Happy New Year

Life

We are staying in tonight. It’s still rainy and stormy outside. Plus we are not party people. We ordered pizza and are watching a few movies.

I’ve been thinking about my resolutions for next year. I’ve decided that next year I will not use my credit cards, and I will pay off my credit card debt. I’ve also decided to read more. Since I started knitting my reading time has been eaten into. I think I want to dedicate at least a half an hour a day to reading. Also, like Dianne, I want to eat heathier. This is my resolution every year, I swear. Last year I did pretty good. I joined WW on Jan 2nd and lost about 20 pounds doing that. I stopped WW in March and the old habits came back and ten pounds creeped back up. I really want to change my eating habits this year and change them forever. So I will be working on that.

Reflections on this past year….Well, there have been some really good things that have happened to me personally. I got my first professional job as a librarian. I took up knitting and fell in love with the fiber arts. I met some really cool people via the whole blogging thing. ( also ran into some really awful people, too).

Unfortunately, 2004 has been a not so good year for me, though. I have ended this year feeling really disillusioned with the world. The election left me feeling lost. It knocked the wind out of me and I haven’t really recovered completely. The Iraq war blazes on and the needless death continues.

And now there is the unconscionable death and destruction from the Asian Tsunamis. We will be well into 2005 before we truly comprehend the full devastation.

Personally, 2004 could have been better in many ways, as well. Because of my political disagreements, I have become estranged from my sister. It’s a long, sordid story and one that I would rather just forget. But, well, there it is. Also, right before Christmas, I found out that a good friend of mine at work has just been diagnosed with lukemia. She has spent the holidays in the hospital undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments. I’ve spent the holidays really worried about her.

I’m not writing this to be a total downer. I’m writing this so that I can look back on Jan 31 next year and be happy that 2005 was a better year than 2004. I will certainly try to make it better. I am hopeful that it will be.

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Winter in Santa Cruz

Books, Music, Art, Movies

 

We had a break from the torrential rain and went for a little walk to the beach. I wanted to get a picture of the rather large waves at Seabright. In the background is the Wharf, and Westside Santa Cruz. The rain started again not long after I took this picture. We are getting hammered with storms. I just walked outside for a second to the laundry room and got totally drenched!

Note from the future 10.14.2011: I wrote about what happened to me when I did the laundry in this post here.

Tsunami Could Hit West Coast

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Yahoo! News – Scientists: Tsunami Could Hit West Coast

Experts say the West Coast could experience a calamity similar to the one they have been watching unfold half a world away.

“People need to know it could happen,” said geologist Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey.

I’ve been horrified by the tsunamis in Asia. Words cannot describe how utterly devastating this is. It is just beyond words. I just read that the death toll has reached 80,000. 80,000 people have died from this! It’s hard to comprehend.

A recurring nightmare that I have involves getting swept away by waves into the ocean. My home is overcome by waves and it drifts out into the ocean…pretty much exactly what I have been seeing in the video footage that they have been replaying on the news. I’ve been watching my nightmare actually happen to people on the other side of the world.

It could happen here, apparently. And I live a few blocks from the ocean. It makes me shudder.

I’m going to donate some money to the Red Cross. I don’t have much to give, but every little bit helps. I encourage everyone reading this to do the same. Imagine if everyone gave at least five bucks….And the relief effort is going to have to rely on the goodwill of people since the Bush administration has said that the U.S. is only giving an initial 35 million. A mere pittance! It’s embarrassing. Let’s all do our part to help these poor people.