winter months to go home and participate, rather than trek into Manhattan after work. But I'm also afraid it's because I'm avoiding the people part of it - online anonymity is definitely a boon to the shy and introverted.


Friday, December 24, 2004

Christmas Eve Evening

Standing in church next to people who can sing, makes me feel like I can, too. Especially during Christmas Eve candlelight service, when it's all music and people, the usual and the unusual, and the voices swell around me in familiar all-ye-faithfully-coming tones and for a minute or two, I open my voice and I can sing.

Not sure the people next to me would agree, but hey, the wife had her eyes closed the whole time. "This is my treat," she told me, and a few moments later, the women behind us. "I don't come here regularly but I come here on Christmas Eve to treat myself to the beautiful music."

I treated myself to cold sesame noodles and General Tso's shrimp from the Chinese restaurant between church and home. I don't go there regularly, but on Christmas Eve - ah, who am I kidding. They deliver to me so much I'm in danger of becoming Sandra Bullock in "Two Week's Notice" (shut up, I saw it and I liked it): all I have to do is give my address and they know my order. (Yes, that was also Miranda in "Sex and the City" but isn't Sandra a more horrifyingly guilty-pleasure reference? We're talking cold sesame noodles, dude. Those things alone are probably the cause of my sudden eligibility for "The Biggest Loser 2.")

No, this isn't a contest for how many diverse pop culture references I can fit into one entry. But not a bad idea for next time...

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