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2013 in review

Monday Dec 30, 2013

It has been a stupidly long time since I updated. But Alec Guinness, my eternal blog friend, and I made a pact that we would start again. So hello, I missed you.

I stole this from Doom & Gloom.

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1.What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Travelled with family. Went to Ireland, Wales, Scotland. Got my full driving licence! Had 5 weeks off work.

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

It was less a resolution but more of a resolution to say yes more. I think I did okay; I could always say yes more but I think saying no is part of my curmudgeon charm.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my oldest friend Bec did to a ridiculously handsome son. Beth is only a month or two away from popping her bebe out but that’ll be on next years list.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not close to me, no. Thank goodness. I’m still recovering from 2012 in this respect.

5. What countries did you visit?

Ooh ooh, I can answer affirmative to this one! I did England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales (inside, outside, inside, on!) I also did France which was my favourite.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

Honestly? Companionship. Love. Sex. In no particular order.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Not many (read: I have a terrible memory.) Flying out to the UK (October the 12th) is about the only one that sticks out. Oh wait, You Am I gig at the Enmore on the 1st of August and Suede in Dublin on the 28th of October (Sabine’s birthday.) flying home on the 13th of November too.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Drawing a line in the sand and sticking to it. I have a terrible habit of holding onto relationships long after they should end, of taking whatever I can because it’s better than nothing, right? Yeah, no. I was very proud of myself even it was emotionally exhausting and really fucking sad.

9. What was your biggest failure?

2013 was the year of being considerate. I think some people are naturally considerate to others, Beth and Bec are automatically considerate and it’s wonderful to have them in my life. I tried really hard to show consideration this year, not that I feel like I failed but I could’ve been better I think.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

If we’re not counting numerous paper cuts and unexplained bruising, then no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Many things! Beautiful Michael Kors sunglasses. Crappy but awesome pens that look like baguettes! Outdoor setting for my balcony but probably the most important thing was Poppy’s health. She got pretty sick last month and I got a hefty bill, worth every damn cent.

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12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My sister. We have not lived together since I was 15 I think, and before that a gap of about 10 years. I was dreading parts of our overseas trip because I knew I’d be spending 24 hours a day with my family, including sharing rooms and sometimes beds with Sabine. You know I like my space. And she made it awesome. From making me laugh everyday, from letting me snicker at her hair, for being my ally against Dad and for letting me occasionally pat her while I slept (I thought she was Poppy.)

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My friends. Always my friends.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled?

Australia’s political treatment of asylum seekers made me furious and despairing. Both sides of government have made sickening decisions affecting people who have risked everything for a better life here. Appalling.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Such a boring fucking answer – rent and my mortgage. Being a grown up blows sometimes.

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

Going overseas (farmhouse in Normandy! Paris! Dublin! Pork pies!) and Beth falling pregnant. Both things made me giddy with excitement.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Don’t really have one. I am old and listen to classic rock or easy listening radio stations.

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

(a) a little sadder actually;

(b) fatter;

(c) … about the same.

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

Spent more time with friends and family.

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

Working, so much of my time is spent at work it’s depressing.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

While I’d planned to spend this Christmas with my Mum she went to Vietnam instead (jerk) so I spent it with Dad and his family. A wonderful wonderful day with good people, good alcohol and good food. One of the best.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Yes.

22. What was your favourite TV program?

God, this makes me sad – Duck Dynasty. I love that fucking show (ignoring its Christian values.)

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

No, hate takes far too much energy. A lot of people have irritated me and infuriated me but no hate.

24. What was the best book you read?

I attempted the 52 books in 2013 where I read a book a week. While I stopped keeping track half way through I do think I made it. With that said in don’t remember there being inspiring, I really enjoyed Gone Girl and 1953 by Stephen King, I re-read a lot of Michael Ondaatje who remains one of my favourite authors but don’t think I had a best book.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

God, I am uncool, none.

26. What did you want and get?

I wanted a change to my routine and got it with my trip, I wanted a couple of things that I didn’t get but that’s kinda life isn’t it?

27. What did you want and not get?

Would prefer to take the 5th on this one…..

28. What was your favourite film of this year?

Oh man, the Hobbit was fucking amazing (just scraped in for 2013 for me.) Silver Linings Playbook was amazing, cementing my Jennifer Lawrence lady crush.

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

My friends, fucking amazing people.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

I dress like a stereotypical French person, lots of red shoes and striped tops. No pants for when I’m at home. It’s lazy but it works I suppose.

31. What kept you sane?

France, man. Being there, planning to go there, all of it was perfect. That place just hits me in the face and heart and head, I love it.

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My friends, always.

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

Jennifer Lawrence is a total babe.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Asylum seekers and same sex marriages. I’ve been lucky to have attended the weddings of some of my favourite people recently and it fucks me off on so many levels that I can’t do that for the rest of my friends.

34. Who did you miss?

My grandma. My Dad lives next door to her old house where she lived for 20+ years. A new lady bought the house and moved in this year and I have an intense irrational dislike of her living while Grandma isn’t. I didn’t expect the ache to still be here nearly 2 years later. J.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

I learnt, but more importantly put into practice, that it’s not worth settling for an imitation of something because you think it’s all you deserve. That was the hardest but most important choice I made this year.

That other people have their own time lines for life experiences and mine won’t always mirror that.


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