Saturday, January 01, 2005

Things to Like About 2004

Here is a list of some of the ordinary things that were so special in 2004 (in no particular order).

--Running in Prospect Park

--Meditating

--Celebrating Groovy Grandpa's 75th Birthday at Lupa Restaurant in the West Village.

--Lunch with Groovy Grandma on Fridays

--Getting that out-of-the-blue phone call from the small web design company that led to lots of work.

--Shopping with Groovy Aunt for things to take to the orphanage in Russia

--Reading the "All of a Kind Family" books to OSFO

--Writer's Group

--Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

--The Matisse birthday cake Jollybee Bakery created for Groovy Grandpa

--Howard Dean

--Signing up for the Women's Beginner Running Workshop


--Going to the members opening night at MOMA with Hepcat, Clever Grandma and Groovy Aunt

--Math homework with OSFO

--America Coming Together fundraiser at B.A.M. Organized by the Women Who Run Park Slope

--Hepcat's snazzy new bicycle

--Gathering at Al Di La with Warm & Funny and friends the night of September 11th

--Running the 10K in Central Park on Teen Spirit's birthday

--St. Marks Poetry Marathon during the Republican National Convention

--OSFO's first and second grade teachers

--Labor Day weekend in Washington County with Groovy Grandpa and MiMa Cat

--OSFO learning to ride a two-wheeler

--Bro-in-law's french toast

--Swimming at the Marriott with OSFO

--Spending time with Hepcat's sister and her husband in California

--Family bike rides around Prospect Park

--Sharing the office with Real Fruit Jelly

--Hanukah at Groovy Aunt's and Bro-in-laws

--Trips to the American Girl Doll Store with OSFO, Groovy Grandma and Groovy Grandma

--Smartmom's birthday dinner at Chez Panisse

--Laments of the Unfinished

--Bike ride with Teen Spirit and Hepcat to Shelter Island

--The Link

--Netflix

--Mrs. Cleaver's Diary

--Reading "Charlotte's Web" with OSFO and Teen Spirit

--Celebrating Beautiful Smile's Birthday at La Villa

--Teen Spirit's blog

--Writing "Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn"

--Reading all of the Lemony Snicket books with OSFO and Teen Spirit

--Sky Thai

--A baby girl for Former Upstair's Neighbors

--Completing National Novel Writing Month (NANO WRIMO)

--Singing showtunes at the player piano with Upstate Pal and Dadu

--Going to the Noguchi Museum with Clever Grandma

--Ducks from MiMa Cat

--Swimming in the ocean at Atlantic Beach, Amagansett

--Week in Sag Harbor with Hepcat, Teen Spirit, OSFO, Groovy Aunt, Groovy Grandma, Bro-in-Law, and Beautiful Smile

--August on the farm

--Teen Spirit's comics

--Mamainwaiting's blog

--MiMa Cat's birthday at Inside

--Going to the Yehoshua reading in Queens with Best & Oldest

--Phone calls with Upstate Pal

--Running in the walnut orchard

--Patty Griffin

--The "Mom's Dinners"

--Tutoring Hanadi

--Hepcat's Putanesca-style pasta sauce

--The whole entire weekend spent in San Francisco for cousin Sarah's wedding

--Teen Spirit's drawing notebook

--Elliott Smith

--The day the printer delivered Pandamonium

--That short story in the New Yorker by Nicole Kraus

--Hepcat's photography

--Teen Spirit and Best Buddy doing bits from "Avenue Q"

--Udgewink's blog

--OSFO's unicorn birthday party

--Madeline Peyroux

--Teen Spirit's new wardrobe

--Watching/listening to OSFO and Dynamic Blonde play

--Hepcat's risotto

--Reading "Herzog" by Saul Bellow

--Thanksgiving on Third Street

--Blogspot

--Having lattes with Groovy Aunt at Cousin John's after OSFO's school drop off

--Cards and letters from OSFO

--Upstate Pal and Dadu's performance at Deep Listening Space

--Teen Spirit's Comics and Writing class

--Picking peaches in the peach orchard

--Teen Spirit's school art show

--Working out with a trainer

--Talking long-distance to Groovy Grandma, Groovy Aunt, Groovy Grandpa, MiMa Cat and Bro-in-law on New Year's Eve

--Watching "Garden Sate" with Teen Spirit on New Years Eve

--Monday trips to Eleventh Street




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