Join meme for the year in review…

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Hello! I’m still here, and so are you, which is handy.

 

It’s that time of the year again, when I dust off the annual end-of-year meme and fill it out, then invite you to do the same. I’m sorry there are no interesting photos to add some colour to this entry. Pregnancy is exhausting, and quite frankly, posting photos is just too much effort for this grumpypants.  Enough small talk, let’s crack into it…

 

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Got pregnant – that’s pretty significant, right?

 

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
At the end of last year I was determined to finish that interval training programme that would end with me being able to run continuously for 30 minutes, and I’m pleased to say I reached that goal.

 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friends Djeisan and Emily had a little baby girl in October called Nina

 

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I went to one funeral this year – Gareth was tragically hit by a bus in August, it was (as you can imagine) incredibly sad. I feel that I should point out we weren’t close friends and I hadn’t seen him for a long time, but he was a friend nonetheless.

 

5. What countries did you visit?
The United States (LA and New York) and Australia (Sydney to see Pulp play)

 

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A baby (feeling pretty confident about that one). But in all seriousness, I’d like to adopt a healthier lifestyle and more consistent routines. That whole running and gymming thing went out the window (as these things tend to do… if you’re me) and with it went any semblance of a healthy diet. Why is eating right such a massive struggle for me?

 

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
31st August – the day I found out I was pregnant

 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Winning Best Blog at the Canon Media Awards!

 

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being particularly smart or motivated when it came to nutrition. Again.

 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The running led to shin splints, and so I started swimming which led to me twisting something in my back and I ended up needing physio treatment. No majors though.

 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A rocking chair for nursing le bebe. I found it on TradeMe, picked it up on Saturday and have been watching Christmas movies in it. Oh, and it will be good for when the baby comes along too.

 

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Everyone involved on the frontline of rescue and recovery in the Christchurch Earthquake, both in terms of people’s lives but also people’s properties and livelihoods.

 

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
It makes me really sad to say that someone close to me displayed some fairly appalling behaviour this year. For their own privacy I won’t name names, but basically someone I love (and will always love) let a few of us down.

 

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, renovations, food

 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
That little blue line on the pregnancy test. And all the subsequent little blue lines that followed over the next few days. It took some time before I realised YES, IT’S REAL you see.

 

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
‘Roman’s Revenge’ – Nicki Minaj

 

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
Happier
b) Thinner or fatter?
Well, fatter I guess, but c’mon – there’s another human inside me!
c) Richer or poorer?
Less in debt, so richer I suppose

 

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Eating right, exercising, reading books, blogging

 

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sweating the small stuff

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With family, as always

 

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I am kinda falling in love with this little guy or gal that’s taken residence in my belly

 

22. What was your favourite TV programme?
Modern Family, Downton Abbey, Work of Art, Gossip Girl, Shortland Street, The X Factor (US)

 

23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
No, but I’ve lost a little respect for a few

 

24. What was the best book you read?
Didn’t read any books. Shut up, leave me alone.

 

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Frank Ocean

 

26. What did you want and get?
To see Pulp play just one more time thanksverymuch!

 

27. What did you want and not get?
Wardrobe doors. Joel, why don’t we have wardrobe doors yet?

 

28. What was your favourite film of this year?
Bridesmaids

 

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned thirty-two this year, and when you get old your memory starts to go, so please bear that in mind when I say I think I worked on my birthday this year (I usually try to take it off), and then Joel took me out to an amazing fancypants dinner at the French Cafe

 

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Honestly, it’s been a pretty good year. I would’ve liked to have achieved a bit more around the house in terms of renovations/landscaping etc (wardrobe doors!), but meh, not a biggie.

 

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Less and less “fashionable” by the day

 

32. What kept you sane?
Joel

 

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gosh, I think I might have fallen for Ryan Gosling a little bit after seeing Crazy Stupid Love. I know, very late on the train and all that, but better late than never right?

 

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The General Election. I watched the debates on the telly and everything

 

35. Who did you miss?
My sister moved to the other side of the city which means I don’t see her or my niece and nephew as often as I used to, so I find myself missing them quite a bit

 

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Hayden Abercrombie! Okay, that’s a cheat because technically I met him last year, but I didn’t get to know him until this year.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011

I can’t actually fix everyone else’s problems

 

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
“Girl, you’ll be a woman soon” – Neil Diamond

 

Now if you could be so kind as to fill out this wee meme with your answers (either in the comments below, or by providing a link to a post on your own blog) that would be great.

