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Sundries
...a sweatshop of moxie

Friday, January 13, 2006

Happy One Year Anniversary, Sundries!

(Welcome Politburo Diktat, OptimistMom, Paul of York, Either End of the Curve, Immodest Proposals, Conblogeration, Noonzwire readers! Whew, I think that's all, but do post if your kind blogiverary link was omitted)

(Plus a belated but warm welcome the Anchoress readers!)

It's here. My blog, Sundries', one year anniversary!

Just like a proud mama, I have nurtured it and seen it grow by greater leaps and bounds than I thought possible, when first I saw it take its babysteps.

I had never been able to keep a handwritten journal, for any length of time.

Not because of the usual reason (lack of consistency in keeping it up), either, no.

But rather, because each time I wrote about myself in my leather journal, the kind with a little lock and key, I sounded pompous, and consequently, hilarious.

I was too busy trying to imitate Samuel Pepys, or Queen Victoria, with their otherworldly talents in capturing the daily mundane, to understand that journal-keeping is more about sharing the world around you, than being too concerned about what the weather was like that day, or how upset you were at X or Y (especially that beeatch, Y).

And it helps, undoubtedly, to have a wide range of interests, to have lived life as fully as you could until that time, and to be introspective, but with an extrovert's resilience and bonhomie.

At the age of 14, I wasn't there yet.

But at the grand old age of 30, when I can tick most of the boxes above, I think journal entries take a life of their own.

Sundries is not like many other blogs out there.

It's not about me, although I feature heavily in it.

It's not about my family, although it's tied-at-the-blog-hip to them.

It's not even about my interests, since I often cover matters I hadn't even thought of until the moment I read about them.

In fact, it's about nothing (pace Seinfeld).

A gloriously happy romp into nothingness, I say!

What makes it all worthwhile is that every time an original piece of mine is composed, I know the moment I press send, others will either go "eh" or "oooh".

But it'll be read, all the same.

Because I started Sundries since I dearly want to be a writer, but life has a way of intervening, and I've taken a very different professional path than the leisurely pursuit of writing.

Arriving home from Medical School, I realised that blogging was my release, and quite possibly, my saviour.

Nothing is so awful as not to do something you really want to do, and do it regularly.

Sundries, my quirky little blog, you threw me a lifevest of self-expression just as I started to drown.

And though not all our reasons to blog are as historionically put, isn't that the reason anyone shares their thoughts with potential billions?

Because they feel they have something to say.

And by gum, we do.

Thanks to all who have been with me through this blog-journey thus far. You can jump off at any time, but know that your presence, your comments, your energies feed my love of blogging.

Sundries is the clock, but you are its wheels, so for that I say:

Thank you, Sundries readers!

P.S.: In case you are wondering, I used Sundries six times in this post...seven times.

AND FOR THE RECORD: My first post was called, "Oh Dear Now I Have a Blog".

Don't let that hint of sophisticated ennui fool you. I was fit to burst with excitement.

This is what I wrote then.

"Well, I already had one, but this just puts the finishing touches on my internetting career. And I see they don't have the font I like. Hmm. My recent obsession, other than collecting fountain pens and opera glasses, is turning back the pages of books to the end notes, to find by which linotype a book is printed -- my favourite to date is "Galliard" based on a design in the 1500's by the incomparable Robert Granjon. Take a look-see at it in Caleb Carr's works."

Although I've evolved as a blogger, you can still hear my distinct blog "voice" present even then.

(And big cyber-hugs to my Blogfather, JSU!)

43 Comments:

  • In the spirit of this post. . . .

    Three Cheers for Nothing!!

    Hip Hip Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah!!

    and, Thanks for Nothing!!

    (that normally isn't that cheery of a sentiment, but in this case it is exceptionally so,. . . . . honest)

    Looking forward to more years of insights, digressions, discussions and the occaisonal diatribe.


    And completely apropos of nothing (speaking of digressions) Emma Thompson is on Leno right now, wearing some excellent F-Me boots, and I'm thinking why, yes, I would like to very much (the voice, accent, and intelligence are hard to resist, why Branagh would trade her in for that stick figure Bonham-Carter mystifies me)

    By Blogger XWL, at Fri Jan 13, 03:15:00 am GMT-5  

  • In the spirit of this post. . . .

    Three Cheers for Nothing!!

    Hip Hip Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah, Hip Hip Hurrah!!


