(with last year’s answers as well)
1. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?
2009 – Competed in a kickboxing tournament (v. unsuccessfully), went on the telly, became a UK citizen, grew tomatoes and salad leaves, bought a house.
2010 – Visited Italy and Los Angeles, made a souffle, grew parsnips, got counselling. A low key kind of year to be honest.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
2009 – I resolved to 1) exercise 20 mins a day 2) write down what I eat 3) internet curfew of 10.30pm. About 37% success. My resolution for 2010 is to do more stuff that I enjoy. That is all.
2010 – Success! Aim low, hit target. Definitely made time to do more stuff that I enjoy. Also ate more stuff that I enjoyed. Just too bloody much!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
2009 – My foxy work colleague, Lorraine.
2010 – No but 95% of my lady friends got pregnant!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
2009 – My great uncle Gordon passed away. He was a lovely man.
2010 – No. Unless you count Peter Pan the sponsor dog!
5. What countries did you visit?
2009 – Australia and USA
2010 – Italy, France and USA.
6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?
2009 – A clearer mind!
2010 – Focus, drive and, self-belief and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2009 – Thursday 22 January. Last day in New York. Killer cookie from Levain Bakery.
2010 – That San Francisco Saturday with Jillian & Greg. Sushi, booze, cards, brief sail on the bay.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
2009 – Growing tomatoes!
2010 – Pretty lame old year in the field of achievement. Hosting the cupcake party, I’ll say, for sheer joy of it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
2009 – Ignoring my health.
2010 – Being reactive rather than proactive.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
2009 – The big D.
2010 – Continued big D and 6 seperate colds. Did not eat enough veggies this year it seems.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
2009 – iStuff 808 Bass Sound Isolating Earphones – only £16.99 to totally drown out snotty noses and rubbish banter on public transport! I heartily endorse!
2010 – Bargain spinning bike so we can exercise indoors when the weather is shithouse.
12. Where did most of your money go?
2009 – Airfares to Australia and deposit for Crooked House.
2010 – Shrink fees.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
2009 – The sausage and onion pie from SimpleSimon Pies.
2010 – Wallander! I got just a wee bit obsessive about this Swedish detective and his various incarnations on the telly.
14. What song will always remind you of this year?
2009 – Hocus Pocus. Gareth dragged me along to a Focus gig – Dutch prog yodelling ahoy.
2010 – All the songs on Dusty Live From Memphis.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
2009 – I was sadder, but i’m doing something about it, so much happier now!
2010 – Happier!
b) thinner or fatter?
2009 – Fatter, but again doing something about it.
2010 – Fatter, again. Obviously did not do enough about it!
c) richer or poorer?
2009 – Poorer financially due to mortgage shackles. But feeling very lucky and appreciative to have a good life and know so many groovy people.
2010 – About the same!
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
2009 – Look after my mental health. Fun outings with Dr G. Travel. I’ve not been anywhere Euro since 2007! (shitey work trip doesn’t count
2010 – Take photos.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
2009 – Worrying about what other people think.
2010 – Panicking. Overeating. Excuse making.
18. How will you spend Christmas?
2009 – Rhi and the in-laws are coming to Crooked House! There will be feasting and port.
2010 – Same! Christmas was even better this year thanks to better planning and advance preparation. The timings of the food were perfect on the big day, too. I dunno why that gives me such pleasure. Also: provided entertainment this year in the form of Billionaire card game. So much fun.
19. Did you fall in love this year?
2009 – Yes, with my cherry tomatoes! And more in love with Dr G. We have both had a real stinker of a 2009 in many respects but we kept each other trucking along.
2010 – Still diggin’ the G Man.
20. What was your favorite TV program?
2009 – The Thick of It
2010 – Mad Men
21. What was the best book you read?
2009 – Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
2010 – A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
22. What was your favorite film of this year?
2009 – Didn’t see too many good films, but some oldies I saw for the first time and loved were Blade Runner and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
2010 – Only saw Inception (nae bad) and Sex and the City 2 (urgh) at the cinema. Favourite LoveFilm rental was Etre et Avoir and also finally saw Gladiator which was ace.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
2009 – I went to the BBC Good Food show in Glasgow then I scrubbed the walls of our putrid house. I turned 32.
2010 – I went to work! But the weekend before I had a spa day, dinner with the inlaws at a great pub, and dinner at Chop Chop with Rhi and Dr G. Was 33.
2010 – Books.
25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
2009 – Peter Capaldi. Loved him shouty sweary on The Thick Of It and loved him rambling on as he drew little sketches on that documentary about Scottish art.
2010 – Was a pretty quiet year on the celebrity crush front. Quite fancied Don Draper for awhile there but it’s on the wane.
26. Who did you miss?
2009 – Everyone in Australia, especially Peita, Jane and Jen Dog.
2010 – Same!
27. Who was the best new person you met?
2009 – Alison, a sage and hilarious arsekicker
2010 – A whole tribe of Girl Geeks.