Happy New Year!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Dearest Readers,

I hope you had a wonderful year and celebrated with friends, family and champagne on Monday! (And treats, of course) 2012 went so quickly for me.  It started with an adventure - Milo and I spent six weeks backpacking in South East Asia. I miss the food the most, but also snorkelling and scuba diving, and meeting new people, and just the sense of adventure as we wandered from city to city. Then it was back to uni for the both of us. Milo is a guitarist at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, and I'm studying law at Macquarie University. The year flew by, with assessments and essays and exams, 21sts, dinners, cocktails, tea parties and movies, and all of a sudden we were cramming for our final exams, and then waiting for our results.

I remember as a child I always remembered the year when I turned 8 - 1998 - as the quickest year ever. I'm not sure why. Lots of things happened: we moved houses, I got my very own dog, a beautiful little black Labrador called Bessie that my neighbour always called Blackie, I started learning violin, stopped learning the violin, learned how to make curry puffs (I remember my auntie teaching me how to pinch the folds carefully to seal the edges in a perfect semicircle), took up tap dancing (loved my shoes and new tap skirt), and that was the year I learned how to sew. I got a tiny, toy sewing machine, pink and green, that had a real needle and a thimble and I learned how to make careful, even stitches on a fabric scrap - white with little blue flowers. I remember being woken up at midnight on January 1 1999, because my whole extended family had come for Christmas, and there were 4 of us in my bed, and someone poked us awake and popped a popper; there were streamers and lots of giggling. At that moment, I thought to myself that it was definitely the fastest year to have ever gone by. Then I fell back asleep.

I still think that 1998 was the speediest year ever. But 2012 definitely went by pretty quickly as well!

Anyway, I don't know why I just told you all that! Happy New Year! I put up this these new lights my friend Sharon brought me back from Europe last August, and set some resolutions for this year. I use this Weekly Habits Pad from Kikki.K. (the idea is that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit, or to start a new one, and you check it off everyday) Here's hoping that I stick to my resolutions - they are right next to my bed so the last thing I see when I go to bed and first thing I see when I wake up!

xx gee

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