Gafilk was wonderful (more on which anon), but the last two days back to work have been absolutely dreadful. Various minor disasters coupled with being very shorthanded this week have left me feeling very overstressed and overextended. Hopefully things will start to calm down by the weekend.

I’ve got a lot to catch up on, but we’ll start with the “First sentence from each month Year in Review” meme, because it’s cute and I enjoy it.

2004, In Review

Happy New Year! Thus we come to the fourth law of success and happiness …for I gave you one more power, a power so great that not even my angels possess it. Our cat Dayna has always been a bit high strung and neurotic, but she had been getting increasingly clingy and needy with her requests for attention. Almost entirely fiction this week, although I have been dipping in and out of Harlan Ellison’s Watching, a collection of film essays. So, I haven’t posted any quizzy stuff in a long, long time. The reason for this is rather idiosyncratic. Something that a lot of people don’t know about me is that when I first went to college in 1988, I was a journalism major. Heard on NPR this morning, in a discussion about notions of beauty in fairy tales (slightly paraphrased from memory): First of all, happy birthday wishes to my partner-in-crime, fleetfootmike! Terry Pratchett appeared on a BBC talk show promoting his new book, Going Postal. Total time at the polls, about 25 minutes. Wow, I really did disappear.

Yep, that looks like the year, alright.