January 18, 2000


Well ... I'm not in jail.

And nope, I haven't dismantled the website, or cancelled my ISP, or moved to Mexico.

I haven't even been checking my hit counter stats.  Much. (Although it is amusing to see that entire geographical areas have fallen -- *plunk* -- right off the radar, ever since I casually disclosed that I'm able to track who is reading *FootNotes.*)

Yes, I probably allowed that last journal entry to sit on the website a day or two longer than was strictly necessary. (So sue me.)  It was a great entry, and I wanted to make sure it got the optimum amount of *exposure.*  And the truth is that nothing even remotely as dramatic or journal-worthy has happened since then ... thank god. Basically I've spent the past week embracing the ordinariness of January, and the ordinariness of my life. My life away from the website, that is.

And I don't mind telling you that it's felt really, reeeeeeeally great.

  • Buying shampoo and Dynamite Lightning Drink at Walgreen's!
  • Doing battle with cranky HP 92298X toner cartridges!
  • Sleeping an extra hour on Saturday morning ... and then spending the day driving around El Cerrito looking for Torani's Mandarin Orange Syrup!
  • Scanning our new block of Sage Derby cheese!
  • Cheese!

  • Listening to Velvet Underground & Nico records! Watching rental movies! Practicing Beethoven's Bagatelle No. 1 in F Minor! Washing my dirty pantyhose in the bathroom sink in the middle of the night!
  • Typing Regional Directors Meeting agendas ... over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and ... !
  • Exchanging uplifting, life-affirming e-mail with my best cyber pal!
  • Blowing my nose every 3.7 seconds!  [See: Sinus Infection From Hades, Day #13, or "My Top Left Desk Drawer Looks Like I Smashed & Grabbed a Rite-Aid."]
  • Simply getting up in the morning and going to work and coming home again at night!
  • Being madly in love! Breathing! Thinking! Working! Talking! Walking around! Exfoliating! Practicing random CAPITALIZATION of CERTAIN WORDS for EMPHASIS!
All of the little, day-to-day stuff that goes unnoticed -- and uncelebrated -- most of the time.

I don't even mind the fact that all of a sudden it's JANUARY. January, the most unrelentingly ordinary month of the entire year. January, the vanilla yogurt/Starland Vocal Band/Size 7 white crew sock of months. January, usually the low point of the year, for me.

Most of the time I hate January. This year ... I don't.

Why? Because this year it means that the holidays (AND the 20th Century) are finally, blessedly over  ...  along with all the attendant hoopla and folderol and stress and expense and travel and Y2K nonsense and bad Celine Dion TV specials  ...  and life can now go back to ordinary.

Wonderful, fabulous, overlooked, under-appreciated, blissfully dysfunctional *ordinary.*

self-important blurb #1 will go HERE:  nope. that's it. that's all i have to say, for now. i just didn't want anybody thinking i'd fallen off the planet ... OR thrown in the towel.

self-important blurb #2 -- probably having something to do with the WEATHER:  winter has finally arrived in the bay area, apparently. this morning there were actual RAINDROPS on the hood of the subaru ... and i'm wearing my no-nonsense *winter-weight pantyhose* under my sandals today.


special *howdy* to:  daughter #1, who has been following in her mother's *footsteps* lately with Pimpjaymi's Kiss Ass Home Page.

now all she needs is a hit counter -- and a subpoena -- and she's on her way!

i'm so proud.

a year ago

here's where i'll ask a *relevant* question:
which would you prefer to hear more about in the days ahead: weather? or kitchen appliances?

or would you rather i just talk about balloons?

reading/*listening*/watching: * "all tomorrow's parties," nico
* "o superman," laurie anderson
* "forever gold," abba [a thanks-for-being-a-good-sport-about-the deposition gift from david last week]
* "wild, cool & swingin'," louis prima and keely smith with sam butera & the witnesses [another gift from david]
* "bottlenekk's autobiography," a mix tape from bottlenekk
* "a guerilla looks at xmas 99," a mix tape from fifiotoole
* "nostril things," a mix tape from edmundkaz

amazingly profound thought of the day: ``Vanilla, adj.: Ordinary flavor, standard. See FLAVOR. When used of food, very often does not mean that the food is flavored with vanilla extract! For example, "vanilla-flavored won ton soup" (or simply "vanilla won ton soup") means ordinary won ton soup, as opposed to hot and sour won ton soup. ''