    Thanks, XWL! Mwah. :)

    and, Thanks for Nothing!!

    LOL...I confess, I did think of entitling this post:

    Being and Nothingness

    But that's too Sartrian cute even for my standards.

    (that normally isn't that cheery of a sentiment, but in this case it is exceptionally so,. . . . . honest)

    Don't worry! I'll never be honest again.

    Looking forward to more years of insights, digressions, discussions and the occaisonal diatribe.

    Diatribes are good, don't you think?

    It shows there's some blood in those cockroach veins of mine.

    (This odd phrase makes more sense if you speak Portuguese, trust me..."sangue de barata")

    And completely apropos of nothing (speaking of digressions) Emma Thompson is on Leno right now, wearing some excellent F-Me boots,

    Dude. You got me worked up for nothing (I'll stop when you do!).

    I turned on to my local NBC, and sadly, no Leno nor Emma Thompson. Boo.

    You must be a "different coaster" than us in EST.

    Or your affiliate is very lax in their programming.

    and I'm thinking why, yes, I would like to very much (the voice, accent, and intelligence are hard to resist,

    Her mother, Phyllida Law, is a very good character actress in her own right -- but Emma turned out to be a leading actress.

    why Branagh would trade her in for that stick figure Bonham-Carter mystifies me)

    I couldn't agree more.

    I have a really good H B-C anecdote I'll tell you one day.

    It involves hair mousse, her French mother, and my mother at Harrods.

    Wait for it!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:44:00 am GMT-5  

  • A friend of my second serious girlfriend went to the same 'public' school (which is to say really expensive, exclusive private school) and was the same age as HBC.

    She was also an actress, so naturally she was torn between loathing, jealousy and hatred.

    Did I mention she really, really didn't like her?

    Sorry you missed Emma on Leno, yes I'm time zone challenged, or advantaged depending on the time of day, and your perspective.

    She was quite good, and very 'present', which is so unusual for 'stars' on talk shows now-a-days.

    By Blogger XWL, at Fri Jan 13, 06:19:00 am GMT-5  

  • Happy Anniversary, Dear Victoria

    By Blogger Paul, at Fri Jan 13, 08:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Happy Blogiversary from my blog to yours!

    (And thanks for your encouragement over the past two months.)

    By Blogger reader_iam, at Fri Jan 13, 08:57:00 am GMT-5  

  • Congratulations Victoria!!!

    You do a wonderful job and I really enjoy your blog! Your ability to so intelligently address individual readers' comments make all of us feel very special!

    Un abrazo, Jose

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Fri Jan 13, 09:55:00 am GMT-5  

  • Congrats and Happy Blogiversary to you!

    For she's a jolly good blogger,
    For she's a jolly good blogger,
    For she's a jolly good blogger,
    Which nobody can deny.

    By Blogger Pastor_Jeff, at Fri Jan 13, 10:32:00 am GMT-5  

  • Congratulations and Best Wishes for many more happy years of blogging!

    But for me taking a law class about 20 years ago with Professor Althouse, we might not have met. Cyber-met, that is.

    I'm so glad to see how the Anglo half lives it up in Miami. It makes me feel so darn cosmopolitan just reading the blog.

    Beers!
    Ruth Anne :)

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Jan 13, 10:33:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hey, Commenters! I have a proposition. Why don't we all link to this post on our blogs and get Victoria evolved back to Flappy Bird? For a day or so, at least.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Jan 13, 10:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • Already linked earlier this morning ... go for it, everyone else!

    By Blogger reader_iam, at Fri Jan 13, 11:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • Gracious, snarky, wordly, goofy...

    If you could only open a bar, Victoria, I'd be there having Gin Rickeys (in my white tux!) every evening between the sets of the flamenco dancers...

    Happy, happy -- how ironic that a blog should have a "paper" anniversary!

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Jan 13, 11:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • Congratulations on the 1st Anniversary.

    By Blogger MuppetLord, at Fri Jan 13, 12:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Felicidades Victoria!!! May you celebrate many many more. And thanks for all the hard work and wonderful writing.

    By Blogger Val Prieto, at Fri Jan 13, 01:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • A friend of my second serious girlfriend went to the same 'public' school (which is to say really expensive, exclusive private school) and was the same age as HBC.

    Then I may know her, because I went to the same school as HBC. ;)

    (Albeit, I do think she must be substantially older than I am, since we never directly met)

    She was also an actress, so naturally she was torn between loathing, jealousy and hatred.

