I haven't done one of those '2009 Highlights' blogs. I tried to plan one out in my head last night when I was going to sleep but, well, I fell asleep. Then I had a dream about a girl I used to know from university giving me a cupcake, and all of my ideas were lost. And Nic woke me up before the dream version of me could eat the cupcake, which was very sad!
I hope you all saw in the New Year happily. I got back to Leamington on Thursday morning and our wee flat was freezing. I had to go and collect parcels from both post offices and do some shopping, and then I huddled under blankets with a fan heater on until Nic arrived home. I had planned to have a romantic reunion at the railway station but that went awry, but once I got some pizza into me it was fine. As I wrote in an earlier blog, my plan for New Year was to have a wee party at my house with some good friends. The organisation of this turned out to be very stressful at the last minute, but it all went ahead and our little living room was very full of joy at midnight. Also, the party food I bought from Marks and Spencers was extremely tasty! I've never really been much of a one for celebrating the New Year, but it's a good excuse to get friends together and have a laugh.
I spent the first day of 2010 very lazily with Nic, only leaving the house to go to watch Doctor Who and Gavin and Stacey with Tom. It's only in recent years that I have started to watch Doctor Who and that has mainly consisted of watching all of the old serials that Nic has on DVD. I thoroughly enjoy the concept of the show, but haven't been able to get on at all with the revamped Who of the past few years. Big CGI effects leave me cold, and the injection of obvious emotion (and by obvious emotion, I mean obvious to the point where a million violins play every time the Doctor so much as looks at his companion, who is of course in love with him) robbed the Doctor-Companion relationship of its subtlety, I think. I didn't watch the first part of Tennant's swan song on Christmas day, watching last year's Christmas special had been enough for me. I won't write a review listing all of the things I didn't like about the episode, but I hope that Stephen Moffatt has more self-control than RTD. David Tennant's Doctor was the only one to have made such a meal of his regeneration, and it nauseated me. To end on a positive note, however, I loved all of the millions of John Simms everywhere. Especially all of the background ones who were tapping away on computers. That was very funny, and I liked his performance a lot. I very much enjoyed watching the last episode of Gavin and Stacey as well, particularly the choice of music for Nessa's wedding to Dave Coaches. I love Dave Coaches!
In previous years I have made some sort of attempt at New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes I have kept them (I haven't bought a copy of Heat magazine since I resolved not to at the beginning of 2006, for example) and sometimes I haven't, and I'm not sure of the wisdom of making them. I have been thinking about the things that I would change from 2009 instead and wonder if a better thing to do would be to make an effort to right those things in my life. I have spent a lot of time in 2009 worrying and feeling unhappy about various friendships and relationships and I think 2010 might be a good time to take more control of my life and my feelings. A number of years back I had to come to the realisation that an important relationship in my life had changed, and that I could only keep that friend in my life if I adjusted my expectations of what that friendship could give. You can't force people to care about you, is what I reasoned. It was the right thing to do, and I have hardly worried about it since. I'd like to be able to be that clear-headed about the things that cause me grief and worry now, so I'm going to try to be. People change and relationships change, and that doesn't have to be a bad thing. I'd do well to remember that.
I'd also like to be more creative in 2010. Nic and I have great creative ideas, and I'd like to do something with them. I'd like to do something with the ideas that have been bubbling away in my mind for the past few months, so I'm going to try to be disciplined and set time aside for that too. 2009 was a very good year, and I would like 2010 to be even better.