Dubai desert sunset

2013 Review Thingo

Here we go again! Previous episodes: 201220112010 and 2009.

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

  • Moved to Inverness.
  • Grabbed my finances by the bollocks at long last.
  • That’s all I can remember. Must keep a note of this stuff during the year.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?
Write every day. About 63% successful there. I also chose a word of the year: Focus. It was ace! But not in the way I thought it would be. I thought it’d be all about fitness/career, but with the unexpected happenings of Q3 it became about focusing on what absolutely, really needed to be done… as opposed to the “problems” and “urgent tasks” of my mind’s invention. It felt rubbish at the time, but I’m far less procrastifaffy these days.

Pancake Place, Dunfermline
Pancake Place, Dunfermline

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

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?
Australia, Dubai, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. All work trips, except going home to Oz via Dubai.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa, Dubai

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?
Fluffy baffies! (that’s slippers if you’re not in Scotland)

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

  • March – brief visit to my friend Paula in Dubai, en route to Australia. We drove out into the desert at sunset and I loved that sparse landscape. Thank you, Paula!
  • April – a mini road trip with Rhi for a family BBQ with some happy reunions, topped off with a cake/coffee debrief/detour on the way back to Mum’s.
  • July – scorching day on Islay, paddling in crystal clear water with tiny fish scuttling about. Never thought I’d get in the water in Scotland!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting through the fucker without too much whinging!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Ignoring my instincts on a particular decision. It’s turned out even more crapfully than the instincts predicted, d’oh. Never again!

Also failed to progress beyond the dishcloth, knitting wise!
Also failed to progress beyond the dishcloth, knitting wise!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A julienne peeler.

12. Where did most of your money go?

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Oz.

Blurred due to excitement
Blurred due to excitement

14. What song will always remind you of this year?
Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy. The CD has been in the car for months. Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak / Somewhere in this town. Somewhere in this town? Let me guess… AT THE JAIL!?

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?

b) thinner or fatter?
About the same.

c) richer or poorer?
Poorer. Moving is pricey.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Read fiction.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Emotional eating of KitKats.

River Ness pedestrian bridge
Christmas lights on the River Ness pedestrian bridge

18. How did you spend Christmas?
At home in my jammies, just me and Gareth and many 30 Rock episodes.

19. Did you fall in love this year?
Nooo… but would I write it here if I did?

20. What was your favourite TV program?

  • 30 Rock – I got into it after watching all of Season 5 on the Dubai – Glasgow flight back in April. Gareth and I have been going through the archives this winter.
  • Parenthood – Pure comfort telly. Good stories with mostly non-annoying characters. And everyone has perfect hair. Sometimes you just need that.
  • Sgoil nan Cuileanan/Puppy School – last spring we got hooked on watching a bunch of dogs learning to be obedient, in Gaelic. Who knew we’d end up living in the Highlands? It makes me want to get a dog just to try and get on the second series.
Sgoil nan Cuileanan
Sgoil nan Cuileanan

21. What was the best book you read?
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

22. What was your favourite film of this year?
I didn’t see any new ones that really struck me but my Netflix favourites were All About Eve and the Senna documentary.

Birthday slice
Birthday slice

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 36. I took the day off work and pottered around Inverness. I went to Velocity (best cafe in town by far) and had a wodge of outstanding lemon mascarpone cake for breakfast. Then I went jeans shopping. What kind of masochist does that on their birthday? Which led to dressing room tears which led to pondering the cake/jeans connection and vowing not to feel that shite on my 37th birthday which led to Googling personal trainer Inverness which led me back to weight training and the rebuilding of healthier habits. So not a bad day really!

24. What kept you sane?
Friends near and far.

25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I can’t remember! I need to keep a Lust List during the year.

26. Who did you miss?
Everyone in Oz. It got worse after the visit!

Aussie pubs are awesome
Aussie pubs are awesome

27. Who was the best new person you met?

  • My blog buddy Helen – finally in person, 13 years after we met in the diet blog olden days when we paranoidly blurred the faces of our progress photos.
  • Sas at last!
  • Shona the Personal Trainer
See ya, 2013!
See ya, 2013!

About Shauna Reid

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36 thoughts on “2013 Review Thingo

  1. You packed a lot into the year, all things considered, including some really big things. Yay for you. 🙂

    Hope you’re not freezing your butts off in the big chill. It’s 35º here today and the rest of the week is going to be around 40º. I like heat, but that’s a little too much of a good thing…


    1. It’s not too bad here Kekster, it’s been pretty mild compared to the last few winters. Max of 3 – 6’C this week. Sounds like a scorcher over there, 40+ is inhumaaaaaaaaaaaaaane!!!

