2015 Review Thingo

Apparently my top nine Instagram pics of 2015
Apparently my top nine Instagram pics of 2015

Happy new year, comrades! Here’s the seventh annual installment of Review Thingo. Previous episodes: 2014, 2013201220112010 and 2009.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

  • Visited Orkney with Mothership.
  • Went to The Ashes cricket at Lord’s.
  • Bought eggs from a vending machine! <– obviously the pinnacle of 2015.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
I didn’t make any resolutions, as I thought I’d try quieting my chipmunk brain by taking things one day at a time. Which worked a treat, except for the days I simultaneously took things 1234 days into the past and 567 days into the future. Mwahahhaa.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Lainey, Linda, Helen, Jen, Georgia, Sarah… I know I’m missing someone!?

4. Did anyone close to you pass away?
The one and only Clare and the one and only Dotto.

5. What countries did you visit?
Austria and the Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked in this one?
How about less of something I had too much of in 2015? Time spent online. Just so Gareth will stop tsking, “It’s too late for screens!” when I’m faffing around on my phone at 11 pm. But both me and my weary Instagram-scrolling thumb know he’s right. I need to read a book, or go to sleep!

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

  • March 3Wedding anniversary on a wild and stormy Skye.
  • May 31 – Cackling over a few drams of whisky at the Jolly Judge, a great end to a weekend with Up & Running comrades.
  • July 31 – Walking to Sandwood Bay, “perhaps the most beautiful beach in Britain”. I did way too much whinging with my unfit lungs and too-small shoes that day, but crikey it was a beautiful beach!

Sandwood Bay

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Remaining self-employed.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hermit-like behaviour.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
This gigantic bread bin, a housewarming gift from me to me. It’s like the bread Tardis. You can fit a loaf, a dozen rolls and a family of four in there.
Giant bread bin

Also, we have just taken delivery of a new bed. It is a Super King size. I’ve always wanted a huge, sprawling bed that Charlie Bucket’s extended family could have fit in with room to spare.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Groceries! And moving.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving into our new house. Peggy strutting down the hall in Mad Men.

Peggy strutting down the hall

14. What song will always remind you of this year?
Regret by Everything Everything. So bloody catchy.

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

More content.

b) thinner or fatter?
Slightly lighter!

c) richer or poorer?
About the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Weight training. Fiction reading. Music listening!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Faffing around. Get on with it, lady!

18. How did you spend Christmas?
In our new house avec in-laws. The triumph of the day was this Self-Saucing Chocolate Cranberry pudding. Why it’s a winner:

  1. It’s stupidly easy – takes 10 mins to put together or you can assemble in advance, up to the point of pouring over the boiling water.
  2. It’s a festive crowd-pleaser – the cinnamon and cranberries taste Christmasy without the involvement of evil, shrivelled dried fruit
  3. It sauces itself!  – that blew my mind at my parents’ 1980s dinner parties and continues to blow my mind today!
Chocolate Cranberry Pudding
Pic from Sainsbury’s website as mine was not photogenic!

19. Did you fall in love this year?

20. What was your favourite TV program?
The Americans! Season 3 was a cracker, the best yet. So I’m still on my crusade to convert people to the superb spy fest. Gareth is now up to speed after I wore him down with months of pestering (reliable KGB technique).

The Americans

21. What was the best book you read?
Brené Brown’s Rising Strong. As I was reading it I thought, this is way too woo-woo for me. But the takeaway from that great Pixar story – to paraphrase inelegantly, when you’re right in the middle of something it always feels sucky – has saved me 275 buckets of angst since. It’s just the sucky middle bit! Carry on, dude!

22. What was your favourite film?
Way back on January 2 Gareth and I watched We Are The Best!, in which three girls in 1980s Stockholm start a punk band. I watched 23 films in 2015 (I kept a log! #dorkalert) and this is the one we still quote. Hate the sport! Hate the sport!

We Are The Best!

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 38 and I spent the day grumbling into a pile of moving boxes.

24. What kept you sane?
Chatting to Neighbour Cat during the workday. I’m still coming to terms with the one-sidedness of that relationship and accepting she’s never going to trek 150 miles down the A9 back to us, like a curmudgeonly homing pigeon.


25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I was in love with Philip and Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans, even in their most dodgy 1980s spy disguises. T

26. Who did you miss?
I really missed my Aussie pal Jen. It was her first year of being a mum, wish I could have been there to chat and/or babysit.

Now let’s get on with 2016!

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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15 thoughts on “2015 Review Thingo

  1. Mmmmm… President Obama. I think if Bernie Sanders wins the White House (which I am sincerely hoping he will), the one thing I will regret is not being able to drool over the pres anymore. (Our own president is an ugly, neoliberal, welfare-state-dismantling, right-wing bastard, imho).

    I always love your posts, Shauna!

    1. Urgh… non-hot bastard president, that’s no good at all!

      I’m excited to see what Obama does next… the world is his oyster!

      Thanks for reading all these years, comrade!

  2. Did you know that Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are having a baby together?

    Sounds like a great year- especially the contentedness and except for the deaths xx

    1. I did! Jennette told me… so excited for someone I’ve never met. I hope the baby inherits Keri’s magnificent locks!

      Hope 2016 brings good things for you!

  3. Ah, a lovely, thoughtful, amusing review, with several things for me to follow up on. PER USUAL, ’cause Shauna’s the Bomb. =)

    A great e.g. of something ROUGH during that I am so happy about afterwards is my ages-ago time in grad school. So much great stuff, SO terrifyingly poor & over scheduled & sleep deprived & intellectually scrambling-y, but I’m glad almost every day that I did that. Marvelous people there, too.

    I’m DEF. gonna have to maybe buy the DVDs of the 1st season of the Americans. Thanks for that heads up.

    ALSO: congrats on self-saucing. I cannot NOT hear it the goofy way they said it on the Great British Bake Off. =) Thank YOU for THAT lead!! =) I’m so in love w/it.

    My goal for 2016 is for YOU to get a kitty. Better yet, two: a brother-brother or sister-sister pair, so they keep each other company when y’all travel and so they have someone to play RUN-FIGHT-KILL with. Kitties are so calming and happiness/contentment-inducing. Soft, black kitty curled up into a ball against my right thigh, right now. =)

    1. Grad school sounds bloody terrifying! But great that you can look back on it now with gladness. Badass!

      Glad you are you enjoying the Bake Off. It’s the best!

      Ahh you sell it well, Samantha! I’m definitely almost ready to get a cat. Gareth and I are just processing our mutual commitment phobia!

  4. Hey Shauna

    You know that The Americans Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) are a couple in real life – and are having a real-life baby? It makes my love for The Americans even deeper (and a bit weirder in some ways)…

    Carolyn x

    1. Yes! You’re right, it does make the Americans love go deeper somehow, hehe. And, how gorgeous is that baby going to be? 🙂

  5. Love your new year posts – though I was relieved to see neighbour cat towards the end. I am envious of your bread bin and yet I stuff mine with paper bags which I know is just wrong. Best wishes for 2016

  6. Still not sure I understand self-saucing as a concept, but happy to live in mystery and not use the magic G search button (as opposed to any other magic G out there).

    That pic of Obama has also done a funny thing to me. Hell we will miss him. But you’re right, the world is his and his equally impressive Missus’ oyster.

  7. Peggy strutting down the hall — genius. I didn’t even mind the end where she hooked up with Stan, though it surprised me.

    Thanks for reminding me about the sucky middle part, as I am currently there in my career-hunting adventures. I’m like Frodo staggering through Mordor right now.

    I love your review thingo. And reading all of your posts, whenever I finally sumble across them.

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