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Happy New Year to you all, may it be better than this one in each and every way, and may you all continue to make the awesome posts and comments that make this place what it is!
posted by marienbad to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM (169 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Some of us aren't there yet - hello to you future people! How's 2016 looking so far?
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:02 AM on December 31, 2015 [6 favorites]


I am not there yet, approx 8 hours to go!

Also I am very happy right now as my post and plep's awesome comments got side-barred on the FP - First time ever! Thank you Mefi!!

Good luck to everyone tonight, hope you have a good one, whatever you are doing. You all make this place special so deserve a special night!
posted by marienbad at 8:08 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ah you beat me to it! I was just considering my first MeTa post. Happy almost New Year everyone! 6 1/2 hours to go here, bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge...
posted by Namlit at 8:22 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


RIP 2015.
posted by AugustWest at 8:23 AM on December 31, 2015


Happy New Year's! I will never make it to midnight - but we have special New Year's foods on stock: ham, chips and dip, beer (homebrew and craft), some Costco croissants and smoked salmon. I know you're supposed to get all deep with year-in-review stuff, but for me it's sort of a food-based holiday.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:29 AM on December 31, 2015 [8 favorites]


I will never make it to midnight

This sounds ominous; I meant I get sleepy.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:29 AM on December 31, 2015 [44 favorites]


In lieu of the usual party-going, expensive dinner out then drinks-going, or hanging out with friends-going, if you're inclined (and awake), you can listen to Shepherd and I on the radio tonight from 10 pm to a little after midnight on CFRC, the oldest campus radio station in the world. We'll be doing our Top Ten of 2015 apiece alongside our favourite singles. You can stream it live on your computer or download the app to stream it there.
posted by Kitteh at 8:35 AM on December 31, 2015 [5 favorites]


Its half past midnight here, so wishing y'all from the future!
posted by infini at 8:36 AM on December 31, 2015 [7 favorites]


bah humbug. I stopped recognizing new years a while ago.
posted by terrapin at 8:46 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Who is President in Earth-2016? Trump, Clinton, Howard the Duck?
posted by Kattullus at 8:47 AM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


You didn't know!?! Why, Opus the Penguin and Bill the Cat! Motto: "Everything's fine" and campaign platform "two spaces after every period," generally expressed by Bill as "ACK".
posted by fraula at 8:55 AM on December 31, 2015 [7 favorites]


there's a better link here, but it's merchandising: Opus and Bill 2016
posted by fraula at 8:57 AM on December 31, 2015


There are still 12 hours to go here in NYC, but I'm looking forward to midnight! I've always loved New Year's Eve. The only question is: what adventures await?
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:57 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Happy New Fears!
Happy New Tears!
Happy New Beers!
Happy New Oh Dear!

Happy New Years! There we go.
posted by Fizz at 9:04 AM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Who is President in Earth-2016? Trump, Clinton, Howard the Duck?

Obama, of course. The new president doesn't take office until 2017. DUH.
posted by entropicamericana at 9:07 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Happy New Year's! I will never make it to midnight - but we have special New Year's foods on stock: ham, chips and dip, beer (homebrew and craft), some Costco croissants and smoked salmon. I know you're supposed to get all deep with year-in-review stuff, but for me it's sort of a food-based holiday.

I just realized that all the food I'm bringing to a small gathering of friends (that's been happening almost every single year since like 1999...I think?) is...cheese.

Whiskey cheddar
Brebirousse
Cashel Blue
Double cream brie
La Sauvagine

...plus a feta/red pepper dip.

Oh, and some olives.

Happy cheese-based calendar event!!!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:09 AM on December 31, 2015 [9 favorites]


Happy New Years, mefites! I'd kiss all of ya at midnight if I could. Mr. Fig will have to represent all of Metafilter. I hope 2016 brings good things to you and yours!
posted by Fig at 9:11 AM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]


Humbug.
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:46 AM on December 31, 2015


croissants and smoked salmon

I have never eaten smoked salmon with croissants, and am now wondering why the hell not. I predict it will join oatcakes and houmous on my list of favourite cross-cultural snacks.

Happy new year, mefites! I don't post here much but I do read and learn a lot. Love you all.
posted by altolinguistic at 10:09 AM on December 31, 2015 [6 favorites]


On a purely personal level 2015 was not a bad year here, though it wasn't particularly great either. On a global scale it was pretty shit. Here's hoping 2016 is better all around for everyone!
posted by Alterscape at 10:17 AM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


2015 was mostly fantastic, but then I gained all the weight back in the last two weeks.

In about two hours I will fly across the country back to Vancouver. Then I will spend the last 5 hours of the year doing the laundry and vacuuming that I've been putting off for the last few months. A responsible start to the new year!

I'd do something, but it's too late to plan now, so I'll be having a quiet one while periodically hopping on the blue. Hope the rest of you have some fun.
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 10:24 AM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


On a pop music level 2015 was pretty amazing*. Here’s hoping 2016 can maintain!

*:except for the accursed, overhyped, & meh-tastic “Hotline Bling”
posted by Going To Maine at 10:26 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


For auld lang syne. Here's to 2016: May health, happiness, and purpose be yours.
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:41 AM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Happy new year, folks. With just under five hours to go until midnight here, I've just spent an hour in the kitchen making my last meal of 2015 a delicious one. Beyond that, I'm just marking it with some good booze and a good book. Hugs and/or good wishes to all.
posted by A Robot Ninja at 11:12 AM on December 31, 2015


Note: Everybody needs a nap.
posted by y2karl at 11:17 AM on December 31, 2015 [7 favorites]


zzzzzzzzzz..urrgh..wha'd I miss??
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:34 AM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


This sounds ominous; I meant I get sleepy.

