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2012 Review

Friday Dec 28, 2012

1.What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Had a relationship that was relatively healthy and functional. There’s a first for everything!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t have resolutions so to speak, but the theme for 2012 was consideration. Being considerate and surrounding myself with considerate people. Definitely a success.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

One friend did, but there’s a few friends who have just announced pregnancies, so 2013 will be the year of the bebe.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. My grandma.

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5. What countries did you visit?

None this year. A bit of interstate travel but no international. Heading to New Zealand next year and hopefully the US too.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

A very emo answer, but less sadness. 2012 was a sad year.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

31st of May for reasons I’m not saying (I’m sorry, I know it’s a cunty move) and May the 9th when Grandma died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Staying sane. For reals. It was a heavy year and I’m ridiculously proud of myself for not having a complete breakdown.

Also for putting my family first. Family has always been important to me but being able to show that by putting a lot of other things in my life on hold, willingly and gladly, was something I’m probably most proud of.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t think there was any failures this year. Somethings i didn’t do so great in, but failure’s a pretty strong word and I keep my goals low.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope. Healthy as a horse.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My side board. The best.

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12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Most of the people in my life. I am very very lucky to have wonderful people in my life. Special mention to Beth for being as amazing and supportive and kind this year as she always has been. Despite not being a cat person, at all, she picked up and drove Poppy down for hours when I couldn’t leave the hospital with Grandma. She picked out and dropped off funeral clothes for me to wear. She called me daily and has fielded many a tearful phone call from me this year, she is a godsend.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled?

Only one, quite recently. Lying to me is an automatic deal breaker for me, especially when you’ve been given a chance to tell the truth. One less friend as a result.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent and mortgage unfortunately. Very unsexy.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

No one big thing, more like a lot of little things – having 3 weeks off over Christmas, road trips, my nieces and nephews, spending time with friends. I was easily excited by little things.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Mother by John Lennon. I played it a lot for grandma when she was in hospital, and despite being non-verbal towards the end she’d always respond to it. I haven’t listened to it since.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?

(a) sadder;

(b) fatter -infinitely and delightfully fatter;

(c) about the same to be honest.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Saying yes. I think that will be the theme of 2013, just saying yes more and taking advantage of opportunities more.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Nothing. Despite it being a sad year I feel like this year was balanced, I had some of my happiest times this year too,

20. How did you spend Christmas?

A lovely and gentle Christmas with my Dad’s family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?

No. But close.

22. What was your favourite TV program?

It’s been a pathetic year for TV shows. I have watched extensive and probably unhealthy amounts of true crime shows this year.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. Being raised by a hippy I wasn’t allowed to use the word hate, it had to be “intensely dislike.” While I toss hate around quite freely these days I very rarely mean it. No hated people this year.

24. What was the best book you read?

I read a lot of books this year but so you think i can remember any? Oh, I recently finished Jurassic Park and it was awesome.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Lana Del Rey, definitely. Saucy saucy minx who I was lucky enough to see live too.

26. What did you want and get?

I wanted one person, and amazingly got him.

27. What did you want and not get?

I wanted my Grandma to be okay, desperately wished and hoped for it.

28. What was your favourite film of this year?

Toss up between the Hobbit (!) and Argo.

29. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Getting laid regularly 🙂

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Umm. Inconsistent? I oscillate wildly between making an effort to look together/cute and looking like a homeless lady.

31. What kept you sane?

My friends, my wonderful wonderful friends.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Besides my strange love for Jeremy Clarkson, which is eternal, Daniel Craig was my favourite man this year. Jennifer Lawrence for her sassy face and Caitlin Moran for being amazing generally.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Jesus, what didn’t this year. Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech to Tony Abbott is something I will remember until I’m an old lady and grouch to my granddaughters about. American politics and my complete bewilderment of their women’s health and gun control laws. Conservative politicians imposing religious beliefs on my personal choices when it comes to my reproductive rights, rosaries off my ovaries etc. etc.

34. Who did you miss?

Grandma. Man, I miss that funny old dame. John, a lot lately.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

I made a vow at the start of this year that I would tell the people I care about how much they mean to me. It has been one of best things I did this year that I’ve told everyone I care about that I love them and how grateful I am to have them in my life.


Bebe

Saturday Dec 22, 2012

There are babies bloody everywhere at the moment.

We’ve had a recent birth in my core group of friends and two more newly announced pregnancies. Everywhere.

It’s quite an odd experience really, when people in your close circle of friends start to have kids, your life changes. Our social circle changes, how we interact changes, where and when we interact changes.

I also experienced for the first time a twinge. A twinge of cluckiness? Peer pressure? Dunno. But it lasted a few days and then went away, which was nice.

I announced to my parents when I was 4 that:

1: I wanted to be the first female prime minister. (Bloody Julia ruined that childhood dream.)
2: I didn’t want to get married.
3: I didn’t want to have children but I would adopt.

Strangely enough my 4 year old self was pretty fucking awesome and I still share most of those desires.

My parents, my grandparents and everyone of my aunts and uncles who have married have divorced. Wait, there is one widower. You get the gist though. So as a result I’m not a huge supporter of marriage for myself.

Ditto having children, I think fostering or adopting is what I’d prefer. I don’t know why, but it just feels right and makes sense for me.

The good thing about the new baby trend is that my social preferences are all geared towards being friends with parents – not a huge drinker (unless it’s a cheeky boozy lunch like I had today), like an early night, prefer a night at home (in fact despise being out at night) and little people are well funny.

So yes, everyone else is having babies and while it’s not for me I like it.

Because it’s all about me, obvs.


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