2012 Review Thingo

Here we go again! Previous episodes: 2011, 2010 and 2009.

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

  • Organised a pretty awesome Up & Running retreat.
  • Went to Barcelona and Madrid.
  • Drank coffee! Now I’m an addict. Gimme gimme.


2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
“Wear lipstick more often”… DONE!

My 2013 one is: write every day.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. Babies babies everywhere. I lost count!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Knock on wood.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and USA

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?
Focus, on what is actually important and meaningful. Too much dithering going on.

7. What dates from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • The Tour de France day in Paris, because it was Wiggo and history unfolding before our very eyes!
  • Seeing legendary Nile Rodgers at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
  • The first day of the Up & Running retreat, when I came up the stairs to the apartment and heard a cacophony of international accents. Such relief that it all worked out!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm… growing my hair longer? I don’t feel like I achieved anything noteworthy. I’m dead chuffed about the continued success of Up & Running though.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not valuing my worth and not speaking up for myself in big moments. Being a big wuss, basically.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No. Finally got my dodgy knee looked at (osteoarthritis) which helped me accept I needed to lay off the high impact stuff.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Moka coffee pot. Okay, three Moka pots. But you never know which size you’ll need.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Going to Baltimore for the Fitbloggin conference. Couldn’t resist going one more time.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The fucking PARALYMPICS! And the Tour de France. And the Olympics. It was a long summer on the couch.

14. What song will always remind you of this year?
These Chains by Hot Chip.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
I’m just fine! No whinges here. There were some very very challenging times, but I did a lot of really fun things this year. A better word might be restless?

b) thinner or fatter?
Exactly the bloody same as the end of 2011. Which is not where I want to be, d’oh.

c) richer or poorer?
Slightly poorer but I have good times to show for it!

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Weight training.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Tinkering around the edges, instead of getting some balls and doing or saying what I really wanted to. BALLS!

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Rhi and the in-laws came over. Rhi and I cooked for the fourth year running (with Gareth on ham)

19. Did you fall in love this year?
I fell in love with the fountain pen I got for my birthday. Pen and paper FTW!

20. What was your favorite TV program?
Borgen, The Bridge, The Last Leg, The Killing III. Mad Men Season 5 was pretty darn good. Also, we’re two episodes from finishing the very last season of Northern Exposure (originally screened 1995) and I’m heartbroken all over again!

21. What was the best book you read?
Racing Through The Dark by David Millar and With My Body by Nikki Gemmell. I also finally read Jane Eyre…. what can you say about that one? Bloody loved it.

22. What was your favorite film of this year?
Moonrise Kingdom. Also pretty much the only new movie I saw. Whoops.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to work, HO HUM. 35.

24. What kept you sane?
Travels and the ladies of the Up & Running Forum. So funny, real and kind.

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

  • Inspector Montalbano – there’s something about that baldy head and incessant gesticulating.
  • Ben “Dance Walk” Aaron
  • a vast selection of British sporting heroes
  • the PM’s husband in Borgen (last year known as Strange from The Killing II).

26. Who did you miss?
Same as the previous three years – everyone in Australia. But also missed my sister and often wished we lived in the same town.

27. Who was the best new person you met?
All the Up & Runners I got to meet in person. We seem to luck out with groovy people every time!

About Shauna Reid

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32 thoughts on “2012 Review Thingo

    1. I’m not sure really why they are great from a coffee-tasted point of view, but when I “discovered” coffee at the Bologna retreat last year and immediately wanted to know how to get a fix at home, my Italian friend Sara said the Moka pot was the best way to do it so I obeyed her advice!

      Also, they’re very inexpensive compared to coffee machines or Nespressos or whatnot, and hardier than a french press (we managed to break three of those last year!)

      Personally I find them easy to use (just whack it on the stove) and the sight of the pot bubbling away looking all foxy and Italian just makes me happy.

  1. Have an awesome 2013 Shauna 🙂 thanks for helping me achieve some of my own resolutions. I am alas also at a pretty similar weight as last year, but it could be so much worse. Im just maintaining early 😉 hope to continue reading about your exploits :). Ros

  2. Mmmm, coffee. Welcome to the darkside.
    You’re 35?! I’m one of those people that thinks everyone is my age…just found out another friend is 40 today. I’m turning 37 this year…I thought we were all 37! ha ha ha.
    Happy 2013!

  3. What a great way to reflect on the past year!
    It’s so easy to forget the highs and achievements when faced with the lows!
    Lets cheer for 2013 being an even better year ahead… Fresh starts and new challenges I love the new year.

  4. “wear lipstick more often.” ha! my kind of resolution.
    fun read. thank you for sharing!
    soooo jealous of your travels.
    Northern Exposure was my all time favorite TV series when I was in late high school/early college. I adored those people & wanted to move to Alaska & live with them.
    Do you remember this line? “It’s not the thing you fling. It’s the fling itself.”

  5. This just makes me all happy inside… I opened about eight links that I now need to go peruse! Also, you rock. Thanks for continuing to share yourself on both of your blogs!

  6. What a delightful tour/line-of-thought to travel along. And, jeepers, lovely shots!

    V. glad you did all that traveling–super cool.

    I super duper get that “tinkering around the edges” thing. It IS balls. Maybe I’ll pick one IMPORTANT thing to work on for at least 10 minutes each Monday. Only 10 and only 1/week since they’re invariably scary things and I want to start easy. Or maybe 5 min/M-F? It’s a thought.

    I just have to say re: “Jane Eyre”: *SIGH* =)

    My husband, still, when he’s feeling fond of me, will occasionally say “you transfix me most.” And I swoon.

  7. Fabbo reading your roundup of the year Shauna, and it makes me happy that so many of the good parts involved Up & Running! Seeing as you had linked it I just had to pop over and read your post about Bologna again… ah the memories! Good times.

  8. Love this round up! I may have to *ahem* borrow some of the questions. So glad you finally came to the Cake Ladies meetings! A great place to hang out and where no-one judges you on how much cake you eat.

  9. My first shaunareid.com comment – yahoo!

    Proud to have been part of your 2012 Highlights post. If I win the lotto you’d better prepare for Blogger Road Trip ’13: The Scottish Edition.

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