Tonight I may be exposed as a nefarious, dastardly and villainous murderer. It’s a night of dark and dubious deeds, where someone will fall victim to the foulest of betrayals and salacious secrets will be turned over for examination by all and sundry.
Tonight, instead of our usual drunken antics involving party games, dodgy dancing and naked boules (ok, that only happened once, there was only one player and it wasn’t me), we have a change of venue and host to see the New Year in.
I am taking the part of a seductive gossip columnist, prepared to lower my morals to any degree for a story, asking blunt and often inappropriate questions and digging into the secrets of the rich and famous in order to climb the ladder of success.
My host (playing the part of a snob who talks continuously and frequently interrupts others) informed me that she did her best to match characters to our real personality. I am not sure how best to take that one!
Mr G plays movie hunk in our evening drama, as we take part in our first murder mystery. I do hope someone knows what the hell is going on – I have NO idea how this kind of gig works. Still – should be a ball – or rather an after-Oscar party – of fun, right!
Before we set off, I came across a blog hop of questions to end the year and although I already did one with Lizzi’s Twelve Things of Thankful special, I couldn’t resist playing along with this too. I might cheat a little though – there are a lot of questions!!
So – thanks to I Can Say Mama for the 2013 Wrap-up – here goes . . .
Gained or lost weight? Gained – a shocking amount actually, that puts me back to where I started almost 2 years ago. I am taking drastic action!
Predominant feeling in 2013? Inadequacy.
Predominant feeling for 2014? Determination.
Something you did for the first time in 2013? Got paid for writing. It was marvellous, exciting, frightening and hopefully the start of much more to come.
Something you did again in 2013 after a long pause? I can’t think of anything. It definitely wasn’t exercise, anyway.
Something you unfortunately did not do in 2013? Oh – here is where that one goes. Exercise. I didn’t.
Word of the year? Scurryfunge. Such a fab word! And discombobulate.
City of the year? Does Disneyland count as a city? It’s a world of it’s own, anyway.
Hair longer or shorter? Hair is longer, because I haven’t found time to have it cut in months. So is the kids – in fact Botboy has lovely locks, but I’m being nagged to turn him back into a boy!
More or less money spent? Dear lord – do not even go there. This year’s resolutions involve not spending anything. At all. Except on necessities I guess. The kids can have food and clothes, but I cannot. That sounds reasonable.
Hospital stays? No stays – some very long days spent waiting in hospitals though.
In love? Every day. I fall in love with coffee, with every sip. I fall in love with Mr G, with every smile and touch. I fall in love with my kids, even when I’m telling them off. But mostly, it’s all about the coffee.
What did you spend most of your time with? Sadly, although it should be family, I guess I was working most of my waking hours. So, I spent most of my time with the internet. In fact, I guess it was with you.
Book of the year? What – just one? Don’t be daft.
Insight of the year? It’s almost New Year – I still have time to come up with something insightful this year. Ooh – that could be it. I know – there is still time. Don’t give up – go and do it!
Three things you totally could have done without?
HSP. That’s Henoch-Schönlein purpura in case you were unsure. Botboy has had it for 4 weeks now – he is tired, miserable, spotty, swollen, in pain. If we are lucky, it might come back again next year too – so yay for us!
Also – I suspect my body would say I could totally have done without chocolate and wine. That’s my other two things, although I might be at odds with my body here. Is it mind over body – or should it be body over mind for once?
More short-sighted or more far-sighted than 2013? If I get much more short-sighted I’ll be totally blind – my eye sight is awful! But seriously, I occasionally have moments of far sight, when I see what needs to be done, but then I get sucked back down into the vortex of daily grind and can’t see past the next issue. But – I’m gonna try!
The most dangerous thing you did? Dangerous. Me? Hahaha. Hehehe. Oh, I just laugh in the face of danger – but quietly. In a conservative and cautious kind of way. Kind of a polite chuckle really.
The most expensive thing you bought? Well – technically I only paid for half of it so far, but my most expensive thing this year is the new shelves I have ordered, all for me. Made to order to fit into my office-library-dining room – it’s gonna be awesome. And all mine.
The best party? Tonights, I hope. Every party is the next best party.
The most important thing you wanted to convince somebody of? Erm – that I am a completely competent copywriter and that they would be ridiculously, redunkulously lapse not to have me writing for them.
The most beautiful present that somebody gave you? Every year at Sackgirls school they have a Christmas sale where the kids get to buy presents for their families. It’s all small, cheap stuff. That’s not the point.
The kids get to pick out presents for their parents all by themselves, pay for it with their own money (provided by the parents, of course) and wrap it up. This year Sackgirl gave me a little round trinket box, covered in shiny glass pieces. Last year she gave me a little round pink trinket box, the year before I think it was red. I have a lot of little trinket boxes which are, let’s face it, not all that pretty. I open each one carefully, I admire every side, open it up to look inside and it takes pride of place on my dresser with the others. It looks like I am building a collection. The point is that it was chosen especially for me by my little girl, because she thought it was perfect for me. I love it. Well, I love the thought behind it anyway.
The most beautiful sentence someone said to you? “I love you because you give me the bestest cuddles ever, mummy” – said Botboy.
The most beautiful sentence you said to someone? “I promise not to get that drunk again” – said to my husband.
What will you have for dinner? Tonight’s menu is cheese fondue, pulled pork, salad and rum torte.
What drinks will be in your glasses to clink? We are having an 80’s revival with Snowballs, followed by Absinthe and enough wine to sink a Frenchman. I’ll be taking along my rum too.
Will you ignite any fireworks? No. Not deliberately anyway.
What is a special tradition you normally do on New Year’s Eve every year? Will you do it this year, too? Traditionally we all hold hands as the clock strikes 12 and sing Auld Lang Syne. Then a tall, dark man should come to the door carrying a lump of coal. This is how we did it all through my childhood. Every year my cousin got kicked out of the house at midnight and had to knock on the door to ask to be let back in, carrying his coal. I didn’t know why, it was just something we did.
When I got all grown up enough to stop doing New Year at home, I discovered that while everyone might sing, no one did the coal thing. So once I stopped spending the night in the pubs and we all started our new tradition of stopping at my friends house each year and playing party games involving cereal boxes and naked boules (I mentioned this already, pay attention), I insisted that we sing and do the coal thing. They humour me – every year my friends gather round to sing for me, before kicking out the tallest man we can find.
Yes, we will do it this year. I have the coal lined up next to the Advocaat and Absinthe, ready to take with us. It is a murder mystery evening after all – if the Absinthe doesn’t kill em, being kicked out into the cold should do the job!
What are you going to wear? Comfy or glamorous? I’m meant to be a seductive gossip columnist. I thought I’d put on my sexiest jeans – cos that’s how I roll.
Did you have any resolutions for 2013? And how about 2014? I didn’t do resolutions in 2013. I did GOYBADS. I’ll be resurrecting them in a couple of days!
What are your wishes for the new year? Happiness, peace, accomplishments, love, laughter . . .
A lottery win of significant amounts and about 2 stone off by February.
In one word: 2013 was…