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Well, tonight is New Years Eve according to the western calendar and that means that we are celebrating the last new years celebration of the year. In a couple of weeks will be Chinese New Year, which is our families first New Years of the year. If being a Multicultural Secular Humanist means anything it means that you spend an awful lot of time celebrating the New Year!

But, in all honesty I am so very glad that 2011 is walking its way down the hall. This whole year was kind of a wash. Full of pain for myself, my family and many of the people who I love. Just thinking about where I was on this day last year and tracing the days from there until now is an exercise in sadness. For fuck’s sake, Scott Weiland put out a Christmas album!

Though, sitting here now typing these words I am in a good place. The end of this year has pulled itself together and has given me the breathing room to limp my way across the finish line. I am so thankful for my wife and son for getting me through this year. We definitely needed each other this year. I also want to apologize to and thank everybody who dealt with my various and frequent mental breakdowns on various social networks. Especially my twiggas on the Twitter. You guys had to go through a lot with me this year. 2012 will be better, I promise.

The one truly great moment of 2011 was my anniversary. Ten years with the most amazing supportive woman ever devised by nature! I say it all the time, by I entirely mean it. I don’t think that I would have made it to here and now without her.

And now is the time that I am supposed to put out my lists of Best Of 2011’s. Unfortunately, I don’t have lists ready. I read a lot of books this year, but I only read two and a half that were actually published in 2011. I only went to see a couple of movies, and didn’t keep up with what was going on with the films that I didn’t see. But, I did listen to and buy a whole heap of music! That’s a list that I can do. So without further ado, I give you my list of the best albums of 2011 (in alphabetical order):

01) The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble – Mr. Machine
02) David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time
03) Dolly Parton – Better Day
04) Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
05) James Blake – James Blake
06) John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
07) Micronaut – Transformer or Particulate (I couldn’t pick between the two, but since they are EPs just get both)
08) ohGr – unDeveloped
09) PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
10) The Roots – Undun

They’re all great, but if I had to pick two I’d go with the PJ Harvey and the David Lynch record. The Gillian Welch or the Dolly Parton would be a close second choice for those that don’t like Lynch or Harvey.

If you have Spotify you can listen to my Best Of 2011 playlist. Unfortunately Spotify doesn’t have the Gillian Welch record.

Well, everyone over at the house is getting more and more unhappy with me blogging instead of hanging out, so I will wish everybody a Happy New Year and leave you with some holiday well wishes from Greg and Donny:

 

Good Night! I love you all! See yinz in 2012!

Well it’s Christmas. So Merry Christmas to all that swing that way! And a hearty Awesome Chrismahanuramakwanzafestivyulestice to everyone else! To the full-blown Atheists in the room, I say have a good day.

So far I have been celebrating the holiday by remaining horizontal for as long as possible. I have yet to actually get out of bed. It’s been a pretty good day so far. (EDIT: I have gotten up but only to get some food and a Woodchuck cider!) The kiddo got the rest of his presents and had a fairly good time with the Playstation Move controller and the Move pack for Little Big Planet 2. The wife wants to play a bit of Skyrim later. So, I’m basically #winning all day.

But before that all gets going, it is most definitely time for my annual reading of the heartwarming holiday classic, “The Junky’s Christmas” by William S. Burroughs. Nothing says Christmas to me more than this story. You’ll see!

http://youtu.be/fDR9zULPcFk

Happy Solstice!

It’s Midwinter (and by my count the 64th “New Years” celebration that my family has had this year), and that means that it’s time to tuck into some shortbread and Irish Whiskey! And to eat. Tomorrow we are once again having our (apparently mandatory) Solstice celebration. We’ve spent the last couple of days in a whirlwind of cleaning and organizing and general redding up in the house to get ready to be invaded visited by some of our friends. The Midwinter Solstravaganza is one of our most popular annual parties, second only to the throw-down that is Ice Cream Social Warfare (which is our ice cream, champagne and water gun party). Because of Michele’s broken leg, we had to cancel Ice Cream Social Warfare this year, so tomorrow is basically the first social gathering that we’ve hosted this year. And seeing as this calendar year is almost over, that kind of blows.

Anyway, here’s too songs by Rosa Mundi for the Solstice.

The Snowman:

 

Christmas Is Now Drawing Near: