2018 Review Thingo

Questions repeated from Shauna Reid 2017 Review Thingo, because the actual reverb thingy appears to have stalled on the interwebs.

Earlier “year in review” posts can be found:

2014 part one, part two

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?

Visited the Great Barrier Reef (Lady Elliot Island).

Celebrated thanksgiving in the USA.

To me, celebrating Thanskgiving is kind of how Australians celebrate Christmas. I enjoyed it. There was cranberry sauce (made from fresh cranberries – I’ve never been able to try that before), the bird, sweet potato casserole, cheesy corn casserole, green beans & toasted almonds, green beans in garlic (because I thought beans & almonds was too boring), some kind of cheese choux pastry. Then a super rich cheesecake made in an “instant pot” pressure cooker/slow cooker.

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

Gratefulness – I thought about doing it, on and off.
100% – Nope. I practiced a little more active listening.
Me time – some. I made an effort to go to the gym at lunchtimes. I also found a great massage therapist. OK, so she’s on the other end of town from where I am based, but, finding a good massage therapist makes it worth it.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Amelia says: “Hello!”


She was born in February 2018.

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?

Not someone close to me, but a colleague lost her mother-in-law one year after she lost her husband. Both to bowel cancer. Awful.

5. What countries did you visit?

Taiwan (Christmas/New Year 2017/18) and USA.

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?



7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory?

The week that I spent on Lady Elliot Island, in the Southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making time

9. What was your biggest failure?

Stopping procrastination.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes, in the second half of the year, I did something to my leg and then I was trying to rest it, and I was all sad because I couldn’t get my endorphin rush from going to the gym.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hmm. Massages for me.

12. Where did most of your money go?


I told you last year that I bought my first solidteknics pan.
I have now bought a lot more pans, and replaced all of my teflon frypans (as well as ones that claimed to be for life). Now these ones are actually for life, even if you do burn them to a crisp while cooking.

The first pan I bought, the deep pan, I have *ahem* sold, because it was too heavy for me.

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

My first visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

Going to Brisbane to see a production of Terry Pratchett’s Men At Arms.

Eating lunch at Chez Panisse cafe.

14. What song will always remind you of this year?


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

Marginally happier.

b) thinner or fatter?

Marginally fatter. Too many american breakfasts in a short period.

c) richer or poorer?

Probably poorer due the amount of solidteknics metal I have purchased.

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

Massages for me.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

The last working day of the year, or what I would term ‘Christmas Eve’, I spent at a BBQ with cycling friends. I didn’t make last years Christmas cycling event, perhaps I will in 2019.

Road trip for the real Christmas date in the calendar.

19. Did you fall in love this year?

20. What was your favourite TV program?

Doctor Who

The Checkout, a consumer affairs show which has now sadly been cancelled.

21. What was the best book you read?

Not sure if it was the best book, probably the only books I read were:

David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia – case studies on how to downshift and retrofit your house.

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck – took me a while to get to this book. The GM left, and the very next day, a copy of this book was found on the street library bookshelf in the office.

But I am looking forward to receiving my copy of Forage, Ferment and Feast, a book co-written by Wei’er Higgs, one of the founders of Gutsy Ferments. They make lots of different kinds of yummy sauerkrauts, amongst other ferments.

22. What was your favourite film?

I really only watch movies when I’m on a plane, going for an overseas holiday. So…. this year I have seen The Incredibles 2, The Kingsmen 2, Mission Impossible: Fallout (6), Deadpool 2. Looks like I chose only to watch sequels (or sequels are the only things available).

CRAZY RICH ASIANS. I saw that on the plane. The other movies I enjoyed. This one I might make an effort to see again.

23. What did you do on your birthday

Went to work. It made me sad.

24. What kept you sane?

Gardening. Cycling when I couldn’t go to the gym.

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


26. Who did you miss?

A more content me.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Chez Panisse! Swoon 🙂

    I am so bloody with you on the procrastination!


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