    Why? HBC wasn't even that good in school plays, if the school newsletter is to be believed. ;)

    Did I mention she really, really didn't like her?

    Apparently, she wasn't the only one.

    Beats her contemporary Marina Ogilvy, the daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, who was so unpopular for her malodourous person and outré dress, that though the teachers called her M.O., she was called B.O. by her classmates. ;)

    Sorry you missed Emma on Leno, yes I'm time zone challenged, or advantaged depending on the time of day, and your perspective.

    Not too sure that's right.

    I have often wanted to live in PST, since that way, I would be awoken later or earlier than I am now by relatives who call from abroad...

    PST just seems cooler.

    She was quite good, and very 'present', which is so unusual for 'stars' on talk shows now-a-days.

    I have to say that I am not impressed by Hollywood actors today.

    They sound ditzy, or drunk, or full of themselves, or worst of all, boring, in the 15 or so minutes alloted to them.

    And it's not about the time.

    If you check out old Johnny Carson tapes, you are astounded at how fascinating even Z-list people like Shecky Green or Lola Falana were. ;)

    (I had to one-up Ruth Anne for her Ruth Buzzi mention!)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Happy Anniversary, Dear Victoria

    Thank you, my dear Paul. That was short, sweet, and very classy. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Happy Blogiversary from my blog to yours!

    Thanks, Reader_Iam!

    I just checked my Sundriestips inbox, and I see you and others emailed me there.

    *sigh* Sorry. I will try to be better!

    (And thanks for your encouragement over the past two months.)

    You betcha. Your blog is 1-A prime select Atkins-approved nourishment. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations Victoria!!!

    Gracias Jose! :)

    You do a wonderful job and I really enjoy your blog! Your ability to so intelligently address individual readers' comments make all of us feel very special!

    Not at all. It's you who make me feel so special, all the time.

    Un abrazo, Jose

    Abrazos, besos, y mas Iron Beer para ti tambien.

    Y oye, yo se que no podras tener tiempo estos post-Christmas dias, pero I miss you cuando no estas aqui.

    Hope you're having fun! :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congrats and Happy Blogiversary to you!

    For she's a jolly good blogger,
    For she's a jolly good blogger,
    For she's a jolly good blogger,
    Which nobody can deny.


    And so say all of Pastor_Jeff! ;)

    Thank you so much, PJ. And like RIA, apologies for not husbanding my email more carefully.

    As soon as I come back from my hairdressers, you'll have a surprise. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations and Best Wishes for many more happy years of blogging!

    Thanks, Ruth Anne! :)

    But for me taking a law class about 20 years ago with Professor Althouse, we might not have met. Cyber-met, that is.

    Ruth Anne, is that right? Ann has been teaching for at least 20 years?

    She looks much younger than her age then. Much.

    I knew she was a boomer, of course, but I now guess she must be around 55-60.

    I'm so glad to see how the Anglo half lives it up in Miami. It makes me feel so darn cosmopolitan just reading the blog.

    The "real" Anglo part of Miami yes. ;)

    Beers!
    Ruth Anne :)


    Chin-chin, and bottoms up, babe.

    Not the first time you've heard that. *duck!*

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:19:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey, Commenters! I have a proposition. Why don't we all link to this post on our blogs and get Victoria evolved back to Flappy Bird? For a day or so, at least.

    I cannot tell you how much that touched me, when I read it.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement, Ruth Anne!

    And to those of you who linked, the biggest group hug you've ever had short of that orgy you attended in college, which you didn't deign to invite Pastor_Jeff or I.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Already linked earlier this morning ... go for it, everyone else!

    I was thinking of doing something along the lines of what I will post later -- you'll see. ;)

    But now I have extra-motivation.

    Thanks, RIA!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations Victoria and Sundries!! Time flies so quickly when you're having fun.

    My favourite post of the first year might still be How do you say "Hold the Pickle" In Japanese? I remember the excitement of being instalanched that meant you had arrived.

    I love the variety, from funny and quirky to warm and touching to political. It helps when the writer is lyrical, witty and charming. :)

    Congratulations on the first of many more birthdays to come for Sundries!! :)

    By Blogger Renato, at Fri Jan 13, 03:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gracious, snarky, wordly, goofy...

    Ah yes, I heard about Disney's new upcoming dwarves flick.

    I auditioned for the role of Chatty, but I didn't fit into the costume.

    If you could only open a bar, Victoria, I'd be there having Gin Rickeys (in my white tux!) every evening between the sets of the flamenco dancers...

    Wow! What a visual.

    Interestingly, I have often wanted to open up a new kind of coffeehouse/bar/bookstore combo, with backgammon tables, and ottomans strewn everywhere.

    There would be a humidor section, but also a piano, at which Peter Duchin would magically appear to serenade us (for a fee).

    Happy, happy -- how ironic that a blog should have a "paper" anniversary!

    That's right!

    60 years from now, I'll really cash in with my diamond anniversary. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:32:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations on the 1st Anniversary.

    Thanks, Muppetlord!

    My dad is going your general way, as he needs to go to Newcastle this weekend. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Felicidades Victoria!!! May you celebrate many many more. And thanks for all the hard work and wonderful writing.

    Thanks Val! You're so kind. :)

    Besos,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations Victoria and Sundries!! Time flies so quickly when you're having fun.

    Thanks, Renato! :)

    Thanks for tolerating but encouraging my Sundries-speak every day. *g*

    My favourite post of the first year might still be How do you say "Hold the Pickle" In Japanese? I remember the excitement of being instalanched that meant you had arrived.

    Yes! I remember telling you on IRC, "there are 125 people on my blog, wtf!".

    That Instalanche really encouraged me (as did Malkin's), and it says something about our medium that you can be on such a high for a day, having your posts read by as many people as possible.

    It must be the combination of quantity and quality in happy agreement for once. :)

    I love the variety, from funny and quirky to warm and touching to political. It helps when the writer is lyrical, witty and charming. :)

    Aww. Thanks Rennie. :)

    Congratulations on the first of many more birthdays to come for Sundries!! :)

    Just don't believe everything my dog sms's to you. *g*

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 13, 03:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Let's see, I've congratulated, check.

    Offered digressive musings, check.

    And now I've linked, check.

    What's Left? Oh yes, a suggestion for a possible commercial venture.

    'A sweatshop of moxie', well why let all that sweat go to waste. Time to start offering that sweat in vials to fans, I'm sure it'd be a big seller given the right price point.

    (or is that suggestion a bit too vile? As a lady, I'm sure you don't perspire as so much as you GLOW, bottles of Sundries Moxie Glow, then)


    Verification word:

    qzgnxwet

    strangely apt, damn synchronicity, again.

    By Blogger XWL, at Fri Jan 13, 06:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria, Sundries es mi sitio favorito! If you notice me "temporarily missing" it's only because I am traveling. Now one of my highlights of getting back home is catching up with your postings!

    Otro abrazo, Jose

    PS-Avisame cuando estes por el Versailles para tu cortadito!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Fri Jan 13, 07:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Let's see, I've congratulated, check.

    Offered digressive musings, check.

    And now I've linked, check.


    Thanks, XWL! :)

    What's Left? Oh yes, a suggestion for a possible commercial venture.

    Like Ann's "Old Nun Ale" presumably. ;)

    'A sweatshop of moxie', well why let all that sweat go to waste. Time to start offering that sweat in vials to fans, I'm sure it'd be a big seller given the right price point.

    Sort of like how in Romania, before you enter Castle Bran, they give you a vial of blood upon entering?

    (True story)

    (or is that suggestion a bit too vile? As a lady, I'm sure you don't perspire as so much as you GLOW, bottles of Sundries Moxie Glow, then)

    Sundries Moxie Glow! I like it.

    Very Chanel N°5.

    Verification word:

    qzgnxwet

    strangely apt, damn synchronicity, again.


    That first bit sounds vaguely obscene, and the second bit suggestively hot.

    Veryyy nice. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Jan 14, 12:11:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria, Sundries es mi sitio favorito!

    Que nice. :)

    If you notice me "temporarily missing" it's only because I am traveling. Now one of my highlights of getting back home is catching up with your postings!

    I figured as much, Jose, don't worry.

    Anyway, there is life outside of Sundries, to my constant bemused chagrin.

    Otro abrazo, Jose

    Y otro beso. Uno mas e te ganas un set de Ginzu knives.

    PS-Avisame cuando estes por el Versailles para tu cortadito!

    Pero como es posible! Cortadito es mi favorito, si.

