December 21, 2006


It being Thursday and all, it's once more time to throw off the tarp from the Most Exciting Thing in the Whole World, the Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!

::golf clap::

As it is now toward the end of 20-Ought Six, and seeing as how I will be gone all next week, what say we have a big year-end wrap up/new year preview?

Take your keyboard in hand and answer the following questions (which were inspired by last week's host) by either leaving a comment below, or a link to your answer over at your blog. Remember, anyone is free to play along!

So now:

1) What sorts of things will you be doing this year to bring the year to a close? Any special traditions or such that signal the end of the old? Parties, football games, airing of grievances, Twister?

2) What are you most looking forward to in the new year?

3) And since we missed talking about such things at the end of last month, what things that came your way in 2006 were you most thankful for?

Okay, now--get to work and let's see what you come up with!

As for my answers--

1) Well, there's always the taking down of the tree and ornaments (or vice-versa) that happens sometime after Christmas around New Year's Day or so. We don't ever (and never did, for that matter) go out to New Year's parties or stuff like that. Miss Reba and I tend to go the low key route and listen to the fireworks the little miscreants in the neighborhood shoot off. Wouldn't be so bad except we usually go to bed early and get woken up by said miscreants. Grr.

2) I'm really really hoping that we can have a bit more peace and harmony in the household. Still remains to be seen if anything can help, but we're in the process of beginning something new to combat a particular child's difficulties in acting halfway decent to others. And to herself, for that matter. A long road lies ahead.

3) Well, if we're just talking about things that have come along ONLY in 2006, well, I'm not sure. It's been a very long year, frustrating and very tiring, and it's been hard to write with as much vim and pep as in years past. Yet, still, no matter what, I consider myself blessed beyond all measure. So I'm not sure what to be most thankful for, but I sure am thankful for it nonetheless.

Alrighty then, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at December 21, 2006 08:00 AM

Youíd think we could get better than this right before a holiday.

1. We tend to travel over the holidays so many times New Yearís Day is spent on the road. This sort of leaves us out of the party circuit and the football watching sometime.
2. Iím looking forward to a year of no surprises. Last year had too many either things breaking and costing money or me breaking
3. Iím thankful for my family and also that while I gushed money and didnít feel well all year it wasnít really serious. My wife likes her job now and our son is doing well in school things are really OK.

Have a nice new year, as Iím off right now to see the Monet exhibit in Raleigh. Iím going by myself as others are either too busy or donít seem to want to be seen with me in public.

Posted by: jim at December 21, 2006 08:36 AM

1. Our usual end of year activity is a trip to New England to see Kathie's family. Usually includes excursions to favorite restaurants and, im my case, to boat consignment stores (i.e., marine junkyards). I doubt I'll be allowed to buy much since I haven't yet installed the the very expensive winches (no, not wenches) from last year's trip.

2. Hoping to get back to a more normal energy level so I can get more done (see winches, above). Wouldn't mind seeing my middle son move out so we can make better use of the upstairs.

3. Grandson Levi.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at December 21, 2006 09:03 AM

1. We'll be replacing our broken-down office chairs with new ones. These are only six years old, but the padded arms are shredding, the backs have fallen off both of them, and the color never looked as good in the house as it did in the showroom. These are either United or Global, and I don't recommend them.

The new ones are basic black. Not Aeron.

And I'll be starting the decoupage-collage art project. I am open to suggestions for the substrate for that project.

2. I have collected all the stuff to paint that bruise on my bumper. I will do that, and I plan to finish the quilt, and finish the guest room, my woodworker permitting. I've been running around with his wife and learned that his knees are causing him terrible pain. College football player, you know.

3. We didn't lose two lives -- Lucy's and Lyman's dad.

Posted by: Janis Gore at December 21, 2006 09:37 AM

United chairs. Let's be fair to Global. Does anyone have anything on Eurotech? Those are the new ones.

Posted by: Janis Gore at December 21, 2006 09:51 AM

It's hard to find a bargain in chairs--you really do get what you pay for unless it's a hard plastic and steel stacking chair. Anything that moves or rolls or adjusts is just waiting to break, and the difference in price really only buys you more time before it does break.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 21, 2006 10:00 AM

I've never shopped for anything as hard to buy as chairs. It's a real pain in the butt.
Ho, ho, ho.

And to United's credit, these have been comfortable.

Posted by: Janis Gore at December 21, 2006 10:09 AM

I'm playing, too!

Posted by: Diane at December 21, 2006 10:12 AM

Let's see:

1) There's not really a tradition per se that I keep up with nowadays. I'm just looking forward to a few days of not having to worry about work and what not. I am doing a year in review over on the blog, here's Janurary's post though I plan on finishing most of those posts and putting it on automatic for most of next week.

2) It being a new year. 2006 got a little dicey there in the second half. The whole clean slate thing would be nice.

3) I got a much better understanding of living here in Birmingham, at least enough of one to be able to plan to survive the next one. I also got the chance to talk to a few friends I hadn't been able to in a long time.

Posted by: Dre at December 21, 2006 10:46 AM

I am up, if not in a particularly jolly holiday spirit.

Posted by: skinnydan at December 21, 2006 12:38 PM

I'm in!

Posted by: Sarah G. at December 21, 2006 09:58 PM