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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!
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.