2013 in Retrospective

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I grew leeks and turnips and many tomato plants.  I learned how to knit cables. I drove to Taupo and back by myself.  I attended events held by the Canadian Club NZ and the American Womens Club which was scary since I'm neither Canadian or American.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Still a work in progress!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't think so, but my friend's partner is due her baby in 2014.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Kane's Grandad, which was very sad. I was also sad to hear of the death of Paul Walker.

5. What places did you visit?
Taupo twice, Tauranga, Paeroa and Tiritiri Matangi .

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A better sense of focus and firmer determination.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My parents came out in 2012 and stayed until February 2013.  Then Kane and I celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary (!!) and then at the other end of the year we celebrating 3 years living in NZ.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year
Probably the garden but it's still a work in progress and I expect it always will be!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Home decor - I failed to keep the momentum going.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Was in Physio for calf strain.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Tefal actifry

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Kane painted the entire ceiling while I was away on girls weekend - best husband ever!!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Some people, some countries and some political issues.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Furniture, holidays, electronics and kitchen gadgets

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Making new traditions and seeing them through - like the Taupo holiday.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
What does the fox say - Ylvis and I Love It - Icona Pop

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

b) thinner or fatter? Same

c) richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Physio exercises and house decor

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2013?
With Kane.  We watched American Football on TV, had melon pops for breakfast and Pimms cocktail for pre-dinner drink, then had a different kind of Christmas dinner using proper summer seasonal foods and then watched movies because the weather was a bit dull and showery.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Still in love with my husband.

22. What was your favourite TV program?
Psyche - loved the Christmas special and can't wait for the start of the new season.

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2013?
I had a very foodie birthday!  Birthday pancakes followed by cake and a special birthday dinner of mushroom wellington.

24. What was the best book you read?
I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

25. What did you want and get?
New furniture.

26. What did you want and not get?
A fitter body! (sadly the same as last year)

27. What was your favourite film of this year?
Pacific Rim was my favourite but Fast and Furious 6 and the Hunger Games - Catching Fire were up there too.

28. Did you make some new friends this year?
Yes, many new friends this year: Katie & Jack; Erika & Graeme and other Canadian club peeps; Lions Club peeps; and Maheesha & Garrick.

29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being fitter and less tired.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

31. What kept you sane?

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No one I particularly fancy but I sure wish I could be friends James Roday.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
There have been a lot of things this year, but the most positive has been Marriage Equality in NZ.

34. Who did you miss?
Again, no one really - that's the beauty of modern technology.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
My parents and sisters are still teaching me valuable life lessons both directly and indirectly and I am very grateful to have them in my life.