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15 January 2011 @ 10:43 pm
It has been a really horrendous couple of months.

I wish I had something better to say than that. There has been family stuff, and work stuff (mostly work stuff, in fairness), and the two combined have made the last six weeks or so some of the hardest of my life.

Luckily, I have great friends. They know the value of cocktails and cathartic venting, and also when to interject things like 'what an enormous prick'. (A skill that is underrated, I feel.)

I also have a great other half, who does things like interview Kelly Brook and then comes home and tells me I'm prettier. He is a fine liar, that man, but I wouldn't swap him. His ability to cook is pretty damn awesome too as it has saved me from a diet of pancakes and chocolate.

One of my grandmothers has gone a bit loopy. It runs in that side of the family - now, don't look too shocked - so it was only a matter of time. I went to visit her at Christmas with my parents, and it was really sad to see how fragile she is.

She's tiny as it is, all bird bones and blue rinse, and she looked like a doll in the hospital bed. Her conversation has suddenly become scintillating though: there we were, chatting away about Christmas and presents and whatnot, when she told me Lady Gaga had given a concert at the hospital. Now, I didn't think my grandmother even knew who Lady Gaga was, so I was deeply impressed with her pop culture knowledge (she's 83), if a touch disbelieving.

Then she told me that the nurses were running a cocaine ring. And then she thanked me for the slippers. It was quite surreal.

New Years Eve was fun. I spent it in Canary Wharf at my friend's flat. There was oodles of champagne, wine, and at some point, I'm sure there was a strawberry mojito.

Before midnight, we trundled down to a bridge over the Thames to watch the fireworks. Resolutions were made (one of my friends decided on 'more sex' which was an unfortunate thing to be shouting as we walked to the river), and we counted down, and I think we had a mass Auld Lang Syne singalong with some merry strangers, though it's hard to recall through the glittery fog of champagne haze. It was a great start to the year.

It's only 15 days into 2011: still plenty of time for it to be more awesome than 2010.

It's a good memory. And a good place to end.
Give me space so I can breatheemberfire on July 21st, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking of you the other day so I thought to pop my head in & say hello :) I sincerely hope that 2011 has been better to you & yours than 2010 (what a shitty year all around).