Alissa and I went champagne shopping while Josh and David went food shopping, and we rendezvoused at the apartment with lots of yummy stuff. People started showing up before the food was ready, but it was okay because they were perfectly able to entertain themselves while I cooked. We did a giant pot of spaghetti with pesto sauce, a big salad, some bread that Josh made, cookies that Alissa brought, fruit that the guys bought...it was really nice. It had been a little while since I'd cooked anything of note. We played a round of drunken Trivial Pursuit and then moved on to a different party. We never actually made it out clubbing, but instead threw our own little dance party in the basement. Mostly, it was nice to hang out with a mix of old and new friends. Maybe the best New Year's of my life.
Something between a list of resolutions and a to-do list:
- Take a fitness class. The foot trouble has ruled out running for the near future, and it's time I did something other than run, anyway. I'm really hoping I can still register for some of the classes that I was looking at a couple of months ago, like yoga or weight training. Back then, I was reluctant to sign up for a class that began after the holidays, because at the time, the whole point was to get in better shape so that my family wouldn't be disappointed by how I looked when they saw me over the holidays. But the holidays have come and gone, and no one even brought it up. So now my focus is on getting in better shape for me.
- Finally get my computer usable again. The new processor fan is a big step, but I still only have a basic installation of Gentoo. I need to get Gnome or something on there, but the last three times I tried, this happened. So I'm going to try and see if I can get that to not happen. And once I'm that far, I need to get all of my personal stuff off rockstargirl.org where I've been keeping it, and I have hundreds of bookmarks to organize, and I need to emerge a whole bunch of stuff, and yeah. I want to be a better Linux user, too. I'm pretty rusty.
- Get financially organized. I need to get my own IRA started, since I don't have one through my job. And I need to do that whole budget thing. I've let myself go, these past few months, but I figure new year, new opportunity to keep track of where my money is going and how I can improve my spending/saving habits. And I'm very close to getting rid of my credit card debt -- I want to get there.
- Go to a lot more concerts. For a while there, I was going to a lot of rock shows and loving it. I need to get that started again. Whether I go by myself or with other people, I just need to go. I expect it to be hit-or-miss at first since I've lost so much familiarity with the scene, but as I keep going, I'll get a better feel for which bands I really want to see again and which ones I never want to see again, and it'll get more and more fun and rewarding.
- Get my band started again. I've been such a disappointment to myself in this respect. I haven't posted that "be my drummer" craigslist ad because I feel my current website, demos, etc., aren't up to par and I don't want to direct any potential band members to them just yet. But they're not going to get any better if I don't have a band, so things will never improve unless I just bite the bullet and do it. My friend Nick, a guy I went to school with and a really great musician, already offered to play bass, and I really just want drummer/bassist/Lindsey this time. There's other stuff to get organized, too, like we need a practice space in Evanston, and we need to figure out how we're going to book shows, and all that stuff. But finding a drummer is the first step.
And since writing out all those things that I haven't accomplished bums me out a bit, here's a quick list of 2004 accomplishments I'm proud of: Running the marathon. My best semester academically -- not just in terms of grades, but in terms of how much I learned. Getting a big-kid job. Getting a permanent address that isn't my parents' address.