Dear Internet

Shall I start posting about my politics again, or do you find it obnoxious and draining and would rather I stick with navel gazing, life events, and professional development?

I'm so torn.



Best reaction to the State of the Union

"Obama announces we are once more at war with Russians."

LOVE The Onion.


Navel Gazing

2009 was going to be a great year. I felt it in my bones. (Them bones was right.)

At the start of 2010, I declared that it was also going to be a great year. Wasn't so lucky with that one.

Right now, as 2011 commences, I feel amazing. I hope the year follows suit.


Goals for 2011

1. Secure a job in the Bay Area that does not kill my soul (suggestions and leads are more than welcome). :-D

2. Move to San Francisco, preferably the actual city-city.

3. Travel outside of the states.

4. Read no fewer than five "for fun" books.

5. Find Cheeto a friend to hang with regularly.

6. Host a par-tay.

7. Finish the upgrade on catwendt.com and finish the two secret sites I've been working on.

8. Focus more on myself.


10. At 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, feel like this (relaxed/calmly happy):

2010 Goals: Final tally

Time to revisit my goals and see how I done did...

1. Audition for something, anything.

Status: Fail

2. Take one of the following classes: dance, piano, acting, or voice.

Status: Semi-Fail
I found a voice teacher, but our schedules didn't mesh up until 2011.

3. Get my passport.

Status: Fail

4. Buy (and wear) a dress (I haven't bought a dress in FIVE years. Five!)

Status: Win!

5. Gussy up and attend the SF Ballet's Nutcracker (I performed in it 15 years ago. Lordy, I'm old.)

Status: Fail, with a caveat.
There weren't any performances while I was in town.

6. Read three books for fun (last year I only managed two, believe it or not.)

Status: Win!
I read Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, and The Kitchen God's Wife. I also ordered a bunch of new books to hit in 2011.

7. Visit one new place.

Status: Multiple wins.
Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, baby. Ooooh yeah.

8. Attend more shindigs (in other words, try not to turn down invitations).

Status: Multiple wins.
I can tell I've been more social just from the number of pictures I've been tagged in on Facebook.

9. Photograph stuff. Lots of stuff.

Status: Win!
My fancy new camera died in a tragic Diet Coke accident, but I replaced it and moved on. Yay pigtures!

10. At 11:59 PM on December 31st, feel like this: :-D

Status: Win. Oh. Yes.
New Year's Eve, for the first time in ages, was full of win.

Final score: 6/10

By academic standards, 60% is not great. In terms of making memories for a life well-lived, I think it's fantastic. Here's to a fan-freaking-amazing-tastic 2011.