Unofficially and without photographic evidence...
A is for accomplishment: 34 months since I smoked a cigarette.
A is for apartment: My daughter has a pretty cute one!
A is for anguish: And also sleepless nights (play along with me here) because of the jerks (or you may substitute an "a" word, reader's choice) who live in the apartment below hers.
A is for arrrgh: Damn corporate property management conglomerations (DCPMC) who ignore their tenants -- both the good and the bad.
Poor Katie. I had an email from her this morning -- she'd written it at 3:30 a.m. -- after calling the cops for the second time. The first time, the officer knocked four times on the door of the downstairs apartment and left when no one answered. I understand the position of the police, but I also don't understand. She ended up going to Starbucks and didn't get to sleep until 6:30. Katie practically lives alone, since her roommate simply avoids the situation completely by sleeping elsewhere. Ultimately, it's a property management issue that is being ignored and the mom in me so wants to pick up the phone and bitch. The allure of Madison has been somewhat diminished for Katie, and the living situation sure isn't helping.
UPDATE: A is for ass-kicking, as in the 5-day Notice to Remedy or Vacate that's been served to the downstairs offenders. Three cheers for the new representative of the DCPMC! Katie just called with the news; she also indulged in some retail therapy today, too. Sometimes, nothing makes a girl feel better than new cereal bowls!
A is for ABC-Along 2008.
There are 222 contributors to the Flickr group (as of now), the Ravelry group was approaching 200 last I checked, and my already out-of-control Bloglines list has burgeoned beyond belief! In order to post to the Flickr group and/or be listed in the blogroll, you must request an invitation by midnight (local time) tomorrow -- after that, admin will close the door on that aspect of the ABC-Along and turn to other matters... like posting an "A" herself.
We've barely reached the cusp of "B" -- meaning it's a very long road to "Z" -- and I'm already thrilled. "A" is well represented by people, places and things. There's flora, fauna, fruits, veggies, alpaca, angora, anxiety and mathematic concepts. There's activity, and action, and yarn (lots and lots of yarn), and any combination of the aforementioned -- and then some! The photography isn't always fabulous, but the subject means something to the photographer, and some of the blog posts just blow me away. That's what it's all about!
I am also delighted to see the return of some familiar names: Two Wooden Sticks and A Ball of String, Hyvetyrant Talks, SuZenKnits, and to learn of so many new (to me) and interesting blogs, some linked above, and also (just to name a few): Infinity More Monkeys (with a name like that?) and KnitXcorE (he's "pretty amazing"), The Ravell'd Sleave, The Purloined Letter. It is going to be an amazing year. I can't wait to see what all these people show and share.
My Sandy! Woefully, I am poetically challenged, but I finally made a haiku!
...next time won't you sing with me?