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The end of the year as we know it

Just like in previous years I have done Sundry’s end of year questions. I can’t make any fancy links, not enough time, we are rushing off to spend New Year’s Eve with my aunt and uncle on their trout farm.

Happy New Year to you all! May 2010 be full of joy, happiness and prosperity for you all!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I travelled with two children, braved my insecurities and reached out across the computer divide to connect with some friends I had made online.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I try not to make elaborate resolutions that I then struggle to stick to and feel terrible for failing! However I will get it down in writing that 2010 is going to be my year to reclaim my body and fitness. Plus I want to make that ever elusive “time for family” that is SO much more difficult to do with two children.

3. Anyone close to you give birth?
Once again our friends have done well to produce lots of lovely babies again this year. My dear friend Margaret had her baby girl a week before Stella was born and we were able to visit them in hospital the day after Emily was born which is always special.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one close.

5. What countries did you visit?
South Africa, twice.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Motivation, SLEEP, time to spend on myself and my fitness, SLEEP. I will be having a lot more time for myself this coming year when Amy starts preschool. Two full days a week with just Stella, it will be like a mini-spa break every week!

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The 22nd of April and the birth of our daughter Stella. Another incredible birth experience and a day of much joy for our little family.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Birthing another healthy baby, growing this healthy baby with my breastmilk, managing to stay reasonably sane despite crazy sleep deprivation. Nursing my husband through his knee surgery.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Once again I believe I let my friends down by not being more available, connected, present. I have so many special friends that I feel an intense need to keep close to, made all the more difficult by being so far away from so many.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My horrible morning sickness lingered well into 2009 by presenting as debilitating tummy bugs. I was relieved to leave those days behind with my pregnancy. Otherwise I have been in good health and although Ron’s knee injury had a massive impact on my life, I can’t really claim it as my own!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The sling I have used to carry Stella in from the day she was born. It was an impulse purchase that I have loved each and every time I tuck her soft body into it. I am sad that she is now so big and so heavy, and so independant that I can’t carry her for longer than an hour however she will still fall asleep in the sling and that has to be the BEST feeling ever. Her warm, heavy body asleep next to mine.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Amy has continued to grow and change and develop her own personality, quirks and mannerisms. I am continally amazed at her maturity, resiliance and capacity for love and empathy. I am as always so proud to call her my daughter.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I can’t really go so far as to say ‘appalled and depressed’ but there have been moments where Amy has sorely tested every ounce of patience in my body. Parenting a quirky, mature, confident, precocious three year old has been one of the hardest roles I have ever had.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Our children, having Stella, fixing Ron. (and a few treats!)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Having another baby, coming to South Africa for our epic 5 week Christmas holiday. Flying back to South Africa to suprise my Mum for her 60th and all the conspiring with my Dad and sister that went on before!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I am passing on this one, see the last question, there has just been too much music in my life for one song!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier, much.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, quite a bit. Sigh. (see above)
c) richer or poorer? No richer, no poorer in money terms but oh so much richer for our girls.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spent time on myself, my fitness and health. Connected with friends. SLEPT.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about how our lives would accomodate another child.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At the beach in South Africa with my family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Stella Margaret, how did we ever know life before you?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
My soapie addiction – Eastenders, Home and Away. More Dexter.

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

24. What was the best book you read?
Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium Triology” seriously probably the best crime fiction I have ever read and its a genre I enjoy greatly. Tragically the author died before he was able to see the publishing phenomenon that his novels were to become. If you ask me, it all sounds a little fishy, either he was just really unlucky or is hiding out in a summer house on one of the Swedish islands writing more novels and counting his money!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The miracle that is an Ipod with 160gb of space and endless podcasts to be downloaded. I have rediscovered so much music from my past that everytime I hit ‘shuffle’ I take a trip back down memory lane!

26. What did you want and get?
A new ipod!

27. What did you want and not get?
A new laptop, wow I sound so consumed by STUFF!

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I confess to enjoying Twilight even though it hurts to write it. I really loved Invictus. I was unsure how I would feel about watching a movie based on real life events that I remember so well but Clint Eastwood and his cast were phenomenal.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33 and celebrated with a big party for myself and Amy. My sister was staying with us which was very special.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Silly question really, winning the lottery maybe?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Same as before, child friendly, to accomodate my expanding waistline whilst pregnant and for comfort after having Stella. I really need to address that fitness issue to be able to enjoy some of my favourite pieces of clothing that I can’t fit into anymore.

32. What kept you sane?
Reading, music, friends, THE INTERNET in all its forms, blogs, facebook, twitter.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
It hurts to admit that Robert Pattinson caused me to swoon a little, but I feel I redeem myself by confessing a deep lust for Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar. Delicious!

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I got caught up in the political intrigue that was the running of the state of New South Wales, its been like watching a soap opera. It will be interesting to see what has happened in our absence.

35. Who did you miss?
All those friends and family that I live away from, it never gets any easier.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I have been so lucky to make some great new friends this year, in real life and from the internet, thank you, all of you, I can’t wait to get to know you better in 2010.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
If you jiggle the baby up and down too vigorously after a breastfeed, its likely to end up in an emergency washing situation.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Can I pass on this one, I have too much music in my head for one lyric.

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