this morning, while the dogs ate their breakfast, i sat down at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee, a felt-tip pen, and two calendars. it was still dark out, and while riley and boscoe crunch-crunch-crunched their way through their kibble (with healthful additives), i paged through the 2007 calendar, looking for key birthdays and anniversaries to mark on the 2008 calendar.
of course when you do this, you come across all kinds of other things--random appointments and dinner dates and visits from out of town guests--and you end up flipping through the year in fast-motion.
i went to walgreens, turned in the prescription, waited and waited, finally grasped the bag of pills, drove stiffly home, sat down at the very kitchen table where i am now reminiscing with my calendar, popped a vicodin, and waited.
and found out the hard way that vicodin has absolutely no effect on me. none. not a bit. i didn't feel happy, i didn't feel less pain, i didn't feel woozy, i didn't drool, i didn't fricking anything. i just sat there in exactly as much pain as before. (i have a full bottle left and don't know what to do with them.)
ok, that probably wasn't my happiest memory of 2007. but paging through the calendar brought it all back.
oh, and here--here's the date when doug and i went out to dinner with chris and kathy in Uptown. oh man i cannot believe how much we ate.
oh, and here is the day i had to give the keynote address to the association of university press editors. i was so scared, right up until the moment i got on stage. and then it went great.
and here is our trip to paris! and my trip to montreal! and shawn's wedding, in Sonoma!
flip flip flip through the year.
the 2007 calendar is covered in smudges and marks, and the little hole at the top ripped out long ago and so i have to cut through big swaths of scotch tape that hold it all together. it's almost ready to discard.
but oh, all those other blanks squares. what will they hold? stay tuned...