Phew! I'm glad I got that out of the way.
Look look look above at that marvellous Sydney Fireworks Shot Sadly Not Taken by Me but from The Huffington Post. I was slightly crushed that I couldn't take as good a photo. Mine is the lousy one, below. Please don't think that I'm being Needlessly Self-Deprecating because I'm not. I'm telling the truth. Try as I might, I just couldn't take a better shot even though I only had a couple of glasses of champagne on the nite. And I handed my Sparkler to the person next to me while I took photos.
Fortuitously, 'Je ne Regrette Rien' is My New Year's Resolution. I think it's much better to have a New Year's Resolution in French, don't you? That way, you've got a much better chance of sticking to it, or whatever it is one does with them.
Actually, I've been doing a little Internettle Research on the topic of NY Resolutions. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, not The Wizard, but the Know-All Doctor on 'Oprah' (perhaps he is The Wizard of Oprah), the most popular Resolutions this year (& perhaps every year) is: 1. lose weight, 2. Get healthy, 3. Get finances in order, 4. Get fit, 5. Get un-stressed, 6. Find a partner.
Dr. Oz recommends that the Best Resolution to have is to take up Meditation.
He then went on to list all the Marvellous Benefits that Meditation can bring - reduced hyper-tension, lower insulin levels. lower rates of depression. Better Sleep. Less hiccuping. Etc Etc Etc Ad Nauseum. It's a wonder you don't Sprout Wings. Maybe if you meditated long enough.
Pardon me if I sound cynical. I'm not.
I will now reveal to you something about me that I may not have revealed before.
I'm a Meditator. At least forty minutes a day for the past 5 years.
The thing is, I can't tell if it's doing me any good or not.
But perhaps it is.
I used to be a Really Really Bad Migraine Sufferer, or a Migraineur, which sounds much more sophisticated, like you're a Connoisseur of Migraines. ' Ah yes, I think the March 16, 2002 Migraine was far superior to the May 22 one. It had all the Classical Symptoms. The other was too much of a hybrid'.
Anyway, I used to spend waaay too much time lying in bed & then lurching out of it to throw up in the bathroom. And then I discovered Migraine Medication & that worked. For a time. And then it stopped. And then I started seriously meditating. And then v.v. slowly, they Kind of Went Away. (Note I say, 'Kind of'. I can't bring myself to say, 'They went away' in case I wake up in the morning with one.)
But there's a part of me that thinks that they Kind of Went Away of their own accord. Like I grew out of them in my mid-fifties. You know, the Chief Controller of Migraines decided that I'd done my time staring at the bottom of the Toilet Bowl for this lifetime & it was finally time for me to lift my head up & smell the, what is it? roses.......coffee....After Dinner Mints?
Maybe another time I'll tell you my Meditation Method which I'm sure you're gagging to Know.
But for now, let me quickly walk you through the rest of the photos.
I'm showing off my fab gifts from my step-son Tyler. I'm holding up a genuine Vintage Chanel Scarf with a 'Double C' motif , my absolute Favourite Double Anything in the World. Tyler thought that this was a suitable gift because I've been toying with the idea for some time now to have the 'Double C's' tattooed on my inner arm. Don't be shocked. At least it's not a skull. Or barbed wire. Or a phoenix. I'm sure that there are many many Middleagedteachers around the world with tattoos.
In fact, I even went so far as to go inside a Tattoo Parlour which is conveniently located a mere twenty metres from my home to inquire about having it done. The Tattooist, a rather Frightening Looking Man, told me that he was, as well as a Gifted Tattoo Artiste, also a Master Forger, so that he would have absolutely no trouble in replicating the Chanel Logo if I brought him a picture. He also told me that once I had One Tattoo, I'd be compelled to have more. And more. And more. I immediately imagined myself covered in logos: LVuitton, Prada, Dior, YSL. Perhaps even 'Target' if I ran out of Luxury Brand Names.
Anyway, I'm still Toying with the Idea.
Here I am with Tyler wearing a cute little grey slip 0' a dress with my favourite Earrings du Jour. I do love a Large Hoop. It brings out the gypsy in me. In fact, I have Absolutely No Gypsy in me at all. I dislike Fortune Telling with a Vengeance, & I would not like to live in a caravan, not even a gaily painted one. Note I'm also wearing my Robot Pendant, my favourite Pendant du Jour.
Also Note how many times I'm slipping in Badly Spelled French Phrases. Still thinking about French lessons. And I would like to meet Zizzi in Paris one time.
Here's me with my daughter Maeflower. I must say that we gave each other Spectacular Gifts this Xmas. In front, is a set of Matching Eating Bowls set in a Checkered Tray for her cat, Miles. Or Milo as he is affectionately called.
Also note that I'm wearing a Pink Plastic Pendant in the shape of a pair of scissors, in honour of me liking collage so much. In fact, it's one of my favourite things to do in the whole world. I'm still wearing the Non-Gypsy Hoops. Note also that Maeflower's hair is natural.
Black is a Colour not usually associated with Christmas. And we didn't decide to dress alike because we suddenly felt the urge to copy Joan Crawford & her unfortunate daughter, Christina, of 'Mommie Dearest' fame. It just turned out that way.
Anyway, if you've got any NY Resolutions that you think are good, please tell me. I'd love to hear them.
BTW, Trixie & Me went to see 'The King's Speech' today. I totally recommend it. I was gut-wrenchingly sobbing at the end, but in a good way.