Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fun Fifteen - February 2015

1. Congratulations / Thanks / Good Luck: I'm going to be a bit selfish and do two to myself! Congrats to me on dropping to pre-baby weight mid-month (even if I bounced a bit immediately) and good luck to me on starting back at uni for the year.

2. Annual Goals, Checking in:
*Emotional Eating - this is still hard. I know I'm still doing it, but the whole "needing to go GF" thing is making it all a nightmare. Am off to see a dietitian mid-March, so hoping to make some progress after that.
*Triathlon Training - no running, biking or swimming this month. Instead I've been focussed on walking (to build general fitness and body strength) and trying to get back into group fitness at the gym. Turns out, combat class is fun again! Am planning to actively schedule this sort of thing in once I have my lecture / lab / workshop timetable sorted.  
*12 books in a year: Have made it to 7/12 now (two of these I also finished in January, but didn't write up then!) - getting ahead of myself so that when uni starts, I can fall behind again. Now adding in: "Lust to Kill" by Fred McLean, "Jorge Sandoval - Surviving Pinochet" by Peter Bidwell, "S-K, Schormann to Kaitoke" by Megan and Tony (eds), "Confessions of a Male Nurse" by Michael Alexander, "Harvesting the Heart" by Jodi Picoult and "A Noble Assassin" by Christie Dickason. Reviews are on GoodReads if you follow the links. I'm also part-way through two other books, one of which may take all year.
*Dance - sigh. I wish.  
*Tramping / Camping trip (qaurterly): Two so far this quarter - Battle Hill Camping in January, Ruapehu Lodge daywalks in February.  
*Outdoors as a family (monthly): As above, three daywalks based out of the lodge at Waitangi Weekend
*Graduate Recruitment - Nothing yet. Will be making an appointment to see CareerHub within the first couple of weeks of the semester though.
*Clearing out old stuff - managed to have a run of selling things off this month, which is awesome. Shame LJ is growing so fast that I cant keep up and the pile seems even bigger than before!

3. This months goals, summary:
*Run the couch-to-5k week one TEN times. - Nope. Not even once.
*GF Recipe hunt - Success! I now have something in the range of 40 GF / GF-able dinners on a rotating roster, most of which I've cooked before. I would love to get through some of my other recipe books and find some new ones to try though.
*Re-format and update life list - Feeling uninspired by this at the moment. Its the kind of thing I really need to do at a time when I have access to a computer with two screens - which is never, at the moment!
*Start scheduling in 40-before-40 stuff - I'm one down, one definitely in the works and have ideas for several others.
*Get hut log books completely up-to-date - Still a work-in-progress. North Island seems to be done, but I've not really started the South.

4. Next months goals to aim for:
*Wear a skirt or a dress every day that I have uni lectures this month
*Run C25K week one TEN times
*Have a week where I do 100,000+ steps

5. Product Review: So, I tried the new Edmonds Gluten Free Standard Flour this month, in a scone recipe to make savoury scrolls. It wasn't too bad. The dough was shockingly white compared to normal, and seemed very sticky, but then crumbled when I tried to roll it. Cooked well, although short rather than fluffy scrolls came out of the oven. They were tasty enough, but definitely did not keep well, even when reheated.

6. Motherhood Moment: I took LJ to the park one afternoon mid-month, and to get to the slide involved a climb up a vertical ladder almost above my head. He climbed his own way up, only needing my hand at the top the first couple of times, and a reminder to do one step at a time on a regular basis.

7. Been there, Done that: Not such a big month this month. I did some walks around the place - including a massive one from home, over Tinakori Hill to uni and then into the CBD. We had a family weekend at Ruapehu with the McGavins and the Cuthberts, which was fun. Swimming and playgroup started up again for the year. We walked the 6.5km option for Round the Bays with LJ in the backpack, and to end the month, I spent the day walking in the Orongorongos with tramping club. 8. Coming Events: A trip to Christchurch for LJs last free flight, his birthday party, a long weekend in Napier.

