It's time for the blogging wrap up of the year. A few moments for reflection before moving onto bigger and better things. Same questions as last year. Hopefully different answers.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Kissed a stingray; built a snowman; voted in a British General Election
2. What countries did you visit?
New Zealand, USA, Cayman Islands, Turkey, France and Wales
3. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More vegetables in my garden; time and head space to dedicate to my studies; another marathon medal
4. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
When I heard that the 29 trapped NZ miners had no chance of survival.
5. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Writing a 5,500 word essay and thereby completing the first year of my masters. In your face full time job.
6. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope (touches wood). I seem to be disgustingly healthy despite all of the man-flu I'm constantly surrounded by.
7. What was the best thing you bought?
Well, it was bought for me, but it would have to be my beautiful bright red Kenwood mixer. I love it almost more than life itself.
Oh, and my fabulous little iPhone.
8. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My beautiful housemates; Anika and Richard who upped sticks and moved to The Gambia to volunteer a year of their lives; all those involved in my wonderful 30th birthday dinner celebration; my parents - for just being fabulous; my sisters with their endless quantities of energy to raise wonderful children and animals, create gardens, run half-marathons, all the while holding down jobs and relationships; and all of my friends who are out there doing great things, locally or globally
9. Where did most of your money go?
My becoming ever-more expensive university fees; paying off chunks of my student loan; a trip to the Caymans and a week in Turkey
10. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Standing on a seven mile white sand beach in the Caribbean, and not be dreaming; watching two sets of fabulous friends get married, one in a teepee, one in a golf club
11. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing (as per usual); keeping in touch with long-distance loved ones
12. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sitting in the office until all hours of the night; being anxious various aspects of work and play
13. What did you want and get?
A Le Creuset casserole dish; a trip to see my wonderful friend Belinda in the Caymans
14. What did you want and not get?
Just those things that I know are unrealistic right now, like: a pet dog and cat, a pet squirrel which eats seeds from my hand, more trips to see my family, a PhD, a living room with a built-in bookcase...
15. Did you keep your new year's resolutions and did you make any for 2011?2010's resolutions = more studying, more crafting, more cooking, more saving, less spending.
I think I did ok with these, although I was probably working from a pretty low base.
2011's resolutions = even more studying, learn Spanish, write more letters, improve my tennis serve, pay off more student loan (maybe even all), and save some. Oh, and be with my family for Christmas.