December 31, 2004

Tonight when the clock turned to midnight, we paused Return of the King and went onto the porch, sockfooted and besweatered, to watch curb-side fireworks and listen to the trains and the barges blowing their horns. It's 2005 now, but I am backdating this entry to officially end the first year of oddkazoo.

At this time last year, I was heading off to the coast in an ice storm, nervous about touring with Imago and delighted to finally start traveling. There were a few hard months of anxiety, and a snowy winter in a large Ford van. There was getting lost in the back alleys of China and having noodles for breakfast. Last year I was a writer and a clown and a dancer. I spent the whole year loving Sam a whole lot, and the summer at Buck's Rock, one of my new favorite places on earth. I napped with the baby chicks and couldn't get enough of the little goats hopping sideways. I made really great friends and took up pottery and oil painting and bead making. Last year saw long bike rides and hours of thinking out on the back porch, longing for communal living. And then there was the house hunting and the house finding and the roommate getting and the hidden and excited smiles at the escrow office as we pretended to know what we they were talking about. The boys started talking last year. We got a kitten. Bethany got married. Biglittlethings sold out just about every show. My family came for Christmas. We had our first Christmas tree in our new house. I met our neighbors, Sayer (5) and Guthrie and Simone (3), ruddy kids who run around naked and call their Hot Wheels motorcycles. The war continued on, Bush won another election, and a tsunami pummeled southeast Asia. I continued my quest to lead a simpler life, to be a good person, to focus on the small.

And I read. Here's the grand list of books from 2004. Drop me a line to share your thoughts or to get the scoop on any of these books.

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Great Piratical Rambustification and the Librarian and the Robbers by Margaret Mahy
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Clothes They Stood Up In and the Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Da Vinci Codeby Dan Smith
Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
The World According to Garp by John Irving
The Watcher by James Howe
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Misfits by James Howe
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Contact by Carl Sagan
You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I hope you all have happy and healthy new years. Thanks for reading so far.

On to 2005.