Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year's Day

All is quiet on New Year's Day
A world in white gets underway ...
(U2, New Year's Day)

I was on call Christmas weekend. Got called twice on the Day (once in my sleep) and spent most of the day of the 26th in the office. Needless to say I have been discombobulated about the special days after Christmas, although LC and bls have been holding up the side. The mega-stress of the previous week had lifted somewhat but I was still working 7-6, dark to dark.

I almost bagged on my friend B's New Year's Eve day open house in SF (starts at 1, so one can get well home before amateur hour starts in earnest) because I was feeling sorta blah and the weather has been beyond foul, but we got a break between the storms on Saturday afternoon so I decanted myself onto BART and went over. That was nice because it's a big part of what my friend Adam calls Middle-Christmas.

This year I did not have to haul myself over the Bay Bridge to go to church at the Cathedral on New Year's, which was great considering the weather and my general decrepitude.

I almost feel like a human being again after a day of puttering around the house, including lots of cuddles with Maggie-cat and making some lemon curd. And I look forward to having another day to putter tomorrow.

At the grocery yesterday, I happened to be wandering through the kosher section, and remembered something I'd read recently on Velveteen Rabbi. I bought two yahrzeit candles for my grandmothers, one who died on 12/25 and was buried on 12/30, and the other who died on 12/30. I've been burning the candles when I've been at home. Tonight I hope also to catch up with something I had planned for the 26th, which is to listen to Mozart's Requiem in honor of the tsunami victims (and, at this point, my grandmothers).

In a lot of ways I'm not unhappy to see the back of 2005. Much that is good happened before Things Fell Apart, some has managed to happen since, and I hope to get it back and hold onto it in '06.


Blogger Emily said...

Blessings on this new year, Charlotte.

January 01, 2006 7:17 PM  
Blogger LutheranChik said...

You're not getting washed away, are you, Charlotte? The news reports from CA looked pretty alarming.

Here's to a day doing nothing. I had just such a day today. Actually, I made pot roast. But I didn't have to.;-) Calloo-callay! But back to the salt mines tomorrow.

All the best in the new year to you, Charlotte!

January 02, 2006 4:11 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

TeenWonder phoned his sister, who had been partying a couple of hundred miles away, in order to play U2 to her on New Year's it made me smile to read that start to your post.
Love and prayers for a happy, stress free 2006, Charlotte

January 03, 2006 2:18 AM  

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