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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.

Movie goal.

After looking for my favorite Hulk Smash video earlier today—I watch it for catharsis when I’m really, REALLY mad—I got to wondering how many Marvel movies there have been. Turns out there are 40 so far. FORTY. So I might watch one a week for the next however many weeks, for the heck of it. I’ve seen about ten of them, all about Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spiderman, or The Avengers, but I’ve never seen Ant Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. It could be a goal for 2023. I’m going to watch them in story order, not release date order (i.e, Captain America: The First Avenger first, not Iron Man), as I want to move along the timeline of their universe, not Hollywood.

Iron Man is my favorite. I love Tony Stark’s snark. Captain America reminds me too much of my ex-husband, but blond. Same hairstyle, jawline, and profile. Iron Man’s attitude reminds me a little of an ex-boyfriend, too. Hmm, two strikes. Maybe the next one will be Thor.

I don’t know why I fell out of watching them. My tastes run toward horror and art-house/indie films, but I always got a kick out of superhero movies. It springs from watching Flash Gordon as a kid—the black-and-white ones from the mid-1950s with Steve Holland that ran on PBS on Friday nights in the 1970s. I used to watch them with my father, who was a Flash Gordon fan going back to the 1930s and Buster Crabbe. Maybe I’ll see if I can find all of those to watch, too.

Hey, the D.C. area is supposed to get a fair amount of snow this winter. Gotta have something to go with the cocoa.