2019 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 2019 that you’d never done before?

Travelled to Tenterfield, Inverell, Grafton, Glen Innes areas, all within NSW Australia.
Joined a local Boomerang Bags sewing group, and learned to sew a little on a machine! These groups make reusable bags from reclaimed materials that would otherwise be put into landfill.

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

I don’t remember what new years resolutions I made in 2019, so clearly can’t have kept them.

This year I’m trying to use less single use plastic, so if there’s an option to buy something in a bricks and mortar store (rather than online), that’s what I’ll do.

Complete projects that I start, rather than having a house filled with partially started efforts.

Meditate daily.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend Clare gave birth to Liam in June.

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?


5. What countries did you visit?

Australia and USA. Shouldn’t discount the country that you live in as a place to visit!

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

These are the words I picked last year:




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. Same as last year – and yes, I went again this year!!

Two years in a row. How indulgent.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I got some kudos at work for some problems I managed to hose down by working cooperatively etc.

I helped start up a local Women’s Shed.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Stopping procrastination.
Making time.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Consistent niggling injuries, the downside of getting older.
The leg thing I talked about at the end of 2018? I somehow knocked off a piece of cartilage in my knee, & it was rattling around like a pinball in my knee joint. I got an arthroscopy to vacuum it out.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A ticket for a special vegan Southern-style dinner, created by Shannon Martinez as part of good food month.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Online shopping. I joined a buy swap sell group to get rid of some clothing that I had purchased. I still have the clothing I started with, but now I have even more. Then the penny dropped that each purchase meant another shipping satchel, & these aren’t necessarily recyclable. See New Years’ Resolution.

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

My second visit to the Great Barrier Reef as part of a yoga retreat. I went in 2018, and so I knew what I was in for. This year’s trip was in October, and the weather was so much warmer. I went snorkelling once, twice, even four times a day. I was a lot more confident in the water, going into the water on the ocean side (always with a swim buddy) and I saw SO MANY TURTLES. Very excited. I love turtles. Also saw a few cow tail rays, which are all black with gold spots. Fantastic. Yes, the reef has been bleached (2016) and it is recovering from the last bleaching event; however it looks like 2019/20 is another hot season and the coral may be bleached again. It’s not a good thing.

I also managed to get the last ticket to a sold out show to Terry Pratchett’s Maskerade in Brisbane. The show was sold out, and I had my name put on a waitlist. Miraculously, someone returned their ticket, and I got it. Woot!

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

Tones and I, Dance Monkey.

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

Much of a muchness.

b) thinner or fatter?

Marginally thinner. It took me all year to lose the weight from eating all the American diner breakfasts I had in a fortnight in the USA in 2018. How did I measure? Whether or not I fit into a specific item of clothing.

c) richer or poorer?

Probably poorer due the amount of online shopping.

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


18. How did you spend Christmas?

At an old station/ranch house in the NSW outback. Daily temperatures were 25 deg C to 45 deg C – thank goodness one room had refrigerated air-conditioning. Unfortunately for evaporative air-conditioners (swamp coolers) you need potable water, I don’t think you can use bore water due to the salinity and minerals.

19. Did you fall in love this year?

20. What was your favourite TV program?

Seriously. Can’t remember anything memorable that I watched on TV. I watched Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell when it was on tv; and also the x-files seems to be getting a bit of a repeat on SBS. I seem to be drifting a lot towards the home renovations type shows, including things like Escape to the Country.

21. What was the best book you read?

Cannot believe that I used to be such a bookworm. I have a lot of aspirational books that I carry around with me on my travels, but never quite get around to reading. Case in point:

Thinking Fast and Slow. I don’t think I’ve made it past page 50.

I’ve been getting a lot more into ferments, and I have recently picked up Pascal Bauder’s foraging/ferment book, as well as the Shockey’s miso, tempeh and natto book. Sandor Ellix Katz is touring Australia in early 2020, so I’m looking forward to something on this tour.

22. What was your favourite film?

I really only watch movies when I’m on a plane, going for an overseas holiday. After commenting on Shauna’s 2018 review post, I realised that I had only seen part of Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri, so I finished that. And I cried again. Other movies seen include…. The Shape of Water (OMG! The staging, the storyline, the ending …), Secret Life of Pets 2 (uh…), Toy Story 4 (Yes!), 50% of The Dead Don’t Die (Don’t bother), Precious (OMG!) and I, Tonya (WTF? I don’t get it).

So from that list, I think The Shape of Water and Precious were probably my favourite films.

I must add to my list of things to see: Parasite.

23. What did you do on your birthday

Parkrun. Had a vanilla slice. Delicious.

24. What kept you sane?

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

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


26. Who did you miss?

Perhaps this should be “what” did I miss? Time. Being present.


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