 

Finally… we find out if it’s a boy or a girl baby tomorrow. According to the the majority of you lot on the last entry’s guess-poll thingo we’re looking down the barrel of a boy baby (boy edged out girl by only a very small margin). Unfortunately, even though Joel and I will be finding out tomorrow, you guys are going to have to wait until Christmas Day – because that’s when we’re telling the family. Sorry about that!

 

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  1. 1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Got a girl pregnant
     
    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
didnt amke any last year but will this year.
     
    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes
     
    4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes
     
    5. What countries did you visit?
The United States and Australia
     
    6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More free time
     
    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Oh yeah….31st August.

     
    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Going to New york and shooting Alicia Keys with Fred Elmes
     
    9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to say No.
     
    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    fractured my thumb, last time i was in a cast i was 4.
     
    11. What was the best thing you bought?
first ‘adult’ car.
     
    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
The WARRIORS 
    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    hmmm, not sure
     
    14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, renovations, food, Art
     
    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Warriors, the NBA, Being in New York and being a Dad.

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
Happier
b) Thinner or fatter?
fatter
c) Richer or poorer?
sames
     
    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
running, basketball, traveling, eating well, making art
    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
working, eating shit, taking shit, talking shit

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With family
     
    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    with inanimate objects, works of creative genius and an unborn person, yes
 
    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
Work of Art, NBA playoffs, The Warriors
     
    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
not really
     
    24. What was the best book you read?
the film directors intuition / the wu tang manual / the tao
     
    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Love
     
    26. What did you want and get?
didnt really want anything.
     
    27. What did you want and not get?
same as above
     
    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
begineers
     
    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
worked / went out for dinner
     
    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
the Warriors winning the grand final
     
    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
slightly more formal than last
     
    32. What kept you sane?
basketball/ NRL/ Jane/Whiskey
     
    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Nicole S
     
    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Election / Referendum
     
    35. Who did you miss?
Rob when he left
     
    36. Who was the best new person you met?
bean

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
Don’t compete on price, you eventually will be undercut. Do a good job and charge accordingly.
    and
    There is always something else
     
    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
“I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one” Jay Z

  2. Its a girl Jane 🙂 I cant answer the questions but your answers made me smile , you are a good woman

  3. jessicapea says

    1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    I had a baby (and yup, getting pregnant is pretty significant!!)

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I had no new years resolutions this year, I was 8 months pregnant and it seemed too hard.

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yes, me!

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No

    5. What countries did you visit?
    We stayed home this year.

    6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
    Some financial plans.

    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    22 of feb, the day I gave birth to my wee boy

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    MAking it through the first 10 months of parenthood! Actually getting through the first 3 months was the hardest.

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Spending too much.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    No majors, although I had a c-section with Quinn, so first operation ever.

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    So many purchases this year (baby money sponge!) umm a good carrier for baby was great and I discovered purelan lanolin which was the reason I was able to breastfeed, plus it made an excellent lip balm.

    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    My wonderful husband for looking after me and bubs. I feel I deserve a pat on the back too.

    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Not appalled or depressed really, but we have felt let down by a family member this year.

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Baby stuff, food, living costs

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    The baby. And shamefully the royal wedding.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    love, love, love – Avalanche city

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) Happier or sadder?
    Happier
    b) Thinner or fatter?
    Thinner – but this time last year I had another person inside me!
    c) Richer or poorer?
    About the same

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    exercise

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Worrying about sleep habits and routines (babies)

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    With hubbys family

    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    Totally – I love this little person who came into our lives with all my heart.

    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Entourage, community, breakfast tv (things change when you’re a stay at home mum)

    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
    No

    24. What was the best book you read?
    I read Kerre Woodhams Marathon book and enjoyed that.

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Fisher price musical seahorse toy.

    26. What did you want and get?
    A healthy baby

    27. What did you want and not get?
    The birth I planned, cest la vie.

    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Bridesmaids also. And maybe Harry Potter too

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I was 27 and I stayed at home with my 6 week old baby who wasn’t awesome at the whole sleeping thing.

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Nothing, it’s been a wonderful year.

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    Early 2011 – still wearing maternity clothes even though no longer pregnant. Late 2011 – giving up on trying to fit into all my old clothes and finally going shopping.

    32. What kept you sane?
    My husband and my mum.

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Not sure, I haven’t seen many movies this year.

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    The General Election.

    35. Who did you miss?
    My Nana who died about 3 months before I got pregnant with Quinn. I would have loved to have shared this time with her.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    My baby. And I have also met a lot of wonderful other mums this year too.

