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31 December 2010 @ 02:43 pm
What? December? Really?  
End-of-year posts have been popping up all over my flist, which probably means that I will have to accept that it is actually happening and not continue dating things 2010 until March 2011 (that's not the worst of it -- I managed to declare I had signed something in 1987 the other month. The person witnessing it looked at me carefully and said 'That's not your birth year, is it?' 'God no,' I replied. 'But it was a great year!')

One thing that is bringing me great joy is that popular culture is almost uniformly referring to this as the end of the decade. Which is correct! Well done! (There is no year 0 in the Western AD calendar, so we start at 1 and finish at 10.) One of the girls in the caff was complaining that some numpty had told her that the decade ended last year, but that she had set him straight. I congratulated her on being correct, though, being evil, reminded her that she had insisted the millennium, century and decade began in 2000. 'Yeah, that's right.' 'So it's an 11-year decade?' 'Shut up.'

I've paid that girl's way through her twenties in tips, she can take a bit of teasing.

My yearly wrap-up looks something like this:
Wrote: much less than I meant to. Though there was a surprise hit with the Aus Politics as Harry Potter, which brought some utterly fantastic new flistees and so was worth the sudden shock of all those visitors. Must reply to those comments ... oh, why start now?
Read: a lot of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, the wonderful Alan Bradley Flavia novels and nowhere near enough fanfic. Took to reading The Economist again after a few years off, it's still worth the cover price.
Watched: Dance Academy and Doctor Who, even though I have still not been able to bring myself to watch the end of Ten.
Went: nowhere near as many places as I meant to, though it was wonderful to pop down to Melbourne and up to Brisbane and see people. Italy was brilliant as always (and I will get back to travelogues now I have freed up more time), and London a joy, but the surprise delight was Bath, where the company was spectacular!
Did: my foot in walking, well, shattering it years ago, really, but exacerbated it with too much walking. Happily it is responding to physio so I look to be in the lucky group who avoid surgery for mangling like this. Managed to avoid any other disasters and had some successes along the way, hurrah! Oh, and knitted quite a bit!
Enjoyed: those closest to me, especially you flist folk, you're all so interesting!

Next year's plans are:
* Finish more stories, fic and original.
* Attend dance classes of some description. Tap looks fun!
* Knit and sew more in a bid to clear out the craft materials stash to reasonable levels.
* Attempt to be better at replying to comments and posts. But I am, you know, crap.

Meanwhile, I hope very much that you all have a SPLENDID New Year celebrated or ignored in the way that you enjoy the most. I will be out with friends, giggling madly thanks to goddessriss  -- she knows why!
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 31st, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful one, darling. I wish I'd had the chance to spend more time with you / see you more this year (although you should think yourself lucky, okay, because a little of me goes a LONG way). You've been a constant joy, inspiration, motivation and subject of great, undying admiration this past year.

Love and all things wonderful to you, Mr B, the kitties, and your ever expanding glorious shoe collection.

♥ x ... well, a real lot. :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Missing seeing you more is one of my GREAT FAILINGS of 2010! (I am now trying for a weekend this month having failed to get down there this week due to stupid reasons.)

And you lie! There can never be too much Mere! I hope that 2011 is brilliant for you in either expected or unexpected ways! And much love to you, too!
ecosopherecosopher on December 31st, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Dance Academy! I love it too :D

I had to fill out an invoice a couple of weeks ago, and dated every single line as '2012'. Not as bad as mis-spelling my name, which I have done more than once...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
I mis-spell my name all the time -- too many loopy bits all close together, my poor old brain panics and begins changing the order randomly ;-)

And YAY! (Christian, Ethan, or should she concentrate on her studies? And if she chooses Ethan, do you think Sammy has a chance? I may have been given the DVDs for Christmas, it is like being 13 all over again!)
snottygrrl on December 31st, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
am still getting over a cold, which has taken down my ability to spell, punctuate and string together words in a pleasing manner, but i did want to stop by and wish you a happy new year before it turns.

(and to let you know that you have an ebook on my kindle [*grins*] how fun is that?)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
DARLING! I have been incommunicado because I started knitting a hat for you and it was put down to finish something for a baby (they GROW) and now I cannot find it -- and you can imagine the embarrassment. It will appear!

