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I used to do this review every single year but then I sort of fell out of the habit. But maybe this is a good way to get back into it?
1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
I went to Africa.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, no new babies this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Sadly, yes. My friend Phil died in February. He was 36 and had bowel cancer. He left behind a wife and two young boys. Probably the saddest funeral I’ve ever had to attend.
Also, the boy’s Grandmother died in October. However, she was 92 so it was neither unexpected or quite as sad, although we miss her terribly of course.
5. What countries did you visit?
SO MANY! South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ascension Island, St Helena, Ethiopia (briefly), Egypt, UAE and Jordan. Oh and we went to Japan as well.
6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
7. What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 5, the day Phil died.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surprise event for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary (not massive but they loved it)
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Far too much. I had a cold that lasted about seven weeks, and I developed De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis first in my left wrist and then in my right wrist. The right one is still not healed.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Um… nothing very exciting I have to say.
12. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage, probably. And that holiday.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going on holidays, we were very spoiled by going to so many wonderful places.
14. What song will always remind you of 2018?
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson, it wasn’t released in 2018 but became our go-to song for fun for the year. She’s getting a lot of royalties from Spotify from us!
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
About the same.
b) thinner or fatter?
About the same.
c) richer or poorer?
About the same.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Not much really.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I do what I want most of the time, so…
18. How did you spend Christmas?
The usual Christmas Eve with my family. For Christmas Day we had lunch with the boy’s parents and aunt and uncle at the RACV Resort in Inverloch, which was very different and very enjoyable.
19. Did you fall in love in 2018?
20. What was your favorite TV program?
The Missing. I also binged the entire series of Brooklyn 99 on Netflix which made me very happy.
21. What was the best book you read?
I always enjoy a new Clive Cussler.
22. What was your favourite film of this year?
Avengers Infinity War or Black Panther.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
45, and we went to dinner at Il Bacaro and then saw Michael Palin live in stage.
24. What kept you sane?
25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Look, my bestie Chris Hemsworth is pretty fine.
26. Who did you miss?
27. Who was the best new person you met?
Did I make any new friends last year? I think maybe not.