As I write this, it is about 11:00pm (London Time) on New Year's Eve. Like any big city, there are numerous choices of where to bring in the new year (London Eye fireworks, pub parties, etc.). We, however, have decided to celebrate quietly with my parents (Mom is still not quite up to going out and about!) while gorging on pizza, chocolate cake, and cheap wine. While it would undoubtedly be interesting to party with the masses, I honestly don't feel like I am missing out on all the much. I have always felt that New Year's Eve is a bit overrated and don't particularly enjoy being out in the cold with thousands of drunks (ok, maybe I am getting old). I am perfectly content to snuggle up on my warm couch while watching all the action on television.
As I look back on 2008, I cannot believe how much has changed. This time last year, I could not have even begun to imagine that I would be celebrating the beginning of 2009 in my London flat rather than in good ole' Charlotte, North Carolina. It is truly amazing what can happen in such a small amount of time. I have to say that I am more excited for this upcoming year than I have been for any other year in quite a long time. I am excited about my new job, our travels, and continuing to live a life in one of the most diverse, vibrant cities in the world.
I hope that 2009 brings you all a year of health, happiness and prosperity! Happy New Year!