Now, I can hold a note for a long time...actually I can hold a note forever. But eventually that's just noise. It's the change we're listening for. The note coming after, and the one after that. That's what makes it music.

Host ,'Why We Fight'


Goodbye and Good Riddance 2011: Maybe the even years are better  

Every year we watch the Charlie Brown special, do the Snoopy dance, wish everybody a Merry Christmukkah, and thank our Secret Santas in the good riddance thread. Which is this one, in case you were wondering. 2011? Room for improvement. Srsly.


Holli - Dec 07, 2011 8:06:08 am PST #15 of 408
an overblown libretto and a sumptuous score/ could never contain the contradictions I adore

Hi, new thread!

This... was actually a pretty great year, now I look back over it. It kind of feels like my first year of being something like a grown-up. I had my anxiety under control, I got stuff published, I got my flea market business set up and made real steps towards opening a vintage store. And, to top it all off, I met a boy. So thanks, 2011. You were one of the good ones.


quester - Dec 07, 2011 4:25:29 pm PST #16 of 408
Danger is my middle name, only I spell it R. u. t. h. - Tina Belcher.

I've been wondering when this would show up. I picked up a mysterious package at the Post Office today. I'm not ready to open it quite yet, but soon.

This year has sucked for so many people that I'll be happy to see it gone.

I love Oct for the lurkers thread and Dec for this one.

And also, what msbelle said.


Matt the Bruins fan - Dec 07, 2011 5:01:50 pm PST #17 of 408
Oh God, we're either going to have to listen to Will Smith accepting an Oscar or John Travolta trying to pronounce Benedict Cumberbatch, aren't we?

The latter part of the year has been a really rough one for me personally, but on the bright side both my parents have enjoyed better health and no hospital stays all year, so I'm chalking it up as a net win.


Zenkitty - Dec 07, 2011 6:02:18 pm PST #18 of 408
Every now and then, I think I might actually be a little odd.

Besides a long weekend in Portland that I enjoyed very much, nothing much happened this year. I think I need to change my life to something more interesting.

Oh, no, did I just say that? I didn't mean it! Calm boring life! That's what I want! No "interesting" shit!

Yikes, I hope I didn't just jinx myself.


§ ita § - Dec 07, 2011 6:36:49 pm PST #19 of 408
Well not canonically, no, but this is transformative fiction.

Well, Zen threw herself on the interesting times grenade, so we should all be safer.

Thanks, Zen. Good taking one for the team.


Atropa - Dec 07, 2011 8:41:56 pm PST #20 of 408
The artist formerly associated with cupcakes.

Dear 2011,

You were horrible. There were some interesting bright spots, but those weren't enough to bring any light into this awful, wretched year. I have never wanted to get through the holiday season and to start the new year as much as I do now.

Dear 2012,

Please be better. Please.


Java cat - Dec 07, 2011 11:16:48 pm PST #21 of 408
Not javachik

I'm grudgingly coming around to believing it's the middle of December. The trees *still* have red and yellow leaves! and very little rain. Dark at 5:30 is a pain, so I'm glad we have only two more weeks heading to the solstice and then start getting our light back again.

2010 was pretty good. It's so great to not have to commute 25 miles across a bridge to That Place and deal with a frequently-crazy boss, and still get a paycheck from early retirement. I love it.

Activities this past summer were fabulous. I got a ton of work done on the house before leaving on a 2-week, 93 mile backpacking trip, followed by 3 weeks of car camping, and fit in a week-long trip to Monterey and a two-day river rafting trip down the So. Fork of the American River. On the down side, I've been really lazy since getting back, oh, five months ago, and that will be a very hard habit to get out of. School is going well. I'm taking community college science classes for fun because I love them.

My mother is having a really tough time with ADL - activities of daily living, and it's just going to get more difficult. My hat's off to her for being 96 years old and still walking up and down the stairs on the campus where she lives for two of her three meals. I hope the new year is kind to her.

And to all of you, too. Best regards!


aurelia - Dec 09, 2011 9:51:25 am PST #22 of 408
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story. Tell me a story.

Today I sent out my part of the TJ's exchange with non-TJ's goodies.

Which rocks! It will take extreme effort on my part to resist living on cookies all weekend. I can't wait to try the Cider Fixins. And the ornament is all beautiful and delicate looking. Thank you, Suzi!


quester - Dec 10, 2011 4:21:19 pm PST #23 of 408
Danger is my middle name, only I spell it R. u. t. h. - Tina Belcher.

We need a "like" button.


§ ita § - Dec 10, 2011 4:53:42 pm PST #24 of 408
Well not canonically, no, but this is transformative fiction.

Nope, you're not getting one. I can't be bought off.

Feel free to try (chocolate and bacon).

But it won't work.