2005 Wrap-Up 

So, looks like I’ve got two days to catch up on about six months of blogging. Sadly, this isn’t December 2004, back when I had the stamina to crank out a dozen posts in a 24-hour period. And with the recent news that my mother is selling the Vermont house, there won’t even be time to do that. Yes, friends, I’ll be spending my New Year’s Eve packing up all my worldly childhood possessions — the moth-eaten sweaters, the social studies textbooks, the cherished 1987 Playboys stashed beneath the floorboards. Good times.

Anyway, back to TurkeyMonkey–and the challenge of summarizing months of blogging in one post. My solution? Cut and paste the holiday card, or what I titled, “The Year in Ted and Ana.” I realize that, under the rules of blog parlimentary procedure, it isn’t fair to plagarize myself. But it’s better than the alternative: plagarizing Dorris Kearns Goodwin. Plus, this version will be illustrated!

• May 20 – Ana graduates from Temple University School of Medicine, takes the Hippocratic oath, eats pizza, visits Zoo.

• May 27-30 – Ted leaves job at Penn Press to pursue true dream of treasure hunting for valuable tokens hidden within knotholes of trees in obscure state parks. Arrives literally five minutes too late to find one such token—at a park his brother Doug was already searching inside.

• June 1 – Shifting careers again, Ted begins job at The Journal News working on a new series of suburban lifestyle magazines. The upstart business—initially Westchester-focused InTown, and later expanded to Rockland Magazine, Putnam Magazine, and Scarsdale Magazine—doubles in year one, with Ted writing and editing far more than he ever thought possible.

• July 9 – Ana’s pediatrics residency at the Westchester Medical Center begins. Sleep, or at least the restful kind she used to enjoy, forever ends.

• July 9-10 – Live 8, Ted, and Ana descend upon Philadelphia. The musical acts leave with the satisfaction of having fought world hunger; we depart with a Budget Truck full of furniture.

• July 11 – We close on the purchase of a two-bedroom co-op in a charming, older building.

• July 16 – “Pre-war” takes on a whole new meaning: leaky pipes, faulty electrical wiring, squeaky floors, and lots of cash-money for repairs.

• July 28 – Philip Cameron Mann is born to Ted’s sister-in-law, Tara, and brother, Doug. Thankfully, he does not inherit the Mann family’s mega-noggin gene.

• November 14 – Ted gets bumped up two grades on the masthead, becoming a Senior Editor—or, as he likes to put it, “the double-promoted daddy-o.”

• November 22 – Ted’s sister, Stacey, and brother-in-law, Dan, christen Austin Peter Raiche at 11 lbs. 2 oz. Suspiciously, this matches Ted’s recent weight gain to the ounce.

• November 26 to December 3 – We visit San Francisco, explore wine country, and find that Ana is marvelous at operating a moving vehicle under the influence.

In parting, I leave you with the one, Capra-esque nugget of wisdom I picked up this year:
Every time a pipe bursts, a sibling’s baby gets its ultrasound.