I haven't stayed up to see in the new year in about three years now. Even with the best of intentions midnight just seems kind of late these days.
posted by Dip Flash at 11:36 AM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


For the first time in my life I have a New Years where I will get a Midnight Kiss from a special someone and I am sort of floating around like a methamphetamine-powered hummingbird getting ready.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 11:39 AM on December 31, 2015 [22 favorites]


Happy New Years and happy end to 2015. I am working at the library (filling in for a librarian who is sick) and I came in today and then said sorry it was so cold but they set the "Thursday" temperature on the thermostat to 60 last week and forgot to set it back today. I am working on my More Relaxed Attitude Towards Other People and so I'm just snarking about it online and wearing my down coat indoors. Jim is on his way up from MA and I think we avoided the treacherous roads of Tuesday. We have a night with friends and board games, same one we always go to. Not quite a party, not quite not a party. It's always fun and we can walk home (so more than one beer for me!!). Tomorrow I put up the new calendar. Life is mostly good. Best wishes to everyone.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 11:39 AM on December 31, 2015 [15 favorites]


I had totally missed the return of Bloom County... so there's that. (Does he have to change the name to "Bloom County 2016" now?)
posted by Jahaza at 11:45 AM on December 31, 2015


Happy, happy New Year to you all. As usual, my past year was greatly improved by hanging out here, and I am sure there will be more of the same excellence in 2016. Also I'll be savoring every second of our President here in the U.S. still being Barack Obama.
posted by bearwife at 12:11 PM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'll be working tonight (admissions for a psychiatric hospital) while sneaking in views of whatever football game is on if possible. Hopefully tonight will be un-chaotic. Getting off work at midnight and going home to bed with little fanfare.

Happy New Years everyone!
posted by MultiFaceted at 12:20 PM on December 31, 2015 [7 favorites]


Happy New Year's, everyone! May your year be better than what you expect it to be.

My NY Eve tradition is to enter all the books I read for the year into a journal I've had since I was a little kid*. I'm only mentioning it because this year marks Year 30 I've done this and I'm excited about that!

(I also have the tradition to eat a lot of cheese as well, mandolin conspiracy!)

*Which, as a little girl's journal, has a picture of a prancing unicorn on the front; teenage me attempted to cover the head with a sticker that said Art Forever. At some point my teenage brother Sharpied an F in front of it.
posted by barchan at 12:30 PM on December 31, 2015 [26 favorites]


I am hosting a comfy pants movie night party, which is my ideal way to end one year and start another. I hope everyone kicks 2015 to the curb in a way that is pleasing to you all, and fingers crossed for a great 2016 for all of us.
posted by leesh at 12:34 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


One of our cats erupted a hairball onto the bed this morning. That's good luck for the New Year, right? Wishing refreshing disco naps to anyone who needs 'em, and peace and happiness to all. Happy New Year, MeFi!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:41 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


barchan, can we see a photo of the journal, please?
posted by ocherdraco at 12:56 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


2 hours till New Year's Eve for me and I have an apartment full of friends and food. Recommend adding cream cheese to the croissants with smoked salmon.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:58 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


I'll be working tonight (admissions for a psychiatric hospital)

As someone who had a close friend spending the night in psych admissions last NY Eve, bless you in advance for your patience and kindness that can make all the difference in someone's lousy day.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2015 [19 favorites]


I'm already up and awake on New Years Day. It's still sunny as it has been every day since the 23rd, the most sustained spell of good weather I can remember in quite a while.

Most of my friends being married with small kids means that wild nights are pretty much out but a few of us got together for a few drinks and a chat and just managed to last to midnight.

Last year wasn't great but it ended on a better note so hopefully that will continue. Firing up the Mountain Goats (you know which one) now...
posted by Pink Frost at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


I have never in my life been so glad to see a year go away. See ya, 2015!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:03 PM on December 31, 2015 [11 favorites]


2015 brought me, roughly in order: a cancer diagnosis, surgery, a new job, chemo treatments, jumping out of a plane, a dear friend lost, love winning, a trip to Paris, clear scans, a new puppy, a house bought, and a resultant move. And along the way, I picked up a lot of kayaking time, some awesome new friends, and a healthy respect for taking each day as it comes.

It was a ludicrous mix of really great and really awful. I am glad to see it go, and yet grateful to have seen it all. May 2016 bring you peace.
posted by donnagirl at 1:04 PM on December 31, 2015 [21 favorites]


Which, as a little girl's journal, has a picture of a prancing unicorn on the front; teenage me attempted to cover the head with a sticker that said Art Forever. At some point my teenage brother Sharpied an F in front of it.

That is such a perfect symbol of growing up.
posted by Gygesringtone at 1:06 PM on December 31, 2015 [5 favorites]


Mrs. Example is under the weather, it's all crappy and rainy outside, and none of the trains we'd need are running, so we're spending New Year's Eve at home with some tasty spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner along with plenty of wine. We're warm, dry, comfortable, and surrounded by cats. There are much worse ways to see in the new year.

Happy New Year to everyone, and may it be at least as pleasant.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 1:09 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dear 2015:

And stay out.

Yrs trly,
Etrigan
posted by Etrigan at 1:10 PM on December 31, 2015 [23 favorites]


barchan, can we see a photo of the journal, please?

ack nonononono it's got too many identifying things on it like my entire legal name in huge letters and my high school

also a terrible picture I drew of an actress I had a crush on and me holding hands
posted by barchan at 1:16 PM on December 31, 2015 [11 favorites]


Happy New Year. 7.5 hours to go here. A mostly good year.

Beef burgundy stew made with 1.5 liters of merlot (so I guess it is beef napa valley stew) and stromboli for dinner with friends. Other offerings will include home brew, beer cheese dip with splet bread and general noshes.

we have special New Year's foods on stock: ham, chips and dip, beer (homebrew and craft), some Costco croissants and smoked salmon.

I attempted, in vain, to get to Costco for some demi-baguettes to go with the beef burgundy stew. We got as far as the turning lane, took a look at the parking lot and booked it back home.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your offerings of wisdom, kindness, good humor and doses of gentle tough love. Yinz are magnificent.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 1:36 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


This was a very good year for me personally, and I'm hoping for more of the same in 2016. Invited to a few different events, I decided to embrace my introversion and stay home alone and have fun in the kitchen, which is what I'd just rather do tonight. Bread dough is proofing in the fridge for Saturday, a small orange/lime cake is made in case friends swing by, and for tonight I'll be broiling a lobster tail and a filet and having a big pile of peas on the side—because peas are the best! Man, I really love peas.

Happy new year!
posted by heyho at 1:58 PM on December 31, 2015 [8 favorites]


2015 started off pretty quiet, until I tried to take a vacation and the pipes under my house decided this would be the time to start a major leak. Nothing like getting a 10 pm call from your housesitter 500 miles away that there's water flowing out of the bathroom floor and they are frantically throwing towels on it and what do you want them to do?

