Wednesday, December 29, 2010
2011??? How did this happen? I look at the number and it doesn’t look real to me. I guess that is what happens when half of your life has been lived in the 20th century.
I have never really liked New Years all that much. My birthday is one month later. To me New Years is really all about getting older. Plus I usually get a cold or the flu at that time of year. Every photo taken of me when I was a child on my birthday shows me sick in bed with a pointy birthday hat blowing out the candles.
Normally on New Years Eve we spend the evening with friends but this year it is just the two of us. Which is fine really. We have dinner reservations at a nice restaurant and then we’ll come home and watch the Twilight Zone marathon. That has been the highlight of New Years weekend for us for quite a few years now. We love those old episodes no matter how many times we see them. Rod Serling was quite a genius. Too bad he smoked like a chimney and died so young.
In one month we head out to Tucson for a glorious week communing with the desert. I cannot wait to get back there. We decided not to go for the Gem Show this year. I didn’t really spend that much time at it last year. All I wanted to do was to be outdoors. Hiking in the desert. Taking pictures. Plus it is so crowded that week. The restaurants are full to overflowing and it is nearly impossible to get into the really good places. So this year we are going the week after the Gem Show. We are staying at the same resort we stayed at last year, The Westward Look. It is a lovely place and one of the only ones without a golf course. Neither of us is really into the whole golfing mentality. They have lovely grounds and they even have a kitchen garden that the chef uses to pick food for his menu. Talk about farm to table freshness!
We have friends who spend the winter in Tucson and they keep us very busy seeing new things. This year they tell us we are going to go to see Mount Lemmon. We didn’t go last year because I was NOT interested in seeing snow. I am still not interested in seeing snow, but they insist we must see the mountain up close, so I guess we will. Of course Sabino Canyon is on the itinerary again as well as Saguaro National Park. That place blew me away last year. The quiet was so intense. You could hear the cactus breathe.
For now I will try and be patient and be in the now. Even if it is freezing and my boots leak.