Monday, December 31, 2007

Bonne Annee

So this is it then. Goodbye and, more or less, good riddance ’07.

It’s not been a specially great year here in Ambridge. A bit like the Nikkei, we’re closing the year a good few percentage points down. That said there have been highlights, both personal and professional along the way. It just seems they have been significantly outweighed by the lowlights this particular year. As a prime example, the year that began with exuberant chocolate fountains (yes I did mean plural) to a full house on New Year’s Day, goes out to a much more sedate chocolate fondue for five tonight, and for the first time ever we get two New Year celebrations exactly one hour apart, as one of our little flock will be celebrating Bonne Annee in mid exchange visit far away from the familial bosom.

(And if he doesn’t ring us close on the stroke of Minuit local time there’ll be ructions).

So all in all ’07 goes down in the Jest family annals as a bit of a damp squib.

We’re hoping for better in ’08, and despite the preceding misery (“the poor old lad’s come over all Seasonally Affective on us again” I hear you all shout, and you might have a point…) I would like to take the opportunity to wish all who tread here hereafter, the very best of years ahead.

And, of course, as much chocolate as you can comfortably accommodate ;-)

5 comments:

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Happy New Year Dr J, I do hope the phone lines are good to you later! If not, as you well know, chocolate is the cure to everything.
Good luck for '08, Bendy Girl x

orchidea said...

I shall raise my glass to your health, wealth & happiness in 2008, Dr. J. Thank you for being such an interesting and uplifting read in 2007. I beg to differ on the chocolate, though - it's insidious stuff; you eat as much as you can comfortably accommodate - or so you think - and days later your face comes out in spots. :P

ageing student said...

Chocolate is indeed insidious; try giving it up and see where that gets you. Actually the first week is the worst - after that the cravings seem to go away and it's like chocolate doesn't exist any more. (But I do still like it and have eaten my fair share of two family sized tins of Roses this Christmas!)Happy New Year, Dr Jest and may all your resolutions be succesful.

Elaine said...

A very Happy New Year to you and yours, Dr Jest and I hope it turns out to be a good one.

As for the chocolate, I have rather given up on that some time ago, and the cravings have long passed. (a bit like the cigarettes, except there I know it would be a big mistake to try even one.)


I managed to pass on most of the chocolates I received at Christmas to elder son.

But not 2 Lily O'Brien ones.......

Doctor Jest said...

Thanks to all for your kind words. Happy New Year to you all. I'm off to google lily o'brien now...