From the land between Wake and Dream. (sea_thoughts) wrote,
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Happy New Year and Books of 2013

I meant to make an entry over Christmas, but what with torrential rain and gale-force winds, then a 14-hour power cut and then various family gatherings, it didn't happen. The good news is that I'm still here. I drove down to my parents' house on December 23rd through one of the worst storms of the last 10 years. Having passed my test last summer, which was long and glorious, I've never driven in rotten weather on my own before. At least I can say I managed to get through it and now I feel prepared for almost anything (except a blizzard). Then my parents had a power cut for 14 hours (from the early morning of Christmas Eve until the 24th) but fortunately the electricity came back in time for Christmas Eve dinner. We didn't go to the Isle of Wight on Boxing Day for the first time in many years, we went on Friday 27th and it was so much easier. >> It was great to see my aunt and uncle. My cousin is taller and more handsome than ever. He's going to look at universities, which makes me feel very old.

We then went up to Bristol that weekend to see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, which had more pace than the first installment while still being far too long. Driving to Bristol from Salisbury wasn't exactly fun, what with stalling on a nasty, steep hill and nearly sliding back into the car behind me. I managed to get the car going again and across the crossroads, but then came down with a cold the next day and slept through New Year's Eve.
Tags: christmas 2013, new year 2014
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