Thursday, 24 December 2009

Wrapping up 2009

Following someone's midsjudgment of moves on what was supposed to be intense ass-kicking in an Austrian divorce court, I am staying put in Thailand for the rest of 2009. To make up for the cancelled Europe trip, I made sure I had fun right where I was. And I had it in abundance. This week's T13 is a summary of activities that tie up my year:

1 - socialized at a wedding

2 - rode on a submarine

3 - checked out my son's school

4 - discovered that there's more to Sin City Pattaya than just bars and whores

5 - dreamed about making wishes come true (Disney on Ice)

6 - braved a macabre showroom filled with mummified bodies of AIDS patients

7 - travelled back in time (ruins of the French ambassador's mansion in Lopburi)

8 - welcomed the birth of a cousin's daughter

9 - visited an arts and culture centre

10 - threw a party for my son's 5th birthday but bought the wrong cake; he sulked and I ended up promising him Disneyland next year

11 - accomplished requirements to hold license to teach

12 - frolicked with and fed a school of fish (Namtok Pleu National Park)

13 - and as part of celebrating Christmas, I went to a concert mainly to hear I'll Never Love This Way Again live and to see how Dionne Warwick would sing That's What Friends Are For without Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight; the legend's son David took care of the parts well, and she charmed Bangkokians with Chestnuts roasting...

Merry Christmas, my lovely bloggy friends!

~ header by Samulli / more Thursday Thirteen here ~


Heather said...

Sounds like you had a fun and adventurous year! Here's to much more in 2010!

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Brenda ND said...

All those pictures look like such fun! It makes me want to visit you. :) Merry Christmas!

Hazel said...

Thanks, Heather. YAY to 2010!

Come visit, Brenda :) You'll have loads of fun.

Shelley Munro said...

It sounds as if you had an interesting year. The fish feeding looks like fun. Do they feel ticklish?

Thom said...

What a fantastic year you had my dear sweet friend. Oooo Disneyland next year...perhaps a stop in Honolulu? :) Have a very Merry Christmas my friend and CJ too :)

i beati said...

pretty full year I'd say sandy

Hazel said...

Shelley, yes they do :-)

Thom, it will be in neighboring Hongkong, but maybe one day we would go visit the US of A :)

sandy, thanks, yes it is.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hazel, I'm coming to visit you, too. I don't fully get the Austrian divorce comment, but it looks like you're making some very very sweet lemonade there. Keep it up!

Chris said...

Merry Christmas to you :D

Hazel said...

Susan, it will be fun! about the Austrian bit - I did my best to make that lemonade as sweet as it could be.

Ornery's Wife said...

Merry Christmas to you. What a fun and adventurous life you have lived this month! Now, I think I would have to pass on the mummified AIDS victims, though. ;)
Happy TT!!

storyteller said...

Love your illustrated '13' today ... great way to end the year! Wishing you a Joyous Holiday!
Hugs and blessings,

My T13 is at Small Reflections this week.

colleen said...

Staying put is fun! Love the visual tour. Merry Christmas to you!

Andi said...

Wow, you accomplished more in one list that I did all decade!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Thom said...

oh *smiles with a sad face* LOL Maybe one of these days :)

Wild Woman in the Wild Woods said...

Looks like you had a very interesting year.

I am Harriet said...

You've had an exciting year!

Have a wonderful Holiday!

Hazel said...

Chris, merry christmas to you too.

Ornery's wife, the AIDS bit although somewhat depressing was a very good learning experience, and I had fun thinking that I learned some raw reality in that place

storyteller, thanks. Merry christmas to you

colleen, I'm glad you liked the visual tour. Merry christmas

Andi, lol... things happen :-)

Thom, yeah, maybe one of these days :)

Wild Woman, I'm happy 2009 turned out to be interesting after all

Harriet, very! A wonderful holiday to you too.