Saturday, 21 December 2013

Flux Sake

I think I'm about done with the blogging.  After two years, the desire to reveal myself like those pictures of Jesus with his heart exposed, has grown smaller and smaller.  Some of you who read this are now Facebook friends, so it's not actually goodbye.  More "Arse arse arse arse and bugger me backwards".  Sorry, my fingers swear a lot.

2012 was about finding things.  Apartments, jobs, trams, a path through the bewildering systems of my adopted country, and friends.  I got through it on reserves of stamina, crisps, red wine and bloody-mindedness.  That, and not having a break all year, took quite a toll.

2013 was the year of being poorly.  I will be honest, there were times I thought it was very serious.  The coughing and the asthma were so bad at times, it seemed that something awful was in there and that I was just being humoured with inhalers.  Ten months and one marvellous doctor later, things became better.

There is no sense of completion here; life is still very much in flux, which is probably as it should be.  I love Gent and I love my job.  The rest is flux.

What I would like for 2014 is that my friends and family stay healthy and happy.  In addition, I'd like not to put on more weight.  It is as if the very air contains fat.  Ten kilos this year, and that just isn't funny.  Medications, while useful, are bastards for that.  I'd like to know the people I know better.  I'd like for the front door to stop getting smashed.  I'd like to leave the country during the Gentse Feesten.  I'd like to be a bit more bi-lingual.  I'd like a partner in crime to share stuff with. 

I wish you all a tolerable Christmas and a hangover-free New Year.   



  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog - it was exciting to see a new post pop up on my reader. You have a way with words, so descriptive of the good and bad that life threw you.
    Here's hoping you get all you wish for in 2014. Or at least one thing.

  2. It would be wrong to say I've enjoyed sharing your journey, Jane - at times, reading has been quite hard as you've really opened your heart. But I'm glad to have 'met' you via blogging and I wish you all the very best for 2014. I wish you all you wish for yourself and a big chunk more.

  3. I will miss your blogs if you stop, as we started blogging about the same time and if you don't post for a while I find myself wondering how you are getting on. You have a real talent as a writer so please don't give up the pen completely.

  4. I agree with are a good writer and I would be sorry if you stopped blogging. Maybe just take a break from it for a while.

    I hope you are enjoying Paris and I really hope you get everything you wish for in 2014 xxx

  5. I am happy to see a new post from you, even though there probably won't be (m)any more. At least I know you are okay(ish). I hate it when Bloggers I have bookmarked just disappear off the face of the interwebs!

    And I hope for you and for us all that on the whole 2014 will be a better year than 2013. x

  6. Funny stuff. Don't give up.

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