Sunday, 28 December 2014
I do love the inbetween period, with Christmas over but the new year not yet begun, and there is nothing to do but eat mince pies and leftovers and watch holiday tv and play with your presents! We're a bit more frantic as we are hosting a new year's eve dinner party this year, and swiftly realising we don't have enough seats for everyone, let alone enough plates! But there are still plenty of quiet moments for resting and looking back on the year.
1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Went to India, cycled from London to Brighton, adopted cats.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My resolutions last year were to go on a cultural excursion once a month, cook something new every month, and to get back into more of a blogging and commenting routine. The first two I did ok at, I wouldn't say it was once a month, but I tried out quite a few new recipes, and visited a lot of new places. The blogging routine didn't exactly happen, but I am happy that I am still blogging, if not as frequently as in the past.
This year my resolutions are to take more photos, particularly with friends, to get back into an exercise routine, even if its just taking the stairs more at work, and to unsubscribe from the hundreds of mailing lists I am signed up to.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but my cousin and my friend Kate are both due in early 2015!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully not this year.
5. What countries did you visit?
India and Germany, both work related.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
I'm hoping I will get to go abroad on holiday this year, not just with work!
7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm useless at remembering dates.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably the London to Brighton cycle ride back in June. I still can't quite believe I made it!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Only the usual coughs and colds. I think i was actually sick more often this year than I have been before. I definitely ended up taking more sick days. Too stressed!
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I love the yellow desk chairs I won at auction - that was pretty exciting! I also bought some much needed work clothes, which I have worn the heck out of, and my Levi jeans which are such a great fit and shape, and I am super happy with.
12. Where did most of your money go?
On the house.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Hmm, probably the Veronica Mars movie, even though it wasn't quite what I'd hoped in the end.
14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Shake it Off.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
A bit of both
ii. thinner or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?
A little richer.
16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I'd taken more photographs.
17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
getting grumpy over insignificant things.
18. How (did) you spend Christmas?
Got drunk with my family.
19. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Absolutely, with two adorable kitties.
20. What was your favourite TV program?
I loved The Bake Off, and on Netflix the first seasons of The Good Wife and House of Cards.
21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I try not to hate anyone if I can avoid it.
22. What was the best book you read?
I read 17 books this year, I'm definitely hoping to beat that in 2015. My top two were probably Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, and Where'd you go Bernadette by Maria Semple.
23. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Well 2014 was the year I joined the rest of the world in being obsessed with Taylor Swift, does that count?
24. What did you want and get?
New powder brush, a Nicki McWilliams custard cream cushion
25. What was your favourite film of this year?
I managed to watch 17 films this year, exactly the same as the number of books I read! In the Cinema my top two were - Guardians of the Galaxy and Advanced Style. On Netflix probably Katy Perry - Part of Me, and First Position. 2014 was the year I got into documentaries.
26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 27 and James and I spent the weekend in Bath. To celebrate with my family we had lunch with my parents at the National Portrait Gallery, and saw the David Bailey Stardust exhibition. James' birthday is the day before mine, and we challenged each other to buy all our presents for each other on Etsy.
27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More money and more sleep!
28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
2014 was the year I documented my journey to a more grown up style, which pretty much sums up what I was aiming for. It was definitely more pared down, and more classic pieces.
29. What kept you sane?
Dance breaks and cleaning. Cleaning is my stress buster.
30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Nothing is worth being stressed and miserable for. And building work will always take longer and be more expensive than you think.