Actually, the question I was asking was "what haven't I done?" It's always easy to find a million ways in which I haven't achieved everything I want--still employed in a go-nowhere job, still living off the fame of a book I wrote when I was 25, still in America instead of New Zealand. But I had a great talk with Damian in Seattle a week ago, and somehow I found the ability to see what I do have: a job in an economy when many smarter people (Dan, Larry, Damian) are scrabbling, a family full of love, a wonderful house, annual visits back to New Zealand, good health
So it was a time of a lot of soul-searching and dreams of change (Nat: "Honey, let's run away to New Zealand and start an aquaculture farm!" Jenine: "You hate the sea." Nat: "Start a computer store!" Jenine: "You hate hardware." Nat: "Run for parliament!" Jenine: "You hate politicians. And there's a small matter of what a simple google search will turn up
I'm listening to the iPod that Jenine, my sister, and my parents went in together to buy. It's awesome. I'd suspected they were going to buy one, and I'd been planning to nobly return it because nobody can really afford it. But once I had it in my hands, it was just so sexy
20G is a lot. I have 30G of mp3s, but I wasn't prepared for just how many tunes fit in 20G. I haven't even half-filled it. I suppose that's fortunate, because Jenine will want to pack her music on too. I'm the classical, jazz, bluegrass guy, she's the rock girl.
I know she'll want to put her music on it, because she got it for me. Every present from her, with the exception of a Dick Francis novel, was something she wanted. She bought me the first season of "24" on DVD for Christmas, and for the birthday came an iPod and books 4, 5 and 6 of the Lemony Snicket series. I haven't even read book 1 yet!
It's a pretty smart strategy, actually--giving what you want, I mean. She will have to watch whatever movies I get, and because she doesn't have time to go book shopping for herself, she'll end up reading whatever I get. And if our tastes weren't similar, we probably wouldn't have ended up together. So I think I'll get Jenine the third season of Buffy, a Blackadder box set, and a boob job for her birthday