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2014: the year in review

Click here to see last year’s answers for comparison.  And feel free to do this on your own blogs!   Let me know if you do so I can see your answers.

1. What did you do in 2014  that you’d never done before?

I had to wash poop out of Teddy’s pantaloons.  And that sets the tone for the rest of this blog post!

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?

Three new babies this year!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no!

5. What countries did you visit?

The USA again.  Photos here.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Nothing.  I am a very lucky girl.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

1 December, the Boy (who has gone back to university this year) got his results and achieved straight High Distinctions for the whole year.  I’m very proud.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

The really sad thing is, I can’t think of one.

9. What was your biggest failure?

On the bright side, I can’t think of one of these either.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Strained my hip flexor.  That is quite a debilitating injury, I have to say.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My iPhone 6.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Teddy’s trips to the emergency vet 🙂

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Being in Hawaii in the middle of our winter was exciting.

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Happy by Pharell.

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

a) happier or sadder?

Happier

b) thinner or fatter?

About the same

c) richer or poorer?

Richer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Swim in my pool!

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

Work.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

The same as always: Christmas Eve with my family, Christmas Day with the Boy’s family.

19. Did you fall in love in 2014?

I am still in love with my Boy.

20. What was your favorite TV program?

The Michael McIntyre Chat Show has me laughing every time.  We got on the Modern Family bandwagon too – Phil is definitely my favourite character.

21. What was the best book you read?

Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy was really interesting.

22. What was your favourite film of this year?

The Railway Man was exceptional.  August Osage County was pretty good too.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 41.  We went to Vue de Monde for dinner on my actual birthday, and it was spectacular.  Then we spent the weekend down at Port Fairy, which is a lovely spot.

24. What kept you sane?

I’m not sure, I think I may have gone a little mad this year. 🙂

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Robert Downey Jr.  I still adore George Clooney.  I can’t believe he’s married now.

26. Who did you miss?

Huffle Mawson.  She was the best cat ever.

27. Who was the best new person you met?

I am not sure I met any new people this year.  I told you it was an average year!

The latest

I am being a very bad blogger these days.  In my defense, I was overseas for two weeks.  You can read all about that here.

But recently I have made a couple of cakes.

A marscapone meringue layer cake for a friend who was leaving work:
Meringue Marscapone

And some neapolitan cupcakes just because:
Neapolitan Cupcake
(extremely tasty – I ate four)

Catching up

Wow, I didn’t realise it’s been so long since I wrote anything here!

In case you were wondering, Teddy survived his weekend with my parents so that’s all good.  We had a lovely time in Lakes Entrance.  We specifically went to see the Buchan Caves, and they were quite amazing.

BuchanCaves0001

If you click on the photo you’ll be taken to my FlickR photostream where you can see more photos.

Brave

This weekend is a long one in Melbourne.  The boy and I are off to the beach for the weekend.

My parents have offered to look after Teddy.  Which is terribly brave of them, considering that when we went to Papua New Guinea in November last year they were looking after both Huffle and Teddy, and Huffle sadly died.  It was totally not their fault.  But seven years previously, as the boy and I were about to head off to Queensland for a holiday… my rottie Max was staying with mum and dad.  The day before we got on the plane, I got a phone call to say Max had died.  Also totally not their fault.

My parents do not have good history in pet-sitting.  And yet they still offer.  I think they are really brave.

It will be different this time.  Instead of Teddy going to their house, they are coming to stay at our house.  It will be totally different.

Really.

In or out?

Are you an introvert or extrovert? I used to think I was an extrovert: outgoing, talkative and energetic. And to some degree I still am. But now I think I could be part introvert as well: reserved, quiet and shy. Actually I’m not that reserved once you get to know me, and truthfully I’m not entirely shy either. I can’t be bothered with small talk a lot of the time though. Does that count? I have no idea. Maybe I’m just not patient.

The general theory is this: an introvert will be delighted at the thought of spending the night in, possibly alone.  The extrovert will hate that idea.  I love and hate it in equal measures.

So what I think is this: I am an extrovert, with introverted tendencies.

Which are you?

Why do I blog?

Right now, I can’t think of a good answer to this question.  Over the past year, instead of just rambling about stuff that rattles around my brain, I’ve focused on shoes and clothers.  And the occasional recipe.  But I’m not inspired at all.

