December 31st, 2002


This morning

Went to bed a little after 9 after watching one of the South Park DVD's my mom got me for Christmas. Woke up around 4:40 or so. Got out of bed some time after 5, managed to get out the door a few minutes before 6. The bus came not too long after that, so, with stopping at Burger King for breakfast and finding that one of the entrances to work was blocked off, I still got in to work at 6:50.

I had sent an email just before leaving work yesterday about some files that were screwed up that were supposed ot have been fixed, but I have no email about it waiting for me. I still have some stuff I can do, so we'll see if any other files turn out to be screwed up. I had hoped to have Chapter 1 completely off my desk yesterday, but it doesn't look like that will even happend today unless they miraculously fix the files. I have various parts of Chapters 1, 3, 5, and 7 on my desk, and I have yet to even get one of them off of my desk. I'm betting that I'll get Chapter 9 on my desk before Chapter 1 leaves.

So, yay me, I ate breakfast, and I brought dinner leftovers for lunch, so I'm actually going to eat relatively well today. And then homemade pizza for dinner tonight. Yum. Reviving a New Year's Eve tradition of my family. We made pizzas every New Year's Eve, and I believe that was the only time of year we ever made our own pizzas, so it was a real treat. I'm looking forward to it. My mom reminds me that the rest of the tradition is to bang pots and pans outside at midnight, but I'm not sure I'll be continuing that tradition.

Bits of a weekend

No trouble getting to Providence or finding the hotel. There was a track meet in the area, so there were many high school kids in the hotel. The pool was filled with them on Friday night. Our room was right by the elevators and ice machine, so we got much noise at various points while trying to sleep.

Went shopping at Providence Place mall Saturday, then saw Star Trek: Nemesis there. I liked it, but I thought there were some silly points, so it's no wonder theora didn't like it. I tend to like most movies, so, if there's something I don't like about it, there's a good chance most normal people will hate it. No spoilers, but I will just say that there's a point near the end when I wanted to say "And he became a real boy."

Saturday night I was taken out to an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant, Al Forno. It would have been perfect except for my trapezius spasming. Still a nice dinner. I had forgotten my Aleve, though, so I ended up getting out of bed at 3:30 and going downstairs to try to find some. The front desk person directed me to a minimart within walking distance. When I got there, a one-armed Middle Eastern man who spoke no English opened the door to let me know that they didn't open until 6 (it was about 4 by then). Got back to the hotel and got a cab to a Brooks. ATM down and their card things not working meant time while they tried to figure it out but eventually no cash to pay the cab, so I had the cabbie take me to an ATM. Back in the room after 5. I think I took a bath. Not sure when I finally got to sleep, but I spent a lot of the day sleeping.

When I finally got out of bed, we went to the RISD Museum of Art, which was cool. Didn't do much else. Watched a movie bakc at the hotel. The ride back was fine as well, and I got in to work by 8:30. I must say that it was really nice to sleep in my own bed last night.

As expected

I didn't want to plan for it, lest I be disappointed, but, as expected, the office is closing at 2 today. This gives more time to play with before making pizza. Now I have to figure out what to do with the time.

New Year's resolutions

I've never made any New Year's resolutions before. The thought had never even occurred to me, I don't think, until yesterday, when theora asked me if I were going to make any.

Some pondering today, and I think I am going to make some. So, here are my New Year's resolutions, in no particular order.

  • Learn the recorder well enough to sight-read most any piece of music.
  • Compose a song (with lyrics, if appropriate) for the recorder.
  • Pick up French again so that I know it well enough to read Le Petit Prince without too much looking things up.
  • Learn Rikchik well enough to communicate simple ideas.
  • Take a month off from working.
  • Make more food for myself.
  • Bike enough so that I can ride 100 miles in one day at least once.
  • Read at least one non-fiction book for every fiction book I read.
  • Write and submit at least two articles for publication.
  • Write and submit at least one story for publication.
  • Write and submit at least one poem for publication.

Useless information

The stats page lists the 15 states with the highest number of declared LiveJournal users. For each state, here is the number of declared LiveJournal users in that state divided by the population of that state as of April 2000, sorted in order of largest ratio to smallest ratio. I did this because I suspected that Massachusetts would be the highest, and indeed it is.

MA - 0.003895
WA - 0.003160
MI - 0.002762
NJ - 0.002206
VA - 0.002192
NY - 0.002044
CA - 0.001985
FL - 0.001947
PA - 0.001878
MD - 0.001865
OH - 0.001533
GA - 0.001471
TX - 0.001269
IL - 0.001187
NC - 0.001161