December 21, 2015 61 Comments
That means that I will be only sporadically around, and if you were here last year that meant that I left you pretty much without whatever you get from reading here. It was a not overly merry Christmas for me. Yes, there was the joy of seeing my family again, but I was deeply worried about my dearest friend, and partner here, Jessica.
This year has had deep meaning for me as we moved into Advent. Jess is nearly recovered and amongst those closest to her, and indeed herself, we have begun calling her recovery an advent as well, for it has been a time of waiting and praying, as well. Here you have seen
a few many signs that she is about, and she began posting again a few weeks ago on her site. Lately, she’s been almost carrying both blogs, obviously, she had a few things stored up in her for us.
This year will be different because she is nearly (very nearly indeed) well again. In addition, she has agreed to come back to us (or at least mostly you guys). She being her normal efficient self, has already scheduled her posts for you. I should note that she, like me, will be a bit sporadic in answering your comments, she doesn’t have all that great internet access at the moment, but she will likely respond eventually, as will I.
I have read them, and as always they are of almost timeless interest, and cover quite a great span of things. I confidently predict you, and I, will enjoy them greatly, and in addition, they will make us all think.
So be nice to her, or else. I’ve missed her greatly here on our blog, and this is one of the happiest events I can remember.
And shamelessly stolen from The Thin Pinstriped Line for Jess, and you all!
Finally, in the words of the great Sir Humphrey Appleby himself,
“I wonder if I might crave your momentary indulgence in order to discharge a by no means disagreeable obligation which has, over the years, become more or less established practice in government service as we approach the terminal period of the year — calendar, of course, not financial — in fact, not to put too fine a point on it, Week Fifty-One — and submit to you, with all appropriate deference, for your consideration at a convenient juncture, a sincere and sanguine expectation — indeed confidence — indeed one might go so far as to say hope — that the aforementioned period may be, at the end of the day, when all relevant factors have been taken into consideration, susceptible to being deemed to be such as to merit a final verdict of having been by no means unsatisfactory in its overall outcome and, in the final analysis, to give grounds for being judged, on mature reflection, to have been conducive to generating a degree of gratification which will be seen in retrospect to have been significantly higher than the general average
Jim Hacker: Are you trying to say “Happy Christmas,” Humphrey?
Sir Humphrey: Yes, Minister.”
Merry Christmas to you all,
especially you, dearest friend 🙂 xxx!
See you next year!