On the year that was…

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I’ll start off by saying 2014 was a profound year. Both good and bad, and really just downright ugly sometimes. I’m glad to be on the other side of that dreadful thing, to say the least. Of course, I am late to all of this, because, well, I usually am…

Here’s my year in review:

  1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

I (we, the royal we) bought puppies, and a house. I also had to start getting some good mood from a bottle due to work circumstances. Yay, serotonin! (NOT)

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

I think I make the same ones year after year, but needless to say NONE of that happened in 2014, due to the extreme douchiness that 2014 brought with it.

  1. How did I spend New Year’s Eve?

At a braai with our best friends in the complex. Wouldn’t risk driving with all the drunk people on the roads. This means we end up chilling way more, and we can actually have that extra glass of wine. We also took the pups with us, so they could play with their doggy friends. All round goodness.

As a side note, I was very thankful when the rain thwarted some fireworks in progress. Even mother nature hates them. Take a hint fireworks people.

  1. Did anyone close to you die?

My dad. On the 17th of May, we said goodbye to him, after his battle with melanoma. All of us have a dad-shaped hole in our hearts. He was a person to look up to, and I’m striving (and failing) to be more like him. He’s been on earth for 72 glorious years. Knew my mom for 52, been married to her for 50 years. Such a great example… I wish I had known him for longer.

My lovely little angry bird also died in 2014. He was only 4. We suspect a heart attack… he died in the hubby’s hands.

  1. What countries did you visit?

Does Cape Town count as another country? No? Ok. Then none other than SA.

  1. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Self assurance. Confidence. Maybe a better self-esteem. And more time with my family.

  1. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

17 May 2014. Read point 4.

  1. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Buying puppies and a house. Not at the same time though. We got the pups in March – travelled all the way to Lichtenburg to pick them up. They’ve been the best therapy this year could possibly give me. And I won’t trade them for anything. Even if they do eat my plants from time to time.

We bought the house in May around the time of my dad’s passing. Moved in on the 1st of August, and we’ve slowly been improving the place (it had been a rental house since it was built). We’ve also started a garden, and it has proven to be excellent therapy as well.

  1. What was your biggest failure?

Not being there enough for my family. My dad especially. Sometimes getting caught up in work, and trying to work your ass off for that glimmer of having your boss like you isn’t worth not seeing your parents. Or siblings.

Spend time with them, you never know when someone will be plucked from life and you’ll be left with all kinds of regrets later on.

  1. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The kitchen and cooking brought with it some interesting injuries yes. Cuts, burns… I have learned how to basically close up my own cut wounds though. That’s handy. Some really interesting bruises as well, thanks to my clumsy nature. As well as the marks that come along with raising chewy puppies.

2014 left me with a cold as parting gift. So tissues and andolex and some other stuff I found in the medicine cabinet helped me greet 2015. Sigh.

  1. What was the best thing you bought?

The puppies.

  1. Where did most of your money go?

House, house, food, house, pups.

  1. What song will always remind you of 2014?

I don’t think there’s a specific song, but I’ll always think of my dad when I hear this one:

My dad used to DJ in his spare time – and this was definitely one of his favourites, even years later.

  1. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read more books. Spend more quality time with my hubby.

  1. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Moan. Bitch. Almost cave in at work. Being sucked into negativity.

  1. What was your favourite TV program?

Suits. Vampire Diaries.The Originals.

Team Damon.

  1. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Not hate, per se. But megaloathe, yes.

  1. What was the best book you read?

I enjoy some (please don’t judge me) Teen Fiction on occasion – there are a few nice to read books… I did, however rediscover my Davis Baldacci books.

  1. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Taylor Swift. George Ezra. Meghan Trainor. Don’t judge.

  1. What was your favourite film of this year?

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay. The LEGO Movie. X-Men: Days of Future Past. How to train your Dragon 2. Guardians of the Galaxy.

  1. What did you do on your birthday?

Worked half day, had waffles at Milky Lane, a trip to the Le Creuset store and then dinner with friends.

  1. What kept you sane?

Medication, my puppies, my friends and my husband, most of all.

  1. Who did you miss?

My cousin – always miss her as she stays in the Cape and we get along so well. Still missing my dad.

  1. Who was the best new person you met?

I didn’t really get to socialising this year, but finally meeting Sam in real life was great!

  1. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:

Be who you are, not who someone wants you to be. Keep those you care about close, you never know when they will be ripped from you. And above it all, sometimes it’s totally necessary to suck it up, cupcake.

 

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