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    Enjoy life as it happens because things change so quickly. And take lots of photos.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    I suck at this one very year. Will try to think of one later.

    Good luck for your scan tomorrow Jane!! So exciting can’t wait to find out what flavor baby you have in there 🙂

  4. 1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    Raise twins

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    Don’t do new years resolutions

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yes

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    My Grandmother

    5. What countries did you visit?
    None – see the newborn twins!

    6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
    More inner peace/patience

    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    I guess the twins 1st birthday

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Still being able to smile and laugh after raising twins (don’t forget the 3yr old too!)

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Not having enough patience with my children

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Bronchitis, strep throat, sinus infection

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    pushchair

    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    My son’s and my husbands!

    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    some of my families

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Mortgage, babies, food, NAPPIES!!

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    my daughter taking a bottle of formula

    16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    Heartbreak warfare – John Mayer

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) Happier or sadder?
    Happier
    b) Thinner or fatter?
    Thinner (was pregnant with twins!)
    c) Richer or poorer?
    Def Poorer

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Laughing, sleeping, travelling

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    yelling, crying, being angry

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    low key family BBQ

    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    I think having children you fall in love a little more each day. I grew a much deeper bond with my husband, and love him more than when we got married

    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Masterchef Australia, one born every minute

    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
    not really

    24. What was the best book you read?
    I re-read a few that I already liked

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    I rediscovered how cool the beach boys are!

    26. What did you want and get?
    I wanted a new phone and got one

    27. What did you want and not get?
    Tickets to the Foo Fighters concert

    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Cant remember, but always love Empire Records

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    Went out for a fab dinner at Soto with my hubby – I was 29

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A permanent extra pair of hands. I’m pretty happy with how this year turned out seeing as I was so anxious about having to look after 2 babies and a toddler.

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    Comfortable and practical, with attention to nice hair and make up (always makes you feel better, even when you’re at home just with babies!)

    32. What kept you sane?
    My husband/friends

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Ryan Reynolds

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    The Election

    35. Who did you miss?
    My Dad

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    ONe of my sons friends mum

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    “these things too will pass” everything takes time, and things always do get better. Maybe not in the way you hoped they would, but everything works out in the end.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “welcome to the jungle”

  5. cantychick says

    1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    Bought a house

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    Yes I did and yes I will but they’re more ‘goals’ than resolutions

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yes, my cousin

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    Yes, my Grandad 😦 Miss him every day

    5. What countries did you visit?
    Australia for 4 days

    6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
    More savings

    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    February 22nd – Chch earthquake ; March 6th – Moved into my house ; March 31st – A drink at Bealey Speights which has led to an awesome new relationship, awww.

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Independence in my new house and being brave and seizing the day.

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    A bit of friction with my Mum and not going to the gym as much as I should have.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Just coughs and colds

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    House, Android phone

    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    Close friends

    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Everyone was pretty good this year. The earthquake certainly brought out a more caring nature in a lot of people.

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Mortgage and bills

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Foo Fighters at Western Springs

    16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    A whole lot of the new Foo Fighters songs and the new music I’ve been introduced to by my man.

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) Happier or sadder?
    Happier, definitely
    b) Thinner or fatter?
    Bout the same but not feeling as fit so I need to work on that
    c) Richer or poorer?
    Poorer

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Sleeping, travel

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Overanalysing (as always)

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    Family lunch and then off down south for Boxing Day

    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    Yes and I feel thankful for it every day 🙂

    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Game of Thrones

    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
    No

    24. What was the best book you read?
    One Day by David Nicholls

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Dukes!

    26. What did you want and get?
    House

    27. What did you want and not get?
    New car

    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    The last Harry Potter was pretty phenomenal

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I was 29. Had a lovely dinner out with my parents and then drinks with friends the next night

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A little bit of extra cash and some inclination to pull weeds

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    A lot more casual at work in the second half of the year, loving the jandals

    32. What kept you sane?
    The new man and my dear close friends. And wine

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Bradley Cooper

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Election and asset sales

    35. Who did you miss?
    Friends who live overseas, and, since August, Grandad

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    The new man, by a country mile 🙂

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    Everything happens for a reason, even if it’s not always clear for a start.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “I believe I waited long enough…where do I begin” (Walk, Foo Fighters)

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  7. Stella says

    1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

    Made short films.

