Cheers to You and Yours

Merry Christmas Seattle

As not just a year but an entire decade comes to an end, there’s a certain feeling that one should look back on the last ten years and reflect on the highs, the lows and the changes. And while I have a lot of great memories with friends and family and I’ve grown immensely as a person in that time, I don’t want to spend time looking back. I’m looking forward to the next ten years, to finally getting back to the east coast and seeing all my friends out there (love you guys!), to exploring my new home state and region of the country and to making new friends and sharing new experiences with all my friends and family, old and new.

Cheers to all, wishing you health, happiness and inner peace in the new year and the new decade. May the best of your past be the worst of your future.


Merry Christmas!!

Shiny and Sparkly

On November 30 the movers came and packed and loaded all our belongings, and that evening we got on a plane and flew to Seattle, Washington. In the last 3 weeks we found a new apartment in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, moved in and started unpacking. We’ve barely had time to breathe let alone decorate for Christmas, but fortunately one of the radio towers in Queen Anne is decorated like a Christmas tree, so each night we fall asleep to the lights of a very tall and rather skinny tree sparkling in the sky outside our bedroom window.

This year the cards and presents that we’re sending are late, and all our decorations are in boxes waiting to be unpacked. We don’t even have a wreath on door. But we’re happy and healthy, and our family and friends are doing well, so I really can’t ask for much more.

In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss:

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling:
How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages boxes, or bags!

And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”

Merry Christmas everyone!!

The 2009 365 Project

Good morning 2009!

If you follow me on flickr, then you probably know that I’ve been taking at least one photo every day since the middle of November and posting it on flickr. For 2009, I’ll be doing the same thing, but in a more organized fashion as a 365-day project. Each picture will have notes about the day and/or the photo so that there’s a little context around the image. By the end of the year I will literally have my “year in pictures.” I’ve created a photo set in my flickrstream specifically for this project, so you can follow along if you like, or, even better, join me in taking and posting a photo a day.

Ringing in 2009

The view out

As the year comes to a close, it’s common to look back on what has happened; the good, the bad, the mistakes, the victories. I prefer to look forward. Forward to my plans for the new year, and to what I hope will transpire. Here in the U.S. we have a new president, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing quite a few changes in the next year. I will be getting a new job (I WILL!) and hopefully doing some travel, seeing new places.

So I’d like to make a toast,
To new beginnings,
To new escapades with old friends,
And to new friends we have not yet met,
May the best of your past be the worst of your future.
Welcome 2009!