December 31, 2005

Tonight when the clock turned midnight, we toasted with sparkling apple juice, ran outside to see the neighbors' illegal fireworks, and then returned to our raucous game of dominos. Sam, Rick, Emily, Brad, Annalise, played a whole game of double 12s. I won and Rick lost by, I don't know, a million points ("I'm not even human," he said).

Last year brought more Imago bus rides, snowy load-ins, standing ovations, and a tense relationship with a member of the company. Last year was Hawaii, getting to know Sam's family, hikes in the jungle, and peaceful hours staring at the ocean. There was meeting up with Lucas after so many years, watching smoke rise around his baby curls as he leaned back with a beer and his couture jeans, talking about old times. Good friends came to visit, home improvements were made, excellent meals were cooked and shared. The boys turned three. I got engaged to a very wonderful person. There was camp, and trying to be in five places at once, and a really fun Clown Show. I choreographed my first dance piece last year. I learned how to give haircuts. I ate lots and lots of dark chocolate. Bethany and I took over New York City. Our families came to visit, Sam's in September and mine in December. We went to the coast, walked through the rose gardens, cooked a twenty-four pound turkey, saw movies, and talked lots. Another tour last fall, this one worlds better, a good group of people, fun times at work and at play. We had more time off than on, cavorting in Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, and tiny towns throughout the Rockies. Last year's Thanksgiving dinner saw Sam and I at the airport, happily eating a dinner packed for us by Sam's family. I was cast as a company member in Theatre Vertigo. We were addicted to The West Wing and Firefly. We started planning our trip to New Zealand, started thinking about getting a new car, started wondering about a new puppy.

And I read. Here are my 2005 books. Please send new recommendations my way.

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Fourth Hand by John Irving
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Learning to Fly by Sam Keen
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Crocodile on the Sand Bank by Elizabeth Peters
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
Maybe Baby by Tenaya Darlington
The Adventures of Miles and Isabelle by Tom Gilling
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantok
Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Kiellor
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jane Auel
The Valley of Horses by Jane Auel
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Mammoth Hunters by Jane Auel
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
The Rough Guide to New Zealand ed. Paul Whitfield et al
The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

I am grateful for my health, and for the wellbeing of those around me. I am grateful for our house, and our neighborhood, and for friends and family, both new and old, who enrich our lives.

I hope everyone has a frickin' awesome new year. Keep in touch, yes?

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