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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!
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 ♥ ♥