Saturday, January 05, 2008

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?

On a random note, is there a living person who actually knows all the words to this song off by heart? Or the full national anthem for that matter? I'd like to hope that there is, that somewhere exists such a bastion of the Britain of the old school, for it would surely be a shame if not.

So, I actually had a good New Year's Eve this year. I can't even remember what I ended up doing last year, the year before that I was ill with the mumps, and the year before that I was on a plane over probably the Middle East at the time.
Anyhow this year I went to a friend's house for a New Year's Eve party (Thanks L.B. if you ever get around to reading this! It was a truly awesome night) and it was nice to spend the night with a bunch of friends, and more food and drink (muhaha... strawberry vodka...) than could ever realistically have been consumed on that night, and to be honest most likely another one too. I'm going to stop short of giving a full play-by-play account, because it did get rather convoluted and, indeed, confusing at times (eating chocolate while wearing Arctic gear game? Sounds a great deal more fun than it is... the game where winning can in fact just feel like losing). New Year's is renowned as being one of the biggest overhyped letdowns of the year, and ha, to be fair in terms of an ACTUAL New Year celebration it wasn't the most successful. We somehow ended up with two separate countdowns (one from the TV and one of L.B.'s own inebriated imagination) but M.S. made a gallant effort with her inspired provision of party-poppers! But it was a brilliant knees-up, that is not in doubt. Ring of Fire, Guitar Hero 3 after drinks... it was just very very fun! :-)

On Wednesday I had a farewell curry after work. Curry was fine, had a drink and the customary go on the It Box. And tonight, I went and watch "Enchanted" (which, I'll agree is somewhat kiddie and cheesy, but a part of everyone has to love the Disney. Plus, Amy Adams is hot! *shrugs*) and attempt to have a quick sneaky bevvy before I had to go home and sleep (clearly, that's not working out so well, I have to be up in 5 hours! Screw it, I have all of the flight to sleep, I suppose). But that wasn't the point I was trying to make. What I was attempting to get across is the strange feeling I got those times somewhere between my gut and my chest... the same feeling I got in a much smaller measure when I left work for the last time earlier on... I suppose it was preemptive homesickness. Perhaps not in the strictest sense of the word. As much as I love being a Londoner, the Finchley house for some reason hasn't really felt like home for... a while at any rate, and I certainly won't miss the weather... the cruel bitter cold that stubbornly refused to bring at least the consolation snow along with it. But I will certainly miss the people (most of them at any rate)... each of the farewells, some of them over the phone, some of them rushed yes, felt a little like I was a cup, and with each goodbye some of the liquid I was holding was being poured out. At the moment, when the reality and enormity has finally hit me for real, I feel somewhat merely half full (but not half empty!) and it'll take a little bit of time to get back up to full... fullness. A friend tried to tell me that this feeling is fleeting, that while parting may, as it is said, be such sweet sweet sorrow, I shall get over it in a couple of weeks. I don't personally believe this, and half of me wants to believe this is true and the other half not, but only experiencing it will tell, I suppose.

Pardon my melodrama, it is rather late and I am rather tired from my long week! Farewell sweet England, with its green and pleasant lands, and the wondrous people living therein. In less than 30 hours I shall be halfway across the world, and if this blog is lucky, perhaps a little less fond of hyperbolae ;-p

I shall try to keep you posted.

Random musing of the time - should I be like a child or a superstitious sailor and give this blog a name?
Song that won't leave my head - it WAS Muse's "Knights of Cydonia" but now it's "That How She Knows" from Enchanted! It was so thoroughly implanted after the film ended that I unpacked my iPod and put the song on it :P So I'm a crazy insomniac, what else is new? :P

2 Response to Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?

6 January 2008 at 15:35

Firstly, I know neither of those songs' full versions, and it makes me feel just a little bit less of an English girl.

Secondly, I wish you the best of luck!

Thirdly, I admire you for having the courage to leave. I want to live abroad but I don't want to leave home, and in the future I don't know which pull will be stronger.

So you'd recommended going and seeing Enchanted then?

8 January 2008 at 04:47

Hey, Have fun travelling its the best and thanks for your comments on my blog. I have now only just been able to settle down and use a computer where it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Looking forward to yout travel stories.