Out with the Old…

Happy New Year!  It is once again the time for resolutions.  Out with the old and in with the new.

This new year approached with a whimper.  We were in Jackson Hole and took advantage of the time difference to call it “midnight” at 10:00 p.m. as we watched the East Coast celebrations on TV.  Lucy may have been the only “party animal”.  She returned from Wales looking the same but sounding utterly different.  Her sharp-pitched, cheerful bark was replaced with a deep, gruff sounding, throaty woof.  She sounds like as if she has been on a bender for the past two and half weeks, drinking bourbon and smoking a pack a day out in the countryside.  Given her lazy demeanor, I can only assume she wore herself out with all the other dogs and lost her voice amidst the chaos (how human!!)

And so we have left the States and returned to London.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Aside from forgetting my English phone number, we seem to have settled back in easily.

I was worried about re-entry with the girls.  While in CT, Jackie informed us that she had made arrangements to move in with her good friend and remain in Greenwich.  We feared her reaction when the plane touched down in Heathrow.  She surprised us all by being extremely excited to get back to school and see her friends.  Katie, always more even-keeled, enjoyed her stay in Greenwich but remained positive about the return to London.  Yet, when the plane landed, she burst into tears and collapsed into a state of homesick misery!  Go figure.

Once school started, all qualms melted away, and everyone seemed happy to be back to routine.  I suspect that half of the fun for the girls this past week has been wearing all their new clothes each day.  We were not quite up to London style standards as preppy Vineyard Vines does not quite define the “look” in urban London.  Santa rectified all that, and now the girls are clad in tight jeans, black boots, and sparkly sweaters.  Out with the old and in with the new.

Speaking of clothing,  I was informed that I need a complete makeover.  Apparently, my summer wardrobe is, according to my (usually sweet) Katie, “Ugly. Horrible. UGH!”.  To which Jackie emphatically replied, “Agreed!”  My shorts are apparently very unfashionable, and all my Athleta skirts with the hidden spandex shorts are “the worst”!  I feebly argued that they are comfortable.  Jackie replied, “Yeah mom.  So are pajamas, and you don’t see me walking around outside in those!”  I guess I will have to do an overhaul…out with the old and in with the new.

Of course, I debate the wisdom in taking fashion advice from teenage girls who think tight, short, and high heeled is the ultimate fashion statement. See pictures:

While I was home, one of my friends suggested a potentially hilarious party theme:  everyone must come dressed in her daughter’s “formal” clothes.  I can just see myself and all my friends teetering in sky-high heels and flaunting our legs in super mini dresses.  There is not enough alcohol in the world to make that look attractive!

 At this time of year, I am reminded of the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne:

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? 

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?

After spending such valuable time Stateside with the friends and family we love, I think I’ll make the following resolution this year:

Cherish the old and welcome the new!

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john March 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

so many wanks


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