After what seems like a good long while, in which I haven’t been doing much but working, I’ve finally had time to sit down and compose some thoughts. I was going to do a book review but the words just aren’t materialising today so you are stuck with some thoughts bungled together on my day off. Sorry about the quality.
I started my Christmas shopping at the weekend, having already watched Die Hard 2 it felt it was the right time to start. You can’t beat a good thriller with a thin veneer of Christmas tacked on, to make it all feel somehow festive. Anyway, after spending last year’s Yuletide season on another continent, I expected to feel a little novelty in town this year.
Alas, it was disappointing to find that everything was still the same. By which I mean the some shops and the usual stuff for sale in said shops, everything was as it was as if time has stood still. I like tradition, in fact a lot of things follows the same routine for me around this time of year but the shopping trips are starting to feel really tired, the same products just appear in new packages..
It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, for the music piped into the shopping centre was a welcome remembrance, it has been the best part of two years since I’ve heard those classic tunes that are the soundtrack to my month and a bit build up to Christmas day. Last year I did come across a couple of new tunes that have entered my established play list, as with so many things across the pond it has changed my perspectives on what I do in the old country.
Digression aside, I found myself looking for some item of clothing for the work’s Christmas do to make me appear less scruffy and then something for myself as this is the time for giving after all. It didn’t take long to become aware of an overwhelming malaise when it comes to actually shopping. I decided that my years old clothes will do for the night in town as the lighting might be inadequate allowing me to get away with my fashion ‘sense’ and as for treating myself well a magazine was my prize because I am pretty cheap.
It may make me sound Scrooge-like (which is apt for the time of year) but I think I am becoming inured to having things, it is all about the simple pleasures these days. Like the pint I had accompanied by a wonderful book read in the pub, that made me feel all smiley but more on that later, as I have just decided that I am back in the mood to review books and feel suitably seasonal about it as well.
I appreciate your patience as I catch up with you all, it’s always overwhelming to go through the many great blogs out there after a break, as you probably all know.