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

    I never make any

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

    nope

    4. Did anyone close to you die?

    a great uncle I used to enjoy the company of

    5. What countries did you visit?

    none unfortunatly

    6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

    an ongoing part time job

    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

    may friday the 13th; the first time I saw a Rocky Horror shadow cast fan screening

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

    being invited to the expanding documentory confrence despite only being a first year media student

    9. What was your biggest failure?

    not getting a regular sourceof income

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

    my right eye was damaged a bit

    11. What was the best thing you bought?

    43(ish?) worthwild books

    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

    my’n; I turned my grades completely around, and after finnishing my finnal project I spent 2 days drinking brandy in a bay window with half a dozen books.

    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

    my ex’s, I still want to be her friend (like all my past partners) but I can’t stand seeing her while she is selfdestructive.

    14. Where did most of your money go?

    food, travel, books

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

    my multimedia and film production classes. every excersis was a buzz.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2011?

    ‘Mutual Core’ from Bjork’s new albumn

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) Happier or sadder?
    much Happier
    b) Thinner or fatter?
    thinner which is horrorfying, I dont know where I could have lost it from
    c) Richer or poorer?
    richer at this very moment because I got payed for a one off job today

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    socializing

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

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    With family, as always

    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    In and out of love; if you relax the term

    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    BBC life, & BBC first life

    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
    yes… but i’m not sure if I liked him this time last year… he went through waves of being liked and loathed

    24. What was the best book you read?
    I’m ashamed to say the one I enjoyed the most was Going Postal

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Bebop

    26. What did you want and get?
    a wig

    27. What did you want and not get?
    a job

    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    the rocky horror picture show shadow cast at the auckland academy cinema

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I jumped off the harbour bridge with my twin and then sat 2 level 6 exams

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    It was a really really good year; I would say a job…but I wouldnt want to change it; this has been one of the best years of my life.

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

    black or grey 5 piece suits / beatnik / postpunk transexual

    32. What kept you sane?

    a busy schedule

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Zooey Deschanel or Brad Pit. I CAN’T CHOOSE DAMN IT THEIR BOTH SO ATTRACTIVE

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    maori party/ manna party thing

    35. Who did you miss?
    I miss my mentor from highschool, its been a few years and would really like to track her down.

    So If anyone that reads this blog knows a young woman of chinese decent named Manie who studied art at auckland university in recent years please comment.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    all my lecturers this year that I hadn’t previously known, oh and my tutor sophie who I made a cell phone doco with.

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    I look damn sharp in a suit

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “a punctured bicycle on the hillside desolate, has nature made a man of me yet?”

  8. dragonzflame says

    1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    Got engaged 🙂

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    Nah, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I try to improve the things that need improving on the previous year but generally they’re a recipe for failure. That said, I do want 2012 to be the year I stop biting my nails. But I’ve said that before.

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Partner’s sister had a little girl.

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No, hooray!

    5. What countries did you visit?
    None this year, but going to Sydney in April.

    6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
    More focus for my business and a less sulky attitude to things not always going my way.

    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    15 February, the day I got proposed to – but I keep having to think about the date because 22 Feb always pops into my head. Somehow my engagement and the earthquake have mentally been given the same date even though I’m not from Christchurch; make of that what you will.

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Doubling my business turnover from last year.

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Trying to train for Round the Bridges, not leaving myself enough time for it not to be horrendously unpleasant, and giving up halfway through. I haven’t been for a run since early November.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Just a cold. And I bruised and lost a toenail walking around Wellington for a whole day in inappropriate shoes.

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    My sewing machine, a steal on Trade Me.

    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    All the good people who’ve worked selflessly for something they believe in, whatever that may be. Unless they’re those Westboro Baptist arses.

    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Someone’s.

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Food, sewing stuff.

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    I would say my engagement, and that was pretty awesome, but tempered by the nagging about when the wedding will be. (We don’t know, we’ll let you know when we do, now please leave it alone.) It was actually a couple of sewing projects I finished, I love that feeling when you learn something new and actually start to realise you’re getting pretty good at it.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    I really have no idea. Ask me again in a few years.

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) Happier or sadder?
    Happier
    b) Thinner or fatter?
    About the same. I hope.
    c) Richer or poorer?
    Richer I guess. Or I would be if I stopped buying stuff.

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Reading books, business development, cultivating some friendships

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Wasting time on the internet, worrying about silly things.

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    With various sets of family

    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    Not this year.

    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Modern Family, Downton Abbey

    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
    No, don’t think so.

