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2017 Review Thingy

Questions taken from Shauna Reid, because the actual reverb thingy appears to have stalled on the interwebs.

Previous editions can be found:

2016
2015
2014 part one, part two
2013
2011
2010

The question list is a bit too long to tackle in one sitting, so I’ve divided it into two.

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

Um. Zumba! I tried a zumba class, managed not to trip over my own feet, and liked it enough to go back again. and again.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
Once again, I’ve forgotten what my resolutions were. Luckily I have last year’s reverb to check.

mindfulness – yes. Sort of. I participated in a program called power of presence, then mindful in may, then mindful in may continuers. I did get into a bad habit on the train though, of thinking I could multitask, and use both my phone AND meditate at the same time.
being present in the moment – sometimes.
Being grateful for the little things – like a wave, I did it lots at one point, and then not much in others. Sometimes I would stop, look up, and appreciate the lovely blue sky above.
Stop buying stuff. Yes. And no.
Start decluttering. No. I just collected more and more plants, seeds.

This year.

Gratefulness.
100%
Me time.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Why hello there, Chloe.

chloe

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?
Not close to me, but two colleagues passed away recently. It was a bit of a shock, because one of them had just retired early so that he could enjoy time with his family.

5. What countries did you visit?
Taiwan.

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

7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory?
I had think about this one. Perhaps the date that I logged into my university website and found out that I had passed my last subject, and as a result …

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I finally finished my post-graduate degree. Woot!

9. What was your biggest failure?

Procrastination. I’m really good at putting things off.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just niggles associated with getting a year older …

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I can’t remember one thing that stands out. I did buy a recently discontinued solidtecknics Cast Iron “Deepan”, whilst I was overseas. Probably bit of an impulse buy

12. Where did most of your money go?

Remedial Massage! My physiotherapist left me (he got a new job), and after finding various massage therapists not suiting me, I finally found a good place. Such a shame it’s on the other side of town.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Home fermentation. I got some milk kefir grains via the crop swap sydney group, and have been trying them out again. If I make small quantities, it is manageable, and I like having a milk fruit “smoothie” (or a fruit lassi) in the mornings. Then I split the grains 50/50, and have been making both milk kefir and nut milk kefir. Nut milk kefir makes really fluffy pancakes, particularly if you have the patience to make the batter the night before. Then there was my kombucha, and water kefir. Oh yeah, and I made miso.

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

Not my “song”, but my soundtrack to the latter half of this year was anything zumba:

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

Can I be both happier and sadder? That’s about different aspects of my life.

b) thinner or fatter?
Much of a muchness. Certainly a little stronger than last year; but not as strong as the year before that. When I changed jobs, I lost access to onsite bootcamp/yoga, and it’s taken a bit of effort to put exercise back into my routine again.
c) richer or poorer?
Marginally poorer, because I keep spending on stuff that “I really really need”, then once I get said stuff, suddenly don’t need it any more.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Time with friends. I think I said that last year.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas lunch with the family on Christmas Eve. Flew out overseas on Christmas Day.

19. Did you fall in love this year?
No.

20. What was your favourite TV program?
I had a bit of a noir thing going.

Midnight Sun (loved it so much, I watched it back to back, twice), followed by Witnesses, then followed by Dicte episodes back to back until she annoyed me with her pigheadedness. All courtesy of sbsondemand. Love it.

21. What was the best book you read?
Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. I’m sure I’ve read others, but this one resonated with me, and was read most recently.

Oh!Oh and Gut. Fabulous. I then turned into a microbiome preacher, and how I have little bacteria in my gut that crave donuts, so intuitive eating probably isn’t a good thing.

22. What was your favourite film?
Um. I picked three tv shows!

23. What did you do on your birthday
Didn’t go to work. Had lunch with my mum.

24. What kept you sane?
Lunchtime swimming, and then when the pool shut down (*sob*), lunchtime yoga. Putting in regular exercise as part of my weekly schedule.

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

26. Who did you miss?
Still miss my mother in law. I also miss the camaraderie of my old workplace, but looking to build camaraderie at my new(er) workplace.

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2016 Reverberating Revoo

I forgot about doing this until I spotted Shauna Reid’s edition. Oh noes! I’ve missed the haze of a post Christmas/New Year lethargy, but if I don’t post now, I never will.

Edition 2015
Edition 2014
Edition 2013
There was no Edition 2012.
Edition 2011
Edition 2010

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?

Changed jobs. This may not sound a big thing to you, but after spending 10 years at the same company (ancient, I know), and then upping sticks for different work environment, that’s HUGE for me. Plus, I had a fondness for the old workplace which was slowly eroding away, as the good things that had made it a wonderful workplace were being eroded away.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
Can’t remember what they were, and thus I can’t remember if I kept them.
More for this year:
mindfulness!
being present in the moment!
Being grateful for the little things.
Stop buying stuff.
Start decluttering.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my friend Clare. Such a gorgeous little thing, sometimes she greets you with a serious look, and then suddenly she smiles. Wow.

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?
Father in law. Friend’s sister.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA. Taiwan. Funeral. Holiday.

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

7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Anzac Day (25 April), we were in our Nation’s capital, we saw a football game, and then on the drive back, the father in law passed away.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making the leap from one job to another. Yes I know, I should define myself more than my work, but you do spend 30% of your time there.

Catching a LOT of swarms – BEEcoming obsessed.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Being present in the moment.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Gave myself some form of RSI from squeezing honey out of honeycomb using my hands.

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

sadder

b) thinner or fatter?

same same. Slightly porkier.
c) richer or poorer?
One year’s salary richer. One year’s spending on vintage tupperware poorer.

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

Parkrun!
Have you heard about this? Every saturday morning, around 8am (or whatever suits the local council), there is a free, timed 5km running event at various locations.

13. How did you spend Christmas?

With the family. Surprisingly, I didn’t kill them. There’s always next year.

14. Did you fall in love this year?

With my friend Clare’s baby.

Baby

15. What was your favourite TV program?

The Katering Show. I discovered it. Watched two seasons cover to cover in (almost) one sitting, and then started again.

16. What was the best book you read?
I didn’t read that many books in 2016, but I just found out about The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, which has even been made into a film!
How did I miss that?

17. What was your favourite film?

Inside Out. I watched it on the plane.
I also watched Bad Moms 1.5 times, it took me a few days to realise that the plane version had *censored out* the video sex scene. One day the main character had a husband at home, the next day she didn’t.

18. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Didn’t go to work. Old enough to know better.

19. Who did you miss?
Mother in Law. She passed away in early 2015, and not a week goes by that I think “She would’ve known the answer to that!” I wish she was still with us.