  2. I have two girls knitting like crazy at my house. They are both using the knitting looms. Hats and scarves so far.

    Very cute end of year post.

  3. aw, I loved this review! selfishly wish you would write more, as in days of yore. would have loved to heard more about Germany & Dubai &…everything! (including how your writing is going. always find that inspiring, because I am such a procrastinator on that front.) Life After Life was on my list of good stuff in 2013, too.

    Happy 2014!

    1. Happy new year to you too, Kathy! Thank you gazillions for reading 🙂

      I wish I had have written more at the time too; I regret not getting all the details down. But it was such a topsy turvy year I couldn’t seem to find the words as it was happening, if that makes any sense? I was a bit of an anxious mess to be honest. (Writing regularly would also have made remembering everything bloody easier for this review post too! It’s taken me two weeks to get this far! Hehe)

  4. No-one goes eating cake then jeans shopping. Do they??

    Great photo of the Burj – will be taking PaulaG there later in the week. And into the desert too – next time I will take you on a bike! No traffic, only the odd gazelle, oryx or camel.

  5. Life After Life – LOVE!!! But I finished it and promptly tried to get everyone I know to read it, so they could tell me what the hell the end meant!

  6. Aw, Shauna, sounds like you’re doing well! I also loved Life After Life — I tried to explain the concept to my husband and realized it doesn’t translate well. It sounds depressing, but it’s not, at least not very much.

    Must see if I can get Puppy School hereabouts. We need to get our giant puppy under control!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Re: #9 – gut instincts are always right, which is the most frustrating thing in the world because I assume I’m being over emotional about things and so try to do/believe the opposite of what my instinct is saying. Never works. Hope everything gets sorted and wishing you an instinctively ace 2014!

  8. I will have to put Life After Life on my reading list.

    Dubai — wow. Jealous of you for all the travel. That’s my secret extra resolution — to put aside some money for travel before I get too old and decrepit to enjoy it.

    1. It helps to live on the opposite side of the world from your family, then you kinda have to do it every few years to make up for all the missed holidays/birthdays/whatnots! Even better if it’s far away enough that you can get free stopover, hehehe.

  9. You have had one amazing year it seems! My biggest aim this year is to try to get super healthy! I’ve just purchased the Body Beautiful Health nutrition plan and am starting Monday! Cannot wait 🙂 here’s to resolutions <3

  10. I love Parenthood! The TV series not the “life choice” I hasten to add. But I don’t know anyone else who watches it so have no-one to talk about the perfect hair with… I keep trying to lend my box sets to people and then badger them “have you watched it yet, have you watched it yet” – so glad you love it too – I’ve only watched series 1 and 2 so need to get amazoning the next ones.

  11. happy new year – it sounds like 2013 threw up some challenges for you – best wishes for peace and happiness in 2014. We discovered 30 Rock years ago and are still dawdling through it so I admire your diligence in zooming through it. I laughed at the Andy Murray pancakes and swimming in the sea in Scotland. And I think I must read that Kate Atkinson book – have enjoyed the books of hers I have read.

  12. Shauna you made me snort my hot chocolate in surprise and then get teary up in a cafe mentioning us meeting. Fellow patrons are eyeing me up trying to work out whether to offer me a tissue or the Heimlich manoeuvre. Meeting you was so great. We definitely would love you and Dr G to come stay with us soon.

    Well done on all the other awesome achievements of 2013, which have definitely paved the way for a truly EPIC 2014 (to be read out in the X factor announcer voice). Love ya, mate. X

  13. Great summary of the year. Had a good giggle at those dishcloths. Now I’m off to buy a julienne peeler. Didn’t know they existed, couldn’t bring myself to buy the full julienne contraption, but peeler size -PERFECT! Happy 2014.

    1. It was only £3.50 over here! It gets a bit tricky once you get towards the end of a carrot (I tend to just give up and eat it at that point), but sooo much less faff and easy to clean.

  14. I swear to god I read that as “grabbed my fiance by the bollocks at long last” – I almost spat my lunch out haha! Excellent review, it sounds like you’ve been very busy!

  15. Lust List sounds a whole lot better than a Top 3 🙂
    Hope you’re staying warm over there because it’s cold as hell over here. And a belated happy everything. Be well Ms S.

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