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The 2006 End of the Year Meme

Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

As with most years, I didn't have anything specific that I planned to do other than find a new job. I'd say I was more than successful at that!

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, I had at least four friends who had babies this year.

Did anyone close to you die?

Thank God... no.

What countries did you visit?

I'm very disappointed in myself since I didn't even make it to Canada this year.

What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

Painted walls in our house. It's something we've needed to do since we moved in!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Overcoming my fear of going on the radio live for the first time since 2001. I know, weird eh?

What was your biggest failure?

Being way to paranoid about everything and anything

What was the best thing you bought?

Our new-to-us car (2003 Toyota Corolla)

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Matt. For putting up with me.

Books Books Books

Because we had Christmas Day and the day after Christmas off, I'm all messed up in terms of what day it is. Case in point: I took out a bunch of books out of the library last week. I casually looked at the pile today and thought, "Maybe I'll read the Ned Vizzini book first and then The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette." It then occurred to me that I should look at the due back date. Not one, but three books are due tomorrow that I really wanted to read: the aforementioned books and Ten Second Staircase.

I started It's Kind of a Funny Story on lunch with hopes to sneak a few pages while at work. I intend to finish that book tonight and start in on The Hunt.. tonight as well, finishing that by tomorrow afternoon when I have a half-day off and can read the Christopher Fowler book before the library closes.

Me and my literary passions must have a sit down and compromise on some realistic reading practices soon.

Addendum #1: Finished It's Kind of a Funny Story around 4:…

It's The Friday Before A Holiday.. Here Come the Quizzes!

The Movie Of Your Life Is An Indie Flick
You do things your own way - and it's made for colorful times.
Your life hasn't turned out how anyone expected, thank goodness!

Your best movie matches: Clerks, Garden State, Napoleon DynamiteIf Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

Your Travel Profile:
You Are Very Well Traveled in Canada (80%)
You Are Very Well Traveled in the Midwestern United States (75%)
You Are Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (57%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Southern United States (31%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Western United States (21%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in the United Kingdom (13%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Latin America (7%)
You Are Untraveled in Africa (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Asia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Australia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Eastern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in New Zealand (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Southern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Western Europ…

Christmas Cookie Decorating '06

Matt and I headed up to Rochester this past weekend for the annual Christmas Cookie Decoration night.

My mom made more cut-out cookies this year than last, and it seemed to take forever to get them done. Still, when we assessed the trays at the end of the night, we couldn't believe there weren't more.

For all the shots of the cookies, visit my Kodak Gallery (registration required).

I'm All For Freedom of Information...

A friend of mine who used to work for Monroe County, NY sent me an interesting link today. As with other municipal websites, when you log onto the county site, you have the option to look at different department pages.

On the Human Resources page, there is a link for Civil Service Test Scores. I clicked around and was able to see who had taken a test of a position, their score, what other positions they had or had declined, and what town the person lived in. That's a lot of information.

I made a quick call to someone else I know in government about Freedom of Information guidelines in New York State, and our quick assessment is that, yes, civil service information is foi-able in terms of who scored the highest. But to have everyone's information on there for that particular test seemed excessive. Any lawyer types or experts in this field, feel free to correct or clarify in comments.

Freeing The Music

The Internet is a lovely thing, and it's always exciting when you discover something that makes your mind just about explode with the sheer happiness that such a website can exist. I stumbled upon the site for the International Music Score Project while reading an entry on Wikipedia.

Here are the philosophy and goals of the site:

We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. To this end, we have created the IMSLP in order to provide music scores free of charge to anyone who has internet access. IMSLP will always be freely accessible.


The ultimate goal of the IMSLP is to gather all public domain music scores, in addition to the music scores of all contemporary composers who wish to release them to the public free of charge. However, another main goal of IMSLP is to facilitate the exchange of musical ideas outside of compositions: for example, the analysis of a particular piece of music. We hope to build a growing commun…

The Future Careers of Julia (In Her Next Life)

Those of us who complain about our jobs on a weekly basis, raise your hands. Yes, even you in the back row, don't hide.

In honor of it being 4 o'clock on a Friday, here is an inspiration from EriePressible and Slave to Mr. Stinny.

The "other" careers of Julia (in her next life):

1. Coffee Shop Owner
2. Writer
3. Travel Adviser (despite travelocity/expedia/etc. making this not so wise a choice)
4. Librarian
5. Wegmans Consultant
6. Independent Record Store Owner (even though the Internet & mp3s are making this obsolete)
7. Radio News Reporter (I know, I know.. I've already done this.. it's worth doing again)
8. Online News Magazine/Newspaper Journalist with audio feeds
9. Housewife minus the kids (I know! How very 1950s of me!)
10. Radio Announcer for some music program like the one Alan Cross does on CFNY

As I pondered this list, I realized that I probably should step up and try to do one of these since I am young and fabulous. Here's to a more idealized Juli…

'Tis The Season

Bless Meg over at

'Tis the Season is back with all its fabulous commentary on the holiday season.

We're Not Talking About Cup Size Here Either...

I managed to get this even with my hideously, inconsistent posting the last year or so.

Vote For Rory

A friend of mine in Colorado sent me an important message the other day. It seems that someone in Auburn, NY has taken up the cause of supporting NHL Defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick and created a page to get him voted onto the NHL All Star team. You too can help out by visiting Vote For Rory.

BFLOblog did a post about it. Then Off Wing Opinion added a lot more, including some articles. We're over 30,000 votes for Rory. Not bad for the kid from Irondequoit.