Tuesday, December 15, 2020

It’ll be lonely this Christmas

Just a quick note to wish everyone a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or just a celebration that the days will be getting longer if your gods are happy with the yearly sacrifices - in which case it's probably best to throw a couple more virgins into the volcano as something seems to have pissed them off! It's been a funny sort of year which seems to have dragged on for eternity on one hand but actually sped by when I consider that I've not actually travelled for work since February.

But it's finally happening - Mrs AC is leaving. Despite arriving in early March for what was only meant to be a 10 day stay she's been here over 9 months, but she's finally had enough and is travelling back to the US. I can leave the toilet seat up and walk around my own house scratching my balls as much as I want.

Now I've only got a limited period of time to enjoy my freedom as she is actually coming back, but this time on a more permanent basis. Due to the current situation and my inability to travel to the US coupled with a 2 week period of self isolation each time she could do the transatlantic trip she's accepted a job in London. But before she starts that there's some paperwork, admin and immigration documents to sort out which can only really be done from NY. She also needs "to pick up a few things from home" which will probably necessitate us having to move to a bigger house (when she first came to London I think she brought more things for a 2 week trip than I actually own!).

The only practical solution to having to quarantine in NY is to travel over the Christmas period - her apartment is going to be empty so it's either do it then or spend 2 weeks in a hotel room which would see anyone going crazy and drinking their own body weight in booze. Oh, didn't I do something similar last year? But at least I got a modicum of exercise, human contact and fresh air rather that sitting in a hotel room on my own for a fortnight!

It's also not my year to have the cost centres since I took them to family in Scotland last year. So it'll be lonely this Christmas - although my mother has decided that she's not comfortable travelling due to the current situation so every cloud has a silver lining!

Anyway - I'm off to leave the toilet seat up for the next few weeks. "What's that Mrs AC? I promise not to leave the toilet seat up - just don't beat me again! Aargh no, not the face...."


  1. Merry Christmas...and happy new strain? Congrats on the Scotland win...Should be a jolly time England vs Scotland at Wembley. Which cost center is a Jets fan again?

    1. That new strain lead to a rollercoaster weekend - on Thursday and Friday there was talk of the US opening up to travellers from the U.K. so there was a chance that I’d have travelled to NY on Monday with Mrs AC but then it all kicked off on Saturday and now London and most of the south east is back in full lockdown again

      We certainly didn’t celebrate the soccer result - ask any Scotsman who he supports and he’ll answer “Scotland and anyone playing England” but then they act surprised when the English don’t particularly want Scotland to win. But it’ll be fun to play them next summer - as long as we win that is!

      Not a bad draw for the World Cup for Serbia though - Portugal and Ireland can be a bit hit or miss so you should have a decent chance of running them close

      It’s the oldest cost centre who supports the Jets - when I told him they won I thought he was going to burst! He’s asked Mrs AC to bring him back a jersey with his name on it for a belated Christmas present

      Have a great Christmas - is your boy getting you anything good this year?

    2. I must have misremembered, thought you had some family in Scotland. WC draw was decent, apparently not all 2nd place finishers qualify automatically. Jets have been competitive 2/3 weeks but their coach might be packing his bags. I think a round of golf is a wonderful present haha

    3. I think you got a good present!

      My mum lives up in Scotland but she only moved up there when she retired - we are most definitely English when it comes to sports! Watching rugby in Scottish pubs while being an England fan isn’t too bad but I wouldn’t recommend supporting England whilst watching football!