The Life of Erin

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My New Year starts tomorrow January 5, 2009

I wasn’t ready to let go of 2008 on January 1–not even this weekend–I was in denial. It seems fitting that since tomorrow is when I have to talk to Real Live People for the first time since 2008 (like, coworkers) that January 5th is the official start of my New Year. For the first time in my life, I’ve thought of some official resolutions:

I am going to cook more, and cook more healthy meals in 2009. I have a slow cooker and some new cook books and I am prepared to use them.

I will not watch trash TV five out of seven nights of the week. Matt and I canceled our cable and suspended our Netflix subscription. I think it’s true that people who watch less TV are happier. We have been focusing on DVDs and short clips online–Northern Exposure is still the greatest show of all time, and Weekend Update is the best part of SNL (thanks Hulu). And once a week I can gorge myself on Real Housewives clips or Top Chef reruns (thanks again, Hulu).

We are all going back to Japan. This has been Matt’s and my dream since we met: to return to Japan together. Timeline: I’ve been multiple times from 1985-2003; Matt lived there from 2001-2002; and we started dating in 2003. We’ve never been there together and we are finally getting the chance because my parents will live there for four months starting on Thursday! I will miss my parents and they are giving Matt and me a chance to return to our favorite city together.

I will not insist on cosmetic home improvements. We have some necessary work that needs to be done and that will come first. No more obsessing over the paint colors or landscaping, although these projects will hopefully be hobby-like distractions this year (I release all of my stress from March through September when I can weed, plant, and pick vegetables).

And finally, in 2009, I am going to sleep more. I never get enough sleep but I owe it to myself to get at least 7 hours a night on average.

That’s all I’ve come up with as far as “resolutions” go. I’m sure I’ll think of a lot more and maybe even convert my musings into a spreadsheet.

I wish you all a truly Happy Year, and leave you with a few photo highlights (because everyone knows that blogs with no photos are boring as hell).

me funnysquirrel
(My obsession with squirrels began.)

(I started custom-making jewelry…and selling it.)

(RIP, Nannie)

(We made it back to California.)

(We celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary.)

(We planted a garden.)

(We did some painting…)

(…and then our ceiling fell in…)

(…which turned into a full-scale demo project that lasted 6 months.)

(I spent a weekend with my best friends in DC and said goodbye to Bush.)

Whole Foods
(I sold more jewelry.)

(I got a new office.)

(I was warm in the summer.)

(More gardening.)

(I went to Montreal.)

Penn Yan
(We finally went to Penn Yan together.)

(I went to London.)

(The Phillies won.)

(Then Obama won.)

(Anita got married.)

(And the holiday season was filled with happiness.)

I’m exhausted. How will 2009 ever compare?


Morning Jaunt to Covent Garden September 9, 2008

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Finally–some FUN shopping with money I don’t have! Kidding. Clothes and shoes are still out of the question. 😉

I love this shop but I was too overwhelmed to buy anything in it!

This used to be a wicked Doc Marten shop!

My tiny new umbrella that I haggled down 2 quid–so cute!

Oh no, I got it for 4!


A Peaceful Day to Myself September 8, 2008

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Lovely Hyde Park and Portobello Market


More London! September 7, 2008

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Still rainy, still fun, more tired.


Quick Post: London Photo Essay September 5, 2008

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Emma Clarke, Voice of the Tube November 27, 2007

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**Update** Emma’s site is now functional–enjoy! 

I couldn’t wait until Bizarre News Story Wednesday to post this hysterical news.  If you’ve ever been to London and ridden on the tube, you are familiar with the female recorded voice that announces “Mind the gap” or “Thank you for riding the tube.”

You would never stop to think about the woman behind the voice, would you?  At least, I never did.  Supposedly, she has an established fan base and has even recorded some “mock” announcements that aren’t so “helpful.”  She recently got fired for these jokes and you can read about it here.

Ironically (and disappointingly) Emma’s personal website, where you can listen to MP3s of her spoofs, is not currently working.  I’ll let you know if she ever has it up and running again.

Here is another article on Emma, and neither links in the text to hear the real and made-up announcements are working. 

You can read here about the history behind the “Mind the gap” announcement.