"You hear laughter breaking through, it makes you want to fart. You’re heading for a breakdown, better pull yourself apart. " - John Cooper Clarke

And so that was christmas.


The last christmas to be spent in this house was a quiet one. The week previous to it, I managed to fall up the stairs and sprain my ankle quite badly and so I spent the week hobbling around on a rather bruised foot. Come christmas day and I was knocking back painkillers like smarties, not that they helped much. Coralie stayed until the afternoon so we had a drink and something to nibble on before she left. We exchanged gifts, and quite frankly, Coralie is doing quite well for herself.

Tatiana and I then watched a couple of episodes of Desperate Housewives, a present from the girls, before Tatiana embarked on cooking the evening meal of lamb. I managed to prepare the entrée seeing as I could do it seated at the kitchen table, and we both both enjoyed the meal despite the fact that Tatiana almost burnt the spuds. We watched more TV before going to bed after what seemed to be a short day with very little company. Heavens knows where I’ll be next year, but it can’t get worse than this years’.

My dad had sent me a SAD lamp for christmas but due to the weather it hadn’t yet arrived – I could have done with a blast of light. Still, it was the first white christmas that I can remember – ever, although Tatiana had to push Coralie’s car as it was stuck deep in the snow. Even now, the roads are pretty bad, but thankfully, people appear to be driving very carefully, apart from Little Miss Giggles (Coralie) who drove over a pedestrian crossing today that had five people on it. Fortunately, they were no where near the car.

“Oooops,” she said, “I didn’t see them.”

I should have bought the girl glasses for driving – she misses sign-posts too.


  1. Posted Monday, December 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    For sprains…sprains…cold compresses or warm? I hope you take care of it.

    My mother and I spent the day alone, but as we don’t *do* Christmas, it was okay by me. She was sad [I think], she’s always sad around ANY holiday, missing all her children.

    Zoe, I hope all of next year is WONDERFUL for you x x

  2. Posted Monday, December 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I hope your foot is feeling better soon. I know how much it sucks to have an injured foot at Chrsitmas.

  3. Posted Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    “she misses sign-posts. . .”. That can’t be a bad thing. It’s when she hits them that she’ll need the glasses.

  4. Posted Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Nearly the end of an Annus Horribilis for you. Here’s hoping 2011 brings you everything you wish for. x x

  5. Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Could you sustain some less visible damage to a more photogenic body part next time?