Courtesy of my friend and scrapping inspiration back home, Michelle…here are a few questions she posted on her blog that I liked as a summary of the year that was:
Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousins girlfriend had a little *huge* boy, called Larsen. It has been fun seeing all the pics of him growing through his first year thanks to the joys of Facebook. They live in Melbourne, Aus.
Did anyone close to you die?
A friend from school, Ayla. She had been battling cancer for a long time with several times of remission but sadly she left us for a better place with God in September this year. It was hard to grieve as I missed the company of all my school friends back in NZ who gathered together and comforted each other but I had the support of Dave which made all the difference. Love you Ayz… xx
What countries did you visit?
Well, now this one I can answer a lot!!! Hong Kong, England, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Amsterdam, Belgium, Scotland…What a great start to our O.E!
What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
An enjoyable time being fiance to the love of my life!!!
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Quitting a job that was making me miserable and landing a great job at Flight Centre UK (ok, pun totally not intended!!)
What was your biggest failure?
Thinking that finance in the U.K would be similar to N.Z. It’s not at all.
What was the best thing you bought?
My phone, the HTC Desire. After exclaiming I would never own a smartphone it has been a Godsend in keeping me in touch with friends and family back home due to time differences.
Where did most of your money go?
Rent sadly..this is something we are working to remedy…or at least to make it seem more reasonable. Second to that probably travel and scrapbooking.
What did you get really excited about?
Getting engaged!!!! Dave proposed on Dec 27th in Tarves, Aberdeen on one knee in the snow on a quiet residential street. *melt*
Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Totally happier, in different ways, I was certainly happy last year but this joy is a joy of seeing the many wonders God has created and enjoying a precious and new time in our relationship.
Thinner or fatter?
Fatter. Yes, I have succumbed to the Heathrow Injection.
*sorry no photo evidence to share here*
Richer or poorer?
Neither in money really…but certainly richer in life experiences.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travelling, but that is for 2011 now!
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about sticking out a job that was making me miserable.
How did you spend Christmas?
In Tarves, Aberdeen, Scotland. Our first white christmas. We were hosted by the lovely family of Dave’s Grandma.
Did you fall in love in 2010?
Again and again. With Dave more, with the world more and with a new job that is awesome!
What was your favorite TV program?
Any new British show never seen before in NZ. I believe I have relinquished all ability to turn off the tele when crap is on…I like to think of it as a time to appreciate how great my life really is, unlike the dramas of say, Kerry Katona or the kids (adults but you wouldn’t think so…) in “The Only Way is Essex”…
What was the best book you read?
The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory closely followed by Pride and Predjudice which was a new venture on my phone using the Amazon Kindle app.
What did you want and get?
Travel and a proposal
What did you want and not get?
A Church to call home…maybe I just didn’t want it enough. I really didn’t put in enough effort to be upset by this but it certainly is on my mind.
What were your favorite films of this year?
The Social Network and Eclipse. ;p
What did you do on your birthday?
Worked then got dined at a fabulous expensive restaurant called Charlottes where Dave had the most amazing Chicken and I enjoyed a seafood meal with a side of French butter beans and a karafe of NZ Sav Blanc then home to a cake with candles and two boys (Dave and our friend Gareth) singing happy birthday to me. Oh and a skype call from home and a few lovely parcels of love from family and friends. Chuffed. A great day even though I worried I would be sad I wasn’t!
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Primark. Haha….no fashion really, just cheap plain clothes that did the job.
What kept you sane?
Skype to keep in touch with all my loved ones and the rock in my life, Dave- he is so emotionally stable it makes me unstable just thinking about it!!!!
Who did you miss?
Everyone I know and love in NZ.
Who was the best new person you met?
Natalie, a friend made through similar interests (scrapbooking), similar age (both in our 20s) and our heritage (both Kiwi’s living in London) Yay for that!!!
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Sometimes it doesn’t pay to persevere, somtimes it is better just to bite the bullet and do something crazy!
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Now this is hard…mostly because I am not a person who knows who sings what and what that song is called but my latest favourite is this tune from Ministry of Sound because it makes me want to dance and because I am so truly, madly, deeply in LOVE! But just in case you wonder…it’s mostly a tune that makes me wanna dance.
Alex Gaudino-I\'m in Love (vocal club mix)