We had the landlady turn off the water and our friend was nice enough to camp out in our waterless house (now smelling of mildew!) to keep our cats company.

We live somewhere else now.

I'm a little scared to take a vacation in 2016, but the kid really wants to see the Grand Canyon, so fingers crossed.
posted by emjaybee at 1:59 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Last year wasn't great but it ended on a better note so hopefully that will continue. Firing up the Mountain Goats (you know which one) now...

Tollund Man!
posted by Going To Maine at 2:00 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


A preemptive Happy New Year all. Still a couple of hours away for me, but work beckons on the morrow and so to bed. 2015 ended on a very mixed note for myself and those around me, so here's hoping for a better 2016 for all, MeFites included.
posted by comealongpole at 2:12 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


The New Year is fine and sunny with a high of 27C. Dogs are calm and Christmas bikes are being ridden on the street.
posted by Thella at 2:44 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


After an emergency appendectomy on Valentine's Day, 2015 was a breeze! Well, except for the molar that had to come out, but why sweat the small stuff? I'm looking forward to 2016 because (as I said in another thread recently) I'm a cockeyed optimist, and in an hour or so I'll be sitting down to a steak dinner courtesy of my wife, and I'll toast the new year with a very very nice scotch courtesy of a Quonsmas gift! My very best wishes to all MeFites, and especially to our new Eyebrows Overlord.
posted by languagehat at 3:14 PM on December 31, 2015 [12 favorites]


I'm so very happy to see the back of 2015. It was a year that was hard in so many ways. I'm ringing in the new year by myself this time around, but I'm armed with a cute small bottle of champers and my favorite indulgence, chips and guac.

Have a wonderful turning of the year, MeFi!I'm hoping that 2016 brings everyone some unexpected good luck, new adventures, and lots of comfort.
posted by TwoStride at 3:16 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bonne année 2016 !!
Adieu 2015, on ne peut pas dire que ce fut un plaisir.

The cork in my bubbly would of course be more firmly corked than usual this year, meaning my good arm plus still-recovering-from-being-broken arm have as yet been unable to open it. At least the arm will get stronger in 2016 :)
posted by fraula at 3:18 PM on December 31, 2015 [5 favorites]


Gelukkig Nieuwjaar from the low lands! We celebrated at the hackerspace, where some of the guys had done something unmentionable to a large amount of fireworks, which resulted in an awesome orgy of smoke, noise and colourful lights. (No damage was done to people or property.) Now we're sitting down with some bubbles and the last oliebollen.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, peaceful and creative year.
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:23 PM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]


Hugs to everyone what wants em.

Happy new revolution of the earth.
posted by Faintdreams at 3:28 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's lunch time on New Year's Day here, and it is pouring with rain and freezing cold (by my grown-into Australian standards; all the New Zealanders are sweating and sighing and talking about heatwaves, the weirdos).

So far, 2016 appears to be full of hangovers.
posted by lollusc at 3:33 PM on December 31, 2015


It's midmorning of New Year's Day here. It's foggy and muggy out and the temperature's slightly below freezing, so being outside is going to be like standing in a broken walk-in cooler. But we had a breakfast of slices of white bread with sweet rice cake and red bean baked inside it, which has proven to be either the best weird food or the weirdest best food to have for breakfast.

In conclusion, 2016 is a year of textural contrasts.
posted by ardgedee at 3:48 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


And oh yeah we're heading out later to family for quality time and the requisite ddokmanduguk, so the short-term projection of 2016 is that it's going to be a pleasant day.
posted by ardgedee at 3:50 PM on December 31, 2015


2015 was a horrible shit year for me from start to end. I'm not excited about the new year. It will probably be even worse.

Yay depression....
posted by a strong female character at 3:50 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


(That said, I love this community and how supportive and kind it has been).
posted by a strong female character at 3:51 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Happy New Year, fellow MeFites! 2015 had more downs than ups for me and my family, but nothing earth-shattering, so I figure that's good enough. I'm predicting a long, tough slog for us all next year, so drink up and enjoy your celebrations!
posted by briank at 3:55 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


I am braising a chuck roast in red wine as we speak. 2015 was a better year than 2014 for me personally, and 2016 is on track for more of the same. I have short-term goals and long-term goals that are working out not exactly as planned, but as best they might under the circumstances. I'm good with progress.

At 53 I still have my health, good steady work, a really fantastic marriage, more hobbies than I can throw a stick at, 2 great kids that never give me grief (though the boy is an enigma) so I'm just going to say that it's going alright over here.

I personally celebrate the new year at the solstice, so these couple of weeks between that & the calendric new year are a chance for me to take it easy for once, a thing I have very little practice at, & to assess the future & prep for it mentally. I think I'm ready for what comes next.

I hope all you people have a good year, & that we can avoid electing that idiot here in the US. I think we will be okay if we can pull off that trick. Here's to ya, hope your celebration tonight is fun if you're celebrating, and that your relaxation is relaxing, if you're chilling at home like us.

Peace, love, other maudlin emotions, etc.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:57 PM on December 31, 2015 [5 favorites]


Happy 2016! The year has just turned here and my partner and I toasted it quietly at home with wine and proseco and scritches for my Mum's dog (she's not drinking). Christmas was tough - my uncle was taken suddenly into hospital on Christmas Day and we buried him today so it doesn't feel like a time for too much celebration, but at the same time the family really rallied round all week and it reminded me of the value of connections to people who care. So I wish happiness and support for everyone who needs it tonight and this coming year, and thank you all for being around. I hope this year is full of good things for all of you. Sláinte.
posted by billiebee at 4:04 PM on December 31, 2015 [9 favorites]


For posterity's sake.

How To Remove A Stuck Bubbly Cork
Prerequisites: have already tried the blunt knife edge and towel tricks without any budging of cork. Also have tried turning it upside down and trying to twist the cork. Also have tried gently (very gently!) shaking and waiting ten minutes to see if the cork comes out of its own accord.

