New Years. A time for getting together with some of your closest friends, and ending up in random places like a scout hut, hanging out of a window waving sparklers and Rowton. Except this year I’m all alone in Bristol, propped up on my bed and listening to Radio 1 as I drink raspberry Absolut and lemonade.
I’m in bed because for the past week or so, I have been in varying amounts of pain with my back. I say varying because somedays (like yesterday) it has twinged a few times at work, but I’m sat down most of the time so its not so bad. And then theres days like Christmas Day, where I had to go to bed at 9.15pm because even sitting down in a chair in the pub was causing pain after a few minutes.
I do realise I’ve been whining about my back to anyone that will listen (and a lot of people who didn’t want to) but IT REALLY HURTS.
So besides the back problems, my festive season hasn’t been so bad. I traveled up to Chester the Friday before Christmas to see my Feet, to go shopping with Bel, to eat lots of cakes with Bryn and Faye, to drink Stella at the Twirl till 1am and to visit my Mums grave. Its been 3 years, and its still weird. I doubt it will ever be a normal thing really.
Christmas Day was pretty odd, because it was our first Christmas in the pub. I ended up both working on the bar and helping to prepare dinner but I was wearing a spangletastic dress and beautiful shoes so it wasn’t all bad. I made everyone in the bar watch Wallace and Gromit with me and they all were laughing and cheering along with the show – perhaps its a local thing, but I just don’t expect men my Dads age to be loving W&G!
I’ve been in work the rest of the time, which means drinking lots of random German coffee, playing lots of games and watching things on iPlayer. Oh, and fixing the occasional computer.
I’ll be doing one of my usual yearly reviews soon, but in general, 2008 has been a surprising year where I’ve made some rash decisions that have turned out pretty damn well.
I hope that 2008 has been exactly what you wanted (and needed) and that 2009 is even better!