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The Holiday Report

Once again, I made out like a bandit in the gift department this Christmas. Among the highlights are a blender for the kitchen, so I can make things like smoothies and milkshakes, and a big warm flannel-lined red flannel shirt. My sister made a fleece throw from two different pieces of material, the front having a pattern with lots of buffaloes on it. I got two copies of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, both from a store that's going out of business, so I'm not sure what we're going to do about the extra copy. The best gift was the bag of cookies and quick breads Mom baked for me. Mmmmm. Excuse me, back in a minute, think I'm hungry....

Wolf arrived on Tuesday night and he brought gifts too. I now have the last two Richard Shindell CDs, Blue Divide and Reunion Hill. They're both wonderful CDs that make me want to either ask him for pointers or get out of the music business entirely.

Wolf also gave me a Finland calendar (Finland, squee!) from http://www.linnemann-verlag.com/ , or actually from their U.S. distributor, http://www.sormanicalendars.com/store/default.asp. This gives me a total of six calendars for 2006, all gifts or freebies. This doesn't count the one I'll get from the city of Warren in a few days. I have all these calendars, but do I have any more time? Whoa, that's awful deep. I'm going to have to rest a moment.

We're going to see Brokeback Mountain tomorrow. We were going to go today but Wolf was feeling poorly this afternoon. He's feeling better now, so we're still going out to get Indian food at Star of India in Ferndale.

I'm just glad the craziness from the pre-Christmas days is over. Having this week off work and without shopping and preparations to do is probably the gift I needed the most. Some year, I hope to cultivate a much more relaxed holiday season.


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Dec. 29th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Please let us know what you think of Brokeback Mountain. I want to see it, partner probably doesn't unless he hears something good about it.
Dec. 30th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
I'll post a review for sure. I'll be surprised if I don't enjoy it, to be honest; I have to admit I'm very positively predisposed to the movie, but I'll try to be open-minded about any flaws. Interesting thing is, from what I've seen so far, the professional reviewers mostly love the movie, and a lot of LJers in the circles of journals I read have been pretty negative about it, although they hadn't necessarily seen the movie yet.
Dec. 30th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Give Wolf my regards, and my best wishes for a safe trip back. Next time you are in town here I hope the three of us can go out to eat. And Happy New Years wishes to you both!
Dec. 30th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
Will do - in fact, he was reading your comment over my shoulder, so he conveys his thanks. It would be great to see you again; it's been a while, hasn't it...
Dec. 30th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Hmm... how many CDs does Richard Shindell have out? Perhaps we can browse each other's collections on Saturday. (In addition to the BFE collection, I also have the means to offload from the iPod.)

New Year's Resolution (which I've made for about 7 consecutive New Years): Catalog my music collection in a manner similar to the video collection. (Who knows... maybe I'll be able to FIND some of my music again....)
Dec. 30th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
He has six so far:
  • Sparrow's Point (1992)
  • Blue Divide (1994)
  • Reunion Hill (1997)
  • Somewhere Near Paterson (2000)
  • Courier (live, with a lot of cuts from the first three albums) (2002)
  • Vuelta (2004)
  • Plus the Cry Cry Cry album.
I don't know what the upcoming plans are; his website (http://www.richardshindell.com) would say if there's any new albums or tours coming.

Cataloging is tough if you're just starting out and you have a lot to catalog. A few weeks ago I posted something about a book cataloging service on the web, where you could search for your book and mark it and their database would save it. Maybe there's something like that for CDs too. I made my catalog in Microsoft Access (because I'm a geek, see).

Dec. 30th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
Hee. Music cataloging is a nightmare. I know, because it's one of my specialties. New standards are in the works to replace the venerable AACR that may improve things by moving the focus from the physical entity (the book or recording specified by edition and producer, as booksellers and collectors view it) to the conceptual entity (the book or recording as the reader or listener views it) without reference to editions, publishers, or dates.

Dec. 30th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
hmmm...sounds interesting. I got gift cards.
Dec. 30th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
Gift cards can be good, if you like shopping. You can get interesting things that way too.
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