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Thoughts on 2008

December 28, 2008

Some thoughts on what I’ve learned this year:

  1. I never knew what “keyless entry” meant when people talked about having it on their car and felt like a dork; now I have it on my new Mazda CX-7 and LOVE it! If you don’t know either, email me and I’ll explain it to you so you won’t feel like a dork either.
  2. I’ve figured out that writing is really fun for me. I thought it would be such a long and difficult process, but I just let the ideas ruminate for a few days and then I can’t wait to get them out!
  3. NBC will cancel any show that I start to really like: they cancelled “Journeyman” last season which was an amazingly well-written and well-acted show; and I just found out they cancelled “My Own Worst Enemy” last week. Both were excellent. The upside with the cancellation of “Journeyman” is that sexy Kevin McKidd now plays Mcsomeone on “Grey’s Anatomy.” McYummy.
  4. 3-year old boys really are like puppies. My son Lukas will pee or poo anywhere, he nips, eats anything, runs all over the place, has the energy of a Tasmanian devil (I think he maybe one of those too actually!), climbs on anything, licks me, needs cuddles and snuggles, ignores my directions, and then passes out. Really there’s not much difference except for the fur; oh, and the tail.
  5. Pierce Brosnan should NEVER sing again in any movie…ever.
  6. That the people of California were open-minded enough to elect a black president by a HUGE margin; yet when it came to gay marriage they decided to go all biblical. Being a liberal democrat myself, I think personal freedom should be embraced and am quite saddened by the passing of Prop. 8. (Hey, this is my blog. When you get your own, you can say what you want. 🙂
  7. 9-year old girls are very sassy! And hormonal! I was prepared for that in maybe 2-3 years, but age 9? What is up with that? She can also be very sweet and cuddly and all that of course. But I’m seeing shades of teenagerism and boy, I can tell you, I’m scared.
  8. I still don’t like foie gras, no matter how it’s prepared.
  9. I really enjoyed quite a few books this year, particularly: The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb; The Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyer; The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski; Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali; and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. I also just bought quite a few books off TIME’s top 10 book list and Stephen King’s King of Pop column from Entertainment Weekly (go to; quite a few are in paperback and all are available for a few bucks on
  10. To always look at the big picture, heed the advice of others more knowledgeable and wiser than myself, learn from my children, and realize that no matter how much I want him to, Lukas will not go down for his nap on my schedule and to just accept that.


P.S. Please send me your favorite books of the year! I will gather them and post them on a future blog. So far I have People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks from my mom and sister Leslie.

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One Comment
  1. Hi Rachel,My favorite books this year:1. Liberty by Garrison Keillor2. World without End by Ken Follett3. Lamb: The Gospel Acording to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.4. Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama-Ron

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