I just figured out that I was a day ahead of myself--the day I thought was New Year's Eve day was actually the 30th - I had a celebratory lunch here with friends then I drove down to Hastings (battle of 1066 country) to visit another friend.
I guess I was thinking that was New Year's eve as we had quite a fun celebration - he made lentil soup which was very good and we had some of that - went to the pub where he started in on me - you know, he's the sophisticated European and I'm the stupid naive American and a woman at that, AND a mother who'd stayed home with her kids so he said stuff like, 'Housewife is just a title women invented so they could stay home and do **** ALL while the man goes to work'.
To which I just laughed and said, 'Yeah and it was FUN ...I look at it like this...I quit my successful career so I could be a stay-at-home drunk....'
(I didn't make that up - I got that from a blunt card).
Then on the actual New Year's eve we went to see Canterbury Cathedral which is IMPRESSIVE!! I've seen a lot of Cathedrals - here and in the rest of Europe (because I like iconographic art) but I have to say there is just something really grand and substantial and amazing about Canterbury Cathedral. Maybe, because as my friend explained (he's an history and architecture afficianado) it's really two cathedrals in one - the early romanesque and the gothic added on later.If you ever get the chance to see it - don't pass it by.
Then we went to see this little Romanesque church in Brookland with the only lead font in England. That was quite something - it was 12th century and sort of a melding of the pagan with very early Christianity. You can see all the images of the people working along side what look to be pagan symbols.
I took a picture of my friend amid several crosses as a joke because he is so ANTI-christiness...
Then I drove home and waited for my daughter to get home from her party. She showed up the next morning. I fell asleep on the couch. I don't think I made it to midnight.
We're doing New Year's Day celebration today as my son has seemingly just recovered from his New Year's Eve celebrations enough to join us -I've invited him the last two days but he's been 'Tired'. So New Year's Day dinner with black-eyed peas and cornbread is today and then it's back to work for everyone tomorrow.
Happy New Year - and may it bring nothing but happiness to everyone.