2009: The Review

Following on from my posts at the end of 2008 and 2007, here’s my review of the year that was… It’s been a pretty busy one! I’ll mix in some photos from the year too, in a typically sporadic fashion…

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Moved to London. Fell in love. And was a bridesmaid. Good times!

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

I just keep on working, really! Biggest wishes were to find a new job and see more of my boyfriend – I think I’ve aced those two, at the very least!

Greeting Christy at Aberdeen Airport, August 2009

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Lots of bloggy friends had babies (I’m especially attached to the beautiful Harper, Abigail and Raven, who I love to read about!), Eli & Carlos greeted the gorgeous Esperanza, Marc and Cath welcomed Joseph, Tracy and Andrew had little Olivia, and Erin welcomed beautiful Mia. Quite a few babies then!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank heavens.

5. What countries did you visit?

England, Scotland, USA.

With beautiful Tara, at Rich’s birthday shindig, June 2009

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I’ve been so very blessed this year. I would hope to keep on this trajectory, in all its messy, fulfilling, silly, awesome wonder, if at all possible. Oh, and a *little* more time for naps is never a bad thing…

(I’m going to keep this answer from last year, and just say “ditto”!)

With Sam, at Maria’s wedding, August 2009

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Whatever day in February it was that I first arrived at my new school to interview. I fell in love with the school! Also, 24/10/09 – getting to bridesmaid for Jenna and Chris was an utter joy! I love them so much!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Spending lots of time with the people I care about, and getting straight in my head what matters to me. And getting my job.

With the beautiful Heidi, Jenna’s other bridesmaid, October 2009. We’d met moments before! 🙂

9. What was your biggest failure?

Losing 15 pounds…then putting twelve of them back on. Major healthkick in 2010 during the run up to 30!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major, no. Thank heavens!

With Sheli and Amanda at Loverpool, May 2009

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Rather geekily, my iPhone!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My wonderful friends. Again.

Girly night with Ems, Hannah, Siobhán and Yellow Man, February 2009

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

No-one, really. All of the people around me are pretty much awesome, most of the time!

14. Where did most of your money go?

After rent and bills, most of my money has been spent on travel, gifts, stamps and phone calls.

The beautiful bride and her ladies (l-r) Heidi, Jenna, me, Kirsty (Jenna’s mummy), October 2009

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Moving to London. Planning. Bridesmaiding. My job.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Any of the songs from Florence and The Machine, Kate Miller-Heidke, or Taylor Swift’s albums, really. The soundtrack to my commute!

Lopping a foot off of my hair for charity, April 2009

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?

Happier, about the same size, and a little richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Watching movies and working out.

The tall and the small (Dan, Rich, Andy Boom, Mum White and me), June 2009

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Staying up late on school nights – always a foolish move! Do it a lot less now I live in the land of the 6 am wake up call though, I have to say!

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent Christmas cosied up at home with my badger.

Sillest bridesmaid ever? With Jenna and Heidi, October 2009

21. Did you meet/date anyone special in 2009?

I’d already met him (in 2008). This is the year I fell in love with him.

Having cocktails and Shiner at the Skytower in Dallas, Matthew and I, October 2009

23. How many one-night stands?

Not a one.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

America’s Next Top Model (more or less the only show I watched every week it was on), Come Dine With Me, and 30 Rock.

I love my goofy girlies! With Siobhán and Hannah, February 2009

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t believe in hate.

26. What was the best book you read?

I loved Stephen Fry’s America, and Churched by Matthew Paul Turner, and The State of Africa by Martin Meredith, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, and Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, and many other books I can’t think of right now! I’m so glad I’ve got back into reading!

Running Man! Dancing with Steph and Naomi, December 2009

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Kate Miller-Heidke. And Taylor Swift.

28. What did you want and get?

More time with my boy. And kisses.

On a pedalo (PEDALO! Woo!) with my darling Jenna, July 2009

29. What did you want and not get?

I really can’t think. I’ve been infintely blessed.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

I can’t think of one – I’m so busy watching ones from a way back that I tend to miss the current. I did enjoy The Hangover though – kept me guessing!

Going for the cheesiest guest award at Rich’s 30th, June 2009

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was twenty-nine. I worked and was spoilt by my classes and colleagues. Then I went to the pub to enough a joint 124th birthday with three of my best girls. A great birthday.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A house that was slightly less temperamental! I love it, but it has its strops!

Having a tonne of fun in London with Christy, August 2009

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Pretty, comfortable, and with shiny where available.

34. What kept you sane?

My gorgeous friends! (no change!)

Jessika and I, on the day I sold her. Party on, little buddy! August 2009

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

George Clooney, David Tennant, and Dave Grohl.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The fact that we are going to have little to no choice when the election is called. A uniquely depressing state of affairs.

As if further evidence was needed that I’m a little loopy. And fond of purple. With Lou, February 2009

37. I have only just noticed that there is no 37….hmmmm….

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I’ve been lucky enough to meet many, many cool new people!

Relaxing with my lovely boy at my ‘housewarming picnic’, July 2009

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Only you can set your agenda, so live with love and kindness, baby.

With some gorgeous girlies (l-r Amanda, Emily, Jo and I), Loverpool, May 2009

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“The one thing, the one thing, the one thing I know,

The one thing I know to be true,

I’ll never, I’ll never, wherever I go,

I’ll never finish loving you”

(soppy, but true ;))

So there you have it! 2009 is winding down, and tomorrow it will be a new decade. So all that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy New Year! I hope your Hogmanay celebrations go well, and wish you all the very best for the year to come – here’s to 2010!

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  1. Wiwille
    31st December 2009 / 4:03 pm

    Happy New Year!

  2. Riot Kitty
    31st December 2009 / 8:51 pm

    Happy New Year! Love the pics.

  3. Sparkling Red
    2nd January 2010 / 5:37 pm

    I'm so glad to hear that your year was wonderful, and thrilled to see so many pictures of your smile. You're a sweetheart and you deserve every minute of all that joy. 🙂

  4. Christielli
    3rd January 2010 / 12:09 am

    Yay for an absolutely awesome 2009! Glad we got to spend some of it together!!! :)Oh, and I'm so honoured that I was there, and encouraged, your best purchase of the year! 😀

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