My next house is going to be six feet off the ground. It'll be built on stilts. The floor will be made of chicken wire. I won't even have to vacuum.
On the job front... After a year at the new place, I can say it's by far the best job I've ever had and I still don't like it. Probably I just can't be satisfied. The place is a nonprofit, it raises cubic assloads of money for good causes, I see a lot of it pass through the office. We don't waste much of it on the way through, even. I occasionally get to use my skills and talents. Still, I've never seen any of it produce a result that I could put my finger on. However, unlike Big Bookstore, it's not going out of business by September 2010, so I'll stick until I find better.
Which could be soon. I'm now building iPhone apps on the side, partnering with an old friend. First one is about a month from ready to hit the app store. It'd be wild to see my own code actually be used by someone for a useful purpose. Root for us.
Haven't read or heard much that rocked me in the past year, but there have been a few good ones. Robert Holdstock's Celtika series turned out to be far better than I'd hoped. After Dark by Haruki Murakami is worthwhile. Levon Helm's CD Dirt Farmer is a masterpiece. Get it.