All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

12 days and it's nearly real

12 days to goWe've packed and our "stuff" is on the ship on its way to the UK ... we think, last we heard it was in Wellington (ironic) waiting for the containers to fill up. Mind you, Liz got a call from the shippers about "customs in the UK" - we thought we'd filled in all the forms and paid all the money, can you see where they think they're gonna go can't ya!

All the NZ money has been paid, collected and the remainder will be transferred to the UK ... not a whole heap of spending cash but enough to get us through to the end of the Swedish wedding.

Carol and I finished the 2-parter of House last night (he survived), that was nice. Liz and I even got into Boston Legal, which is a pain coz I'm sure it won't be on in the UK :-) Ooh, and Meg and I even watched a whole game of soccer this morning (France 3 Spain 1 - missed one of the goals as I cleaned up Meg's "bottom explosion")

I'm now tracking the temperature of Singapore (31°) and Monmouth (20°) on a daily basis ... it's gonna be a definite shock to the system when we step out of the air conditioning in Singapore, eek.

Things left to do - leave work (last day is this Friday so everyone update your contact details by removing CCC, the mobile has been gone for a week or more so I won't have got any of your txt's, sorry). Gonna have a few drinks at The Twisted Hop and then we'll entertain a few Christchurch mates and family Saturday night at the 'commune'.

Next week is all about doing the final bits - haircuts for all (it'gonnaan be HOT, remember), packing, clearing the house, closing down accounts and getting ready to step onto that plane. We really need Meg to finally shake off her cold (99.9% gone) and for Jack to get over his (70% gone) AND for Liz and I not to get it!

I'm starting to prepare this blog for a move to a different look-and-feel and probably a different name (and therefore address) - I'll make sure you don't have to anything to keep reading.

Anything you think I've missed?