1. Curse at cork while putting it outside to chill overnight.
2. Notice garden shears.
3. Take bottle and garden shears inside.
4. Use garden shears to slice off the bulbous part of the cork. Note that cork is still not budging. Curse at fucking cork again.
5. Gently corkscrew the neck cork. Gently, in case it pops out. It still doesn't pop out.
6. Pull on corkscrew. It doesn't budge. WTF con de bouchon merde.
7. Pull a bit harder. It finally comes out... like a regular wine cork you have to pull on.
8. Drink bubbly. It is good.
posted by fraula at 4:08 PM on December 31, 2015 [10 favorites]


also a terrible picture I drew of an actress I had a crush on and me holding hands

Please at least tell us who this is? I am desperate to know.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 4:17 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is one year I'll be happy to see in the rear-view mirror. It was a real roller coaster, and I'm hoping for an easier 2016. Peace and hugs to you all.
posted by jet_pack_in_a_can at 4:19 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oooof 2015. This year my dear aunt died, I had a rough year at work, my dental problems continued in an expensive way, and I pulled the plug on my hopes of ever getting pregnant. But we bought a house, and I'm still happily married. My little old dog is still full of life despite a myriad of (omg expensive) medical problems. I read 32 books. I have a supportive manager who laughs with me at all of the obstacles, and I even met ColdChef in New Orleans!

I'm glad we're all here tonight. Here's to all of us.
posted by kimberussell at 4:23 PM on December 31, 2015 [11 favorites]


well what can I say. 2014 was way shittier than 2015 for me. Great hopes for the new 'un. We're an hour across the break now, only good things to report so far...
posted by Namlit at 4:29 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, here's a milestone I feel fantastic about: I am still a production manager, but at a new place since May, and am now hourly instead of salary. Get this -- I HAVE NOT ONCE checked my work email while off the clock at home. It's a small miracle to have a solid work/not work boundary for the first time since, shit, '92 I guess?
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:40 PM on December 31, 2015 [11 favorites]


I saw Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and the Moon this morning. And Google Sky shows Uranus near Arcturus. I may take out the telescope and look for it one of these weekend mornings and make it to seeing 5 planets. I have yet to see Mercury, so then I can shoot for six.
posted by y2karl at 4:47 PM on December 31, 2015 [10 favorites]


For the past five years I have tortured myself to save money. My life has been pretty bland because of this, but 2015 was the year it paid off. We bought a house and a car without taking out loans, so I am pretty happy with that. Still not time to celebrate though, as baby number three is scheduled to be born Feb 3. I think 2016 is going to be my year. Happy New Year, everyone!
posted by Literaryhero at 5:16 PM on December 31, 2015 [15 favorites]


I am finally home after a 9-day trip to Trinidad and Tobago. This was the first time my husband and I went on a real vacation together, and it was lovely. We're both tired and happy to be back in our natural habitat, though the dog is giving us the cold shoulder for leaving her with friends for more than a week.

2015 was very up-and-down, and I am cautiously optimistic about 2016, if only I can find a new job.
posted by coppermoss at 5:28 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


New Year's Eve was quiet for me. Well, apart from all my neighbors doing their best to blow up the sky with fireworks. I stood by the window to make sure that if there was a tear in the firmament over Reykjavík, I'd have time to get my family to cover. My six-month-old slept like a rock through the crazy cacophony of color, which was nice and unexpected as his every nap today had been rudely interrupted by someone shooting off fireworks, triggering waterworks. So 2016 started pretty well for me.

Gleðilegt nýtt ár! Takk fyrir þau gömlu!
posted by Kattullus at 5:40 PM on December 31, 2015 [8 favorites]


I will never make it to midnight

I never make it to midnight. As part of a time share program, I always get whisked away to the neatherworld by some psychopomp or other, and spend the night in terrifying contests so I can rise, phoenix-like with the sun, my terrible powers renewed for another year.

This year, it's Osiris' turn, and we usually just play a couple of quick hands of bridge with Isis and Horus, then watch movies and drink crazy spiced beer until it's time to return to mortality. Those Nile gods have been around for a while and prefer not to overdo things.

I hope everyone else's daunting hermetic rebirths are pleasant!
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:41 PM on December 31, 2015 [10 favorites]


I read 123 books in 2015, paid off my mortgage and had the worst nights sleep of my life through New Years Eve as my neighbours continued their love affair with things that go bang. It was mostly fireworks, but some suspicious shooting-type-noises also had plenty of police-siren accompaniment. Considering last year had a police chopper hovering roughly above my house spotlighting some stupid bastard who decided to escape pursuit by diving into the local creek (which acts as a drain for a large industrial area) - I'm going to call this an improvement.

Welcome, 2016!
posted by ninazer0 at 5:53 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Looking back on it (with the benefit of a tasty gingerbread beer), 2012 was the year it all went to shit for me. 2013 was the year I hit bottom and then started pulling my life back together. 2014 and 2015 have been neutral-to-positive. I'm just hoping to keep up the 'gainfully employed doing something I love' trend through this next year. I've got food and drink and friends on the internet to keep me company, even if for the 3rd year in a row I'm staying in alone. Maybe I'll make it to local midnight (6 hours), maybe I won't, life will go on. Hoping anyone else home alone is hanging in there alright. It gets better! (Oh, and don't drunk-dial your former girlfriend; that shit NEVER ends well).
posted by Alterscape at 5:54 PM on December 31, 2015 [10 favorites]


In The New Year

I want to wander
The edges of streams
Collect the essence
Of my dreams,
Remember those, who
Went on home before me,
See friendly faces at my door.
I want to laugh more,
I want more reasons to,
More delight, more meetings
With the wild things, hawk cry
Twitterings from the stream,
Shared silence, in the rising light.
In the new year I will keep
My heart alive by these small means,
Respect and love the sky,
Observe it written on slow talking,
Murmering water.
I will lace my breaths to
The glorious all, even up into
The rotation of our planets,
The knocking about of far flung
Fragments, trailing out to
Distant stars.
I will breathe and speak peace,
From the depths to the distance,
And carefully tend the path I make,
Through this new year with love.