    24. What was the best book you read?
    You know, I’ve been bad and I don’t think I’ve read anything much new to me. I have my old favourites that I re-read, however. I’ll say Jane Eyre.

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    The Smiths – okay, not a new discovery, but a new appreciation.

    26. What did you want and get?
    To be happier than I was in 2010.

    27. What did you want and not get?
    A trip to America. But that wasn’t a realistic want, not this year.

    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    The Room – I know it’s not new, but I was inducted into fandom this year. It’s changed my life for the more hilarious.

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 26, and I have no idea what I did. It was on a public holiday, so I assume I got taken out for lunch or dinner and did a lot of not much.

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A lotto win? 😉 I think on the whole it’s been pretty good – it’s certainly laid some groundwork for a rather good 2012.

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    Crafty and vintagey. When I make the effort. Otherwise it’s person-who-works-from-home, which really isn’t particularly fashionable. Or always clean.

    32. What kept you sane?
    Coffee.

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    My soft spot for Leo has never really hardened up.

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Had to be the General Election.

    35. Who did you miss?
    See #13. Cryptic, but this is the internet.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    My friend’s girlfriend. We exchange young-adult fiction and it’s awesome.

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    Things work out in the end.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “Learn to swim” – Tool

  9. Phoebe1 says

    Happy Christmas Jane, Joel and Bebe. Thank you for the varied and interesting blogs this year; And THE news!! and to the regulars thank you for the conversations we have had while Jane has been dozing in the corner.

    May you all have a safe and happy festive time with friends and family with only good and joyful events coming your way, Yes still in Pollyanna mode…it’s a good place to be. My family will be joining me bringing quantities of food and drinks….,and gifts naturally 🙂 So a marvellous relaxing day after a long hard year. Cheers everyone….raising glass to toast

  10. 1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    bought a house and a puppy

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I can’t remember what mine were…..

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yes, two friends did. We are now the only couple out of our close circle of friends to not have a child….

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    Yes, a dear family friend from cancer. It was so sad & tragic. We miss him every day & his poor family are celebrating their first Christmas without him.

    5. What countries did you visit?
    none, too poor after buying a house to go away anywhere

    6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
    More time to spend at home with my hubby, less fatigue would be good too!

    7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    Feb 22nd because it was the earthquake where people died in Chch & I was at work with the kiddies & could hear all the sirens going & the shops right near us collapsed.

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Getting Most Improved player in my grade of netball for my club!

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Not being particularly smart or motivated when it came to nutrition. Again.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Lots of illness from working at a preschool, I’m still not immune to the kids germs & I sprained my ankle for the first time ever. It was so painful, don’t want to do that again- ever!

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    Our house of course & I’m loving our puppy

    12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    The people of Chch who got out & helped each other & showed real love & generosity

    13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Can’t think of anyone right now but I’m sure there were a few

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Deposit for house, house inspections etc

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Being able to buy a dog since we wouldn’t be renting anymore!

    16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    Someone like you- Adele

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) Happier or sadder?
    Right now happier
    b) Thinner or fatter?
    Same I think
    c) Richer or poorer?
    Poorer, not much savings now

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Hanging out with hubby & friends

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Being tired & grumpy & worrying about money

    20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    With my family & our puppy, mimi

    21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    no because I’m in love with my darling husband

    22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Better With You so annoyed they cancelled that show!

    23. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
    Not that I can think of

    24. What was the best book you read?
    Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Adele, love her music!

    26. What did you want and get?
    To buy a house & a puppy, also a new dining table & chairs

    27. What did you want and not get?
    nothing, I have been incredibly blessed & spoilt

    28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Bridesmaids for sure! It was hilarious!

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I went to Lone Star for my 28th bday with some close friends & my family after having lunch with my husbands family

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Nothing, it’s been a huge year emotionally with the earthquakes & we bought a house which is a biggie. Not a year we will forget easily!

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    If it fits & looks good on me then it is my fashion

    32. What kept you sane?
    Cute little kids at work & Aaron never giving up on me & loving me no matter what

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Ryan Reynolds, he’s pretty hot

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    not really caring about political stuff to be honest

    35. Who did you miss?
    My best friend but she is back now indefinitely!

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    Kylie Lloyd & Robbie Currie, nice couple about to be married

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    You can go anywhere but an earthquake could happen there so there is no point leaving in fear because nowhere is safe really

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “Not many cities you know are like this” – Scribe

    Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year Jane! Looking forward to finding out the sex of your baby! Hope you relax & enjoy the festive season 🙂

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