It's been a social whirlwind (at least in my current definition of such things) around here since the start of the 2006 holiday season. I've baked up a storm (three batches of brownies, chocolate-chip cookie bars, chocolate-chip spice cookies, 'thumbprint' cookies with raspberry centers and two kind of gingerbread), cooked almost as much (yesterday's experiment was split pea soup) and spent lots of time with friends and family. I missed The Nutcracker because I was too sick to go out, but managed to see Susannah Mars' holiday show at Artists' Rep in Portland (a real winner!). Tonight will be a return to our traditional New Year's Eve - just the two of us, a lot of finger-foods, some good champagne, a movie and a time to say good-bye to some of the stuff we'd prefer not to see in the coming year.
Here are a few of the things I hope will disappear in 2007:
- Neo-con control of our government
- The war in Iraq (what the hell, how about war in general?)
- Cancer. Too many of our friends died last year, or had brushes with cancer (including my beloved, who is, we hope, now past that particular threat)
- 'Sectarian violence' -- of any kind, anywhere on earth
- Stubborn ignorance, especially as it relates to our policies on global warming, or the lack thereof
Happy New Year to all. May 2007 bring light and abundance, health and hope.