Actually, that brings me to one of my pet peeves: Walkmans. As a commuter, I'm frequently exposed to someone else's crappy taste in music set at an annoyingly high, tinny volume. There's not much I can do about it, so I bear my lot in silence; secretly wishing a pox on their ears and smiling at the thought that if there is a God, I'm sure he'll make these louts go deaf or else suffer from severe tinnitis in later life, and so compensate me for the aggro they've caused.
Luckily, I also have other, less uncharitable ways to get rid of my pent-up anger and frustration. Immersion in fanfic is one of them, and therefore I am extremely pleased to find that bogwitch has seen fit to publish her evil Christmas-fic, db2305 has finished her inspired Dawn-fic , fauvistfly has been updating Crushing Friendship at her website, and gwyn_r has written a wonderful Spike/Wesley vignette in recent days. Not only that, but ginmar has updated Ever After and automatedalice_ has surprised us with a thirteenth chapter to her brilliant Half-Gifts. And finally, the first Riley-fic I've ever truly enjoyed: annakovsky posted Christmas, Iowa Style.
I know there are very, very many new stories out, but I haven't time to read them all this Christmas. Tomorrow, I'll be celebrating with some of my friends, one of whom owns a castle where we'll all congregate and spend the day conversing around the fire while sampling their excellent wine-cellar; and Boxing Day will be held in the bosom of my family, my sister having pipped me to the post and volunteered to do the Christmas cooking. 2 Days to recover and I should be back at work, and this computer, on Monday...Things could be worse.
Oh, and queenmaab wins the prize for most original icons this Christmas. Go over to her LJ and look!