Radiogurl a la Carte

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005
Busy Busy

Is it just me, or does the week between Christmas and New Year's seem like coma is mandatory?

I didn't gorge for Christmas dinner. Matter of fact, I think I only ate one sandwich and some seafood cocktail, for the entire day. And yesterday if I ate a single extra calorie, I worked it off last night.

My computer room is still not spotless but it's definitely getting there. Not only that, but I've done some sorting and tossing and cleanup I have been putting off for months. The room isn't only getting cleaned, it's getting ORGANIZED. My printer paper is now in a little plastic drawer thingy. (Yes, I know I'm using those obtuse technical terms again. It's the Avril Lavigne song I'm reviewing that's causing it, I'm sure. I like the song but can't put it on the air because it includes the word "shit.")

The Christmas gifts are nicely displayed; they aren't precisely coordinated, but I like all of them. My sis-in-law got me a pair of carved wooden candlesticks
in antique cherry and a pair of scented crimson candles to go with. Unfortunately, while the candles are beautiful, they are so strong (even unlit) that I had to set them outdoors. I can't keep them in the house at all. They're too overpowering.

I am really disappointed because they're really lovely. I just don't like scent that arrives half a mile before you do. (Same holds true for perfumes.) It's exacerbated by the fact that my place is so small that everything's
concentrated. I suppose if I lived in the Taj Majal it would be about right.

My youngest gave me a wall clock; a tea set that includes a set of cups, gourmet tea, a cannister, and butter cookies; and an oil dipping set. I'd never seen the latter before, but could imagine using it to dispense a nice vinagrette, or
wasabe or hot mustard (at least in the small sauce bowls.)

My sis gave me a calendar of antique maps and a gorgeous and very dressy off-white sweater. I'm not sure which I like more - love the sweater but am gaga for antique maps and globes, too.

And finally, I got a pair of birthstone earrings and a miniature inlaid jewelry box from my friend M, both of which are precisely my taste.

This all sounds like pure mercenery greed, and while I love the things I got for Christmas, I enjoyed the chance to visit with my family in peace far more than all of the gifts put together. I discovered I even like my brother and his
wife when my dad isn't around and everything's casual. I do miss playing board games, which used to be a family tradition; but since my mom died, we pretty much discontinued the practice. I have Scrabble, Yahtzee and several other games at home collecting dust now, though hopefully I'll eventually run across someone willing to play now and then.

I'm not as stiff as I was afraid I'd be after moving things around yesterday. Then again, the heaviest thing I moved was my sewing machine, and it only went to the other side of the closet. The stuff that went to the shed was pretty lightweight, just bulky. And since the whole idea was to make space inside, that did the trick. I can't believe how much room I did make, in fact. Which was, after all, the whole idea, lol.

Grrr.... Glad I saved some money; I was reminded I've got lunch with the mayor tomorrow and will need to pay for it. I'd forgotten about it and even so was thinking we'd probably go somewhere modest in price, but noooo... They chose the most expensive place in town. Oh well. Easy come, easy go, right?

When I went home from lunch, I had a wonderful surprise in my mailbox - a Christmas card from Wenchie. And not just any card - it's one of her own lovely illustrations! I'd seen scanned-in copies of her work, but they don't do justice to the color and life in her pictures, not even close. I feel like I was just given a terrific bonus gift!

Today has been interminable, though in a bright moment, I got two emails close together from Mr. Complicated. (Our first emails crossed in the mail.)

I still have soooooo much to do. All of the progress last night was a good start - just not enough of a start for my tastes! I've only got three more nights to get everything done at home, including a couple of loads of laundry around Thursday-ish. I will be getting two paychecks Friday; one from the station here and one for more web work. Not a fortune on the latter, but every penny helps! And thank goodness for finally getting paid on my work from a couple of weeks back - that money will make all the difference.

Saturday night I'm going to M's New Year's party with Mr. Complicated, after which I will probably fall down half-dead and sleep until next Christmas. Man... I love it and it's all good things happening, but a few more weeks like this one and I'd be in the hospital!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )