December 19, 2003 6:00 PM

Things I will get myself for Christmas winter solstice/Saturnalia:

1. Un long dimanche de fiancailles (A Very Long Engagement), Sebastien Japrisot. Because.

2. Guitar strings.

3. At least one Velvet Underground album.

4. A cup of iced coffee. Or three. And why not a muffin while I'm at it.

5. Sushi.

6. Sunshine.

7. Um. A puppy?

Today was tame. I got breakfast at 2:00. I swear the lady gave me a whole chicken for $7.00. I'm eating chicken for dinner. Not many people are around. In fact, I may be the only person on my floor. The heat starting working again.