Tell me why you blog.  Please?

It’s been a while…

Howdy everyone!  Happy new year to you!  Yes, I know it was ages ago but it’s been a while since I thought about coming here to write something.  To be fair, it has been a very busy time for us in the past few weeks.  We moved house right before Christmas, then had the usual festival of eating over the Christmas break.  Plus we had to unpack a million boxes.  Okay maybe not a million, but it seemed like it some days.

Happily, the hard work is behind us now and we are settling in to our new and fabulous home.  We’ve ordered a new couch (6 – 8 weeks delivery, pffft) then life will be complete.

I posted a photo of my new kitchen on Facebook, but for those of you who aren’t friends with me there, here it is:

kitchen01

And the walk-in pantry:

kitchen02

And over the past three weeks we have had a steady stream of visitors, which is fun but exhausting. I’m back at work properly next week, so I’m sure it will feel like getting back to normal life then.

You may have noticed (or not) that I have removed the shoe and wardrobe challenge counters from the sidebar.  I decided last week that I would stop the challenge.  When we moved, I got rid of some more shoes and some dresses and other clothes, so what I have in my wardrobe are clothes (and shoes) that I actually wear.  I’m actually happy about stopping the challenge, as I can go back to wearing what I want, instead of always thinking about things that I maybe haven’t worn for a while, and that may require saving.

And just to make you all jealous, here is my pool:

Pool

No, I don’t know why you need a pool in Melbourne but it came with the house. It’s heated, so at least we’ll be able to use it for more than 3 days a year.

The year in review

Click here to see last year’s answers for comparison.  And feel free to do this on your own blogs!   Let me know if you do so I can see your answers.

1. What did you do in 2012  that you’d never done before?

I decided that, with one particular friend, I would stop making all the effort and see if she stepped up to the plate.  She did not, for the record.

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?

My friend Melissa had her second child just last week, but I don’t know if it counts as she and her family live in Singapore and we’ve only seen them once this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

We lost Huffle Mawson while we were away in Papua New Guinea.  Horrible time.

5. What countries did you visit?

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Room to move in my house.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October 25, we bought our new house!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Buying a new house.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Getting our (now sacked) builder to actually finish the job he started.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had a throat infection and an eye infection at the same time.  That was especially unfun.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our new house!

12. Where did most of your money go?

The new house 😦

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Moving into our new house.  It’s pathetic, you would think no-one had ever bought a new house before in the history of the world.  But it is our dream house.

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Anything by Adele.

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

a) happier or sadder?

Happier

b) thinner or fatter?

About the same

c) richer or poorer?

Poorer (have I mentioned a new house yet?)

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Relax

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

Listen to the builder’s excuses for why things weren’t getting done.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve with my family, Christmas Day with the boy’s family.  Same as always.

19. Did you fall in love in 2012?

Nope, I already have my boy.

20. What was your favorite TV program?

The Big Bang Theory.  It’s amazing that I’m not bored of it yet.

21. What was the best book you read?

I really enjoyed Rob Lowe’s autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.  The Help by Katherine Stockett was good too, but needed a serious edit to be truly great.

22. What was your favourite film of this year?

I haven’t seen it yet as I’m writing this before it’s released in Australia, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be The Hobbit.  Checking back in my archives, I didn’t do any movie reviews this year so obviously I’ve seen nothing that good.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 39, and went to dinner at Rockpool.  It was delightful, as always.

24. What kept you sane?

Knowing that this year would be over, eventually.

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I am very faithful.  My man George Clooney never lets me down.  In other news, how does he keep getting better looking?

26. Who did you miss?

I have missed seeing my friends Carol and Andy.  We have both been slack about keeping in touch this year and I’m going to remedy that very soon.

27. Who was the best new person you met?

A new girl at work, I can see us becoming quite good friends.

Shoe Challenge 24

This week I have been very, very bad.  Not only did I not save any shoes, I only saved one dress and bought TWO more.  Bad.

Saved 120827
Leona Edmiston dress; Wittner wedges
Worn to: work

I did indeed buy the navy dress mentioned last week, and then I bought this dress too.

My dear boy is having a small procedure in hospital tomorrow. It’s nothing serious but he will be knocked out for it; some good vibes would be appreciated!

