Sunday, January 3, 2010

A New Year


I hope everyone had a great New Years eve. Gareth and I stocked up on food and drink and stayed home by ourselves to ring in the new year. We played some video games, a few games of chess and watched a few movies. We even got out the camera and took a few photos of each other in various stages of undress for when we're apart.


One of the gifts we got for Christmas from one of Gareth's cousins was a stocking full of body paint. When I first saw it as he held it up and showed me the day we all exchanged gifts I thought to myself why did she buy us finger paints? I know she gives one gag-gift, but finger paints for two adult men? I mentioned this to Gareth later and he laughed and said they're not finger paints, they're body paints. So around 10pm I found a left over piece of plastic tarp we didn't use last spring on the plants when it frosted and brought it in to bedroom and laid it down. I got undressed and got the paints and called him into the room.


Now you know how men are when they are called from another room, we never get up. Of course he starts "what do you want" and "bring it here and show me" when I tried to tell him I needed to show him something. While waiting for him to come I'm thinking how should I pose. I tried a few different ones but they all seemed stupid. As I heard his footsteps I panicked and just stuck my hands on my hips like I was feckin Superman and smiled. Finally he comes in to the room and sees me standing there naked on a plastic sheet with the paint at my feet. Now most people could figure out what this all meant, but of course he asks "What are you doing?"


After a quick "Are you kidding me" shrug of my shoulders and head while pointing to the body paints I could almost hear the mouse running up the stairs and turning on the light bulb in his brain as I saw a smile slowly form at the corner of his mouth and turn into a naughty grin. He quickly shed his clothes and we spent some time decorating each other and it was more of a good laugh for us than anything sexual.



We took a nice warm shower together and it was much easier for me to get the paint off since I'm almost hairless compared to Gareth who is furry. We both had a couple days stubble and decided to give each other a shave before getting out of the shower. Now clean and freshly shaved we wrapped towels around us and went to the bedroom. I turned on the television in the bedroom as Gareth popped a bottle of champagne we had been chilling for a few hours. The cats climbed on the bottom of the bed as we snuggled on the bed together watching the New Years eve celebrations. Guinness had a nice fireworks moment and other fireworks were set off around the country.


As we kissed to welcome in the New Year I couldn't help but wonder what the year would bring. The only thing guaranteed to happen is there will be change. Change happens in our lives everyday. Sometimes drastic, most times very slow. I have a list of simple things I want to accomplish this year and will work towards achieving. Gareth and I have a trip to South Africa planned and he will be staying on for a few months to continue with the hospital there. When I return to the island I'll continue my job at sea. Those are the things I know.

What I don't know is if we'll be able to continue to make this work or will life take us in different directions? What new opportunities will arise? Who will be lost? How many days will be filled with laughter, tears, or grief? Of course there's no way to know what the future holds. You can only plan so much and control so little. You just have to live each day, fight for what you believe in, work hard for what you want to achieve, and show love to those around you. May we all have a happy, healthy, and loving new year.

11 comments:

David said...

Happy New Year!! Hope you have a great one. Enjoy your trip to Africa.

WranglerMan said...

Take one day at a time! No one knows what the future has in store for us. Your love for each other will help you get through thick and thin, though!

Steven Anthony said...

That sounds like a most perfect new yrs celebration...

your final comments brought tears to my eyes, because they are so true...

peace to you in the new yr;)

Anonymous said...

Stephen Happy New Year to you and Gareth please make sure you keep your blog updated while you are in South Africa...I was there some years ago and I loved it except Johnannburg which is scary and dangerous....but hey capre diem!

Aerelonian said...

It sounds like you had a great new year. We stayed in as well. I think I'd be a little confused by the body paint too. Sounds like things worked out in the end though...

Pedders said...

2010 will be a special year, that's what I felt when I saw the Blue Moon (2 full moons on the same month) in the sky on the 31 (which happens in New Year's Eve once every 19 years) along with all the snow. Dublin and mother nature just gave me the best leaving party no human could ever give. As I was walking up the street I couldn't avoid smiling at people and wishing everyone a Happy New Year - everything was so perfectly beautiful. But looks like you had a lot more fun, lol. Never thought of body painting but you definitely gave some ideas, lol.
Happy 2010 to everyone

American Irish said...

Happy 2010 to everyone.

Pedders, Dublin's gonna miss you.

Rachel said...

I love your posts! Happy New Year and thanks for always bringing a smile to my face!

btw, what video games? I live in a gaming household and we're always looking for ideas. :)

freshie said...

AI (Steve), thanks always for sharing your stories. Wish you an awesome 2010 and a great beginning to another decade.

ps: love the River Waltz piano solo!

American Irish said...

Rachel, Happy New Year. We played a tennis game, a racing game, and one of the Medal Of Honor games.

American Irish said...

Freshie, thanks and a have a great year!