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31 December 2011 @ 07:39 pm
That'll do, pig, that'll do ...  

I'm not going to miss 2011. It started with hideous floods and cyclones, went on to ever-worsening earthquakes, and then continued to just wallow in regular crapiness for people I care about. When I received an email this morning from a friend telling me she had left her husband, I read it as the year signing off, and her instinctively knowing that 2012 had to be an improvement, so she'd better do the groundwork to be ready for it.

There was good news, too, HELLO to all the flist babies and KEEP GESTATING PLEASANTLY to those on the way. A few of you found love and success this year, HURRAH! Others managed amazing things, including all of those who did such a wonderful job of fundraising for disaster relief. Most of us plodded through as best we could.

Personally, it was a year of consistent niggling annoyances, with few compensatory rewards. So I made my own rewards instead! I end the year much fitter than I began it, able to play the ukulele, and with significantly improved drawing skills after taking a really rather good class. I've also survived a few months of riding a bicycle in Sydney, with cars even giving way to me rather than attempting to kill me – what brave new world that has such wonders in it! If 2012 turns out to be sneakily evil, I foresee a travelling busking operation ...

Fandom-wise, I finished Fathers, and that was it. If I began the year two years behind, I think I have ended it four years behind. But a rousing round of applause for all the fest mods, this was easily the year of least complaining about fests since I've been around, so you must be doing All the Right Things!

Politics-wise, it's best just to pretend the whole year never happened, and as for from a media perspective, I can't even go there without simultaneous rage and despair.

Instead, I will try to get one more ride in this year before the traffic gets a bit wacky, then head off to neighbourhood New Years.

I wish you all a healthy, prosperous, happy and satisfying 2012! Here's to it being better than 2011, and in some cases being much, much better!
Nenne: Champagnenenne on December 31st, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
I'll drink to that. :) And I'll throw in peaceful as well. Both for the world and for me. I have had an incredibly hectic 2011 and I don't wish for an equally hectic 2012.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yes! Peaceful is a brilliant addition! *Drinks* (Admittedly that drink was water, we only had one bottle of cider in the house and that went last night.)
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy 2012!
For me personally, it was just a bit bleah, but it's been awful seeing what so many of my friends have gone through. Good things for all of us this year!
illereynillereyn on December 31st, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
To you too!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on December 31st, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
what a wonderful round up. it's certainly been a huge year all 'round. here's to a great 2012.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed! If nothing else we can at least spend the year mocking Mayan Disaster Theorists ;-)
Catscatsintheattic on December 31st, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
2011 - full enough to fill three years. Many things were good, but it was completely exhausting. So yes, I'm glad it's over.

I wish you a great and happy 2012!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
You fit so much into 2011, it was astonishing! I have my fingers crossed that this year will be fab for all of us.
george pushdragonpushdragon on December 31st, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Here's to another year of cars learning to respect your bodily integrity. If there's one development in 2011 I'm pleased about, it's that. The rest of the year can, as you say, go to buggery.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm still startled by it. Motorists must be wondering why I wave thank you with such enthusiasm every time they don't kill me ;-)

I have a card for you, BTW. Will post it as soon as I work out what the hell I have done with your address! And I love the Canberra plan! Just waiting to see what life is going to throw at me this year before we talk dates.
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on December 31st, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
May 2012 equal or better the rewards, and reduce the niggling annoyances. Best wishes for the New Year!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
And for you, dear woman!
lee: Clemence - Russiansnegurochka_lee on December 31st, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you! And yes, let's make 2012 the year of All the Good Things. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
All good things indeed! I have so many of your rec lists bookmarked for reading, that will help 2012 immensely!
This Girl: Lovemonkeythisgirl_is on December 31st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, lovely lady!

"significantly improved drawing skills after taking a really rather good class." Does this mean we'll be getting Brammers fanart at some point?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
I spot your ulterior motive, madam!

And Happy New Year to you, too, dear!
something clevershantismurf on December 31st, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
I am so going to start wishing people a "pleasant gestation"!

Incidentally and completely randomly, your fic "Snatched" has been rattling around in my brain lately. Albus is such a strong, capable and fully-realized character, and the setting and little original magical details are so captivating that it's one of those stories that resurfaces in my head at odd times and keeps nagging at me until I read it again, which I am about to do. I just thought I'd thank you again for it and hope it encourages you not to feel too down about goals you may or may not have met this year! Cheers!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
It's weird, isn't it, that even when we know our friends are expecting, there's no 'thing' that we say. So I have taken to cheering on gestating, it's hard work!

And thank you so much! I have been feeling sad about not writing enough fiction in 2011 -- FAR too much work writing, which was no fun at all. I'm so pleased that you enjoy Snatched, I'd never tried to write anything like that before and had so much fun trying to make the plot and pace work!
alisannealisanne on December 31st, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Happy New year!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
And to you!
mahaliemmahaliem on December 31st, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
A very Happy New Year to you, too!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
I wish all the best for you in this one!
snottygrrl on December 31st, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
beautifully put, my dear. glad to see you guys were willing to test out the new year for the rest of us before we got there :D

may the new year be filled with adventure and wonder and heaps of goodness ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
After one day, I can report that 2012 is mild and relaxed ;-)

And the same for you! May both of us have more focussed work lives, too!
Lisbet Karlsdottirlisbet on December 31st, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
You finished Fathers? How did I miss that? LOL:)

Anyway happy 2012, let's hope it is better for all of us!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
I slipped it out around the middle of the year when everyone was on holidays ;-)

And yes indeed!
Tara: :))taradiane on December 31st, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)

That'll do, pig, that'll do ...

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 1st, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Babe! Farmer Hoggett says it to Babe the pig after their success at the sheep trials :-)
(no subject) - taradiane on January 1st, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)