Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

It won't be a white Christmas. Last Saturday's snow is all but gone and the weather is kinda mild. And I haven't any mince pies. Dammit. At home, Jack's made a summer pudding with $50 of berries. Last year I made one and was so nervous cos the fruit was worth so much. It was delicious.
Far from home, Christmas is meaningless. My other Christmas 'away' was in Ireland, 3 years ago, and we had a typical working class Chrissy lunch at some stranger's house. It was rainy and we all drank a lot. The food was terrible. Classic.

Yesterday my afternoon disappeared into the subway. Hours riding around getting grumpy, occasionally getting off to run an errand. Eventually went to meet up with Gyeong-Ah in Itaewon. We went to a foreigner's bar where Hey-Young just started waitressing, and ordered a drink while we waited for her to finish her shift. It was so good to see the girls - last time we hung out was when we went bungy-jumping. They are just so much fun. Meeting them is a highlight of my time here. We always laugh so much and talk absolute garbage. Anyways, they had devised a night of activities, of which I agreed to some - I wasn't up for a noraebang just yet. So we headed up Namsan, to visit the tower. For Christmas, I guess, it was all lit up like a giant kaleidoscope. The view was great from the base so we decided we'd not got up to the observation deck, and instead spend our money in the cool gift shop. Then we got some strange chewy ice-cream. Unbeknownst to me, the girls had sneakily bought me a gift and written a really cute Christmas card for me, which they sprung on me later at the subway as we said goodbye. Love!

I feel like there's a whole something to say about Otto, who's 21st birthday would have been last week. If he hadn't 'left' when he was 18. Dad and I spoke about it, about how it's impossible not to remember him. Which means sadness.

Finished Gorky Park. Damn, so good. Was it really good or do I just secretly like pulp fiction?


rach said...

Man, I'd love to make a summer pudding, but $50 worth of berries seems a little scary.

It's a shame you won't have a white Christmas, but at least you had snow for a while.

Bonnie Conquest said...

Yeah, it's expensive. But it IS really tasty. Decadent.

Yeah, I don't care about the white Christmas thing. If there wasn't the song playing all the time I wouldn't have given it any thought.

Hey Rach, have a lovely Christmas. See you in the new year.

jethan said...

i got a fruit pie for you.

Bonnie Conquest said...

I love you!
And... We should go see Science of Sleep!

Harpo said...

Just because it's pulp fiction doesn't mean it can't be good. Gorky Park was a cracker. Merry Christmas to you.

Steve Chatelier said...

Hey Bonnie -- hope your Christmas is somewhat enjoyable despite no snow. We have had ours melting away the last few days +1 and 2 degrees dammit!!!
I guess you'll have to keep dreamin'...

all star india touring company said...

Merry Christmas, comrade.

I've had orphan Christmases for the last 5 years, so i know how you feel...

Melbourne's experiencing winter in December, it's been bucketing since Friday. Just in the nick of time with all the bushfires.

Anyways, thought i'd check out what you were up to and say Feliz Navidad.

See ya in the new year.


Bonnie Conquest said...

Thanks for the season's greetings, comrades. Weather here was the same as Melbourne on Christmas Day, how bizarre.

And Harpo, thanks for backing me in. A real pal.