Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Year-End Round-up Meme

For this meme, you take the first sentence of the first post of each month and line ’em up. Like Magdalene, I have noted the months. I cheated thrice where there were very short sentences.

I should have known what kind of a year it was going to be with that first sentence...

January: Greetings, all. There's more Latin American stuff coming, and also Sunday's sermon, and a year-end roundup perhaps, but my computer is having trouble.

February: Chora Church, a.k.a. Holy Saviour in the Country, a.k.a. Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi (the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is the church with the beautiful Byzantine mosaics, as beautiful as Haghia Sophia in its own way.

March: There have been so many questions and concerns about my colleague Jeff that the college has posted an update on its website.

April: It was fabulous. It was packed.

May: Latest in our continuing series of international and intercultural insights by Brother of Acts of Hope.

June: This was a designer who liked women. They don't all.

July: Okay, foodies, here is a little social responsibility post.

August: My friend X has come out of anonymity on his blog.

September: The fabulous FranIAm, friend of the multitudes, has posted on the state of things.

October: Okay, it's not as clever as the Great Schlep of Sarah Silverman and P.J. fame (P.J. told us about it and Sarah Silverman is in it, complete with profanity and with humor which you'll get all of if you're a M.O.T. and some of if you're not), but it may bring in just as many voters.

November: One live, one gone to the ancestors.

December: Speaking of Venice (see previous post, immediately below)... Venice is flooded.

I'm adding a variant to the meme. If you look at the blog post subject lines (I almost wrote “headlines,” old journalist that I am) you get this:

January: Computer troubles, brief blogging hiatus (e-mail on hold too, all y'all)

February: Friday cat blogging: Chora cat

March: Prayers, Jeff update

April: The “Wright Stuff” event

May: Italy: a view from Turkey, in English

June: More prayers for X, who leaves anonymity

July: Quaker Dave flags Trader Joe’s

August: YSL, RIP

September: Disaster update: found new house, packed, moved, exhausted

October: Truckers for Obama

November: Two wonderful men

December: Venice under water

Are we ready for this year to be over?

Here's to a more mindful and, we pray, calmer 2009.


Diane said...

love the cat picture!

I'd like to do this....maybe in the next day or so...

Grandmère Mimi said...

Jane, I don't do memes, but I did this one last year, and it was a hoot. I can't imagine that it would be as funny this year, but I'll give it a try.

Happy New Year!

Paul said...

Je l'ai fait.

MikeF said...

Happy New Year, Jane and Maya Pavlova, from us all here, feline and human alike, in chilly grey distant Dorset...

Anonymous said...

Heavenly and Earthly God, a word--TWO words!--about the infamous X, who lowered the bar of anonymity. A lovely reminder of kindness for which I (X's alter egotist) offer repeated thanks. X=catch me if you can.

Ken said...
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Ken said...

Oh yes...and on behalf of the alter ego X, to Jane and to all, an ecstatic, happy, or at least reasonable 2009. May the proud be scattered in their conceit, taking with them Bernard Madoff.

As for you, Jane, masquerading as the not-so-anonymous name of a blog, may this be the year someone lays hands on your head and says some words you've fought man, woman, and sometimes (it seems) God to hear.

As we used to say back in Da Bronx, it ain't woit havin' if yez didn' hafta kick some ass ta get it.

Grandmère Mimi said...

I did it this year, and I didn't get one comment. I think this meme is over for me. It was dull anyway. I don't blame folks for not commenting.