The End of 2012 – Wordle

Monday 31 December, 2012
And now we’ve come to the end of 2012.

This blog suffered this year, didn’t it? Well, art follows life, as I’ve just made up, and this art definitely followed this here life of the failed journalist. First there was the project that ran away with my time, then there was ill health. Then there was more ill health. Then the old SAD kicked in on top of ill health. And between the ill-health, the ill-health, SAD and everything else, it was just very hard to keep this blog afloat.Trust me, the last thing people need to read are my apathetic reviews and rants. And what’s a rant when it’s fuelled by apathy anyway? It’d be a contradiction, an oxymoron, a paradox! Apathy can’t fuel anything, that’s why it’s called apathy.

So anyway, it was a year long absence with bouts of focus in between. 2013 will be better! I said so on Christmas and I meant it. Because there’s a bunch of pre-written entries 😉

Anyway, on to Wordle. I loved the one from last year, it didn’t represent the blog much at all. I found out why after much googling. Apparently it just takes from the most recent entries, and last year that was a steady stream including the ones for asexuality awareness.
This year with a clever bit of fudging on my part, in which I mean I copied and pasted every single entry into a word document and copied and pasted that into the wordle text block, we have true blog representation! From the beginning.
And there we have it! People have been the focus of this blog up until now.
What will 2013 bring, I wonder?
Happy new year, people!
-AFJ-

Christmas Day 2012

Tuesday 25 December, 2012

And here we are again. A full Christmas day nearly over, thank the primordial atom. Did we all have a good, joyous day?

If you said yes, good for you.

If you said no, join me on the woe train. woowoo, chugga chugga!

I’ve decided on a new tactic this year. Instead of looking at it from the point of view of Ebenezer Scrooge and crapping on it, I’m going to revel in my anti-Christmas opinions and celebrate them instead. Optimism in misery  what do you think? Well, it worked for me today but I wouldn’t recommend it for the masses. To be quite honest, it’s exhausting. I’d rather just go back to ignoring Christmas and scowling at people who’ve dragged me into it. It was a lot easier, I think. If I remember correctly.

So, what did I do today, I hear you cry!

Well, I started the day off by chatting to my Good Friend in our annual Awkward Awkward Christmas Phone call  That makes it the fifth year on the go! I’ve never had traditions actually last that long, and this year I was quite pleasantly surprised to find him arrange the time before I could get around to it. Well, my plan was to wake up today, text him and ask him what time was best for him, but he beat me by about 12 hours. He’s a business man, so he’s very efficient. Also, very busy, so it was nice to be sandwiched in rather than forego this tradition!

Well, I call it a tradition. He possibly calls it his “annual conversation with a fast talking weirdo”.

Anyway, so then it was a fry up dinner, card/present swapping (very low key ones, but I’d still rather forego it all), geeking about on the computer, Christmas tea at just after 5 (which in my family consists of roast chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes, carrot and turnip, cauliflower, sometimes broccoli but not tonight, and sprouts for anyone who likes them, and gravy on top.) followed by mince pies.

Home made mince pies and very nice ones, even if I do say so myself.

And the rest of the evening has been spent like every other Tuesday.

One day I will get everyone agreeing with me. We’ll sod the presents, and gather around in groups of people we mutually get along with, and play parlour games instead. It’d be a lot more interesting and fun than all the commercial stuff that happens today, I’m sure.

And as for what’s next on my agenda… Well, that’s where things have gone a bit pear shaped, isn’t it? I’ve come back and said twice now that things have made blogging here difficult and that it should all blow over soon and it’ll be back to normal next week! but both times I’ve disappeared back into the ether. But I’ve been quite sick since from the end of October and engaging my brain to get something near journalistic-levels (the very reason for this blog!) has just been too exhausting. when I’ve even had the chance to try.

But I do plan to get back on this roller-coaster in the new year, because it makes more sense to start a’new then than it does between now and then. Just keep watching this space. Once the whole Christmas rubbish is behind me, it’s back into the saddle and back to riding the failed pony express.

Regardless of your feelings on Christmas and the whole Yule period, I hope you were able to celebrate something today/this week/this month, and I hope you have a very good new year.


Let The Madness Begin (It already has)

Saturday 1 December, 2012

Alright, so, most places have been in Christmas mode since September, and Christmas music started being played on the radio mid-november, Christmas films started on Halloween (Nightmare Before Christmas) and the winter wardrobe came out months ago!

But it doesn’t really feel like Christmas is close until the beginning of December, does it? And it is the beginning of December, dear whatever god out there who may or may not be in Heaven… How did that happen again? Wasn’t it 2010 last week?

Where did 2003 go?!

And this time next month it’ll be 2013. Excuse me  a second, I’m feeling a little faint…

What was I saying? Oh yes! Christmas, it’ll be here soon (Dear GOD) but thanks to the shops, and the radio, the film stations, and the music stations, and the clothes shops, and the coffee shops, and any shop that sells food, and toy shops, and everything else, it feels like Christmas has been dragging on forever already. Why do they need to do this? Do they think we’ll forget? Is it some failed method to ease us into Christmas, by beating us over the head with it for a whole month before December, the month in which Christmas actually occurs?

I highly doubt we’ll forget. First and foremost, I’m sure most people know how to read a calendar, secondly, advent calendars are a thing and thirdly, if shops had to wait for the first of December to attack us all with Christmas related everything, they’d reach new heights to do so to make up for lost time.

I have some friends who like Christmas, and all of that even annoys them. A Scrooge like me is beyond reasoning at this point. If I can’t up and move myself to a country where Christmas isn’t celebrated, which I can’t, then my last resort is hitch-hiking to the other end of the universe to a planet which doesn’t celebrate Christmas, and return when it’s all over and done with. The third option is inducing sleep for a whole month, and that’s just not healthy.

Now, I know what you might be thinking if you read my blog entry last year. You’re thinking “but I thought you liked Christmas now!”. No. I still don’t like Christmas as Christmas, but I still like things that are good, which just happen to be Christmas themed, and they keep me cheered up and happy. But take that out of Christmas and we still have something happy. It’s just coincidentally Christmas themed, but to a degree that I can handle.

And of course, if you didn’t read the entry from last year, this is all a moot point.

Once again I’m obligated to buy physical presents, I’m obligated to accept physical presents, and I’m obligated to eat a copious amount of food for fear of other people’s money going to waste. The true meaning of Christmas probably died out with Dickens.

But hey, if you like Christmas, go out and have fun! For now it’s the season, and all that. We might even have snow soon! Woop-de-doo!