Happy New Year’s Eve! Welcome 2012! 12/31/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #92)

As we all celebrate New Year’s Eve–each in our own way on Saturday, whether with friends and loved ones, or quietly at home (our strategy)–it is time to reflect upon the old year and look forward with promise toward the new year.

I don’t do the XMAS newsletter thing–mostly because though my life is interesting to me (at times), I don’t necessarily want to impose my life’s itinerary on others in nauseating detail.  But that won’t stop me now.  Ha!  So what follows is “my” inventory of the past year (excluding career related news).

2011 had some “firsts” and new beginnings for me–and at my “middle age”, firsts [(2) right] don’t happen that often:
* I started  an affinity group on Facebook for my university alumni speech team (forensics) friend in February that “took off” prior to our reunion in April–and we’re still chatting back and forth with each other.

* I started “lurking” around RA related blogs in late Spring and made my first comments there–probably to Callie’s blog, Calexora Befuddled Musings.  Her welcoming nature kind of eased me into online chatting.  And with the RA 40th Birthday Book she edited, I wrote my first and only “fan” letter–unless you count our 4th grade class writing the President years ago.  Ha!

* I started an RA related affinity group on Facebook that I am the Admin of in June that has also taken off.  And all I was trying to do was organize my friends.  Ha!  But serendipity intervened and I have made oodles of new friends through our creative exchanges.

* I taught myself how to make music videos–slide shows for now, but moving clips are in my future.  Snap!

* I began writing my own blog here in late August 2011–and 92 essay posts later my little blog has now had over 15,000 views!  Goodness!  My good friend Bccmee encouraged me to start my blog.   Thanks!

* I began sharing my script stories on DF and now on my blog.  Scary!  But everyone has been very kind and encouraging about them.

* I am celebrating 20 months of writing my script stories–they now number over 50 stories that I work on in rotation.  The stories just tumble out of me.  About half of them are “done” but for some tweaking and word smithing.  And of course, Richard Armitage [(3) right] is my muse.

* I weighed less than my fudged driver’s license weight.  Snap!  I call it the “sleep” diet.  I wear a CPAP breathing mask overnight and restorative sleep gets my hormones working right–along with my not stopping breathing 126 times an hour.  No wonder I was tired.  Ha!  I’ve lost 70 pounds in two years!  Who knew that sleep deprivation causes your body to metabolise food and medicines differently–going into survival mode and “keeping” fat on you for the lean times?  How ironic. Ha!  My advice to you is to run straight to your Otolaryngologist and Pulmonologist people if you want to lose weight.  Ha!

*On a related note, I stopped trying to cinch up and cinch in my now very loose clothes–due to my weight loss–and I started taking them to a seamstress to be taken in and shortened.  I’ve still got to figure out a way to change the labels on my dresses to reflect their several dress sizes smaller number.  Ha!  And though my shoulders and back have decreased in size–such that I now wear two to three sizes smaller on top–my “girls” didn’t shrink.  Snap!

* My hair is now 1.5 years into growing out–from a short do I had worn when I broke my arm at the wrist several years ago–and it brushes past my shoulders in soft brunette curls.  I plan to do the “Locks of Love” cut in about another year, when it is long enough to do–they lop off 10 inches–and still leave me with longish hair.  People tell me I look younger with long hair.  Snap!

* And most importantly, my hubby and I are celebrating 22 years of wedded bliss together.  Our secret?  Our unfinished basement is his man cave, we are each others’ best friends and soul mates, and we laugh as much as we love–which is considerable.  Snap! Snap!  Snap!

2011 also had some poignant “lasts” and endings for me–In Memoriam [(4) right]:

* We lost Emma this year.  She was our dearly loved 84.5 years young spinster church lady friend whom we would take out for monthly lunches and have to our home for holiday meals.

* It was a milestone memorial year:  10 years since 9/11; 10 years since my father’s passing earlier that year; 25 years since the Challenger Shuttle disaster;  30 years since my mother’s passing; and it was the 125th year since my late grandmother’s birth in 1886.

I remember each of them in my heart every day.  And as I tell my friends who lose their parents, I am their legacy in the world–and they live on through me.

Blessings: [(5) right]

* I am grateful to be able to make charitable donations to organizations that really help people.

*I am grateful for the many new friends and friendships I have made this year through my various unofficial Richard Armitage affinity group connections.  We are a diverse group of ladies who unofficially enjoy admiring, chatting and sharing about the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage.  And I count them–and him–as a very great blessing in my life.

