Yarr me maties!

December is usually the month that makes me want to slit my wrists with a butter knife and this year was no exception. It’s the end of the year, I’m tired, I’ve got to get the Christmas thing sorted and work is filled with clients visiting from Japan meaning I have to chat and be sociable with people I don’t know very well for hours on end in cars, meetings and other assorted settings.

And by the way, chit-chat in cars is just the worst and because Western Australia is a big-ass place full of nothing you spend a lot of time driving through nothing to get nowhere and see nothing. That gives you a lot of time for chit-chat. I’m usually glad when my guests fall asleep in the back of the car and I can focus on my passenger-seat job of looking at the scrub and red dirt a.k.a mamofa (miles and miles of fuck all).

I wish I could just curl up into a ball and sleep through the months of December to February and wake up and have all that stuff done and dusted.

But, on Friday I made it through my last day of work for the year and the office Christmas party (during which my first drink was a Long Island Iced Tea and things just went south from there) and I have embarked on three weeks of paid leave goodness!! Yay! So what’s the first thing I did?

I made a lego pirate ship that Master/Santa lovingly gave to me of course!

This:

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Became this: (after 1 1/2 hrs of ocd-ish sorting)

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And after 9hrs the 870 pieces became this:

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Tomorrow night I’m leaving on a jetplane to go and spend two weeks with my family. I’m looking forward to some r&r and spending some quality time with my darling 91 year old grandmother.

I’m planning on doing some writing (gotta get those last six chapters finished!!) and gymming and shopping…and there will be a healthy dose of wow-playing in there to keep me occupied while I wrestle with the gorillas in the mist as well.

So if I don’t blog before then, have a lovely Christmas 🙂

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