Best to you Mefites!
posted by Oyéah at 5:57 PM on December 31, 2015 [12 favorites]


I am just really tired of listing things and counting successes and losses and counting who's around and how many and how #blessed i am and am looking forward to just getting back to the work of the everyday.
posted by sweetkid at 5:58 PM on December 31, 2015 [8 favorites]


I'm ringing out 2015 as a bad parent, letting my kids stay up playing Minecraft and allowing the 8 y.-o. to read tweets from Emo Kylo Ren aloud, over my shoulder. Her intonation is spot on and I laugh. This is not what I would have described as happiness 20 years ago, but tonight, it's enough.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:44 PM on December 31, 2015 [16 favorites]


I'll be working as a charge nurse at a psychiatric hospital tonight. My semi-nightly out-of-the-hospital coffee run will be suspended to honor the fact that the gas station is right by a whole string of bars. We're doing a pot luck across the units, so that should help balance it. I'm bringing tortilla chips and salsa.
posted by RainyJay at 7:08 PM on December 31, 2015 [6 favorites]


Sitting here in the TV room watching Luke Bryan, who claims to be a country singer, mostly because I'm too lazy to find something else to watch.
posted by octothorpe at 7:45 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh and happy New Year, yinz.
posted by octothorpe at 7:46 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


Watching the TCM Thin Man marathon. I hope everyone has a wonderful 3016!
posted by bleep at 7:49 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Oh wait..well yeah that too.
posted by bleep at 7:50 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


I miss Dick Clark.
posted by jonmc at 7:52 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


my new year's eve is me, my snoring cat, a knitted object in progress, and a law & order: svu binge that's on its fifth or sixth day at this point. but i also have lasagna and prosecco and dank nugs, so. clearly things are about to get crunk.
posted by palomar at 8:08 PM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'll be working as a charge nurse at a psychiatric hospital tonight.

Seriously, thank you!
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:22 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


jonmc: "I miss Dick Clark."

I miss Guy Lombardo
posted by octothorpe at 8:43 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Kitteh & Shepherd, great show :) Nice it's playing two hours earlier in my time zone.

And John Grant? Hell yeah. Saw him in PDX in October. Wow. Nice pick.

Happy New Year, y'all.
posted by wallabear at 8:48 PM on December 31, 2015


Hugs to mefites everywhere, love y'all! Here's to 2016!
posted by madamjujujive at 8:53 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


Woo! New year hit the continental US! Good enough for me.
posted by jaguar at 9:03 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Whoooo! *confetti*
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:05 PM on December 31, 2015 [6 favorites]


I'll be working as a charge nurse at a psychiatric hospital tonight

God bless you. I spent the day with a parade of chronically miserable patients.* I gave them all my stupid speech about the new year being an opportunity for renewal, a chance to push away all the terrible shit from the past and start anew, mostly to convince myself that things can be better, and ran into a guy who had a really powerful argument that 2015 wasn't a uniquely bad year, that things really are getting worse as time passes. I countered that I think that he's basically right, but that humans do have the ability with a lot of hard work and attitude adjustment to change things for the better. He left with the insight that there may be hope, I left with the insight that the natural order is towards worsening pain and suffering. My hope is not gone, but I firmly believe that it is something one must swim against the tide to hold onto and anyone who is not conscious of this notion is doomed to suffer. May we all be conscious and refuse to accept what the world throws at us, and choose to reach out to those who are in need of hope.

*there was that one woman whom I assumed would be just as miserable as before when I saw her, and nevertheless, I went through the motions of offering treatment and hope last time I saw her and she was doing great today, and very grateful. I'm not sure it outweighs all the other suffering, but tonight with my hot buttered rum I'm choosing to remember her instead of all the rest
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:46 PM on December 31, 2015 [12 favorites]


Meatball psychiatry, that's what I practice.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:47 PM on December 31, 2015 [5 favorites]


Please at least tell us who this is? I am desperate to know.

Mrs. Pterodactyl: Rachel Weisz! This was right after Stealing Beauty came out. My favorite thing about my terrible drawing is that despite being cosmically connected enough to touch our blimp boobs together and hold what looks like maybe are hands?, we're still introducing ourselves to each other. I remember spending some time trying to get our boobs to touch and make it natural despite us standing next to each other. So with the warning that it was drawn by someone. . . well, let's just say that there are 4 year olds who can draw better on their motor skill assessments than I can - Rachel Weisz is, of course, completely unrecognizable - here it is, Happy New Year.

(Ocherdraco, both my husband and I tried to take pics without any info in it and couldn't, so hopefully that will make up for it.)
posted by barchan at 9:57 PM on December 31, 2015 [32 favorites]


omg barchan. You have inspired me to find my yearbooks etc..
I am staying at my parents house and holy shit I looked at the bookshelf and there they are.
The cringe is deep. Deep cringe. Is there a pill for this? Halp.
posted by futz at 10:09 PM on December 31, 2015 [8 favorites]


That is a goddamn beautiful thing that redeems all of 2015, barchan.

also, if that realistic interpretation is accurate, you're no slouch yourself.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:23 PM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]


Spent the evening with friends at the pastor's house, with food and drink and games and (for my husband and his friend) cigars out back. Back at the house now, chilling a little while before tuning in.

This past year was okay! This year will be even better!
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 10:23 PM on December 31, 2015 [6 favorites]


hahaha, SB, well good!
and I resemble my drawing about as accurately as what I drew as hands resemble hands
posted by barchan at 10:36 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


You guys are the best. I need to spend more time here in 2016.
posted by koeselitz at 10:36 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


FRIENDS I am drunk as a skunk at the moment. Know this: I have been on this silly website for nigh-on 10 years now, and I do not regret one stupid second of it. I love you all. Even the jerks. Especially the jerks. Have a blessed 2016, jerks!
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:52 PM on December 31, 2015 [27 favorites]


Tell us what you really think.
posted by bongo_x at 10:55 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Speaking for the rest of the jerks, we love you too! Happy new year!
posted by entropicamericana at 11:45 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Feeling the schmoopy at 11:59.
posted by wallabear at 11:59 PM on December 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


.




Wait, I think I'm doing it wrong.
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy.
Much better.
posted by birdsquared at 12:00 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


2016, please, be kind. To all of us, everywhere, no matter our circumstance.

It's an awful lot to ask. But I'll ask anyway.
posted by wallabear at 12:06 AM on January 1, 2016 [5 favorites]


Finally at 12:12 it feels all new again as the New Year hits the Left Coast. Happy New Year and best wishes to us all! ♥
posted by Lynsey at 12:13 AM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


(made it. Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:19 AM on January 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Happy new year, everyone.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:21 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Last year I posted a picture of my niece who failed to make the Midnight. Seems like a good tradition to follow, since she didn't make it again this year. Though she hit 11pm so she's getting closer. Thinking next year will be the first awake New Year's photo I'll take of her.