9. Links Round-up: A friend shared this list of history books that are suggested reading, I have two now on my kindle wish-list. I needed something fun to cheer myself up, so have added this video from youtube, as well as the same song with a slightly different take (Funnily enough, I've never seen the real video clip). The discussion document for the changes to the local bus routes. Some ideas to take time for yourself. I need this reminder constantly, always. The most succinct take-down of 50 shades yet.

10. Life list / 40-before-40 update: Nothing new this month. I think I'll try and get sunrise from Kaukau done before winter kicks in - perhaps around the time daylight savings changes.

11. Wish Lists: More books. Lots more books. And a new laptop, since the tablet didn't work so well for uni last year, and will probably be even less useful this year.

12. Life Lesson this month: Its ok to feel disappointed when things change in a way that inconveniences you and your existing plans. But sometimes, the person who caused those changes to be made can also be the person who makes you feel better about them.

13. Days gone by: Round the bays, the Christchurch Earthquakes. My triathlon. We had to say goodbye to Checkers. Outward Bound. LJ spent a night in hospital this time last year with an acute respiratory infection and then started crawling two days later.

14. Fave memory from the month: Probably seeing little miss McGavin asleep in her carrier on the daywalks we did at Ruapehu. Gorgeous, and jealous. Seeing LJ get really attached to Ella was also gorgeous.

15. Photo of the month:
I've not taken anything really worth sharing this month, and incredibly, have absolutely nothing on flickr from this time last year either! So I've gone back through the archives, and found the first photo I have of Mark, from the tramping trip we met on, way back in 2008!
There have been some other really cool things happen in Februarys past that I have photos for, of course, but, sentimentality has won out.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fun Fifteen - January 2015

1. Congratulations / Thanks / Good Luck: Congratulations to the friends who got engaged over the new year. I hope you have an awesome time planning your weddings, and that your future is rosy!

2. Annual Goals, Checking in:
*Emotional Eating - I wonder how much is boredom? I tend to open the pantry every time I walk past.
*Triathlon Training - Pinched nerve in shoulder = no weights training, no swimming and no bike riding, damnit. So I've been walking. Will start running next month.
*This months book: "Gentry" by Adam Nicholson. Took a while to get into it, but once I got reading, it was actually really interesting seeing how things have changed (and not) in the UK over the last 800-or-so years.
*Tramping / Camping trip (qaurterly) - Camping at Battle Hill with the tramping club families group was fantastic. Mostly!
*Outdoors as a family (monthly) - Well, we did a daytrip on Stewart Island, an overnight camp at Battle Hill, and a visit to Moeraki Boulders this month, I think we nailed it.
*Graduate Recruitment - nothing starts till uni goes back in March.
*Clearing out old stuff - a couple of sales on TradeMe this month, but still need to sort the bags of clothes.

3. This months goals, summary:
*Find 10 gluten-free dinner recipes that I would want to cook. GF by chance or on purpose, new or done before, actually GF or easy-to-turn GF.
*Reformat my life-list and update it to reflect some of the things I have done
*Start scheduling things in from my 40-before-40 list
*Get my hut log book(s) completely up-to-date

Wowsers. Didn't even start any of those. Will have to carry them all over to next month.

4. Next months goals to aim for:
*Run the couch-to-5k week one TEN times. I'm not a runner by nature, so I'm going to build up slowly in preparation for the triathlon at the end of the year by doing each C25K "week" over a month.

5. Restaurant Review:

6. Motherhood Moment: Watching a nudie LJ, who had newly learnt to jump, playing "no more monkeys" on his grandparents bed. Hilarious.

7. Been there, Done that: Stewart Island (#1 tick on my 40-before-40 list!), Dunedin, Christchurch, a visit to the farm, a night camping at Battle Hill. Lots of swimming. Visit from Nicola, Tom and their boys. Several trips to the Zoo and Zealandia to maintain sanity. More swimming (its been hot)

8. Coming Events: A trip to the lodge, I'm helping out with a junior bushcraft course through tramping club, and Round the bays

9. Links Round-up: Nothing worth sharing this month - two websites that sell canvas tents, and a holiday park we are looking at visiting.

