Things I have discovered just before the new year:
(1) There is one honestly good reason to go to Ikea:
(2) My digital camera is dying and is starting to turn every picture pink (see edges of above photo).
(3) My beloved laptop is making very alarming dying animal noises. Take the camera, but spare the laptop!
(4) My New Year's resolution of riding my bike to work is currently being thwarted by the fact that I do not own a bike.
(5) My New Year's resolution to stop buying things from overseas that can easily be made locally (e.g. sparkling water, which really does not need to be shipped from Italy and cost more than gasoline) is being partially thwarted by the fact that the only local sparkling water I can find is Calistoga, which is gross and ridiculously over-carbonated (Maggie gets mist on her glasses). This is also thwarting my attempt to make elderflower soda using the above syrup from Ikea.
(6) Readers of this blog seem to do so only while they are supposed to be working, which explains why we have only a disappointing handful of responses to the Raisin Survey so far. If I had a sad raisin emoticon, I would paste it here. While I would love to reward the diligent readers who took the survey right away with the results now, I'm going to wait until people get back to work and give them a chance to take the survey - after all, it is absolutely essential that we get statistical significance right?
(7) Maggie got me a membership to iGourmet's Cheese-of-the-Month club, which is both exciting (I love cheese, and I've never been a member of an "of-the-Month" club), but also slightly worrisome. I'm going to have to pedal extra hard on that non-existent bike to work off all that cheese.
All right, now go take that Raisin Survey if you haven't already, and have a happy New Year!