In a few of my past end-of-the-year posts, I wrote about the utter nonchalance or outright hate I have for the Gregorian new year’s and respective celebrations. This year I am also planning on not celebrating per say because in Israel, you just don’t feel it too much, except when you write a check or an invoice and need to date it correctly.
But as opposed to previous years, I plan on actually enjoying December 31-January 1st. After the dark, deep and cold abyss I fell into during the past month (for reasons I will not detail) I deserve a good start to the new year.
So for the occasion, I’ll start by working on a new issue of my zine, and write a bunch of longass letters to my penpals. Then, I’ll have a New Year’s breakfast with my good friend, Rachel, who is planning on making waffles (hell yes!).
After that, I have a whole list of awesome plans scheduled for January. I laid out an extensive and well-detailed itinerary and plans to follow through.
The schedule includes: sleeping in, writing letters, working on a zine, playing guitar, reading, baking muffins, go to the mikveh, go to the post office, go to metal night, doing Tai Chi, and the usual yet exciting daily activities such as taking out my dog, showering and eating.
Aside from that, I also included specific dates for organizing all my belongings in preparation for my move to the new apartment. We are set to move sometime around the end of January and both my husband and I are so super excited for the prospect of having a bigger space for all our stuff – our seven guitars and respective cases, our three amps, our sound system, our four laptops and one desktop, our enormous yet awesome collection of CDs, DVDs, records, plus our record player and tape deck, my enormous yet awesome collection of zines, books (that is at least 50 books of Stephen King among others), art materials, snail mail stuff, our mounds of clothes which our closet can barely contain, and more.
The best thing about January 2016 is my plans for the Fun-A-Day event I recently joined on Facebook! That event involves picking one activity to do every day in the month of January. So I picked listening to an album I’ve never listen to before in order to discover new music and add it to my iPod.
I made a list of 31 albums I’m interested in checking out on every day in January. Though most of these are bands I’m already familiar with and like quite a bit, the albums listed are those I’ve never really listened to in depth or at all. And here the list in its daily order:
- Kataklysm: Shadows & Dust
- Lloth: Dancing in the Dark Lakes of Evil
- Slash: World on Fire
- Disturbed: Indestructible
- Marilyn Manson: The High End of Low
- Rammstein: Liebe ist für alle da
- Sleater-Kinney: (self-titled)
- Iwrestledabearonce: Ruining it for Everybody
- Winds of Plague: Against the World
- Earth Crisis: Neutralize the Threat
- Warbringer: Worlds Torn Asunder
- Krisiun: The Great Execution
- Vallenfyre: A Fragile King
- Arafel: Second Strike: Through the Flames of the Ages
- Vogelfrey: Zwolf Schritte zum Strick
- Bratmobile: Pottymouth
- Le Tigre: This Island
- The Julie Ruin: Run Fast
- Kataklysm: Epic: The Poetry of War
- Astarte: Rise from Within
- Hatesphere: New Hell
- Omnium Gatherum: Years in Waste
- Gates of Ishtar: The Dawn of Flames
- King Diamond: Fatal Portrait
- Mercyful Fate: 9
- Screaming Mechanical Brain: The Policy of Unilateral Hate
- Einherjer: Odin Owns Ye All
- Dypsomaniaxe: One Too Many
- Winter of Sin: Violence Reigns Supreme
- Be’lakor: Stone’s Reach
- Pantera: Cowboys from Hell
So once January rolls around, that is this Friday, I’ll start listening to these records and writing a short review of them here. In case you care, and even if you don’t 😛
Oh man, I can’t wait to check out Kataklysm! I heard one or two of their songs once and loved them so much, they actually appear twice in my list!
Peace, love and music forever!