Fittingly for 2015, she fell asleep listening to Adele's "Hello". With headphones on because her mom finally said enough after my niece played the song 5 times in a row. My niece and I worked out a very dramatic dance to the song, blew our party horns until the other grownups fled the house for a quiet smoke, and I taught her some fake Swedish ("Uala Uala!" which means "I love you even though you smell like fish" in our made up language).

2015 was rich with sadness. I'm not having a lot of hope for 2016. But when I'm with her, sometimes it feels like everything's going to work out. Happy New Year's to everyone!
posted by honestcoyote at 12:24 AM on January 1, 2016 [10 favorites]


Hey, MetaFilter, happy new year. Love and health to yall.
posted by cotton dress sock at 12:29 AM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Oh, also: Wearing Hudsucker bequeathes to you your second chance.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:36 AM on January 1, 2016


Happy new year, MeFi. Thank you, you lovely Internet people. 2014 was so eventful for me that I almost forgot this year happened (anything before October, anyway), but upon reflection, it seems it's been a pretty rich year, and definitely the year where the Toronto-area Mefites showed how truly wonderful they can be.

Well, now I'm home from a great party, it's after 4am, I'm eating smoked gouda with bacon in it to stave off a hangover, and I have to be at the follow-up party in eight hours. Not a bad way to start a year.

Hugs to all, or at least whatever the electronic version of smoked gouda with bacon is.
posted by ilana at 1:15 AM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Happy new year MeFi, my favorite place on the interweb! Looking forward to another year of amazing stuff to discover and learn.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 1:19 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


I got up at three am (yay insomnia) and looked outside just as my neighbors were arriving home in sparkle dresses and wigs. I was glad to see some people were partying in the new year in style while I slept (intermittently) through it.
posted by Dip Flash at 3:28 AM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


My partner and I were both on our own last night due to a perfect storm of poor logistical planning. I brought in the new year playing a crossword. Happy new year, "self-referential sieve?" (10 letters)!
posted by teponaztli at 4:31 AM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


So far, 2016 appears to be full of hangovers.

Confirmed. With three of us here reporting hangovers and nobody convincingly denying the having of one, I think it's time to call it. 2016 will be all hangovers, all the time. Every day another headache, dry throat tasting of poison, muscles disinclined to work properly, blurred thinking. Every day another desperate effort to crawl out of bed and make tea. Most people will be lucky to survive to the end of February. By the time the year is over, any survivors will appear to have aged by 30 years. I may be wrong about all this, but I've got this gut feeling that says it's true.
posted by sfenders at 5:29 AM on January 1, 2016 [6 favorites]


we, along with much of one quarter of family, watched the local firework display from the best seats in the house: the fireworks are launched from a hill, which is also where the observatory is, and where my partner has a corner office on the top floor with huge windows.

today it's already too hot to go out for a bike ride. maybe if i nap enough i can be up early tomorrow. last year wasn't that bad for us. hope this one will be ok too, for all.
posted by andrewcooke at 6:21 AM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Happy New Year! I spent the evening drinking Diet Coke and working on my dissertation while my boyfriend and his family watched Terminator II. I feel like it's a good sign (?) that the last things I did in 2015 and the first things I did in 2016 were work on my methods section and become more aware of the cyborg menace.

We were going to toast with $6 champagne from the gas station, but my boyfriend put it in the freezer and it exploded. So, more Diet Coke.
posted by ChuraChura at 6:27 AM on January 1, 2016 [7 favorites]


We had real Champagne. Real Champagne is underrated.
posted by Namlit at 6:39 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


How so? As far as I know it's pretty highly rated.
posted by Too-Ticky at 7:01 AM on January 1, 2016


I got up at three am (yay insomnia) and looked outside just as my neighbors were arriving home in sparkle dresses and wigs.

Heh, we were awoken at 2:30 by a crying child, and out the window I saw people walking home/to their cars.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:01 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Mrs. Pterodactyl: Rachel Weisz!

This picture is so good and made me so happy. If you and Rachel Weisz ever want to come hang out you are welcome to do so as long as you don't mind if I try to touch boobs with her myself if you ever break up. Also my decolletage was out of control last night and I got a number of legit excellent compliments on it from female friends in a way that felt empowering and not creepy and I had a cool hair thing I got super cheaply from Forever 21 that looked awesome and made me feel cool and then I went to bed at like 12:30 so all in all a pretty good evening!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:25 AM on January 1, 2016 [7 favorites]


Am in a marginally better position to type/think (sfenders is not wrong). NYE 2016: lovely house party - old and new friends, balloons, dancing, jerk chicken, noisemakers - 5 stars, would do again. Intended to do some clear-eyed resolutioning today; may proceed with it if the coffee takes. Wish me luck.
posted by cotton dress sock at 7:54 AM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


The psych hospital pot luck went very well! It was a quiet night. (The full moon was on Christmas, which was not). We got free breakfast in the cafeteria for working the holiday. 2016 has been full of free food, affirmations on this here website, and work. Hopefully it keeps up like this.
posted by RainyJay at 8:04 AM on January 1, 2016 [8 favorites]


How so? As far as I know it's pretty highly rated.

Not as high as it should. True story
posted by Namlit at 8:39 AM on January 1, 2016


you should put you life's savings into buying champagne. then, when the market corrects, you can make a huge profit.
posted by andrewcooke at 8:43 AM on January 1, 2016


How I feel about your proposal, Mrs. P.

Also my decolletage was out of control
My new resolution for 2016!
posted by barchan at 8:48 AM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


My first wakeup call in 2016 was one of my cats purring loudly and licking the inside of my ear, followed by insistently pressing her paw against my lips. Not the worst way to wake up, but not very pleasant. In her defense, it was hours after the pets are normally fed. And, I gotta give props to her super-effective Human Awakening techniques.
posted by Fig at 9:02 AM on January 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


out like a light by 11:45, but in my previously mentioned celebratory haze i almost started a blog about the social justice failures of the law and order franchise. thankfully, in 2015 i finally learned some big lessons about financial impulsivity and inebriation, so i did not wake up in 2016 as the proud owner of especiallyheinous.com. may this be the year of continued good decision making, for all of us. happy new year, friends.
posted by palomar at 10:07 AM on January 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Yesterday, the wife and I went to a super nice lunch meetup with some local mefites and some out of towners and some mefi-adjacent folks, and then over to a soon-to-leave-town buddy's apartment for Manhattans and nicoise salad, and then came home and rang in the new year in bed watching Comedy Bang! Bang! on her laptop. Got to sleep at a relatively sensible 12:45 and woke up six hours later without a hangover and clocked in with a quick happy-new-year handoff from goodnewsfortheinsane. Not the stuff of holiday legends but it was about the right speed for me and it's nice not starting the year off miserable and needing sleep.

