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Creme de la Creme is Ready to Go

My brain feels incredibly mushy, like the last clementine you leave in the bag for some unknown reason for an extra three weeks that sort of feels okay to the touch but sort of not, and you stand with the refrigerator door open for an extra 30 seconds holding it, wondering if you should eat it or dump it for safety sake.

I probably shouldn’t be blogging now.

This is sort of like drunk dialing where I’m going to drag the phone to the bathroom (so I don’t wake up my roommate but also to be close to a toilet in case I hurl) and squeeze myself into the corner so the towels are hanging over my face while I cry into the receiver that I just.love.you.so.much.

I love you guys so much.

I finish writing the last Creme blurb for all entries received before December 15th.  There are still dozens to do that came in after December 15th and more that will come in after the list goes up, but the ones I promised to do so the list can go up the morning of January 1st are finished.  Edited (though I’m sure you’ll find type-os).  Links checked.

What amazes me every year — which everyone else gets to experience too once the list goes up — is the scope of our experiences.  That I’ve done this now six times, and there are still viewpoints on the list I’ve never considered before.  Ways of looking at infertility or adoption or loss that literally hadn’t occurred to me prior to reading the post.  Isn’t that sort of incredible?  I don’t just mean that I never saw another post like it on a past Creme de la Creme list; I mean that I’ve never read a post like it.  Period.

There is so much to learn from listening.  From sitting with someone else’s thoughts and words.  Like our own experiences, it is what takes life from being a two-dimensional, black-and-white drawing to being a 3D, technicolour movie.  Hopefully you will devour the list in smaller bites than I did this year (there were a few days when I worked on the list through the entire day until my ass went numb).  I hope you enjoy it when the list goes up tomorrow.

On a site note, The Grateful Said (best comment you received in 2011) will kick off at the beginning of January.  I decided to run them back-to-back instead of simultaneously so we could all concentrate on one thing at a time.  You may want to go choose a comment that moved you during the wait so you’re ready to go when the list opens.  Hint: go to a post that was hard for you to write and pick the first good comment; that was probably the one that set your heart at ease, which is a pretty important distinction to have.

Happy last day of 2011.  May you have a very happy new year.


1 Blanche { 12.31.11 at 8:41 am }

Congratulations, and THANK YOU!!!

Also, the clementine simile (?, I’ve not had my caffeine fix yet) made me giggle.

2 JustHeather { 12.31.11 at 9:08 am }

We love you too, Mel! Thanks for all the hard work you do. I can’t wait to see the list tomorrow!!!

3 HereWeGoAJen { 12.31.11 at 12:57 pm }

I picked out my comment already. I have two actually, so I am going to save one for the Grateful Said and do another one on my blog.

Looking forward to Creme de la Creme. Thanks for all the hard work.

4 slowmamma { 12.31.11 at 4:12 pm }

Thank you Mel. I’m really excited to go through the list.

And, of course, Happy New Year!!!

5 Kathy { 12.31.11 at 4:29 pm }

So excited for the Creme and Grateful said! Many thanks for all your work to make this happen! We love you too! I have narrowed my fav comments down to two, both written by the same person… I’ll will decide on one by the time you post the list. Happy New Year to you and yours!!! 🙂

6 theportofindecision { 12.31.11 at 8:08 pm }

Hurray! You are awesome, Mel. In the original sense of the word. I am in awe (and extreme gratitude) that you put that behemoth together every year. When I first discovered blogging and ALI blogs a couple years ago and I found the Creme list, I lost many, many hours of my life in the ensuing weeks reading the past years’ Creme lists too.

7 Tireegal { 12.31.11 at 9:24 pm }

I’m excited to be on the list for the first time even though it wasn’t a very big blogging year for me. Proportionally I spend way more time commenting on others’ blogs than I do on writing my own. In fact I think my identity as a commenter is much better formed than that as a blogger – esp as an ALI blogger! But I digress! Thank you for sitting til your bum goes numb to bring the Creme de la Creme to the world!!!

8 loribeth { 12.31.11 at 10:00 pm }

We love you too, Mel. : ) Happy new year, happy C de la C, and THANK YOU, not just for the list but for everything you do for us, all year long. Looking forward to some great reading over the next few days. : )

9 Summer { 01.01.12 at 12:44 am }

How you do this every year, now for the 6th year, I’ll never know. But I am grateful you do because I always find a new connection to someone out there because of this list. Sometimes its because I found a blog in the list and sometimes because someone found me through the list. It’s why I participate even though I am updating my blog less and less. Thank you! And Happy New Year!

10 m. { 01.01.12 at 10:38 am }

Happy new year to you, Mel! Thank you. For everything.

11 Tiara { 01.01.12 at 8:21 pm }

Thank you for doing the Creme!

12 a { 01.01.12 at 11:11 pm }

Happy New Year! Can’t wait to read through your (and everyone else’s) hard work…Thanks!

13 Jjiraffe { 01.01.12 at 11:45 pm }

These Creme de la Creme compilations are a marvel. Thank you for doing them each year. Also, the Occupy Blog Street post was my favorite of all your 2011 posts and was one the best posts I read all year. I’m so glad you agreed 😉

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