Time for my annual end of year meme. I decided against doing round up lists this year, the questions in this will suffice.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Attended a District Beaver Scout sleepover. The idea of a sleepover for 150 6-8 year olds was a little daunting but it was an amazing experience and one I’ll remember for a long time. Attended a prom at the Royal Albert Hall, the Doctor Who prom to be precise – one of the best live experiences I’ve ever had.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
I didn’t make any this year but I’m considering a couple of sweepingly general ones for next year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
After lots of babies towards the end of 2012 this year was new baby free.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, in September my wonderful grandad died.
5. What countries did you visit?
Other than a 24 hour visit to Aberystwyth and a weekend in Cardiff I didn’t leave England this year. I’m hoping to do better next year.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Last year I said I wanted a completed degree and job in 2013. Due to bureaucratic rubbish I didn’t manage the former, and despite my best efforts the latter has not been forthcoming either. So for 2014 my wishes are the same, I hope to finish my degree as quickly as possible now, and to find a first professional post.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
13th September, the day my grandad died.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
Like last year I don’t really feel like I’ve achieved or failed in anything this year, I’ve just carried on.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major, a few minor quibbles and the usual irritations that come as part and parcel of my Hypermobility Syndrome.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My iPad, both because it’s been incredibly well used and because I paid for it using money I received from various family members for my 30th birthday.
12. Where did most of your money go?
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Two things spring to mind, both Doctor Who related. Getting to go into the TARDIS set was an amazing day and a truly wonderful experience, and attending the Doctor Who prom completely revitalised my love for the show, its soundtrack and its fandom.
14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
That this question is so difficult to answer compared with last year makes me very sad. I attended the Doctor Who prom which was amazing, but I don’t think I have one song that’ll make me think of the year.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
A little sadder, but full of hope for happiness in the new year.
b) thinner or fatter?
c) Richer or poorer?
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spent more time with friends, no matter how much time I get to spend with friends it’s never enough. And this year I have to say reading, I had a few months where I didn’t manage to get through many books at all and it was most unpleasant.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Frittering time away. Over the last few months I’ve tried to be more mindful about how I use my time, it’s definitely a work in progress.
18. Did you fall in love in 2013?
19. What was your favorite TV program?
So, so many including; Chicago Fire, The Walking Dead, Broadchurch, Sleepy Hollow, Sons of Anarchy, Nashville, Teen Wolf, Supernatural, Defiance and Arrow. I also finally got to love Justified, it took until season 4 but finally I clicked with it and saw why people loved it as much as they do. A special mention must also go to Wizards Vs Aliens, its second series was such a wonderful example of storytelling for children done right.
20. What was the best book you read?
Always a really tough question. Pantomime by Laura Lam, Sorrowline by Niel Bushnell, Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan, the Lynburn Legacy books by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This is What Happy Looks Like by Jen E Smith were all books I enjoyed loads. I loved the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry but I think the best book I read this year was Something Like Normal by Trish Dollar. I loved so much about it, I couldn’t bring myself to review it despite having written a couple of pages of notes once I finished reading, I knew there were no words to do it justice.
21. What was your favorite film of this year?
Thinking just about cinema trips, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Despicable Me 2, Much Ado About Nothing, Fast and Furious 6 and Thor 2. I think my favourite cinema trip though was to see Pacific Rim, a film that absolutely lived up to my hopes and expectations.
22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was my birthday yesterday, I was 31. After seeing family in the morning I went to London and saw Coriolanus with friends.
23. What kept you sane?
Friends, crafts, tea, Beavers.
24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
There are far too many to even begin thinking of narrowing it down to just one.
25. Who did you miss?
Same as last year, friends I didn’t manage to see enough of, there are so many I only managed to see a couple of times over the course of the year.
26. Who was the best new person you met?
Finally an easy question. Charlie, the son of close friends. He was born at the end of 2012 but I didn’t get to meet him until the beginning of this year. He’s awesome, and I’ve had lots of fun playing with him on my visits throughout the year.