Friday Five (2002-12-27)
1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
I developed a very strong base for my own Web content management system, TextStyleM. A year ago it was merely a few rough modules that couldn’t publish anything; today, it powers about half a dozen websites and that number is growing.
2. What was your biggest disappointment?
Developing TextStyleM is almost all I’ve been about this year, so I would have to say that my biggest disappointment is that it’s not as far ahead in development as I thought it would be by now.
3. Will you be making any New Year’s resolutions?
I have a nearly pathological fear of failure; therefore, I refuse to make resolutions because of this fear. I do, however, “set objectives” for the new year and don’t make a big deal about them.
4. Where will you be at midnight? Do you wish you could be somewhere else?
I’ll be sitting to the left of The Queen of Sheba, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
5. Aside from (possibly) staying up late, do you have any other New Year’s traditions?
In 1996, I came up with the idea of having an “Eggs & Roses” party on New Year’s Eve, and The Queen and her partner have been hosting this event every year since. After a feast prepared by the Queen’s partner, we pop open a bottle of champagne around 11:15 and each grab an egg and a marker. We spend nearly 30 minutes writing all the bad things or people we encountered in the year that’s coming to an end. We then go out to the garden and, one by one, we throw our egg against the wall of the canvass factory that borders the east side of the garden. Then we return inside and take a paper flower and write about all the good things or people we encountered in the year that’s ending as well as all our hopes, wishes, and expectations for the coming year. At the stroke of midnight, we open another bottle of champagne. By then there are many hugs, many smiles, and many tears.
This year, the event really ought to be called the “Eggs & Hyacinths” party in honour of the Queen’s eldest Prince who died suddenly on September 7th. “I think of hyacinths whenever I think of him,” the Queen has often said …both before and after he died.