Monthly Archives: December 2005

the year that was

If you don’t have a journal, you get to the end of the year, and you can just assume that you accomplished every last one of your resolutions. A year is a long time, so surely there was enough time … Continue reading

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a magical Christmas morning

After our scary movie Christmas tree excursion, I was determined to have magical Christmas morning. P.’s family was staying with us, so I had visions of coffee and hot chocolate, waffles and omelettes, opening gifts by the light of the … Continue reading

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extreme princess of the slopes

I’m really not that great at snowboarding. I whine and I complain and P. throws snow at me until I shut up and board already. The first time on the lift, I am positive I am going to slide right … Continue reading

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math, dude

I’m getting P. new snowboarding boots and bindings for Christmas. I say “getting” because that’ not the kind of gift that you can really buy a person in advance, sight unseen. The best snowboarding boot is the one that is … Continue reading

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recalculating

It’s good for couples to have something in common — something they can share and that can bond them together. A couple is made of two very different people: different pasts, different feelings, desires, and needs. But with at least … Continue reading

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a magical, merry christmas

It’s a most magical time of the year. Our first Christmas in our new house. Our first tree in our house together. Our first magical, wonderful, sparkly tree. And I found the perfect place to get our tree. The web … Continue reading

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fox fire drinking game

My first mistake was answering the phone. I knew it was my mom, but I answered anyway. “I’m trying to print something, and there was an error. So, I couldn’t print.” Aha. A printer problem. I can deal with a … Continue reading

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forever the lime but never the salt

I have a crazy mom. When I mention this (which isn’t a lot, because how often does “so, my mom… she’s a crazy person” come up in a conversation?), people say things like, “oh, my mom too. She knits me … Continue reading

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the best decision I ever made

I was listening to the radio the other day, and the show hosts were asking people about the best decisions they ever made. Something came to mind right away. I pushed it aside, thinking surely there was something else. But … Continue reading

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I haven’t had a nap in at least an hour

I’m still sick, so I’m mostly limping along, trying to get work done so I can take off a bunch of days, and trying not to think about everything I need to do around the house, because I just have … Continue reading

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representing for the open bar

A few weeks ago, I was on a panel at a women in technology luncheon being asked questions by women who were studying for computer science degrees. Mostly, the questions had nothing to with gender, but rather, what’s it like … Continue reading

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home for the holidays

For the past couple of years, P. and I have spent Christmas at his parents house. This year, his family is coming here. I thought it was a great idea at first. It’s our first Christmas in our house and … Continue reading

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the holiday spirit blows

For some reason completely unknown to me, I always have this vague sense come December that online shopping will take all my worries and cares away. I don’t have to push my way through irritating crowds or find parking in … Continue reading

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ed the plumber and toxic drugs

I can’t be sick right now. I have to finish a bunch of projects at work and make good on my promise to go the gym every day and cook healthy food for dinner all this week and get the … Continue reading

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not a drop to drink

The one vital thing in life is coffee. OK, also air. And water. The three vital things in life are: coffee, air, water. In that order. We are out of coffee. That is, we are out of senseo pods. We … Continue reading

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is a paper crown professional?

At my first real grown-up job, I thought one of the job requirements was to look like a bona fide real grown up. I wanted people to respect me and take me seriously and treat me like a real grown-up … Continue reading

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theoretical wine-filled nights

Work travel is this weird reality limbo. On the one hand, it’s work and you’re away from home and really busy and all you do is run from meeting to meeting and rush trying to find your conference room and … Continue reading

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how to snowboard: step by step instructions

The phases of learning how to snowboard (note that these phases come after learning how to attach yourself to a snowboard, and walk with it, etc. which is a tutorial all on its own): Figuring out how to stand up. … Continue reading

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aligning pegs

I just have been too tired to write lately. Which is sort of a problem since what my employers pay me for is, er, writing. but it just hurts my eyes to even look at the screen and all I … Continue reading

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