"Explain this to me."
Well, folks, here we are at the close of another year.
The last time I sat down to write the Annual Letter, the result ended up looking a bit like a miniature travelogue. We'd been here and there, done this and that. (And for those of you who are wondering, yes, I am *still* working on the Journal.)
So, what did we do to top last year? We stayed home. I mean, really, how do you top two continents, seven countries, and a castle?
Never fear, it wasn't all thumb-twiddling and basket-weaving. Among the Cool Things That Happened, we:
- Got engaged. (Whee!)
- Got laid off and jumpstarted a new career. (Bye-bye dot-com, hello Hollywood!)
- Submitted a short story for consideration. (Results announced in February.)
- Showed our new music videos to mini film-fest audiences. (They were very well received.)
- Spent a whole year in one residence.
- Three music videos.
- A handful of websites.
- Several stories. (Some are more finished than others. We'll keep at it.)
- Five new quilts and several pillows. (Someday I'll get the pictures online.)
- A garden in the back yard and a small jungle in the house.
- Navrataan Korma
- Rose Lassi
- Favorite New Movies:
- Favorite New Music:
- Favorite Novels:
- Favorite Nonfiction Books:
- Coercion by Douglas Rushkoff
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- Lynch on Lynch edited by Chris Rodley
- On Writing: A Memior of the Craft by Stephen King
- Three Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers by various
- Most Frequent Modes of Transportation:
- Our Feet
- MR-2 (our car)
- Trips Taken:
- Seattle for Ian's 30th birthday
- Santa Barbara for Solstice (and the next weekend for a lovely house-cooling party)
- Mendocino to visit an old friend and take a walk in the rain
- Big Sur to celebrate a magical wedding
- Presidents' Day weekend drive north, just because