I thought James Higham, of Nourishing Obscurity and the founder of BlogPower, was a good guy, but he’s shattered my illusions by starting a meme, ‘What are the seven  best things you did this past year?’ and tagging me with it. It’s particularly irritating, since he’s already used several of the things I would list, such as keeping the wolf from the door or starting to blog, thus meeting — at least in cyberspace — so many good folks.
Compiling the list is not particularly easy, since several things I might want to include would be meaningless to anyone else without an explanation and utterly boring when I did explain it. Anyway, let’s give it a shot:
- Losing three stone in weight on my doctor’s instructions.
- Giving my nephew The Dangerous Book For Boys as a present for his eighth birthday, since both he and his father have enjoyed the book so much.
- Giving his sister a voucher for some beginner’s riding lessons for her fourteenth birthday, since she’s enjoying it so much.
- Reading Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, which I enjoyed so much.
- Buying a bread making machine, since it not only makes very good bread but it also fills the house with nice smells.
- Pursuading, at long last, my 91-year-old and partially-sighted mother that a microwave wouldn’t be just a useless gadget she’d never use.
- Deciding, out of the blue, to stop wondering what had happened to an old friend of mine from 30 years ago, looking her up on Friends Reunited, and discovering she not only lives quite near me but that we still get on like a house on fire.
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