Only Harriet gives one such a great reason to procrastinate!
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? A lady does NOT discuss such things.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Didn’t have any for 2012, got a few for this year like not buying any craft supplies and I’d like to get back into proper sewing vs. refashioning quite so much. Mostly I just want to be a better wife, which is a daily resolution, not so much a yearly one.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
4. Did anyone close to you die? My last grandparent, my Mom’s mother this past August, though she has been lost to us for a number of years. My last time with her was Easter Sunday, when I sat with her while her wonderful Polish carer had lunch with her family. She slept the whole time and when I left, I knew that was the last time I would see her on this earth. I was in Canberra, Australia when she passed and did not need to be emailed she was gone. I knew.
5. What countries did you visit? Four European, three Asian, Australia and the USA — each of the time zones. It was a slow year for travel for the IWOM.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? Better ability to deal with chuckleheads. In the words of Shrek: like that’s gonna happen.
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
11 July: 20 years since I made the best decision of my life. Well. So far.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Making the decision to resign from the musical I’ve belonged to for 20 years.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not doing that a frackin‘ lot sooner.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? A doozy and at a most inconvenient time: stepped on a rusty nail a few weeks before our month long anniversary trip. Luckily I was fine by the time we left.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Crimson King Basil seeds. Some really nice silk in Hong Kong. No — wine, in person, at our favorite cellar doors in Hunter Valley.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Not enough people, that’s for sure. I’m proud of PPG for finding something new and exciting that has given her a focus that PLU need when other stuff around us crumbles.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Any mother who can’t/won’t lock up their legally owned weapons properly — especially when they have unstable children — and thus who contribute to the whole ‘if we just banned guns it would be all lollypops and sunshine and we would all get along’ moonbat drivel. And the bus driver on my goddaughter’s school bus who felt the need to have this story on the radio that day as he drove round dropping off little people who had no need to listen to this story.
14. Where did most of your money go? Well, Himself makes it all now (I barter for stuff when my skills and/or goods are required/requested) and if you read my blogs you know he had to give 80% of his bonus and raise back to the government last year. Fingers crossed Himself will soon make enough to get into some serious legal tax avoidance — I live for the day we join the one percent, not so much for the money but so he stops being punished for being a hard-working success. A ‘fair share’ is EVERYONE paying a flat ten percent and the government having only that to spend in the most efficient way possible.
15. What did you get really excited about? Being married to the greatest guy around — not just on the day of our 20th anniversary last July but every day. And those Crimson King basil seeds of course.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012? ‘Falling Slowly’ from the musical ‘Once’. No real reason other than my iPod seems to pick it out a lot.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– Happier or sadder? ‘Bout the same I’d say. Bit more content, which is more important IMO than happiness.
– Thinner or fatter? Thinner. By about 12kg. More to go though.
– Richer or poorer? Richer. I think. Himself deals with the money stuff but even with his punitive tax burden I think there’s more in the bank than last year at this time. I’d have to ask.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Grown more vegetables, but it was such a cold, wet season this past year that I need to get better prepared for 2013 in case it’s more of the same. I should grow more IN the greenhouse vs. just starting the plants in there.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worried about Himself when he was traveling for work, which is silly as he’s a serious International Man of Mystery and does not need worrying over.
20. How did you spend Christmas? Ill with an almost better cold, at home, then ill for another week with a new bug as my mother-in-law was sick for a week before Christmas and decided not to tell us but come anyway on the day and cough and hack her way through the meal.
21. Did you fall in love in 2012? I fall in love with Himself a bit more every day, so I guess so.
22. What was your favorite TV program? The Walking Dead. Stay in formation. Anything sharp can be a weapon. Don’t waste ammunition. When the zombie apocalypse comes people — and it will — this is your primer, not just a great TV show.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Yep.
24. What was the best book you read? The first compendium of The Walking Dead (zombies are scarier in black and white). I also got stuck into the Game of Thrones books, which is nice escapism for the days one needs that. If I have to give a serious more grown-up answer, I am finally getting round to Richard Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth, which I bought in an airport ages ago. He’s always a giggle.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? I really like Green Day. (Don’t laugh! I have four of their albums now).
26. What did you want and get? I’m not so much about the stuff these days.
27. What did you want and not get? See above answer.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Not so much a film girl, but it is always nice to watch the newest releases at 37,000 feet while stretching out in your full length seat on an eleven and three quarter hour flight to HKG from LHR while being served G&Ts by flight crew who cater to your every whim — though regrettably who do not look like Joe Manganiello. (That should make sense in a moment).
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Y’mean – a year ago today?!? I was 45. Spent time on the phone with our satellite telly guy when the dish snapped over backwards in the wind, made banana bread and kept an eye on a traffic website so I could update Himself on the status of the bridge in case he had to make a two hour or more detour to get home should his usual one be closed due to wind. Luckily it isn’t so windy today. And I made banana bread on Tuesday.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A Republican USA president — or just not the current one. Slash spending, cut taxes, people can afford their own health insurance and save for their retirement: it isn’t rocket science.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012? I’ll figure out what looks good on me, thanks: don’t think you can do that for me you ‘experts’.
32. What kept you sane? My husband. Who also, incidentally, drives me bats.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I might, MIGHT let Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux from True Blood) buy me a G&T if Himself was late to the bar where we’d arranged to meet, but that’s as far as it would go.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Governments who reward white trash (you can be any color and be white trash) women who pop out bastards by multiple feckless men with housing and benefits, tax hard-working savers like my husband to do so and don’t see that this is a problem.
35. Who did you miss? Nobody. This is the age of the internet, AIM, texting, Face Timing: I can’t bloody get AWAY from people — and I don’t even FB or use Twitter.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Having done some craft lecturing last year I met lots of interesting/interested women but it was that ships passing in the night sort of thing that we teachers/lecturers deal with a lot.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012. If you are going to do it, do it with class — and the advice in question 22. Can’t be enough prepared.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. As it is every year these past 20: ‘My land’s only borders lie around my heart’.