Sunday Confessions: Happy New Year!



I confess: Unlike the above picture, I did not party like it's 1999 this year. I spent New Year's Eve in my sweat pants watching Tina Fey & Amy Poehler dance like crazy middle aged women and relating a lot. Except I wasn't drinking at all because we had a night out with a visiting friend a couple of nights ago/had no desire and as they say here "I cannae stay the pace" any more. We did a little (sober!) dance at midnight, it wasn't Insta-worthy or fizzing with champagne bubbles or any of that jazz, but it was good, quiet fun!

I confess: New Year's Eve feels like a much bigger deal in the U.K., like the above confession is not really "the done thing", if you don't make some small effort to look like you are having mad crazy dance party fireworks fun you do feel a tiny bit lame. So my first resolution is to stay off social media next New Year's Eve entirely, whatever I am doing, because of the whole "Look at me living large!" thing, even though you know in your heart of hearts there is nowhere you'd rather be than curled up inside where it's warm and not surrounded by drunks in the street. #oldlady #dontcare

I confess: I am glad 2016 is over, on a world suckage level, but in all honesty, it wasn't my worst year ever. I got to go to London with my Mom, I met a lot of lovely new people through the blog, I got to catch up with old friends and family, and  finished the year off with possibly our most relaxing Florida trip ever (which is why I haven't blogged about it, because it was mostly this:







Which was nice...soooo nice, wish I was there, etc! But what is there really to say about going to the beach that hasn't been said? :-)

Anyhoo I do wish for all of our sakes that 2017 is a better one, if at all possible, on a world level, but it's hard to have any optimism regarding politics. On a positive note I do find it inspiring how incentivized and motivated so many people are now to fight for their civil liberties in America especially. I really hope the Women's March on Washington is a huge success to kick off the year and a big inspiration for young girls especially given the tone that electing Trump has given.

It's hard to reconcile why so many people seemed to think being extra racist and sexist and "Wah, poor white people" was the way to go this year, but they did. And it's up to the rest of us to stand our ground and stand up where we see injustice and maybe just maybe put our words into actions if need be, because complacency did no one any favours last year.

So onwards and upwards, I actually do have a weird feeling this year might be o.k., I don't know why! Call it "can't get any worse", call it "we got through 2016 killing so many favourites we can get through this", I don't know, the world feels sort of cosmically bound to do better....hopefully? Anyway Happy 2017, and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

xo Steff 

 

linking up with The United States of Becky!



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  1. Yeah, on a personal level, I had a pretty good year! It just seems like hating 2016 seems to be the popular thing, which yeah, there was some awfulness to it, but he isn't even president yet so how about we wait to declare the worst year (or four) till that happens... fingers crossed it won't be as bad as projected...

    That beach with the shells! How pretty!

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    1. I did hate everything bad that happened too, but I can't in good conscience say I personally had a bad year. I hope for all of our sakes some miracle occurs and he is rendered mute/unfit for office...without specifically wishing him bodily harm...because karma and stuff :-/

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  2. This New Year on social media was so refreshing for me because seemingly everyone was Instagramming or tweeting about sitting on the sofa in their pyjamas. I don't know if it's the hygge craze or everyone I interact with being middle aged, but staying in seems to be the new puking in the gutter.

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    1. Ha! The last (and hopefully final!) time I puked in a gutter was in Forres a million New Year's Eves ago!

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  3. I literally don't know anyone who went out this NYE - in real life or social media pals. I think this means I have the right friends, haha! I was in my pjs eating takeaway pizza, and barely made it to midnight (last year I went to bed at about 10, if I remember rightly!). I wonder if it's a bigger deal in Scotland than in England?

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    1. I think I need more introverted/old lady like me friends. I'm sure most of my friends in America were the same, I do think Scotland is different from England, my first few Hogmanay's here were really fun, going from house to house in a small town until dawn (which no one's parents seemed to mind!), or renting a cottage in the Highlands (which turned out not fun for me because I got a puking bug but to this day I'm convinced under the right circumstances I would love to do the "hole up in a snowy cottage" thing somewhere!). I didn't really wish I was out, I think it was just that tiny "Ah look pretty fireworks and champagne!" when in reality I would have been bitching about the cold/wanting my bed. ;-0

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  4. I stayed in, too. 2016 wasn't great for me, but it wasn't the worst. Lower end of an average year or the upper end of a crappy year.
    Such pretty pictures! You do take excellent photos whenever you go someplace. :) :) Do you do photography or have experience with it?

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    1. Thanks Becky! Other than half a photography class in high school, which I spent most of ogling a cute boy in the dark room, no! I take a LOT of pictures, and usually like one in ten is a good one. My little Samsung phone has a pretty decent camera on it, honestly just as good as my Sony cybershot. I would like a more fancy camera but I'm clueless about how to use one tbh. I hope 2017 is a really good one for you, you deserve it! xo

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    2. I don't know the first thing about DSLR or "fancy" cameras either.
      And thank you!

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