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Hi everyone! It has been a year full of changes for me.

Work. After two and a half years of doing freelance writing from home, I went back to work full-time at Sierra On-Line. For a couple of months I had two companies wanting to hire me, and was able to negotiate a nice salary

Captain Christa cruisin' the sound on her boat!
and benefits. Being in demand sure beats the alternative! I am working on some exciting stuff: software packaging and print and web advertising. Because of Sierra's wide array of software titles (from cooking to golf to stock car racing) I never get bored. I have a big window
office and a brand-new iMac, and am basically loving being back in the working world. I commute thirty miles to work, so my new Nissan Altima makes the drive bearable.

Home. My wonderful neighbor, Justine, watches Scotty before school and Callie during the days she's not in preschool. I miss the time I used to have with the kids and the luxury of going to the library or park in the afternoon, but for the most part it's working out great.

School. I also went back to school this fall, thanks to the kindness and generosity of my grandmother, Elma Palla. I am attending the University of Washington, and am in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program, with a concentration in Culture, Literature, and the Arts. I am having so much fun in school, but it is a challenge juggling work, family, and homework! Right now I am just taking one class each quarter. It will take a while to finish my degree, but this pace feels right for now. Final grades haven't been posted for my first class, but I did pretty well, and my professor even made copies of my Great Gatsby paper to distribute to the class as an example of an 'A' paper! It was very exciting and a little embarrassing. But I'll take that kind of embarrassment any day! Next quarter I'm taking a class on American Art and Architecture. I'm hoping to learn a lot and look at a lot of slides!

Book Club. I've read a lot of great books in the past year, mainly due to my involvement in a Book Club. We try to read a book a month, but with five members (and five husbands) plus a total of  eight children, scheduling
conflicts usually only allow us to meet every six to eight weeks. My recommendations for good books to read are: "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" by Salman Rushdie, "A Very Long Engagement" by Sebastien

Joe, Susanne and Christa chat it up in August.

Japrisot, and "Possession" by A.S. Byatt.

Christa's Contact Info

Work Address:
3060 139th Pl. S.E. Ste. 500
Bellevue, WA  98005
(425)649-9800x5539 (w)
(425)221-0791 (c)

Some highlights of 2000 were: My mom and Joe's visit in August, Scotty's acceptance into the gifted program, Ted being named Sailor of the Quarter, taking my kids to the polls on Election Day (hey, we delivered OUR state), going to see the Nutcracker ballet, and celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary with a night at the Roosevelt Hotel in Seattle (Thanks, Kathy and Joe!)

Christa's Christmas Message

 Although a lot of friends and family are far away, you are never far from my thoughts, especially at this time of year. I wish you all good health, peace, prosperity, and the patience to wait out the four years we'll have a moron in the White House.

Gore in 2004!