Before I found out I was going to become a pauper last Autumn, Mr Xmas and I had booked a week off in Lanzarote over the New Year.
So after spending a really noisy, hectic, lovely week in Paris with my family for Christmas, I headed for a really quiet (read child-free) week with Mr Xmas in Lanzarote. Lanzarote is a smallish Spanish island off the coast of Southern Morocco, on the same latitude as Florida : It is renowned for its year-round mild climate and freakish volcanic landscapes.
We did a lot of hiking.
The only downside being that our studio flat was right next to the hotel’s bar, where staff rehearsed an Abba musical every. Single. Night around the time we cooked dinner.
Because we’re French, we picked the starter of our New Year’s Eve dinner off the rocks on a beach…
And speaking of New Year’s Eve, it was probably one of the simplest, yet best in my life.
In a word, I spent a blissful week away from all the pain of the past and uncertainties of the present.
And have since come back with a bump to Winter and errr… Is it just life? My workload is through the roof as I’m on the final stretch of my current job, there have been interviews for new jobs, broken cars, grumpy children, grumpy and sick children, cutting down on all expenses. Yet, none of it has been as bad it it could have been, because you know what ? I am not alone.
Mr Xmas is here. In fact, Mr Xmas has all but moved in with us, and much to my surprise, it feels ok.
Well, better than ok: I actually look forward to seeing him every night, to burying my nose in his smell and debriefing the day.
That is not to say that there aren’t still moments when I doubt, freak-out and question everything (hey, it wouldn’t be me otherwise), but they are getting fewer and further between.
Something odd, tranquil and powerful is seeping through the cracks of my tired heart.
Grand corps malade – 15h du matin
This song is light and silly, a reminder that Spring is around the corner. Makes me smile at the rain and fog.
… I’ll leave you with a few real pics of our holiday