2015 was a complicated year for me, with ups and downs but the ups winning out. I always get into some degree of a ruminative fog around the end of the year, but the second to last week of December was such a weird dense clusterfuck of good and bad all wrapped up together that I was mostly able to just focus on unclenching and enjoy the relative peace and nothing-much-to-worry-about of the last few days instead of getting too up-my-ass existential about stuff.

On the way over to the aforementioned buddy's apartment last night, we saw one of those aerodynamic plastic storage pod things a person might put on the roof of their car, but it wasn't on the roof a car so much as splayed messily on the sidewalk outside the apartment complex with its contents spilled out everywhere, which looks like a bad deal at a glance but on closer inspection it seems like literally everything inside was actual trash. Someone had been hauling around trash like it was something they needed to store, and then something bad happened and they lost their trash and didn't come back for it.

If you ignore the fact that it'll need cleaning up, that feels like not the worst portent for the new year. Just...just accidentally forget to keep hauling around all that trash you don't need. Just, oops, be free of that.

Happy new year, everybody. Life is weird and time keeps passing, but I'm glad y'all are here and that I'm here with you.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:23 AM on January 1, 2016 [18 favorites]


This year inherited 2014's suck and then continued to find clever and innovative new ways to suck

and then

it got better and kept getting better and 2016 is looking like it'll get better still. I am very ok with this.

I just woke up after working 16 hours yesterday and am sore and tired but pretty damn happy. Who wants to get some fucking brunch?
posted by item at 10:27 AM on January 1, 2016 [15 favorites]


Someone had been hauling around trash like it was something they needed to store, and then something bad happened and they lost their trash and didn't come back for it

Same thing happened to me once except it was during a psychotherapy appointment.

Happy New Year everyone. Be kind to yourself in 2016.
posted by GuyZero at 10:31 AM on January 1, 2016 [6 favorites]


Got my midnight kiss, Mefi choice chatters. Sitting in a hamburger restaurant now, far from home and trying to figure out the arcane mess that is my city's bus map. Got a feeling 2016 is going to be decent.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 10:41 AM on January 1, 2016 [5 favorites]


item, your comment opens 2016 on a very bright note, that's awesome to hear

*hugs*
posted by barchan at 10:49 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Note: Everyone needs a hug.
posted by wallabear at 10:52 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Fig: My first wakeup call in 2016 was one of my cats purring loudly and licking the inside of my ear, followed by insistently pressing her paw against my lips
You were lucky. One of our cats woke me up at around 5 o'clock by jumping squarely on my stomach from a high shelf. I woke up with a loud scream, which startled her, so she jumped and in doing so, scratched my face just below my eye, as well as Mr. T-T's scalp. So much fun!
posted by Too-Ticky at 11:16 AM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


Being nicer to myself involved being "meaner" to my family so that's pretty weird.
posted by sweetkid at 11:20 AM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks to my AskMe the gf and I had a lovely evening playing Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star and eating pancakes and bacon. It was a lovely NYE/anniversary! Hope yours was as nice.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 11:27 AM on January 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


As usual, 2015 was made better by Metafilter. I taught some important people in my life about emotional labor (and learned more about it myself), met some amazing people, ate great food, moved to a new city, and started my life as a proper adult with a real paycheck at the ripe age of 32, and I did every one of these things with at least some help from y'all. Thanks for being part of my internet home.
posted by sockermom at 12:46 PM on January 1, 2016 [7 favorites]


How so? As far as I know it's pretty highly rated.

Champagne is under-rated. Real pain is over-rated. Choose the champagne. It's got bubbles!
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:00 PM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Die deutsche Yoda, heute bin ich.
posted by y2karl at 1:18 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Tun oder nicht tun, es gibt keinen Versuch.
posted by y2karl at 1:24 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Champagne is under-rated. *cough geology fun fact coming!* Champagne originates from the wine region known as "Champagne" - no news, natch. Champagne is the French word for the Latin campania*. And Champagne is also the "type area" that the late Cretaceous stage the Campanian (in latin, also natch) was named for since it was so well represented there in the sediments. There are other regions like that in France, like Bordeaux (pretty much the lower Miocene stages (~23-16 MA).(So I've been told it is theortically possible to drink your way backwards through time via the sediments the grapes were grown in as you drink various regional types of wine in France.)

One could be romantic about it and think that the next time you drink Champagne, you're drinking the Cretaceous. Or one could be a real wine snob and declare one only like wines with a taste of the Miocene! So yeah, totally underrated!

*(and it was so named because it was topographically similar to the Campanian region of Italy, which is partially volcanic and ho-ho! partially marine deposition from the Cretaceous (as well as the Miocene, which aha! is also well represented in France, just like Bordeaux). Isn't that just neat!
posted by barchan at 1:45 PM on January 1, 2016 [9 favorites]


Yesterday we took our daughter to a friend's house for a new year's pajama party and today we all went trampolining and then out for brunch. So already this year has been filled with so many of my favorite things!

Happy bright new year, Metafilter. You make my life better!
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 1:47 PM on January 1, 2016


barchan, Christmas, not New Years, is the time for tales of pleasing terroir....
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:12 PM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


ohoho well I had to look up the word terroir so clearly the social niceties concerning the tradition of terroir telling are beyond me

darn I really could have used that word a few minutes ago but now I'll remember it forever since I used it in a sentence, self-five
posted by barchan at 2:32 PM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


Ouch, Too-Ticky! I hope the other 365 mornings in 2016 have a nicer beginning!
posted by Fig at 2:34 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


Chatting on skype with my lovely hippy. Listening to the new Queensryche which is so so good. The cats are napping. Wondering which hoooorible habits I need to shed, more like which one first. Full of love, full of dread. My family is secure.

Just another day in orbit.
posted by wallabear at 3:26 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


2015 was a malfunctioning rocket ride, as if I was back in middle school, riding in the backseat of the car as my friend's Mom whiplashed us with gas-brake sequences in the indy 500.