* I am grateful for our many longtime family friends whom I hold very dear to my heart.

* I am grateful for improved health for myself and others.

* I am grateful for my loving husband who tells me I’m beautiful–and then he walks the talk.  Snap!  We won’t be getting him new eye glasses any time soon. Ha!

As we remember the old times  in 2011 (Auld Lang Syne, [(6) info]; and [(7) below]) and look forward to our new times in 2012, let us raise our glasses of hot mulled cider (with or without rum), wine, champagne, beer, ale, water, or cola, etc., as we:  cherish those whom we love and who love us; seek to give our time, talent, and treasure to those in need; and recognize that it is okay to put ourselves first in the coming year.  For if we tend to and nurture ourselves, that ultimately gives us the energy, strength and enthusiasm to lend ourselves to others.

Here is the BBC Symphony Chorus and Singers stirringly performing Auld Lang Syne in a music video by Kromgol [(8)]:

In closing, I wish for you every good thing that you wish for yourselves.  May 2012 bring you joy, laughter, friendship, challenges, goals, love, inspiration, contentment, rewards, curiosity, hope, less static cling,  good parking spots, and pets that don’t chew up your utility bills or blog posts, etc.   I really need those last three myself.  Ha!

Cheers and Happy New Year!  Much Love, Hugs, and Kisses, Grati ;->
[(9) right]


(1)     New Year’s even clock image found at http://www.bistroromano.com/nyephila/images/new-year-clock1-300×214.jpg

(2)      Image of Baby for firsts found at webbiestuff.com (but their link is broken)

(3)     Portrait of Richard Armitage attending his Captain America:  The First Avenger premiere in New York City was found at   http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/EventsandAppearances/NYCScreening-20July2011/album/slides/NYC-08.html

(4)     In Memoriam image found at http://crooksandliars.com/files/vfs/2011/12/in-memoriam.jpg

(5)     Blessings graphic found at http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nP_ia1nNPcw/TShu7XrwRiI/AAAAAAAAACk/y2pLmLq1qL4/s400/blessings.gif

(6)     Information about the song Auld Lang Syne found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auld_Lang_Syne

(7)     Auld Lang Syne lyrics and music graphic found at http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/music/auld-lang-syne.gif

(8)     Auld Lang Syne sung by the BBC Symphony, Chorus & Singers, video by Kromgol was found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rId95N2teUc

(9)     Happy New Year firework graphic found at http://dailycontributor.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/happy-new-year.jpg


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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28 Responses to Happy New Year’s Eve! Welcome 2012! 12/31/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #92)

  1. kathryngaul says:

    Happy New Year to you, to, Grati.

    Isn’t that a great photo of Sydney Harbour with the bridge, the Opera House and the fireworks? It’s now 8pm in eastern Australia and I will be turning the television onto Channel 7 at 11.30pm for the fireworks from Sydney.

    In the meantime, I’m off to watch “Vicar of Dibley” special with our gorgeous Richard as Harry Jasper Kennedy.


    • Thanks Kathryn!
      Thanks for identifying the picture in the Auld Lang Syne Video. I hadn’t zeroed in on the opera house in the left hand corner, or I would have recognized it as being in Sydney, Australia as well.
      Your New Year’s Eve plan sounds like fun. I just have to get my VofD back from my sister, then I could join you.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. kathryngaul says:

    whoops….typo alert…..”Happy New Year to you, too, Grati”


  3. phylly3 says:

    Happy New Year Grati! It’s been nice getting to know you. All the best for 2012!


  4. Kitty says:

    Happy New Year, Grati!


  5. alfie says:

    We should all make a “done it” list at the end of the year – your list is very inspiring.
    Happy new year Grace – see you in RAFN ;-)

    RA hugs


    • Hi Alfie,
      Well, my list has a theme running through it–apart from Richard Armitage, Ha!–that of dipping my toe into social media, and then diving in with the rest of me. Ha! But then, I was always a good swimmer. I’ll see you in RAFN, too. Have a great year.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  6. Fabi says:

    Dear Grati and all,
    “In da New Year
    I wish u da bst year u’ve ever had
    & dat each New Year
    will b bter than da last.
    May u relize ur fondest dreams
    & take time 2 recognize & enjoy
    each & every blessing.
    Happy New Year
    & many more!”


  7. judiang says:

    Happy New Year Grati! And Patty says ARF!


  8. The bad, the sad, the good things of 2011…..
    I think you should be proud of yourself for what you have achieved.
    What about next year’s goals? Did you do a list already?
    I wish you can reach them all. And others new you don’t expect.

