Thursday, January 12, 2006


Last night I went and played floor hockey in the gym of an elementary school where some of my friends teach.

And it was so much fun!

There were only 4 players per team, and you subbed in and out whenever you wanted. Since there were about 12 people there, it meant you could play or gasp on the sidelines as much as you wanted. And that was it. No one expected you to be good, or got mad if you weren't. It was co-ed, but in the nicest possible way - the guys didn't check you, but seemed to delight in being checked or chased by the girls, and there was plenty of cheering and encouragement from everyone. No one kept score. People kept switching teams. It was simply fun.

I've been reading the New York Times article about diabetes and how it's surging over us, and pretty soon we're all going to be swamped by this massive tidal wave of problems that will overwhelm us and our rickety healthcare system. And we eat too much and move too little.

And at the game last night, I was thinking, if kids did this every day at school, maybe we'd all be different. I don't mean just the exercise bit, I mean the non-competitive part too. The sense of fun, and encouragement. Running around because it's fun. Playing with a group of people because it's fun. Maybe we'd keep doing it right into adulthood, instead of thinking you can only be a super-athlete or have to trash-talk to be part of the game, or you have to have a perfect body or fancy shoes.

I wore mismatched socks and an old yellow t-shirt. My hair stuck up all over my head as soon as I got sweaty. I got really red in the face, and I keep touching the ball with my foot and losing possesion to the other team. I scored one awkward goal and got high-fived from a guy wearing goggles. When I left, the guys said thanks for coming! See you next week!

Yup. I think I'd like to be part of the game.

Monday, January 09, 2006

A Year in Review and Preview

A Recap of 2005! Dire Predictions for 2006!

No letter in my Christmas card, but this is pretty much my life last year. Read on if you dare! It's very, very wordy.

In January 2005, I moved out of my parents' house and back into Boston. I enjoyed sleeping in and not spending 4 hours a day commuting. I also enjoyed living in Brookline with some cool roommates who were very warm and welcoming. We spent a lot of time shoveling endless snow and attempting to fit 50 Lean Cuisine boxes into a small freezer space. (Guys, not all food comes pre-packaged!) Alas, however, there were mice. That part was bad. But I miss the human roommates!

I also decided I simply had to be out of my job, come hell or high water, by June. The money I saved at home and an offer of super cheap housing from friends in DC made this possible! After two trips to DC, bravely networking with a lot of supportive prodding from the brother, I finally got a new job. At a museum. Doing publishing. With a great boss. HOORAY.

So - June saw me start a new job, live in Columbia Heights, then back to MA in August, pack up a truck, drive to DC (The drive was long and tough - as my mom said "Delaware - you stink!") and move into my first apartment without roommates. Props to the brother, an intern and a friend who gamely sweated it out in 100 degree heat to move a lot of boxes.

My firstt six months in DC have been good. I've lucked into new friends, get to hang out often with my brother (a very good friend!), and I am eagerly awaiting the move of a childhood friend down here sometime this spring. Job is good. Also - there has been no shoveling at all!

In my biggest news after the job, I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and went to their fall conference here in DC, where an editor from a really big publishing house expressed interest in my still mostly nascent YA novel. Although my first chapter and synopsis are now languishing somewhere on her desk, it was a huge boost to know what I wrote was interesting and entertaining to A Real Editor!

This year also included three weddings, a new cousin, a new baby for my friend, a pregnancy for another friend, and an awesome (though filled with choppy boat rides!) trip to Greece with my college friend.

So - 2006?

Keep writing! Complete novel!
Go to Paris for 30th birthday with the Beloved Brits.
Keep working on meeting new people. Do not languish in lovely apartment!
Knit more. Draw more. Learn to quilt?
Go on at least one date.
Join Sierra Club.
Save money.
Celebrate the birth of Baby P at the end of June!
Keep writing! Complete novel!