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A fresh start

3 Jan

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but 2014 is already a lot better than 2013.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my struggles already. Horrible weather. Lots of work to do. Having to force myself out of bed in the morning and wear something other than pyjamas to go to the office. Signing off cheese and chocolate until I shift a few lbs.

Last night I faced my greatest challenge of the year so far: taking down the Christmas tree. 

It may sound simple enough, but the truth is I had been living in fear for days. On Monday a large spider made a run for it, across my living room, behind the Christmas tree. He had been hiding out there ever since. Which meant I had to crawl around unscrewing the tree and taking off the lights in the knowledge that he was lying in wait. Petrifying. As it happened, we did not cross paths. I assume he is now lurking around in my bedroom.

Getting the tree out my front door took more strength and determination than I had anticipated. It knocked over everything in its path, and spewed needles all over my carpets. It also left a nice trail of needles all through the building (which can be traced to my front door). Anyway, out it went. And my pink tinsel reindeer, and various other Christmas characters went back in their box for another year.

Ahhhhhh, a fresh start. 

Feels good.

Goodbye, asshole

31 Dec

Well, buddies, I find myself kind of wordless.

I’ve written, and rewritten, and deleted, and written my new year post. When I read them back, I just don’t like the person doing the talking. That in itself kind of sums up 2013.

So I’m going to keep this post fairly short. I know that every year is a chance to grow and go on a journey and blah blah blah. I’ve read everyone’s Facebook statuses. But the fact is, 2013 has been the worst year of my life.

I like even numbers, so I’m holding out great hope for 2014.

Looking back over the year, the things that stick in my head are the incredible acts of kindness of some of my friends. And a few total strangers. And a few people who were total strangers but who I know consider to be good friends right here on WordPress. You know who you are.

2013, you’ve been a total asshole.

2014, please be kinder.