Recovering From Christmas?
Well, it’s been some time since I’ve heard from you so I assume you’ve been having a good time enjoying your Christmas holiday to the full. Or have you been recovering from Christmas, like me? I don’t think I drank too much but I certainly ate too much, and now I’m feeling guilty, fat and sluggish. Here, the weather has changed again and it is once again sunny and incredibly mild. There are flowers growing in my garden – very unusual for December.
On Boxing Day (26th December), Lucy and I did almost nothing. We got up late. Late, for me, is eight thirty. For Lucy, late means lunchtime! Anyway, we had a very late breakfast then spent the rest of the day reading some of the new books we’d been given for Christmas, listening to new CDs, and, I have to admit, falling asleep in front of the TV. I feel so ashamed.
Lucy, as ever, got lots of books. Most of them are about art and the history of art but she also got a wonderful book for students about how to cook good food very cheaply. She’ll need that in September when she leaves home for university.
The day after Boxing Day was more or less the same. I’ve got some new leather walking boots and they are very stiff. So I went for a long walk in them yesterday and came back practically unable to walk. The boots rubbed against my feet, gave me blisters, hurt my ankles and were so heavy. So today I decided I needed a rest!
I’m looking after a cat while its owner is away so I have to go to feed it every morning. Unlike most British people, I think, I’m not much of an animal-lover, but I have taken to this cat in quite an unexpected way. This morning he didn’t turn up for breakfast and now I am worried that he’s been run over or injured in some way – or even kidnapped. Am I being too neurotic?
I’ve been having some problems with my computer for the last couple of days. I decided to install an updated form of virus protection and it hasn’t allowed me onto the internet ever since (I’m posting this from Lucy’s laptop). When I finally got onto the blog page and realised there was no news from you, I decided to read through all our readers’ comments again. I am touched and moved by the wonderful comments our readers post. They are not only very generous but also very interesting and I wish I could reply to each one individually.
One grammar point arises out of some of the recent comments I’ve just read. It is a common error with students from a wide variety of linguistic backgrounds: ‘fun’ and ‘funny’. 'Fun' is a noun and 'funny' is an adjective. But it isn’t quite as simple as that. ‘Funny’ is not really the adjectival form of ‘fun’. ‘Funny’ means humorous (for example, He’s a very funny comedian or It wasn’t a very funny joke). ‘Fun’ is used about an activity or situation which is pleasant and enjoyable (for example, The picnic was a lot of fun or We all had fun at the Christmas party).
These sentences are useful:
Have fun at Christmas.
I hope you have a good time at Christmas.
Have a great New Year.
‘Funny’ can also mean ‘strange’ (for example, A funny thing happened to me last night or She can be a bit funny about people using her desk).
Well, Federico, I guess that tomorrow may be a normal working day for you. If you have time, I’d love to hear how you spent Christmas and what, if any, plans you’ve got for New Year.
On Sunday morning I will be taking the 09.04 train from London Waterloo to Paris Gare du Nord (France) to celebrate the New Year there. The train journey takes a little over two hours, non-stop. We have celebrated New Year in Paris four or five times before. In fact, in our family it has become a tradition to celebrate New Year abroad. I’ve had wonderful New Year’s Eves in Moscow, Prague, Beijing, Paris and several other European capital cities. I’ll tell you more about my plans later.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
With best wishes,
SOME USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
to the full
If you do something to the full you make the most of the opportunity.
tired and without much energy, slow and heavy, lethargic
feeling embarrassed or guilty about something you should not have done
painful swellings (caused by friction) containing clear fluid on the surface of your skin
started to like
hit by a vehicle
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