How was Christmas? I hope you had a good festive break. I hesitate to use the word ‘holiday’, on the grounds that the rush up the the big day, seems anything but. With all the present buying, wrapping, food prep and visits; I’m glad of the down time period between then and New Years. Not that we get up to much at New Year’s. In days of old, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I would go to an alt rock club in town, but that must be nearly 20 years ago now. I’m 40+ and I’m not careful, my waist will soon match my age. 🙂 So year, I’m quite happy to stay at home, get the kids tucked up in bed and then retire for the evening with either a good book or a boxed set. Luckily, Xmas is good in that regard.
The Ever Lovely Mrs J was very happy with her gifts, as were Wee Man and Little Miss. Amongst the t-shirts, chocolates and boxed sets, Mrs J was kind enough to buy me some new earrings. Certainly not work suitable 😉 In a nice stroke of luck, when I took one her jumpers back, the shop let me swap it and – as the item was now on sale – they put the different on a voucher for me. Yay for good customer service!
This being the end of the year, thoughts run over what’s gone before and maybe, what may come around this new year. I’m not one for resolutions, although this year, having been away (and eaten well) and then having had a very good Christmas (and eaten well, again), I think I will need to start doing more exercise and eating more healthily. Partly because it’s good for me, but also because I don’t like being as wide/broad as I am now. Yes, that’s vanity talking, but I’m trans and shallow: so sue me 😉
On the upside – I’ll skip on the obvious joke about plus-side – the snow and the holiday has meant there’s been plenty of time for long walks and a spot of sledging too. Maybe I’m just a big kid at heart, but there’s something fantastic about going for a long walk through the snow. Chuck in a chance to tab it up a steep hill and sledge back down it, and I’m happy as Lara. 🙂
Last night I caught a review of the year show, which had a lot of doom & gloom about it. I don’t think it was the fault of the show, I wonder if this is more the news in general…. and by that I mean current events, rather than the media as a whole.
Was it ever thus? Have we always been on this Penrose-like stair loop where things seem to be going down and down? Or, is it just how things are reported and that we hone in on what’s wrong, rather than looking at the achievements?
Bill Hicks once joked that after watching the American news (“AIDS! Crack! War!”), he’d opened the front door and heard nothing but the chirping of crickets. It’s a bit too cold (yay snow!) for crickets right now and maybe living in one of the UK top ten boroughs (number 8), makes where I live very peaceful and quiet. Maybe I am just very lucky? If that is the case, I hope that 2015 brings you some good luck and that it is kind to you and yours.
Thanks for reading and stay safe,