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2007 – a year in review

The brilliant and clever Sundry posted a “laborious blog questionnaire” on her blog of which I am an avid reader. Here are my answers to her end of year questions.house
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t actually make any last year, this year I want to make some as a family that we can concentrate on achieving together, I will post more on this once we have worked out what they will be!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! 2007 was another year for babies in our social circle, welcome baby Milo, Samuel, Annika Grandfather Peter passed away this year. He led a full and varied life and we lucky enough to spend some time with him and Gwen in the UK with Amy before we left in 2006. He will be missed.
5. What countries did you visit?
South Africa and Australia, our new home
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
This is a hard question to answer because 2007 was a year full of new experiences, new friendships and lots of happiness.
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
6th January is a biggie because it’s the day we arrived in Sydney to start the next phase of our lives. 11th June is also big because it’s the day we moved into our first home together.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Buying our house was a big achievement, on a smaller but no less impressive scale was going back to the gym and getting Amy settled into the crèche. In fact anything to do with Amy has been a big achievement, I am very proud of my precious girl!
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t have one, can that be right? Nope, I didn’t exactly attempt anything huge that I could fail at but still, no failures.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did have to have a minor procedure this year, all I can say is make sure you have a regular pap test, life is too short to risk your health.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
This list would be endless because along with moving countries and buying a house comes LOTS of shopping! We bought a house, a car, a computer, a wide screen LCD, a dyson, a million toys and too many other things to count.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I could say Amy because as I mentioned I am very proud of all of her milestones and achievements, but I think I will have to say my husband Ron. He managed to secure himself a great job within two weeks of being in Sydney and has worked hard this year to secure a future for his family. A toast to you babe!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The soon to be ex husband of a friend. Its not my story to tell but I am saddened that someone could be so callous and uncaring especially with children involved.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Easy – the house, its contents and our garden!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
See above! (Boring!)
16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Sydney band Thirsty Merc’s song “20 good reasons” and The Fray from Denver, Colorado “How to save a life”. Chicago band The Plain White T’s song “Hey there Delilah”. I have so many more that I should post a soundtrack to the year, I love that since moving to Australia I have heard and grown to love so many Aussie bands as their songs are used on TV and played often on the radio.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Definitely happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner – yay me!
c) richer or poorer? Definitely poorer, but richer in so many other ways! Corny but true!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Worked on my friendships, found the balance between friends faraway and friends right here. Gone to the beach.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating and drinking, but it was fun, I would do it all over again.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my husband’s family next to the pool, down by the water.
21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
All over again with Amy, our precious daughter and with our new lives.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Home and Away, I love my Aussie soaps!
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Seriously, I don’t hate anyone, I don’t even dislike anyone.
24. What was the best book you read?
I discovered David Lambkin thanks to my mum and read so many other books I couldn’t begin to list them. I just finished reading Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy again in preparation for the movies. I also read the final Harry Potter and loved it.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Anything Aussie, seriously, there is so much good music coming out of this country. Silverchair, Powderfinger, Katie Noonan, Thirsty Merc
26. What did you want and get?
A new life Downunder!
27. What did you want and not get?
Hand, foot and mouth virus
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmm, we saw a few movies this year, but nothing sticks out.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31 and we had lunch at the beach with my parents, a very special birthday.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had been a little braver and actually took a few steps closer to my dream of being a photographer again
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Practical, comfy? Covered in crumbs and vegemite finger prints.
32. What kept you sane?
The love of a good man and the absolute joy that has been watching my child develop into her own little person
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jeez, this is hard, it would have to be David Beckham all over again when he came to Sydney, the city went nuts!
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don’t talk politics on my blog for many reasons but its been a revelation this year watching both a state and federal election here in New South Wales and Australia. I have had a complete turnabout in relation to my desire to become an Australian citizen in two years time when I am elegible. From being adamant that I would never become Australian, now I really want to be able to vote and to have a say in the country that we have chosen to live in and bring up our child. With regard to South African politics, I have only one word – corrupt. Its an absolute travesty of justice what is going to happen in our country’s future.
35. Who did you miss?
So many people but especially my parents and sister in South Africa and all our very special friends in the UK. Its been a year of being apart and in three weeks time we fly out to the UK to catch up with lots of these friends and as a special bonus, my parents too. I couldn’t be more excited!
36. Who was the best new person you met?
My friendships with all our friends here in Australia have been very special. Its been a wonderful thing to realise that we have so many close friends here.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Life does not have to be complicated or fast paced to be satisfying. The very simple pleasures are often the most complex emotions and slowing down our lives to take stock has been a revelation.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Its not really summing up anything in particular but these lyrics from Thirsty Merc, “20 good reasons” resonate with me.
But life is life
And things will change
Like scenes upon an
Actor’s stage
Tomorrow comes today
for all we know

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Bought a

Poppy, Kieran, Jacob, and I am sure there are others I am forgetting!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My maternal

Happy New Year to you all, may 2008 bring you all your heart’s desire!

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