Friday 5, Life

Friday Five: It’s Not the End of the World


It’s Friday. You’re saving your energy for a 5-mile run tomorrow morning. And much to your disappointment, no fire or brimstone rained down from the heavens as was (sort of) promised by the Mayans and their wacky calendar.

You’ve also got no blog topic to speak of but you feel the need to write. Well, that’s what Friday Five is all about! Today’s topic is, appropriately enough, It’s Not the End of the World so here we go.

What’s something gross you’ve seen or tasted recently?
Let me think about this one. Oh yes, I know what it was. I tried a piece of homemade rum cake a few days ago and it was a bit too rummy for me. I gave it the old college try but only after a few seconds in my mouth I had to spit it out. No es bueno. Besides, I’m a bit of a teetotaler.

What movie this holiday season are you most looking forward to?
Without question it’s The Hobbit. I read the entire The Lord of the Rings series way back in 8th grade and fell in love with them all over again after finding all three books at a thrift shop. Naturally, I will seek out The Hobbit in paperback form and read it once I’m through the trilogy, currently near the middle of The Two Towers. (Side note: I had to drag Ann to see The Fellowship of the Ring when it came out but by the end she curious as to what happened next. I smiled and said, “Read the next book – or wait until next December.” She waited for three years to see them all and never read the books.)

What makes one photographer better or worse than any other?
Technique.A sunset is a sunset is a sunset unless someone decides to change angles, use reflections in glass or water, filtration, etc.

What specific, annual part of this season most makes you feel all the positive feelings again?
New Year’s Eve. It’s a time to reflect upon everything that happened in the last 365/6 days and see what could be improved upon. The beginning of a new year brings with it so much promise but in the end, after the ball as dropped and the drinks consumed, it seems like just an ordinary day. It’s also a time to see all of the resolutioners start their exercise programs. The trails will be filled in January then empty and left for us regulars again in March.

What are your thoughts on eggnog?
If it wasn’t made from milk or so damn fattening, I’m sure I’d drink it all day. There is a soy variety but if I’m going to have freakin’ eggnog, it’s going to be the real deal.


As of 3:30 today, I am officially on vacation! I’m pretty jazzed about that despite the fact that we got swamped with work at the last minute. Well, not the last minute but at 1:30, the time we would normally be dismissed on a Friday before the company’s annual shutdown.

That’s right. We’re in shutdown mode until New Year’s Day and I won’t be returning until January 2nd. I’ve got 11 glorious days away from proofreading Magyar, Srpski and български*! The bummer? There’s rain in for forecast for the next couple of days so it could impede upon my workout program which will start tomorrow morning.

Either way, I’m looking forward to being with the family during that time and the good thing is that if it does rain, there may likely be snowfall in the local mountains. Sounds like a road trip to me. We’re also planning on going to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center, checking out Chinatown, and maybe even a day or two of doing absolutely nothing.

That alone beats sitting at a desk for 8 hours.

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