Sunday, December 16, 2007
Holiday Letters from the Edge
It's that time of year, again. Time to get your family and friends' lives over the past 12 months summed up in a typewritten letter in a very small font so it will fit on two sides of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
We've done the holiday letter thing in the past - and we've largely ignored it many years. But this year, I'm trying something different.
I am including the URL of this blog in the holiday cards that we send to our friends (not our family, tho - then we wouldn't be able to blog about them), giving them the choice as to whether they want to read our holiday letter...or not.
We're also trying to avoid the back-patting and boasting "Little Jimmy turns 11 next week and just finished his law degree..." that seems to pervade those letters.
So here goes:
Our 2007 Holiday Letter
2007 turned out to be a lovely year for us. We finally had the flexibility and finances to get some house projects done - new awnings, a new back door, fencing, real walls and trim in the dining room.
We love this house and we love living in Kingston. I recently had a headhunter approach me about a very cool social networking job - in Detroit. I politely declined. We're just digging the Mid Hudson Valley too much.
And we love our friends here. As in the past, our house was the party spot of choice after the Farmer's Market each Saturday - in fact, our friend told his new boyfriend that he better get used to being at our house every Saturday, 'cause that wasn't about to change. LOL
Not to say we don't socialize at other folks' houses - we get to attend some great gatherings. In fact, Darren's house has become the Halloween event destination and we had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner with Lesleigh & Danny this year at their digs. And Peter gets the New Year's Eve crown for his "non-lame New Year's Eve party." He also throws a mean but always enjoyable summer (and sometimes an indoor-outdoor luxury) barbecue.
For those of you who got the Hyacinth reference just there, good for you.
Readers will be glad to hear that our pets continued not doing anything remarkable or noteworthy and will not be discussed further.
It came to our attention that Brian and I have been together for 16 years, as of this past summer. Go us.
Our old faithful Toyota Camry gave up the ghost this year. With about 215,000 miles on it - this bi-coastal trooper followed us from the Napa Valley to Northern Vermont and thence here. One day, it simply stopped going backwards.
And now we have the delightful "shoe."
Brian continues to love his employment and is eternally grateful that he spotted the lunacy in his potential new business partner and beat a hasty retreat from the kingdom of crazy. His employers adore him - and he really enjoys being back with wine again.
This year's gardens were Brian's masterpiece - with the judicious help and application of about 5 cubic yards (think 5 garbage dumpsters) of black dyna-mulch. It was a great growing season this year - with our roses still growing and trying to bloom into early November.
Big Blue continues to be a land of sunny delights for yours truly. I joined the corporate internal and executive communications team this year as the internal web editor for technology and innovation. I designed and launched (and solely maintain - sigh) a new internal web site around our innovation strategy. I also had the stretch assignment of creating and executing an entire I&E communications plan - web, video, audio, etc. - for a four day event in New York City where we hosted more than 300 chief information/technology officers from around the world.
It's been a rewarding year - in a number of respects. Especially since our stock value has creeped back up again - wheee!
Aside from a couple end of the year colds, we've been healthy, happy and prosperous in 2007.
We continue to love our lives and where we live. And our friends (and even our families) keep the laughter and joy moving ever forward.
We wish you all a beautiful and joyous holiday season - full of love, laughter and friendship.