Shoe Challenge 23

I know, it’s a bit late this week but better late than never.

I have managed to save both one pair of shoes AND one dress this week – quite proud of myself really.

Saved 120819
Diana Ferrari copper ballet flats; navy jeans
Worn to: dinner

Saved 120820
Autograph print dress; Fillipo Rafael boots
Worn to: work

Also, yes I did buy the navy dress. Of course I did. And it is gorgeous. I will photograph it with your shoe suggestions and you can tell me what you think.

Shoe Challenge 22

Here are some I prepared earlier.

I haven’t worn any new dresses or shoes this week.  I am so sick of winter!  However, I noticed that when I posted my very first week of shoes challenge saves, I didn’t bother with the dresses.  So here they are.  Sadly, they do not count towards my total as I’ve already counted them.

Saved 120315
Capture navy and white print dress; worn with Sandler tan wedges
Worn to: work

Saved 120317
Leona Edmiston “Lauren” pink wrap dress with cutout sleeves; worn with Salvatore Ferragamo mushroom heels
Worn to: my friend Richard’s wedding.

I’m going to try very hard this week to wear a dress that has not been saved yet.

Sick leave

When I was at primary school, I don’t remember ever taking a day off school because I was sick.  If I wasn’t hospitalised, I went to school.  When my parents visited northern Victoria for a week during the school term, I had a week off from my school, but I went to the local primary school in Robinvale for a week.  So I still claim I didn’t have a day off school just for the hell of it.

When I was in high school, I remember having three days off school.  One was when I had an ingrown toenail operated on and I stayed home for two days, mostly because I couldn’t wear a shoe on that foot.  Another time, I had stepped on a carpet needle and had to have emergency surgery to have it removed, as it went through a joint in my foot and broke off.  Unbelievably, my mother sent me to school the day after the operation (on crutches) and was called by the principal to come and get me.  I stayed home for a week that time.

The final time I remember having a day off was in Year 11, in December after all our exams were done.  My friends and I convinced our mothers to write us a note each for one day off sick.  We all went to the movies and to Luna Park for the day.  It was awesome.  No-one ever questioned why all nine of us were sick on the same day.

This habit of not taking sick days just because I felt like it has carried through to my work life.  I take a day off if I have a migraine, mostly because the work bathroom is too far from my desk when I need to throw up, or if I have a really bad cold (or anything more serious, obviously.  Like when I was 23 and had a stroke.  I needed a month off then).  As a result of this dedication to actually getting out of bed every morning, I have so many sick leave hours banked up that I could take four months off at once if I needed to.

Hopefully I never need to.

Shoe Challenge 14

Only one dress save and no shoe saves this week! Very poor.

Saved 120613
Capture wrap dress; Target cardigan (already saved); Joanne Mercer suede wedges (already saved)
Worn to: work

I also bought one new pair of shoes this week. Oops.

Shoe Challenge 13

Winter has set in with a vengeance here.  It’s been so cold that I have been wearing boring trousers and cardigans to work almost every day.  So I didn’t manage to save any shoes this week, but I did save two dresses.  However, I also bought one dress which did not really help my cause.

Saved 120607a
Leona Edmiston shirt dress; Naturalizer black wedges (already worn); Target black cardigan (not shown but already worn)
Worn to: work

Saved 120607b
Leona Edmiston “Hope” dress; YSL Tribtoo heels (already worn)
Worn to: work dinner

I have also been baking again, this time I made chocolate chip and raspberry muffins. Dead easy and so tasty.

Muffins

Shoe Challenge 12

This week I am organised!  It helped that I was sick during the week and had to stay home for a day.

Saved 120528
Sara orchid top, Basque grey trousers, Target cardigan, Salvatore Ferragamo flats
Worn to: work

Saved 120529
Sara black ruffle dress; Target long sleeve T-shirt; Target cardigan; Naturaliser black wedges
Worn to: work

Saved 120531
Leona Edmiston dress; Sara cardigan; Midas navy wedges
Worn to: work

I should point out that unless otherwise specified, I’m also wearing tights with every dress, as it’s just about winter and freezing here.

I bought no dresses this week (yay!) but did buy the black wedges mentioned above (bad Tracey!). In my defense, I didn’t have any black wedges for winter (i.e. non-peep toe and non-suede).