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424th Friday Blog Roundup

I love hearing about how other people give and receive gifts, and I’m trying to sum up some thoughts I had reading the comments.  I’ll post that this weekend after I finish getting the 2012 Creme de la Creme is order.  Because yes, it’s almost done, and yes, it is fantastic.  I know I say that every year, but really, this one is fantastic.  There’s an analogy used to leaving treatments that I’ve never heard before, and a few posts that made me cry, and others that made me laugh hysterically.  I love it when posts pop up that I’ve already read and had thought at the time, “I hope they submit this to the Creme.”  So look for the list to go up on January 1st.

Speaking of which, we once again have no exciting New Years Eve plans.  This seems to be a running theme for us: not doing anything for New Years.  We’ll possibly watch Return of the King all night so the twins can know how the trilogy ends before we see the Hobbit.  Not that they really need to see one in order to appreciate the other.  We’ll drink bottles of butter beer.  We’ll tune in to Time Square coverage around 11:45 so we can see the ball drop.

What are you doing for New Years?


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

An Unwanted Path has a post about an unexpected pregnancy announcement she heard over the holidays.  It’s a brief post, but it feels like a fist hitting the opposite palm, driving out the emotional pain in short beats.

Kate; Uncensored has a blue Christmas post.  I think it’s so easy to get sucked into this vision of Christmas based on past memories and future hopes and ideas fed from the media and commercials.  But sometimes life doesn’t line up that way just because it’s December.  Sometimes shit happens right over the holiday season.  And it’s a wonderful reminder that just because it hits a certain time of year doesn’t mean that people’s troubles go away.

Lastly, Stumbling Gracefully has a post about expectations.  I’ve often focused on getting rid of expectations, but she asks a very important question: “how do we conceive of our expectations? Where do they come from?”  She moves from expectations in family building to expectations in blogging, and how these thoughts that we carry shift and change as new information comes in, sometimes leaving us feeling unanchored.

The roundup to the Roundup: 2012 Creme de la Creme going up in a few days!  No big New Years plans but lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between December 21st and December 28th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 a { 12.28.12 at 9:34 am }

It’s been a slow week on the internet…but this was very moving.

I’ve got no plans for New Year’s – my friend and her twins are coming for the weekend, and we’re going to see Wicked. I guess I’ll spend New Year’s recovering from having a houseful of girls – my husband says he’s going to spend the weekend at his mother’s!

2 Denver Laura { 12.28.12 at 10:43 am }

I had to look up butter beer as I’m not a HP fan. I think I’d be an idiot without goo.gle.

We’re having cheese fondue for New Year’s Eve. Geneva style with champagne. Hubs and I are going to try to stay up late as last year I think we saw the ball drop in NYC on tv at 10 pm then went to bed lol. Then I’ll probably spend the 1st reading the CdlC.

3 Tigger { 12.28.12 at 11:24 am }

I remember the days when I used to ring in the New Year by watching the ball drop with my parents. Then I left home and used to ring them in at a bar. And now…good heavens I feel old. We will be on a new schedule by then and husband will be getting up hella early. Our plans include: sleep. He doesn’t work New Years’ day, so we’ll play video games all day long.

4 luna { 12.28.12 at 11:36 am }

never got to post about gifts, but M and I don’t exchange holiday gifts anymore, though we may choose to buy something for our home (this year we’re looking for a buddha for the garden). the girls got gifts for hannukah and we play games on xmas morning and watch movies if the weather is bad, or take a walk.

with two super littles we also have no big plans for NYE. we usually get together with another family for a feast and sleepover but they’ll be away this year so we’ll see them tomorrow instead. so we’ll plan a multi-course feast and let J watch the NY ball drop and fireworks at 9pm, then she goes off to bed and we’ll get good and drunk. (maybe the baby will sleep if I just drink more wine? just kidding, sort of.)

looking fwd to la creme, though it will probably take me all year to read everything… you are a superstar!

5 Sharon { 12.28.12 at 11:37 am }

Since our twins arrived in January 2012, I have found that it is impossible for me to realistically plan anything more than a few days in advance and have the plans actually come to fruition. At first, this aggravated me, as I have been a consummate planner all my life. Now, I have embraced it and find it oddly liberating.

All this to say: we have nothing planned for New Year’s. 🙂

6 geochick { 12.28.12 at 12:41 pm }

We’re celebrating New Year’s early by having a few friends and S’s sister’s family over at 5pm for cocktails and appetizers. If I stay up to watch the ball drop at 10pm in Times Square it’ll be a New Year’s miracle!

7 Christa Singleton { 12.28.12 at 12:59 pm }

I hope against hope that we’ll be welcoming our baby girl into the world by New Year’s. But if she doesn’t come by then I suppose we’ll spend the evening watching the ball drop on TV 🙂

8 Battynurse { 12.28.12 at 4:12 pm }

My plans for New Years likely include sleep but since surgery most all my plans include sleep so what can I saw. I’d like to try butter beer sometime though. Sounds interesting.

9 FrozenOJ { 12.28.12 at 8:38 pm }

My new year’s plans are most likely crying over a negative test, or having the best new year’s ever.

10 Kristin { 12.29.12 at 1:06 am }

My husband has to work on New Year’s Eve so I’ll just be hanging out here with the boys. Maybe having some sort of movie marathon.

11 Lisa { 12.30.12 at 10:12 pm }

We’re havin’ a party! Of course only 6 people are actually coming and one couple is bringing their five year old, but we’re havin’ a party!

12 loribeth { 12.31.12 at 10:44 pm }

Dh & I went to the cemetery, the bookstore, an early dinner out & then back home. We are settled in with our computers, our books, watching TV and trying to stay awake until midnight. ; )| I haven’t been to a NYE party in years, and even when I was more social ; ) I usually just went to house parties with friends.

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