    You must be a mind reader. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Jan 14, 12:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • Does every city with Cubans have a great restaurant called Versailles?

    (Assuming that's what you two are on about, I'm two decades removed from High School Spanish)

    Your Versailles sounds like our Versailles, crowded, noisy, unpretentious, and con sabor, y sin dudo, NOT FRENCH.

    By Blogger XWL, at Sat Jan 14, 02:38:00 am GMT-5  

  • Congratulations Miss V!

    From a relatively new reader and a long-time fan (you know what I mean) You have made my list of must reads I check in on every day, and it's always been an enjoyable visit. Thank you.

    By Anonymous BrotherDarryl, at Sat Jan 14, 03:35:00 am GMT-5  

  • Paul of York sent me, and good thing he did! Great site, even greater writing. Looking forward to reading more of you.

    By Anonymous Tish, at Sat Jan 14, 01:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Does every city with Cubans have a great restaurant called Versailles?

    Wow! I can't believe the LA version has a site, with history of pages and everything.

    I too, do not know why there is a Versailles Cuban-owned resto seemingly everywhere, save my only thought that obviously, in pre-Castro Cuba, there had been a famous restaurant of the same name, which people wanted to evoke.

    I'm still waiting for an El Encanto Department store though. ;)

    (Assuming that's what you two are on about, I'm two decades removed from High School Spanish)

    There you go. It's held up beautifully. Samohi did its job well!

    Your Versailles sounds like our Versailles, crowded, noisy, unpretentious, and con sabor, y sin dudo, NOT FRENCH.

    Oh heavens no.

    The only French on offer in these Versailles, are the petit pois they ladle out in a side dish.

    Cubans prefer to use that, to the other Spanish words for peas. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Jan 14, 02:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations Miss V!

    From a relatively new reader and a long-time fan (you know what I mean) You have made my list of must reads I check in on every day, and it's always been an enjoyable visit. Thank you.


    Thank you, my darling Darryl!

    I do indeed know what you mean, and though that forum has devolved a bit in topics, and energy, it's still a good place to meet you there.

    Now I have two places. :)

    And it's good that you are around, since now we have a mole who can report to us on the general doings of Professor Althouse. *gg*

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Jan 14, 02:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Paul of York sent me, and good thing he did! Great site, even greater writing. Looking forward to reading more of you.

    Why, thank you Tish!

    As you can imagine, any reader of Paul's, is most welcome here on Sundries. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Jan 14, 02:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations!

    Mark Daniels

    By Blogger Mark Daniels, at Sat Jan 14, 02:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Why, thank you Tish!

    As you can imagine, any reader of Paul's, is most welcome here on Sundries. :)


    That Tish is a very funny lady, finding humor in the worst of things, like when a car entered their bedroom unauthorized and patients who, well, make her job interesting.

    By Blogger Paul, at Sat Jan 14, 07:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Congratulations!

    Thanks, Mark. :)

    I've been lax in keeping you on my blog radar, but I shan't be this new year.

    As it is, you are one of the most eloquent commenters on Althouse, and along with Peter Hoh, one of my faves!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 15, 12:51:00 am GMT-5  

  • That Tish is a very funny lady, finding humor in the worst of things, like when a car entered their bedroom unauthorized and patients who, well, make her job interesting.

    Good grief.

    Although I don't want to speak "over" Tish as if she weren't here (like a child!), does Tish have a blog? :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 15, 12:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • Although I don't want to speak "over" Tish as if she weren't here (like a child!), does Tish have a blog? :)

    Yep, sorry, I have a link on my comatose blog, one of the few, very exclusive you know.
    She is at http://www.tishasharp.com/

    By Blogger Paul, at Sun Jan 15, 12:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Yep, sorry, I have a link on my comatose blog, one of the few, very exclusive you know.

    This also means you don't have trolls.

    Be thankful. Quxxo or whatever, you wouldn't like.

    She is at http://www.tishasharp.com/

    Cool, thanks. I'll check Tish out, so to speak.

    (I had a Girls Gone Wild moment there for a minute)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Jan 15, 02:09:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ssssso! My maniacal plan to evolve you has worked! Bwah-hah-ha!

    Ssssimply ssstunning. You being a sssslithery sssssnake and all.

    When you evolve to a primate, I hope you remember us lowlifes in the primordial ooze.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Mon Jan 16, 04:22:00 pm GMT-5  

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