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Saturday, January 2, 2010
"Housecleaning" and the Best of 2009
#1: The best of 2009
Most years I make an informal list of some of the "bests." It's pretty flaky. It always seems to have best books read, and best recipe finds, but the rest is helter-skelter, based on whether anything has actually been outstanding. But I decided to write it all down this year.
Best Recipe Finds
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Turkish Barley Soup
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
Best Books Read
The Red Tent by Anita Dimant
Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody
Hidden Rainbow by Christmas Carol Kaufman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris
500 more miles on the NCT
Finished Irene’s Afghan
Best Project Started
Moose in Boots (a children’s book)
Best Poem Read
the other guineahen died of a broken heart by e.e. cummings
my new camera Canon Powershot SX10IS
#2: Monthly Contest
No one even entered the contest, although I know four people who were working on the puzzle. I guess I just made it too hard, and maybe the holidays were problematic, because even a partial answer would have been a winner! Anyone who is working on it, and would like the word list, or even a clue, just email me.
#3: Top Commenters
Tomorrow, I'll have the top commenters from December updated.
#4: A Poll
I'm hoping you will help me decide about something with this blog. I will be spending more time this year working on writing, as in writing for money (well, I can hope). I am losing another big web site client that wants to switch to a data-base driven site, and so I have to shift even more to writing. I have already shared a few things about the writing saga here, but I'm thinking of starting yet another blog, but one that I won't worry about updating except when there is something of interest going on with my writing. So, please take the poll, and leave any comments you wish.
#5: A Confession
I completely blew off the day and worked on a jigsaw puzzle that I got for Christmas a few years ago. It's huge, and I love them, but didn't think I should take the time. And I probably shouldn't have started it now...