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Monday, December 31, 2007

2007: The Year in Review

First off, this was a top contender for Best Christmas Ever. Not that it wasn't stressful and busy, but seriously, what could make a better Christmas than Simon riding a li'l firetruck, with his favorite monkey riding shotgun? Not much, that's what. Thanks again to Teresa and Jacquie.

As far as the rest of the year, lessee... Pregnancy. Showers. Birth. Photos. Album. Baby. School. Shows. Graduation. Family. Parties. Work. Church. Office. Family. Work. Holidays. Turned 30. Family.

That pretty much sums up what happened. As far as the goodness and badness of these things: well, family is good.

Pregnancy and birth are ok, but living with Simon and watching him grow up is a lot of fun. I never imagined that a baby would make me so happy.

Graduation is good to have under my belt, now if only I could do something with that degree.

Shows have actually started paying a little bit, so that's nice.

Parties are fun, but I'm certainly ready for some down time.

Work is a necessary evil; there's no other way to put it. I've been at my job for (the majority of) 7 and 1/2 years. That sucks. It pays the bills, but it's a real drag.

Being at a new church is a refreshing change. I'm glad to be playing with some different musicians at a church with take a different approach to music in the church.

I turned 30 a few weeks ago and have to admit that I look forward to what the future holds. Not that my life has been bad or anything, but I'm pretty sure this is my only time around, so I'm ready to do something different and try some new things. Exactly what that entails, I'm not sure. I've been reading some of those "100 things to do before you die" lists, and really want to try some of them. So here's to doing some new things in 2008.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Pre-Christmas Reflections

First, the headline of the day: "Roofing magnate dies in fall from roof". Seriously. It is sad, but raise your hand if you're surprised. Read the full story here.

Moving on, now that there's 3 shopping days until Christmas, I need to get out there and start supporting the Chinese economy, through the purchase of trinkety crap. Like this ugly men's necklace for $150, or these $50 LCD camera/binoculars. Not to be a Grumple or anything, but there's so much stuff that gets given and received at Christmas that everybody could probably do without. Not that I'm going to boycott; it just seems that there's a good portion of stuff around that you see and say, "Huh. I never would have thought of owning such a thing. But now that I have it, and it was given with love from a dear friend, I don't want to part with it." And hence, garbage accumulates, and the Christmas Spirit lives on.

But even more seriously, I can't wait for Simon to get a couple years older, so he can get excited about Christmas, and I can give him stuff. Is that so wrong?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

On aging

"We all wake up and we go 'Oh, I ache, I'm not 18 any more, you know, I'm thirty ni- you know, I'm in my thirties, I'm not-', but so what, at least I've got my health. And if you haven't got your health-if you've got one leg, at least I haven't got two legs missing. And if you have lost both legs and both arms, just go 'at least I'm not dead!' I'd rather be dead in that situation, to be honest. I'm not saying people like that should know, put down. I'm saying that, in my life, I'd rather not live without arms and legs because...I'm just getting into yoga, for one thing. So..."
- David Brent

Today is the last day I can honestly say that I'm in my twenties. Sigh. Does it need to be a miserable day? No; I look at kids (I can call them that now) who are 20, and I think "Man, they're young & dumb. I'm glad to be past that stage in life." So, there you go. I'm really trying hard to enjoy and embrace my onsetting fourth decade. Did you know Canada and France have a lifespan that's 5 years longer than the US lifespan? I need to move.

Friday, December 07, 2007

December again.

So, I've got 5 days left of being able to say "I'm in my 20s." The prospect of turning 30 hasn't bothered me until the past week or so. And I'm not really bothered by it, just more deliberately looking back at my years and seeing how I've spent my time and considering what to do with my future.

I don't know how anybody is able to work full-time and find time to:

a) eat healthily
b) exercise
c) play music (at home or at clubs)
d) read books
e) be a good parent
f) have a social life
g) maintain a clean house
h) watch a good movie or tv show
i) not go crazy

I can usually do 1 or 2 of these things in a day, after work, but pretty much never more than that. It seems that the older I get, the more things I have to do, and the less time I have to do them. Doing these things seemed pretty feasible back when I was a full-time student and part-time employee, but now I think I need to get used to only sleeping 5-6 hours a night, because I don't know how else I can do the things I need to do. Either that, or find a job that pays twice as much, so I can just work 20 hours a week. Other possible solutions for time management include working 4 10-hour days, working a graveyard shift, neither of which I'm really psyched out of my mind about doing.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Idealism. I'm all for it, although usually too realistic (or too cynical?) to fully embrace my idealistic side. This is kind of neat. And it reminds me of that Baz Luhrmann song "Everybody's Free (To wear sunscreen)". And that's ok. It makes me think ahead to New Year's resolutions and planning the next three decades of my life.

Some answers, finally

01. What is your ultimate pet hate?
Ultimate? Well, probably, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Or guns. I know some might say "Guns don't kill people," to which I say, "Well, they sure don't heal people, mister."

02. What is the most beautiful accent in the world? French, definitely. Although, British, Irish, and Australian are quite charming. Coming in at a distant 5th: Fargo.

03. If you could choose one city to live in for the rest of your life, which city would it be? I'd like to say somewhere like Sarehole, which supposedly inspired Hobbiton, but I've never been.

04. Who is your favourite film director and why? Woody Allen, because he's hilarious, smart, and made more brilliant (and merely good) movies than most directors could hope for in their entire career.

05. How much do you swear? Too much. Trying to tone it down for the boy.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Christmas Cheer

In this frantic time of year, it's easy to lose focus on the real reason for the season. So please, after you read this, take the time today to kick someone in the butt.