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2011 Review Thingo

It’s the third annual Review Thingo! See also: 2010 and 2009.

1. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?

  • Started a small business
  • made jam, baked crumpets, grew beetroot and brewed rhubarb wine.
  • went to Belgium
  • spoke at a blogging conference
  • rode a bike in Paris
  • rode in a “bike race”!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
Kept them like a mofo for the first six months then kinda lost my way for a while. Back on track now. They’re more Good Habits for Life rather than resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Lorraine again and Linda. And lots of school pals. The baby avalanche continues!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. And no Sponsor Dogs died either, for a change!

5. What countries did you visit?
Belgium, Italy, France and USA

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?

7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The first day of the Fitbloggin conference – meeting blog pals in a jetlagged euphoria.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Starting Up and Running. It blows my mind every time I log on to our forum and see all these amazing women running around and kicking arse in a little corner of the internet that we created. Also, reading 52 books in 52 weeks after years of trying to hit that dumbarse target.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Working too much on the weekend.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just my stupid knee still being a bastard. Almost made it through cold-free until a rotten one right before Christmas.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A decent hairdryer.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Four new windows and a back door. Honestly the most fucking boring purchase in my life. But nice to have windows that don’t leak when it rains.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Killing! And this here Kvikk Lunsj chocolate bar that Gareth brought back from Norway. Wonder if I’ll get excited about anything in 2012 that isn’t either edible or Scandinavian!?

14. What song will always remind you of this year?
Sadness Is A Blessing by Lykki Li. Also, my box of CDs finally arrived from Oz and I became addicted to Different Class all over again.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?
I don’t really like this happy/sad simplification coz life is always light and shade. But I’m more content and better at dealing with the shitty bits.

b) thinner or fatter?
Marginally thinner. Which means still way chunkier than I want to be, but really pleased with how it’s going.

c) richer or poorer?
About the same, but those bloody windows didn’t help.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gardening. It’s a jungle out there.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Staying up too late on a school night.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
My sister and the in-laws came over. We introduced  Jamie Oliver’s Jerk ham to the menu… bloody beautiful! We also started a new Christmas Even tradition: “Early Edible Present”. Despite my obsessive planning, I’d not bought anything in the Snacks To Eat While Watching Cheesy Christmas Movies category. So we raided the Christmas stockings for one tasty ration each.

19. Did you fall in love this year?
With Barney, my Kindle! Gareth also got a Kindle this year and called it Kevin “Bloody” Kindle which never fails to crack me up when I see it on the screen. Also fell in love again with George Harrisson (see #22)

20. What was your favourite TV program?
The Killing! The Danish one, tak you very much.

21. What was the best book you read?
Didn’t really have a particular favourite this year.

22. What was your favourite film of this year?
I saw five movies at the cinema this year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (nae bad), The Lavender Hill Mob (classic), Bridesmaids (great), Whisky Galore (ace) and It’s A Wonderful Life (blubbed like a baby). ET was on the telly on Christmas Eve and I blubbed at that too!

The best thing I watched was the documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World. What a bloke, seriously. I’m a huge Beatles fan so thought it would be a nice thing to watch but it was so emotionally involving and really ripped me up/

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Work again. Gareth took me out for a fancy dinner. It was lovely but we absconded to a cheaper place for pudding!

24. What kept you sane?
Books again, but on the Kindle. I love having that instant escape in my handbag at all times.

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I quite fancied Strange in The Killing II. For awhile! And Jason Isaacs as Jackson Brodie… YES PLEASE!

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26. Who did you miss?
Everyone in Australia, again.

27. Who was the best new person you met?
Julia, in person at last, and a few hundred Up & Runners.


About Shauna Reid

Ahoy there! I’m Shauna, an author, copywriter and content mentor. I love telling stories about life and helping others to tell theirs.

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18 thoughts on “2011 Review Thingo

  1. My Kindle names, in order:
    Sarah’s Kindle
    Mr New Kindle
    Count Kindle III

    I’m not having much luck – there’s a chance I might work them a little hard – but the Amazon customer service is excellent at replacing them!

  2. Sounds like a pretty good year. Good to see things on the up and up. 🙂

    Kindles are the best invention EVER. I took a whole library on holidays with me. No chance of being bored and having nothing to read; I had 54 titles loaded. You know…just in case.

  3. This blog is doing odd things in my reader…. it threw up an unread post dated today (which I had already read several weeks ago) and when I clicked on it I was taken to another post (which I hadn’t read) that now I’ve clicked away from it, doesn’t seem to exist. And now I see a post from December that has never shown up in my reader….


  4. Have you seen Breaking Bad? The most awesome, kick-arse television program I have ever seen. Seriously, watch it. Not just my favourite of 2011, I think my favourite of all time.

    1. Ooh I’ve not seen it but The Killing was my all-time favourite so I will have to check out a potential contender!

  5. I love this idea of keeping your years together – and great ideas for reflecting on the year. I am jealous you managed to read 52 books in the year and pleased you seem happier or at least more content this year – good luck with 2012.

  6. I’m going to grab this – it’s ages since I did a meme question list thingy 🙂 Or a blog post.

    I see an upward trend in your answers too – which is always good!

  7. Hey Shauna,
    THanks for sharing your recap! I hope you don’t mind, but I used the questions for my recap on my blog!!
    I love reading your blog…I’m either laughing or inspired or both:)
    Take care.
    Nicole(Vancouver Island, BC, Canada)

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