Category Archives: Distractions

Sunday Stealing, December 11, 2022

Missed a couple of days of Holidailies, but Sunday Stealing will get me back on track.

1. Wintertime comfort foods, habits, hobbies

Pasta with sauce with vegan sausage. Red wine. Jigsaw puzzles. Pajama days.

2. Favorite seasonal/holiday music and songs 

The old stuff, classic carols sung by Ethel Merman, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Vic Damone. My mother went to high school with Vic Damone until he dropped out to support his family, so his “Deck the Halls” was a must whenever we hung up the holly. He also sung in the choir at the church where my parents were married many years later, St. Finbar’s in Brooklyn.

3. The people I want to spend more time with next year

My friends, a city explorers’ group I belong to, new people.

4. How much I could change my life in 1 year if I focused

Going on the past, everything: fitness, finances, career. Now if I only had focus!

5. The valuable lessons I learned this year 

No job is worth making yourself sick over. Of course I knew this all along, but now I REALLY know it.

6. How I’d describe 2022 in 10 words

Fun to start, then it went downhill from April onward. 

7. My favorite Reads of 2022 

Moloka’i and Daughter of Moloka’I, both by Alan Brennert. The first is the story of a girl who grows up in a leper colony on Moloka’i, the second is about her birth daughter, who ends up at an internment camp during WWII. I love stories about Hawai’i as I lived there for a year in my mid-20s.

8. Best movies I saw in 2022

None that I can remember. I have been more about binge-watching since the pandemic started. 

9. Favorite TV shows/episodes of 2022

Stranger Things, finally watched Downton Abbey and Westworld, and my favorite of the year, House of the Dragon. Ooh, I love that Targaryen hair.

If loving Daemon is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

10. Memorable experiences from 2022 

Took a day trip to Richmond in April. It was super hot and we did a lot of miles, but it was a lot of fun. I never spent time there before.

11. Three people I enjoyed spending time with this year 

Don’t make me choose just three. They read this.

12. How I handled challenges this year 

Took time off as needed.

13. What I’m leaving behind in 2022 

The ability of certain individuals to annoy me with their petty dramas, overblown anxiety, childish snits, and insecure power flexes.

14. How I changed most from beginning to end of the year 

I went largely vegan, but for mistakes and a few moments of weakness where I had milk chocolate. It’s a process. Also, to be honest, I became more of a misanthrope, too. The two are related, actually. I’m really disgusted with the way humanity treats animals.

15. What I want to tell myself before the New Year

Other people’s snits are more about them than about me.

This year’s holiday wallpaper.

Here’s this year’s holiday wallpaper on my laptop.

I got it at Desktop Nexus, a site that that consists of user-submitted wallpapers. It violates every copyright law in the book, but I engage in the moral turpitude of getting my wallpapers there. Sometimes I also use the images for my Facebook banner. And my personal diary on the very old and very outdated Diaryland. I don’t upload anything there, though. My hypocrisy only goes so far.

Hard to believe I signed up there 12 years ago. I can’t remember how I found it. It might have been just a simple search for a wallpaper site. At the time I had been dating someone for a few years, and we were in that old-shoe stage where two people can sit next to each other on a sofa and goof around on separate computers. He would tool around on message boards and I would show him cool bird pictures on Desktop Nexus.

Weird, the things you associate with one another.

I would link to my profile but it has the same name as my defunct domain, the one that is now Japanese porn. I logged in and saw that the domain had expired four years ago, and that my last entry was January 22, 2017. Oops.

It’s a bummer though, because for a while there, every time that name appeared in a search engine, the account or website affiliated with it was mine, as it was a made-up word like “zenzalei.” I won’t make that mistake again, boy howdy. Sheesh!