Welcome to the year of the dog..

Thanks to pre-marriage rituals for a friend and the generosity of Santa I’ll be taking in Krakow twice in 2013!

Whilst an excellent Yule was had by us all, it’s definitely been the season of congestion and coughs in our household.  Both Cat and I have basically been ill between Christmas and now.  Ordinarily it might sound smug to point out I’m not back at work ’til next week – but it doesn’t feel too smug as I’ve lost a week of time away from the office to basically sitting around feeling ill or sleeping.

In more positive news word from the garage on New Years Eve gave an ETA of today (well, it’s just today – but 2nd Jan) for the return of my car, so that’s potentially very positive news, it’s apparently very nearly repaired – including a scratch down the other side so it should come back to me in better shape than when I last had it.  Not that I’ve been using the courtesy car much due to aforementioned bastard cold.

The police turned up a couple of days ago enquiring after our next door neighbour.  In true modern-world style we barely know our neighbours (although are on speaking terms with ’em all), I’ve only spoken to next door dude a couple of times though, once over a wheelie-bin mix up and once when he’d kindly taken a parcel in for us – there’s still no sign of him as far as I can tell, he rarely has any visitors – I hope he’s okay.

Of course Forest have been busy since I last posted – and if on Christmas Eve I was feeling increasingly detached from football, the last few days hasn’t helped one bit.  Despite my pensive feelings around football in general, I was actually sold on what I believed the direction Forest were taking in sustainably building a club from the bottom up – it turns out I was a gullible fool and our owners are just another set of impetuous and impatient hatchet men.  Meh.

Finally I decided that I’d copy Rich’s idea of capturing each day (or at least an aspect of each day) of 2013 with a photograph.  I don’t think I’ll spam the blog with these pictures, but use Facebook as the medium for them, and maybe some kind of monthly summary on here… not sure.. I’ll probably forget / lose interest within a few weeks, if that – but it’s a nice idea, one I saw my mate Jonny do before.

For the record, here is today’s picture – my last week or so has been summed up by assorted cough and cold medication, which I suppose at least bodes well for my employer if nothing else, judging by assorted germ-related Facebook statuses I’ve been seeing!

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And so it’s a big welcome to 2013.  Much of 2012 has been brilliant, but when I reflect on some areas of life I’m certainly glad to see the back of it and am hoping that the opportunity to psychologically refocus and consolidate will bear positive fruit.  Despite that slight caveat there’s much to look forward to already in the calendar, so optimism is most definitely the way forward for now.  Once this bastard cold fucks off, anyway!

 

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