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January 1st, 2018

I say this every New Year's Eve...

2017, GET THE FUCK OUT.

2018, please do better. Please. 2017 was a dumpster fire of epic proportions.

I spent today at church, had dinner with Mom and Dad, and then we saw The Last Jedi. It was great, but knowing that it's the last time we'll ever see Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia was unbearable.

I'm dog sitting Giada tonight. I toasted the New Year by watching Anderson Cooper on CNN, and drinking IBC Cherry Limeade. Can't have champagne or any alcohol with the meds I'm taking. I had a touch of the flu after Thanksgiving and the cough lingered up to Christmas. It's better now, but I have to finish the meds course.

Katie and I saw The Shape of Water on Friday. It was a weird and wonderful, terrifying and beautiful film by Guillermo del Toro. It's basically The Creature from the Black Lagoon, where the girl actually falls in love with the Creature! Sally Hawkins is the girl in this case- a mute janitor who befriends, rescues, and falls in love with an amphibian man. She is absolutely brilliant and I will be pissed off if she doesn't get an Oscar nomination. It's a very adult fairy tale- there's a lot of nudity, sex, and gory violence (warning- a cat gets eaten). It's my favorite movie of 2017, and is definitely one of my favorites of the last twenty years. It's already ahead of the LOTR trilogy, Arrival, The Descendants, and The Grand Budapest Hotel...and after I've seen it a few more times it might just knock Atonement out of my number two spot. Maybe it will tie with or even nudge ahead of my favorite- Master and Commander. Maayyyybeee.

2018 American Girl of the Year

Luciana Vega, a STEM girl who wants to be an astronaut and go to Mars. This is the doll I've waited for my whole life, folks. This girl was me at nine. I loved science and space. I knew I could never be an astronaut because of my ear problems, but that didn't stop me from following the space program. I grew up reading about the solar system and our galaxy. There were men walking on the moon the day I was born (August 2, 1971, Apollo 15). I lived and breathed space. Somehow I lost my enthusiasm for studying science. I had a few bad teachers who mocked science and math loving girls. STEM wasn't a thing. I regret letting myself fall behind and listening to the nay-sayers.

This doll is important to me. When I first heard about her, I told my mom I wanted a gift card for Christmas. I got one, and I'm getting an extra card so I can buy her exclusive space suit as well. I was too old for Space Camp when it began, but I know my parents would have moved heaven and earth to send me if I'd wanted to go.

So my American Girl plans for 2018 will be almost entirely Luciana. First, the doll, her space camp jumpsuit and space suit. Later in the year, her accessories, NASA gift bag goodies, her casual space camp outfit, and her telescope. Also, her mini doll when it comes out. The only non-Luci things will be Molly's new Meet outfit and mini doll, and maybe any new Melody or Nanea outfits.