I'm taking off for whirlwind week on the Continent that will include several days in France. Then, back for a day or two and off on a whirlwind trip through parts of England and Scotland for anther week. After that, we pack to head back.
I confess, that I"m still powerfully ambivalent about this past year; but, whatever frustrations I've had, be they the appalling garbage service, the woefully inadequate appliances, the daily encounters with piles of dog poo, my own financial setbacks, the frustration of not writing as quickly as I had hoped -- I could go on --- but, whatever the problems, if I could go back to last year, I would do this. I would pack more workout clothes, more jammies, all of the turtlenecks, my trench coat, more books and notes, a better backpack, and fewer nice, work clothes
That's it. Except for those trifles, I would do all of this again. And again, and again. I've been very lucky in this year, and very lucky in my partner. That will be what I remember.