Welcome to 2009

Happy new year, everyone!

Obviously I’ve not just had a vacation from work this past week, but a vacation from posting as well. I’d like to say I’ve been insanely busy, but I’ve really just been somewhat busy and otherwise rather lazy.

Debbi’s cold has unfortunately stuck around for the whole vacation, and it’s hit her a lot harder than mine did me: She’s had such bad congestion she’s sometimes had trouble breathing, and has gone on powerful coughing jags, one night it’s was bad enough that she didn’t get to sleep until 8 in the morning. It’s really been brutal, and it’s sucked that it hit her during our vacation. It’s almost like she caught one cold, and then caught a second cold in the middle of the first one. But the symptoms have been progressing like a cold, and she hasn’t had a fever or nausea, so we’re pretty sure it’s “just” a cold, and not the flu or something uglier.

On the bright side, she got her car bumper replaced, since the old one got banged up when she ran into a ladder lying on the freeway a few weeks ago.

Last week we were watching the cat of my friend Andrew, Sir Meows-a-Lot, who is still a kitten. I think he’s about 8 months old, but Andrew has said he’s younger. But he seems bigger than a 6-month-old to me. He’s full of meow and loves to chase the laser pointer, and purrs madly when you pick him up. We wore him out completely each day we visited, so we all had a good time.

I’ve spent a lot of the vacation in the study. Mostly I’ve been getting my Magic cards organized, as they were getting to be a mess last month, and I made a few new decks. But I’ve also gone through some books and packed them up to sell to Bookbuyers next month. I also catalogued my recent comic book purchases, and organized some comics I don’t want to keep anymore, either putting them in my “to sell” boxes or throwing them out (if I don’t think I can get anything for them). I tidied up the “big closet o’ stuff”, moving the Babylon 5 script books into it. So things are getting cleaner up there. I really need to go to Storables and order some wall-mounted shelving for the closet, since then we’ll be able to stash a lot more stuff in there.

Since Debbi was still laying low, we had a quiet New Year’s last night, having take-out Indian food with Subrata and Susan, and watching DVDs for the evening. Their son Ajay is getting quite big, and will probably be crawling soon!

I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, and I haven’t done a great job of keeping them when I have made them, so I have none this year. What I mostly hope is that I can hit the ground running after this vacation, having recharged my batteries, and not just be highly productive at work but make some progress on some personal projects I’ve long wanted to work on. Of course, January is shaping up to be a busy month already, so we’ll see how that goes!

In the meantime, I’d be happy just for Debbi to get well.