So long, 2011

31 Dec

Is that the time already? Well, here’s the annual ritual. Go and reflect on your own year; it’s probably good for you. Either that or bad for you.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Spoke Spanish in Spain. Got a pay rise. Used a level crossing to cross a runway. Threw a street party. Watched someone be in labour. Read Dickens. Visited Africa. Read a whole Shakespeare play aloud in a pub. Became a Company Secretary (briefly). Went to an exercise class. Discovered a car crash. Swam in the sea in October. Wrote a murder mystery party. Went to a museum of jars. Watched TV in the bath.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
It was my New Year’s Resolution not to get ill. And I actually lasted until June. Quite amazing. Will I resolve to do anything next year? Fewer emotional text messages, perhaps…

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. Almost very physically close to me, too.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but death’s been a little too present this year. Go away.

5. What countries did you visit?
I’m not sure whether Gibraltar is a country or not! Spain, anyhow, and Morocco (on a hilarious tour-guide sting operation).

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A decision from a publisher. A dog. That’s not going to happen.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Umm, on 15th June I met up with some kid to borrow his books. That was a good idea.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Looking back, you know, the street party was pretty good.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Giving up on Davina? Giving up on trying to run a prayer meeting?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Hardly at all, until I developed insomnia.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Giant fishfingers.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Sarah Smizza, for bringing more sanity (and insanity) to my job. Tom. Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Church, sometimes. Most of those Occupy guys.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Church, sometimes. Most of those rioters.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, trains, bills, food (in that order).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The birth of my niece. The incarnation of God. Seeing cute dogs.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Zorbing – Stornoway (great memories, insanely apt lyrics)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?

b) thinner or fatter?
Thinner, but WHY?

c) richer or poorer?
Poorer, thanks a lot recession.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Prayer, ALWAYS prayer. I’d say zumba, but I don’t mean it.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Wasting time on the internet. Worrying about things that God clearly has in hand.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
In Reading with the Wilsons, mainly doing lego with/trying to placate my nephew.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Oh yes.

22. How many one-night stands?
Approx. zero.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Apart from Doctor Who, it was probably Fresh Meat (genius).

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

25. What was the best book you read?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – JSF. Read a lot of good books this year though including the entire works of Nicole Krauss.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Radio 6 Music, Fleet Foxes and Stornoway.

27. What did you want and get?
A TomTom. Tom.

28. What did you want and not get?
I really can’t think of anything, apart from an Office Dog.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
I’m going to say Rango. Very pleasingly weird.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had lots of fun all day with most of my favourite people :) 28 is still early twenties…

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Winning the pub quiz.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
“I know it has holes in, but I still love it.”

33. What kept you sane?
Work fuzzy felt. Road trips. Steak night. Writing stories. And Jesus.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Loads of stuff happened in the UK this year and got me annoyed or inspired. It all boils down to the fact that we can’t go on being this greedy. I think Jesus mentioned this a long time ago…

35. Whom did you miss?
The Core Nine, Phu and Janie, mostly.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
It might have been Tom Carlisle, I guess.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Good things come to those who wait for the right reasons, even if they’re pretty impatient and grumpy about it.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“I missed the train on my way home, my way home, cos I was still daydreaming.”

39. So in as few words as possible, how would you sum up your year?
About as good as watching David Attenborough in the bath. (But less relaxing)


One Response to “So long, 2011”

  1. Simon T 01/01/2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I won’t be doing this this year. But I do like that God was listening when you asked for a TomTom ;)

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