So, how was your day?

This first day of the new year? A brassy, bold day in Africa – pale blue skies and a light breeze.

It’s been a different start to the year in our household. Normally the first of the first is spent trekking around friends and family in a frenzy of greetings and salutations for the coming twelve months. This year, however, the humble telephone stepped up to the plate and did a stirling job in interpersonal communication – we stayed in!

“Mundane” you snort, “boring” – probably but quite cathartic nevertheless. We slept late, pajamed even later – breakfast was a hedonistic feat on the verandah accompanied by good orange juice with the bits in 😉

Our attempts at doing it “how the other half does “ didn’t last much past this first repast of the day as the pile of ironing loudly called for attention like a neglected toddler and the pea green grass grew before our eyes as we watched the hadedahs probe its luscious depths.

Conversation has been lively, bouncing rapidly from cricket to football to motorsport (our much beloved Dakar started in Argentina today) – politics and economics have both put in a good showing ….. in the interests of a well-rounded debate, naturally!

Lunch was an eclectic combination of “pigs in blankets” and the balance of last night’s bubbles partnered by a hotly contested game of Stratego.

The bulging workbag and plethora of urgent e-mails lies forgotten and forlorn – the blinking red light “look at me, look at me” studiously ignored.

Should one categorise a passage of time? I’m going to call it an idyllic day.

In memorium

Not for any personal loss but for a year that lies on its deathbed. In that respect, there is also the whole rebirth/renewal thing in a few hours time that goes hand in hand with a tsunami of allagorical references.

Can you simply flick the switch on 365 days of life and living or is it human nature to minutely scrutinise each and every episode?

Without rehashing the good, the bad and the ugly, I think an all encompassing summary would be:-

Marriage – good, tightly bonded, approaching two decades.

Career – Obscenely busy, I will catagorically state too busy – the treadmill is out of control.

Social Life – See career – largely non existant.

Health – Surprisingly springy and “in the pink”.

Family – Fraught with upheaval. My SIL has had an epic late midlife tantrum resulting in a ridiculous fall-out with my mom and a gargantuan rift which will require serious patching. My MOL is exhibiting every sign and behavioural quirk of early dementia. It is being denied by the rest of the clan – we face a difficult 12 months.

On a purely personal and self indulgent note, i’d sincerely like to say “thank you” to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and chat on twitter. It’s been my privilege to connect with you and I’d like to extend my heartfelt wishes for a most auspicious 2012!

“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darknesson other nights.” Hamilton Wright Mabie