Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Year’s End Meme

Teuchter over in the middle of it all has come up with her very own meme. It's a Year's End Meme so here's the four statements that I have to write about. Right let's get going!

The best things that happened in 2008 …
The worst things that happened in 2008 …
The standout highlights of 2008 …
My ambitions and hopes for 2009 …

The best things that happened in 2008 ... right, well it's not been a bad year, but the very best thing has to be the fantastic week I had in Rosas in May with my parents. We talked and laughed and toured and ate! And then talked some more - it was a real coming together of our relationship ~ we hadn't spent quality time together like that since the previous Summer and times like that always remind me how well I get on with my Mum and Dad. Yes they're my parents but I really like them as people.
I also have to give a memorable mention to a weekend in Wales, when I got to have coffee with Liz - thank you Facebook - AND dinner in Twickenham with an occupational therapist, her Coldstream Guards bandsman husband and two gay men ;o)
The worst things that happened in 2008 ... well it has to be the day of Nana's funeral - she died on Boxing Day 2007. We got a phone call in France just after lunch, my parents left for Wales 2 hours later. Simon and I stayed on for a couple of days and then made our way back to Kent. Because of the time of year things were very slow - the funeral wasn't until January 11th or somewhere around there. It was a horrible day - tears all round but lots of laughter and good memories too! But of course they don't stand out at the time!
The standout highlights of 2008 ... Strangely there's a work one of these! I say strange because it should be leisure/family times that are the "standout highlights" ... I have one of those too! Right, in July we had an OFSTED inspection. It was a horrifically stressful week - we had a phone call on the Monday, they arrived on Wednesday morning and by 4pm on Friday (after a 66 hour working week by that point!) I was a sobbing, snotty mess in the middle of a table in the nursery. Thank goodness it was over! Thank goodness it went well. Thank fuck they're not coming back!!!!
My other standout highlight was my summer, yes the weather was lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed being in France and showing my GBF around the local area BUT it was also wonderful because I got to meet Bev. My Mum's cousin Roy and his wife Margaret came to stay - there's lots of garden Chez le laquet to camp in - along with Margaret and Roy came their grand-daughters and their Mum ... my cousin Bev. I know we're cousins BUT we'd never met before ... but it was wonderful, we clicked straight away - hell, we even look alike!! A new friend. But one who's going to last. Always on the end of a phone - I feel like I've known her forever.
My ambitions and hopes for 2009 ... all the usual suspects I imagine - a continued decline in my weight. An increase in my life-work-balance. And finally continued good health, happiness and love for me and mine AND of course, for you and yours.
Oh and if the lottery fairy wants to look my and get the divine Hugh to deliver the ticket ... well I won't complain ;o)
mosaic4199450
Yes! It's just an excuse to drool!!

7 comments:

Our Juicy Life said...

good meme. Sounds like except for loosing Nana (sorry) that you had a pretty good year and 2009 will be even better if Hugh comes your way (here's hoping)...so you have a place in France? Where?

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Sounds like a good and full year, for the most part!

And yep, any excuse to drool - now just look at my keyboard, all covered in slobber! Shame on you!

Tammi said...

I have about the same 2009 hopes/plans/goals..ummmmm?
Ohhh and the HUGH pix...ohhh WOW!
I'm crazy about Hugh J. too...
And Hugh Grant too...now that's another Hugh I'm nuts about!
It's the accent that gets us Americans...at least THIS ONE.LOL

David said...

Drooling as we speak !

La Belette Rouge said...

I am so happy that 2008 has been for the most part a good year for you. I am sorry about the death of your Nana. I hope 2009 is filled with all good things, including Hugh Jackman.;-)

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

YUMMY!!!!
i just heard that he is going to host the oscars over here (the movie awards show). mmmmmmmmm. i'll be watching;)

teuchter said...

I'm glad your year was mostly good - apart from losing your Nana.

That chap is rather easy on the eye. My all time favourite drool is Sean Bean - but only in his Sharpe jacket or his Lady Chatterly raincoat.