Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter

Friday, January 02, 2004

Well the holidays are over... It was a long 11-day stretch, working through Christmas and filling in for people on vacation. And I still can't believe how hard we were hit with dismissals and new admits on Christmas Eve and day. They were saying last time, it wasn't like that at all. So I am definitely enjoying these three days off! Had a great New Years, stayed in and relaxed, unwinding... Talked to some good friends online, had some Irish coffee at midnight, stayed up for a while longer, then went to bed. Laura's grandparents were in town from Boston, it's always nice to see them. They've always treated me and Jason very well. We all went out to dinner Tuesday night at the Cracker Barrel. I'd never been there and it was pretty nice. We joked about what we ended up having, three of us got the same thing, the other two were identical as well. It was like a hand in poker, a "full house." And actually the place was a full house, very busy, hahaha.
Yesterday was Laura's birthday, she had her party at the Golden Corral buffet. She's 19, and wonders if she should feel old, since so many of her friends are younger than her, but says she really doesn't feel any older.
Thinking about the past year. As with most of us, there's been a lot of good and some bad... a lot of stuff that needs to be changed for the better. A lot of old, worn-out situations that are way overdue to be gotten rid of. So, resolutions?... I'm going to clean house big time, put the trash on the curb, (hahaha). Start over, start fresh, make a clean break. Sounds vague I know, but those who know me know exactly what I'm talking about.
I'd like to take the first steps toward getting published. A friend told me he thought it was a good idea, since I have enough material now for a book, a collection of poems. And even though I understand the process might even take a full year from start to finish, I think it'll be worth it.
I'd also like to attend more readings, if I can find them. Maybe even participate again. I did once at Barnes and Noble, and it scared me to death. I think since it's been so long, I'll probably be just as scared all over again to do a second one.
I want to finally say I actually support the ASPCA, such a great organization and resource, I think, with the education efforts and policy they have. Just want to take an active stance on the issue of animal cruelty and neglect.
Well I think that's the basis for what I'd like to do in the coming year. It's a good start, anyway...

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