But it has also been a year that has had its rewards, chief amongst them the fact that: I got through the past 365 days pretty much intact; Laurent and I are still together and are living a good if at times frustrating life in Rome; I have some wonderful friends here and throughout the world; and I now have two little creatures to help (?) me with the blog - please ignore the smart blogging wear, it was early or maybe late I don't honestly remember.
So as we leave, what the press has been calling the naughts, and head for the teens, I am counting my blessings, tallying up the positives and allowing that perennial bitch Hope to spring eternal. So I'm going to put a sock in it and stop whining about the past year and looking forward to new reasons to whinge and whine in 2010.
To all my friends everywhere:
Happy New Year
31 decembre - San Silvestro