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22 December, 2015
Rat Fink

Are you finished with your shopping?

It’s been a while, but it’s great to see you. I hope you’re enjoying this holiday season! :-)

For the first time ever, I took a huge long break from blogging. Why? Meh. I dunno. Well, that’s not entirely true. There are several reasons, but among them: 1) I was sad, 2) Godspell was a brutal rehearsal schedule and I was pretty much exhausted, and 3) I was mad at some Americans for their collective hatred and bigotry, and didn’t want to use RtB as a sort of bully pulpit. That kind of negativity extracts joy, and I really didn’t want to contribute to it. So, as Mother used to tell us, If you don’t have anything nice to say…

As I look at 2015 in the rear-view:

  • Even thought I’m an avid fan of made-up stories, I read some great non-fiction (this, this and this – sheesh, no wonder I was depressed).
  • I wrote to you exactly five times in August, three times in September, twice in October and once in November. A sad trend. Thassnotright.
  • I said silly things like, “I didn’t enjoy recess, because I was afraid of some boys who always picked on me. They were not nice. They’re probably corporate presidents now.”
  • We had a super fun summer Odyssey.
  • Five of my favorite shows ended in 2015, darn: Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, The Newsroom, DaVinci’s Demons and True Blood. (I’m still not over Mad Men not being a part of my Sunday nights.) But many of my other faves — Homeland, The Knick, Empire, Penny Dreadful, Outlander, Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, others — are still going strong. I still record most of my television watching due to my work schedule, but I’m grateful for times like this when I can catch up. That easy life of a teacher, I tell ya…
  • Good grief, I have snarked this year.
  • But I got pretty new dishes. :-)
  • I hated on some singing voices, but none more than my own. Heh.

Another year, almost in the books. Fellow crusties: do you find yourself ruminating on your mortality more often nowadays? I try not to, as it’s basically pointless. Moot, sort of. Sometimes, I think about how I could have, conceivably, less than a decade or so left to live (give or take), and there are still a thousand things I haven’t done. Stupid jobs and mortgages, anyhow (and lack of independent wealth). Where’s that silver spoon when you need it?

Anyway, it’s good to talk to you again. I hope the next time doesn’t take another seven and a half weeks.

Fink, who’s being taken shopping and to lunch by #1 Son Seamus today — wahoo!

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Ross Bonander
22 December, 2015 8:52 am

I ruminate that way constantly. It’s counterproductive and even self-defeating but for the time being I can’t seem to stop it. Glad to see you post though!

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RD
RD
22 December, 2015 9:36 am

Welcome back! I missed and miss you, but I knew you were terribly busy. I hope you have a relaxing Christmas vacation. I don’t think much about my mortality. Maybe at my age I should. Maybe it’s denial. I’m busy now with my new “assignment,” i.e. calling. We’ve been warmly received. Meeting tons of new people, and having trouble putting all the names and faces together. Getting used to an Apple computer. Lots of interaction with people, some of whom are dealing with huge issues. There’s always “stuff.” Putting final touches on Christmas Eve candle light service, and next Sunday,… Read more »

David
David
22 December, 2015 10:19 am

So great to see you Ms Fink…you have been missed but as I have found true of all real friends, upon hearing your voice it was like you were never gone! Totally understand the the busyness of your schedule…have many family and friends within your profession, all navigators of hectic schedules this time of year to which I am always amazed. As I sit here now, screaming at light speed toward another incomprehensible decade, I think about mortality of course. Hard not to avoid when your children are grown men, with spouses, careers and lives of their own. But…I am… Read more »

Mavis
Mavis
23 December, 2015 7:23 am

Bird! I was going to post something yesterday when I saw that you were back, but as you know, life got in the way. I pretty much *have* to think about the mortality thing – since it’s thrown in my face constantly! But lately, I’ve been concentrating more on just loving my family and enjoying the life I have left. It’s amazing how that weight has been lifted, and how much it has eased my mind. I’m so excited about our Christmas Eve with the family, tomorrow! Just want to wish all the fiends here in Fink Town, a very… Read more »