The Year in Review: 2005

Time is measured differently once you’re a parent. When we look back at this year, it’s going to be remembered as the year Sophie learned to walk and talk, the year her hair grew in, the year she developed a passion for yogurt and songs with heavy bass by groups such as Weezer. (Unfortunately, it will not be recalled as the year she started sleeping through the night.)

It was also the year Rachel left daily newspapers. She’s now running a weekly paper for faculty and staff at Binghamton University. It was a tough decision, but the right one for her as a mom. On the horizon for her now: teaching a communications course at the local community college starting in January.

Other big news in 2005 included our adoption of a third cat (that’s her on the left) and the purchase of a new Subaru Forester. In June, Sophie received her Hebrew name (Sarah Miriam) and celebrated her first birthday with many of our friends and relatives, including all five grandparents.

We also took our first true family vacation this year. We spent a week in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., with Eric’s parents. It was incredibly relaxing. We skipped our annual Montreal trip for the first time ever (only partially in protest of the Expos’ departure) but took our first sans-Sophie weekend trip to Vermont.

You’ll notice that for the second year in a row we don’t have a list of the year’s best movies. As we write this we’ve been to the theater just three times since Sophie was born (to see Star Wars Episode III, Pride and Prejudice and the latest installment of Harry Potter). However, we have listened to a ton of new music and we hope you’ll enjoy our album lists for the year.

We’d love to hear from you! E-mail Rachel at or Eric at and tell us how you’ve been.

Thanks for visiting!

Eric, Rachel and Sophie Coker

Eric’s picks for album of the year:
1. The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart
2. The Click Five: Greetings From Imrie House
3. Rodney Crowell: The Outsider
4. Glen Phillips: Winter Pays for Summer
5. Weezer: Make Believe
6. David Gray: Life in Slow Motion
7. Death Cab For Cutie: Plans
8. Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman
9. Gary Allan: Tough All Over
10. Kathleen Edwards: Back to Me

Rachel’s picks:
1. Death Cab For Cutie: Plans
2. Weezer: Make Believe
3. Glen Phillips: Winter Pays for Summer
4. The Click Five: Greetings From Imrie House
5. New Order: Waiting for the Sirens’ Call
6. Dar Williams: My Better Self
7. The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart
8. Tracy Chapman: Where You Live
9. David Gray: Life in Slow Motion
10. Sheryl Crow: Wildflower
Sophie’s top songs/videos (we’re not kidding):

1. Weezer: Beverly Hills
2. Various: If You’re Happy and You Know It
3. Shooter Jennings: Fourth of July
4. Various: Put Your Finger On Your Nose
5. Various: Hokey Pokey
6. Gwen Stefani: Cool
7. Various: Alouette
8. The Black Eyed Peas: Don’t Lie
9. The White Stripes: My Doorbell
10. Weezer: This is Such a Pity


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