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New Year's Day, in this house, begins with watching the Vienna Philharmonic's concert on telly and eating a massive picnic breakfast.

Today we postponed the breakfast, largely due to last night's "The Unexpected"-themed party featuring unexpected plates of steak and chips.

But the announcer on the telly casually mentioned Dinner for One.

Dinner For One )

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Last week, I invited people to swap Christmas traditions. There weren't many takers, so I present here a small selection of traditions anyone can choose from.

1. Read 101 Dalmations.
2. Buy a new bauble for the tree.
3. Read Tolkien's The Father Christmas Letterson Christmas Eve, preferably an illustrated edition.

(These traditions belong to [livejournal.com profile] huskyteer, [livejournal.com profile] lnr and me, respectively.)

Let me know if you give any of them a whirl. Especially if you're currently gritting your teeth for a Christmas with not-especially-compatible relations (in which case, my sympathy!)

I'm currently indulging in another Christmas tradition, that of being in crap traffic on the M1. I don't recommend it at all.

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In between Christmas and New Year, I...

Was off work, and quite enjoyed myself )

And today I was back at work. First Great Western celebrated this momentous event by putting my ticket price up and cancelling the train I was hoping to catch. My bike expressed its distaste at having been locked up by itself for a fortnight by hiding an enormous quantity of water in its saddle, then carefully disgorging it while I rode to work.
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Help. I have goblin-fear )

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