Get well soon, and thank you, that is an enormous honour, being Kindled!
snottygrrl on January 5th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
eeep! i meant to answer this right after you sent it, but then something happened and it got buried in my inbox and [*headdesk*]

i am extremely excited that you would even consider knitting a hat for me and am all a twitter at the prospect whether it reappears or not. thanks heaps, hon ♥ ♥
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 31st, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Tap - physio in disguise for those with frozen ankles :) I started swing dancing this year which is heaps of fun, think I'll be doing a bit more next year....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
I am not sure whether or not my ankles qualify as frozen, because they are over-flexible at going up and down and reasonably good at side to side, but then the bones have only just started to move again after a month of physio! I had no idea things were that tight ...

But YES! Thinking about it, it would be a good adjunct to physio at the same time as being fun rather than painful!
bonfoi: calvinbonfoi on December 31st, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for allowing me to live vicariously through you this past year! Great fun and educational, too!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
I will get some more travel shots up asap -- there are some beauties on the way!
Heather: Stock: Finger Loving by tulabulafaynia on December 31st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
"being evil, reminded her that she had insisted the millennium, century and decade began in 2000. 'Yeah, that's right.' 'So it's an 11-year decade?' 'Shut up.'"


In my defense, I was eleven and dim in that eleven year old way.

Happy New Year! ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
I didn't mind anyone thinking that, because all the newspapers were saying it. It was continuing to argue the point after being told 'But we start at AD 1 ...' 'It is a perfectly good excuse for a big party' was also a reasonable defence in my book ;-)
theodoraleft on December 31st, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
Loved reading this. Someone will have to explain this to me and type very slowly in words of one syllable, but there was no year 0, ok, but then there was no year 1 or 17 or 29 or any other date until someone invented the calendar in retrospect, so in my opinion that means we can do whatever we jolly well like and some dates just sound better and more memorable than others. And I'm sure the end of the next decade will be 2019, so this will be a short one! but a very happy new year to you my dear and to all you other readers. Just off to celebrate new year down at the harbour in Wellington NZ so cheers to you all as you catch up, and will be in touch later if our internet link stops being naughty. (Perhaps a meeting in Sydney airport in January?)
goddessrissgoddessriss on December 31st, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
I really have no idea what you mean. *looks shifty*

A very happy New Year to you, my dear. Let's hope 2011 is a year full of Good Things. Anyway, it is now way past time for me to be getting ready for work, stupid o'clock indeed. Have a good night! Love and hugs to start your year off right xxx
Catscatsintheattic on December 31st, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
I usually get the right date all through in January and then start messing it up around mid-February. Though this December, I dated a journal entry "April 2010" - that was a first.

A happy 2011 to you, and success with your plans! *hugs*
This Girl: Being deadthisgirl_is on December 31st, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, m'dear!
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on December 31st, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
After 10 comes 11 who is brilliant and I want to have his babies.

Also, the end of Donna is much more tear-inducing than the end of 10.

On a happier note, I can't wait for the third Flavia de Luce book.

And you can knit Doctor's scarf (5's was it?), it's a great way to use all the wool.

And happy New Year! (is it already 2011 in your part of the world? can't remembeer it for some reason...)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, too! And yes, it is here. 2011 is quite warm! And smells of fireworks ...

I have been making hats for the most part, for adults, for babies, any day now I will make one for a dog and then I will need to beat myself. The problem with scarves is that they are long and boring, which is fabbo for the first one, but after 20 or so, not so much fun.

HURRAH for more people reading Flavia! I keep checking up on his health, he is not young ... And yes, I have watched most of 11, but in my head, 10 is still alive, too ;-)
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on January 1st, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have the same worries about Bradley, if Robert Jordan died, so what of Terry Pratchett or GRRM as well? And when it comes to Flavia, I just can't wait what other things from 1950s he's going to bring up in his books.
Anwynanthraxia on December 31st, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
I have a cunning way to break the '2010...no, 2011, dammit!' habit - this is the Year of Elevenses! An entire year dedicated to having a cup of tea and a Little Something around elevenish. Now that you realise that, can you really expect your habit-brain to stay in boring old 2010?
uminohikariuminohikari on January 1st, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Last week, I accidentally dated something 2009. /o\