Well New Years has come and gone. I didn’t make any resolutions this year, feeling (blaming? Making excuses?) that the past hew years have been so tumultuous that I would just try to cruise on, keeping my head, and it’s to be hoped my weight and cholesterol down. I qu
it drinking years ago smoking decades ago, and carousing quit me even perhaps before I was quite accustomed to the idea of quitting it. But hey, I’m alive, I am employed, I am (at least intermittently) loved, and safe. My only wish is that for the rest of the world.
So the Christmas appearance of good weather was fleeting: it would be whining in the worst possible way when other parts of the country are chipping their way out of inches of ice or digging out their cars (or houses), or just now getting power to complain that we got rain, so I am not going to. To be honest, we do need it, badly, and the bulk of this is happening in places where it can fill reservoirs and replace snowpack so color me thrilled. We did get a decent amount in the past few days as evidenced by the photo- usually the level of the water in the pool here is in the bottom quarter of that “3”, and no, the deck does not drain into the pool- that is just rain.
Even getting caught in it wasn’t that bad. I was coming back from the market when it started schvitzing- no problem, not worth stopping. Then actually raining. Well, still no problem as I was just a few California Rolling Stops from my building and I would get wetter stopping to put up the roof. Just as I got to the gate, it opened up (don’t know if the video will upload) so I didn’t get drenched. Bullet dodged. I am hoping to passers-by that the sight of me zipping along in my car with the top down read as young, carefree and insouciant and not “old fart in a crappy car who is too stupid to come in out of the rain.”
Don’t burst my bubble.
It’s been raining off and on ever since, in a way that I find perfect- it will be grey during the day with maybe some showers, but the real rain comes after midnight, and I love that sound. I do look forward to February if this keeps up- we should get emerald green hills that look like special effects until we dry out and go back to gold. For the cold and rainy weather I have been pulling out gleefully the heavy hitters- dousing myself on Guerlain SDV or on days where I don’t have to go into the office indulging in the almost onanistic pleasures of MKK or Ambre Sultan
So my resolutions in 2023? Spend less. Food prices have gotten out of hand and it’s time to rein that in a bit. No “oh well, I feel like expensive take-out and it’s just for today” because it’s never just for today. No gadgets- I have purchased a new MacBook, iPad and iPhone in the past two years so that’s it. I don’t care if the iPhone 15 tells me I’m pretty and has automatic Photoshop to erase 20 years off me in zoom calls, unless it comes with it’s own stock portfolio and bakes I’ll stick with my 11. No new perfumes either. There I said it.
My other thing is get a haircut. I haven’t in months and my (admittedly enviable) problem is that my hair grows fast, which you can see in the photo. So it has gone from Barbara Bain in series one of Space:1999, past series two and is now flirting with Farrah in Charlie’s Angels. What say you guys? Chop it all of like in the pic from a few years ago above? Trim it? Leave it until I can flip it and say “freeze” like Jill Munroe” The photo doesn’t show the whole magilla- it’s long enough in the back for a French Twist, so I could be attending costume parties as Melanie Daniels- I’d just need a few cardboard crows and a bottle green dress. I’ll take all hairdo suggestions.
So what are your plans for the new years? Taking up a new hobby? Planning a life change? Places to go and people to meet? Please talk about it in the comments- I live vicariously through you people, I really do. And I hope you all have a happy, healthy and fulfilling new year!
Photos: Mine and Pixels