Here's to 2016, which has started with the same mad craziness as 2015. I need a bit of a breather and it's not been 24 hrs into the year.
posted by mightshould at 3:40 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


T.-T.:

...startled her, so she jumped and in doing so, scratched my face just below my eye, as well as Mr. T-T's scalp. So much fun!

Sign of their being alive,* so in principle that's good. Hope you're having a great first-of-January-healing session...


[*saying this because 2015 was also the year when the old family cat (Swedish born) passed away, as my kids told me recently--as I'm now seeing that happened just a few miles west from your lively scratcher, right across the river, in my exe's domicile].
posted by Namlit at 3:43 PM on January 1, 2016


Male, Yoda is, in Germany.
posted by Namlit at 3:44 PM on January 1, 2016


barchan, geoscientists really need to know about terroir! With that one word you can excuse any amount of wine-drinking (also coffee and chocolate ingestion) as research, and the poor lay people just have to accept it. It's very handy!
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:15 PM on January 1, 2016 [6 favorites]


barchan, geoscientists really need to know about terroir! With that one word you can excuse any amount of wine-drinking (also coffee and chocolate ingestion) as research, and the poor lay people just have to accept it. It's very handy!

It's also a straightforward pathway to consulting, and while the pay might not be as good as in the energy sector, viticulture is somewhat less boom/bust than oil. And as noted a key perk is drinking on the job.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:21 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


We had real Champagne. Real Champagne is underrated.

It's just like Prosecco, but it tastes worse and costs more; it is therefore, by the Law of Wines, superior.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:36 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


2015 was a year of pain. Fie on you, 2015, I will not mourn your passing.

Thank the Gods MeFi was here. As always, this place and you all make the world better.

2016, I'm watching you, so don't mess up.
posted by homunculus at 5:10 PM on January 1, 2016 [5 favorites]


barchan, geoscientists really need to know about terroir! With that one word you can excuse any amount of wine-drinking (also coffee and chocolate ingestion) as research, and the poor lay people just have to accept it. It's very handy!

I'm not drunk! It's science!
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 5:12 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


As we have for the past decade or so, my parents and I started the new year by catching the flu, so at least we're 10 for 10 traditions-wise. My cat has taken to sitting on each of us in turn in what I think is a gesture of solidarity but it also might just be that we're all so immobilized by being sick that now she has that many more places to sit just because she fits.

Here's hoping the rest of the year is filled with good health, for everyone. <3
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:23 PM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


2015 was a roller coaster of awesome and suck here in blurkerville, but I'm working on remembering the awesome (which reminds me, it's time to open the Joy Jar and read about all the awesome).

Here's hoping for a much better 2016, for everyone. I'm starting by doing something I have never done, having been inspired by...The Welk, I think. I am roasting a chicken. LIKE A BOSS!

Happy New Year, folks!
posted by blurker at 5:25 PM on January 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


2015 started on a high note which lasted about 4 months. From then until September first-ish was a downward spiral of loneliness and depression which culminated in my first ever night in jail. October got a little better and I made great strides in my relationship with my mom which has taken a few hundred pounds off my emotional shoulders. (My mom doesn't weigh a few hundred pounds, it was just that much of a relief.) In November I got a contract at a company I love after 17 months of unemployment. On December 30 I found out that my contract will be extended and may be extended again. On the 31st I scheduled movers to move me tomorrow into a new apartment in my building.

I'm starting 2016 with a new home where I will finally unpack the boxes that have been stacked in my apartment since September. I feel optimistic about my new place, keeping my job and finally being able to own my own home again by summertime. I'm also planning to take an improv class or two to finally make some friends for the first time in awhile.

The night itself was totally uneventful - I fell asleep at 10:30 and woke up at 12:15. Today I put my financial house in order and am procrastinating the remainder of my packing.

Happy new year fellow Mefites! Thank you for giving me a great community that affects my life in a good way almost every day. I haven't met most of you but I wish you all a fantastic 2016 - or that it's at least an improvement on 2015.
posted by bendy at 6:00 PM on January 1, 2016 [7 favorites]


So last night Mrs. Grumpybear69 and I decided to take advantage of living in NYC and went to a spy-themed party which was supposed to have a game you could play that involved subterfuge and, you know, spying. It ended up being underwhelming from a spy game perspective* and there were weird porta-potties with half-height doors (?!) and I got followed down the street and harangued by the organizer when I made the mistake of talking with my wife about how I would have run the spy game. The music was great, though, and everyone was dressed to the nines. I wore a bow tie!

Afterwards we ended up at our local watering hole and had a good time chatting with one of our favorite bartenders before retiring to the homestead for some much needed sleep. Today we got breakfast at our favorite greasy spoon and then laid on the couch to finish off Making A Murderer. Also, the White Christmas episode of Black Mirror is now on Netflix!

2016 is, so far, going very well indeed.

* The "spy games" that we got to play consisted of a James Bond pose-off and a version of Morra called "Thumb Spy." Not exactly authentic.
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:05 PM on January 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


And I almost forgot: HAPPY NEW YEAR, METAFILTER!!
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:06 PM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


How To Remove A Stuck Bubbly Cork

Protip: Don't use your teeth.

(Yes, I've seen someone try that, many years ago. He survived.)
posted by effbot at 8:13 PM on January 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


I am just really tired of listing things and counting successes and losses and counting who's around and how many and how #blessed i am and am looking forward to just getting back to the work of the everyday.

Jesus, I can't favorite this enough. For whatever reason this year Thanksgiving all the way through to New Year's Eve just felt like a never-ending parade of retrospection, commemoration, demarcation, observance, and prediction. That's special in small doses but I'm honestly really, deeply glad for things just to be getting back to the normal grind or whatever.
posted by threeants at 9:59 PM on January 1, 2016 [4 favorites]


Happy New Year to all. May it be a year that brings us all happiness and success, by whatever measure we care to use.

As for me, no specific resolutions, just a desire to be the best version of myself I can possibly be.
posted by nubs at 9:50 AM on January 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


Sad news, Mefi's Choice Chatters, things did not work out with New Year's Kiss guy. I need ice cream.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 9:04 AM on January 6, 2016


Boooo on that guy. Booooooo.
posted by Kitteh at 9:10 AM on January 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


how can this be? no good at all.
posted by sweetkid at 11:33 AM on January 6, 2016


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