Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Hanukkah, or Chanukah

For the best ever Hanukkah song, Karen Zipdrive has it one post down right now. Take the trip, it's worth it. It is also the first day of Winter as well as Hanukkah, and the day we have a second or two more daylight. Or maybe it's just the pause that refreshes, but for all of us it's one more day to celebrate one more day when the weather outside is frightful and the furnace is so delightful (unless the power is out--then you're screwed). But do please find a way to celebrate for at least a second or two just because.

And start thinking about January 6th. That's the day I'll be celebrating my first day of blogging. The word "blog" had to be explained to me. I had no computing skills, but I'd been writing for thirty years. I had a few pieces my friends from New York, Rachel and David, insisted I publish, and a blog was a good place to start, they said. So here we are, almost one year later. I have to stock the bar, and find a good party hat. Warn the children there might be salty language. I have cleaned up my swearing act considerably thanks to my wonderful Administrator and co-blogger, Phillip of Sitenoise. Check him out. He's a terrific friend, but only Phillip has the power to really scare me. I'm not exactly sure why. I'll have to think about that. Maybe I just need a thrill now and then, so I piss him off, and his reaction scares me. I'm probably afraid he'll eventually think I'm just too damn dumb to associate with. Strange how close you can feel to someone you've never met. He has come into my house with his voice to tinker on my side of the screen, and it's real enough to scare Roscoe, who goes searching for the man he hears. I miss you Phillip. I've been out of sorts lately. I had a bad case of the Christmas Blues. I'm afraid it's contagious.

I go a little crazy now and then. I'm doing the holiday yo yo right now. Happy one minute, sad the next, and then throw in a flash of temper and you have a savage cocktail.

(Two bloggy things I'd like to learn this year are the blog roll shout out like other smart, savvy bloggers do, like, for instance, Mock Paper Scissors. The other is the art of posting photos. Dcup does it right. Oh how I'd love to have control of where the photos are placed within my piece. Blogger has three options so far as I can see, so you get a poor presentation here. That needs to change.)


yellowdog granny said...

march I will celebrate my 4th year of blogging...gee, who know one person could have so much fun?

susan said...

Congratulations on the upcoming anniversary. Amazing how fast time goes by and it's especially rewarding to make new friends through talents most of those we meet in the humdrum never know about.

You've made an impression on me shown by the fact I dreamed I met you last night. You looked as you look in avatar but without much makeup. We laughed together as we washed walls that showed themselves as fabulous William Morris designs.

Utah Savage said...

Oh Susan, I hope we get to do that together some time. Dream that someday in the far distant future a couple of interesting women will be washing walls together and will uncover Phantsythat designs or a trunk full of first edition books that have actually been published in the paper way and done well enough to be recognized as worth something both tangibly and intangibly. Fancy that!

Yellowdog granny, it is fun, isn't it.

giggles said...

Oh goody! Another party!! Early congrats to ya! (And someone to emulate!!)

Mauigirl said...

I'm so glad you learned about blogging last January, Utah! I just passed my second anniversary in September. I don't remember anymore how I spent my free time before that, LOL!

I hear you on trying to learn new stuff. I still can only post pictures in the same three positions Blogger offers too.

Happy Hanukkah to all and I'm glad you posted Karen's link!

Randal Graves said...

Another legitimate excuse to drink adult beverages.

Nan said...

Working with photos in Blogger is a pain. I'm starting to figure out how to do it while editing in HTML, but it's not a whole lot of fun. Much, much too time-consuming.

My one year anniversary is in February.

Anonymous said...

A year? Wow! That went fast. I'm trying to remember when I first noticed you, but it seems like I've known you much longer.

Happy early anniversary. What do we give for a first year blogoversary, anyway?

What browser do you use for blogger? When I switched from Internet Explorer to Firefox, loading and working with pictures became much easier.

Thank you for the link!

Dior said...

Instead of a blog, I write a science column for our little town newspaper. It's tough being a liberal in the reddest state in the union, but keep on blogging. I personally need the support.
Dior from Heber Utah

Utah Savage said...

Dior, honey, you be careful in Heber, it's might red out there. Keep reading, I'll be giving you all the support I can. Tomorrow I'm going to group therapy and outing myself as gay and wanting to marry and how damn mad I am at the Mormon Church and their meddling the government of California to pass Prop 8. Should cause a lot of stunned silence, I'm thinking.

Dcup, I'm blogging on Camino. I have foxfire available, but how the hell do you switch your whole blog from one to another? Phillip called me last night and told me what awful taste I have in movies (re Blindness) and did it for at least half an hour, so how mad could he be? I think he'll help me.