The Traditional End-of-Year Meme
1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Tried snowboarding! It was indoors, a bit of a drive away (Milton Keynes), for a full day.
As well as being extremely physically demanding, it was also extremely personally challenging; it was an effort to persevere. Just the bending down to do and undo the boot fastenings was exhausting.
I wasn't very good at it. It's difficult to relax when you're hurtling down a slope on a piece of plywood.
Weirdly, I'd quite like to have another go. Just not for an entire day.
2. Any births, deaths, illness or injuries?
Births: new Niece!
Deaths: the little cat. From first noticing she had a bit of a limp mid-November to losing the use of her back legs and her last visit to the vets (via the Royal Veterinary College) was less than a fortnight. For the first time in a long time we are a pet-free household. It is taking some getting used to.
Illness/injury: Lost faith in the LovelyDoctorWhoEmigrated's replacement when he was baffled by a common skin complaint. Have recently been to see a different doctor at that surgery who has restored faith in GPs.
3. Any travel?
Stayed in the UK all year. The furthest travelled was to visit my parents in the summer when my Dad's cousin came to visit. We went to Normanby Hall.
4. Memorable events from 2014:
Burst radiator in the living room, soaking our carpet.
Closure of the lovely sushi restaurant in town.
5. What did you get really, really excited about?
Going to see RHLSTP and Stewart Lee.
Stewart Lee's UKIP immigration routine is spot on:
6. Best thing you bought?
Food: Schwartz Flavour Shots and Square Pie Steak & Ale pies. And pomeloes, of course.
Clothing: These pyjamas. Only bought them last week. They are amazing. Bought a top from Jigsaw, in the sale, for the exact amount left on an expiring credit note. That was a satisfying purchase.
Object: These wine glasses.
7. Best songs?
Gonzalez - Gentle Threat
Alice Boman - Be Mine
The Drink - At the Weekend
St Vincent - Digital Witness
Broncho - Class Historian
Also listened to Damon Albarn's Everyday Robots album quite a lot.
8. Best TV programmes?
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.
Watched Marvellous the other day and cried my eyes out.
9. Best book?
Re-read both North and South and Wives and Daughters.
10. Best film?
Grand Budapest Hotel.
11. How's the garden doing?
We-ell. The perennial meadow seeds went in last December which was probably a little too late. Not everything germinated in the spring, had a sparse showing in the summer, then some stuff waited until Autumn to grow. Completely forgot to cut it back as advised in early spring, but hardly anything had started growing by then. Am hoping next year's showing will be better. At least it's not an entirely bare, muddy patch now.
12. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Spent most of the day with Husband's family - went out for pizza. Midnight will pass quietly at home.
Happy New Year!