    Happy New Year, Grati!


    • Hi Carla/Cassia,
      Thanks for your note. Yes, when I look back on the past year, it now seems like a whirlwind–but in a good way. I always say if I’m “vertical” and moving, I will keep plugging away on my to do list.
      As to my goals for 2012? That is still ruminating–beyond the very large goal that I have, which is not RA related. Ha! But, I have to save something for tomorrow’s post. Ha!
      Thanks so much for your well wishes. I hope you achieve all that you wish as well.
      Cheers and Happy New Year! Grati ;->


  9. jules says:

    Wishing you all the very best to you and your hubby in the new year…It’s going to be amazing isn’t it…we are so lucky aren’t we having new found friends through our adorable Richard…it’s a lovely place to be in…love to you all xxxxx


    • Hi Jules,
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 2012 is shaping up to be a banner year. And our RA friendships that we’ve made will no doubt continue to thrive and expand.

      I can’t begin to tell you the joy that having gal pals to share with means to me. There is just something about estrogen based humans (women) that our dear hubbys and partners just can’t fulfill. Some people liken it to the bonds between sisters, and I heartily agree with them.

      And for me personally, my two best gal pals in “real” life had passed away in the past two years–Emma last Spring, and Donna in 2010. So finding new gal pals to share and giggle with in “Armitage World” has been very healing for me.

      Cheers and Happy New Year! Grati ;->


  10. Kate Patrick says:

    Happy New Year! What a wonderful post for this day. You should write an annual letter, because this one is Blue Ribbon worthy! Thank you for the encouraging words. I’ll be at my doctor’s office Monday morning to sign up for a sleep study!!! Maybe I can be visiting the seamstress next year! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. I am reading your script stories and loving them. I would like to encourage you to consider the publishing avenue this year. I have loved writing as long as I can remember, and last year I joined RWA. This year my manuscript was accepted and will be published in February, 2012. You can do it. You’ve got a following already!! We’ll all want to purchase it just to be supportive of one another!! I hope you have a special, quiet New Year’s Eve with your family, and that 2012 will bring even more positive opportunities your way.. YOU have been a blessing to this reader! Thank you for sharing part of yourself with all of us.


    • Dear Kate,
      Thank you for your very kind and encouraging note. I really appreciate it! I do have wishes and dreams–which I hope to share in my New Year’s Day essay.

      That’s great that you’re getting published. That is a lovely dream of mine as well–and/or seeing my script stories produced for tv and film. And relatedly, when I followed Joan Chandler’s link she also is going to be published and shared a bit about it. I could so identify with her heroine. I hope that both of you will share with me/us what your published stories are about and when they might be read.

      When I started this blog I had no idea if I would have anyone reading it. Ha! I am so humbled that you and others not only take the time to read my little blog, but then also share your thoughts with me–on top of your very kind remarks about my script stories and essays. I am delighted with the positive responses I am receiving, and I am so grateful.

      Cheers and Happy New Year! Grati ;->

      P.S. What is RWA? I do have some novel length stories (200-250 pages) that are too long to serialize here, but that I was hoping to find another outlet for. I am open to suggestions. Thanks!


  11. bccmee says:

    Happy New Year! You have ticked off quite a few landmarks. I wish you the very best for a fun and creative 2012!


    • Thanks Bccmee!
      I so appreciate your kind encouragement of me and your friendship. You are my Tech Goddess Divine–and the inspiration for me hoping to start making moving clip music videos soon, among other media arts. And we have such wonderful giggles in Armitage World Chat. Judiang is such a wonderful hostess to all of us there.
      I wish you every good thing you wish for yourself in 2012.
      Cheers and Happy New Year! With Much Love, Grati ;->


  12. Ana Cris says:

    Dear Gratiana and friends,

    Thank you for the year 2011 in your company and a happy 2012 to everyone!


    • Hi Ana Cris,
      Thanks for your very nice note! I wish you a wonderful 2012.
      Cheers and Happy New Year! Grati ;->

      P.S. Dear Readers Ana Cris has a wonderfully insightful and thought provoking blog called La Loba that she started in recent months. Its link is to the right under the blogrolls. Enjoy!


  13. servetus says:

    A big year for you! Congratulations on everything.


    • Hi Servetus,
      Thanks for your kind note. It has been a wonderful year of meeting new people–such as yourself and others. I now wonder why it took me so long to get into the groove of social media–because once I jumped in, I embraced it and it embraced me.
      Wishing you a wonderful new year. Cheers! Grati ;->


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