The New Year is still all fresh and pregnant with anticipation. (Oh, but it feels good to use that word in a way that evokes new life of a different kind...)
Here I sit (imagine me in this chair here) with a glass of wine and scrumptious salmon cakes while Mr. T is off in the gym in the midst of sneakers squeaking against the varnished wood floor blocking shots and moving to the outside for his all-but-patented turn-around jump shot. He’ll return with animated stories of who fouled who and how he deftly set up a few three pointers. Basketball with the guys gets his testosterone pumping. It’s hard not to share his enthusiasm for hoops.
Meanwhile, I’m caught up in looking out over the next year. I face some time-consuming projects at work (one of which takes me to New York). The work is sure to test my creativity, diplomacy and management skills. But, I’m a firm believer in work hard, play hard. This picture at a Napa winery in October shows the play hard side of the equation…!
What else awaits? Well, this year will mark a big wedding anniversary, and five years since I first sat down to write Silent Sorority. Collectively, that deserves some celebrating. We not only survived; we’re now thriving and this new state of mind, and new year calls for some new plans.
What else is on the play docket? Well, certainly travel. We have been talking about visiting Mr T.’s ancestral home — Greece. How else to explain the tongue-twister married name I took on? (Tsigdinos – remember it’s a silent “T”) Ireland (it’s our turn to visit the Irish clan), and how about that amazing Seattle to Chicago rail trip we’ve been kicking around? There are the dinner parties we’ve been talking up, and then there are the lazy Saturday and Sunday mornings, the wine club memberships, the books stacked up on the bedside, and the visits and hikes along the Pacific coast…
What’s on your list of things to see and do this year?