10. Life list / 40-before-40 update: First 40B40 item checked off - Stewart Island. Yes, I knew I was going when I wrote the list. Of course I did. But I wanted something I could kick off with a bang.

11. Wish Lists: A couple more recipe books, more books for LJ. I'd really love a stand mixer, would make cakes much easier. But we have to wait till we have a bigger house (and therefore a bigger kitchen) before I can justify that purchase.

12. Life Lesson this month: Holidays with a toddler are not holidays. They are "travel". Darn that was hard work. Definitely looking forward to next summers plan to spend 10 days in one spot. Hopefully that will be a bit easier. 

13. Days gone by: A while back was the trip Mark and I took to Fiordland, including a day in Doubtful Sound. Back further still was working in Te Anau - I miss Fiordland at this time of year! The end of January always signals the anniversary of the start of my Outward Bound course. Last year we went to the lodge for a week. January has also meant Jamboree's.

14. Fave memory from the month: Seeing Kaka in the neighbours tree at home. Its so fantastic to see these awesome native parrots spreading across the city. 

15. Photo of the month:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

40-before-40: Things that didn't make the list

So, thanks to the ladies at the excellent secret mums group I'm in, I got an awesome appreciation for some of the things I have already achieved in my life - things they thought worthy of such a challenge.
Many of them are things I did when I was much younger, so here are brief write-ups of a few that didn't make it on the list and why.

Learn a language - I learnt French in high school, through to then sixth-form certificate level. I'm a bit hazy on a lot of it, and cant keep up with fluent speakers, but its been done. Additionally, I didn't want anything on the list that would take months or years to be able to feel I could satisfactorily tick off - and my perfectionist streak would mean I would want to do this quite well (Or I would give up quickly)

Outward Bound - This was suggested by several people. And its another I've already done!

Complete RTBs this year, then beat time for next X years - I'm already something like 5 years straight into doing Round The Bays. My best time was a run and walk, at about 55min for the 6.5km. I even did it 36 weeks pregnant! But I dont want to do things that need repeating over an extended period of time, as there is still an ongoing discussion in our household as to whether Marks career is going to need us to go overseas.

Hot lap - Cost. Pure and simple. I had too many things on my list that would cost not-insignificant sums, and so I had to decide which were most important. I opted for a holiday in Canada over a hot lap in a supercar.

Join a book club / choir - Another thing that takes up time, and how to I judge that its done? How many times would I have to visit / participate to tick it off?

Organ / blood / egg donor - For various future-health-concern reasons, I'm not going to be an organ donor while I'm still alive. Yes, that could be seen as selfish. Of course, I've got the "organ donor" box ticked, and Mark knows that. I cant donate blood because I black out. And I dont think my eggs would be wanted, given our family health history. Its one of the reasons I was iffy about having kids myself.

Work way through an entire recipe book - time, motivation, ingredients I dont like... Even my baking recipe books include chunks of recipes I would never eat if I cooked them. And (unlike my mother) I dont like cooking things I wont eat. I did start this back in 2013, trying to cook all 100 muffins and slices in one of my favourite recipe books. I got about 6 recipes in before I gave up.

Marathon / trail running event - Nope. I am not a runner. I'll run enough for this triathlon I'm planning to do late in 2015, but thats enough for now. I also did a half marathon at Outward Bound, and feel no need to repeat the process! Yes, thats me sitting on the ground in the background, trying not to throw up in the photo ->

Learn to surf - My list was already outdoor-activity heavy, so I gave this one a miss. Having a single surfing lesson is on my life-list though.

Die hair insane colour - Much as I would like to, this one simply didn't make the cut. I've been almost-fluoro red before, and my mum had a habit of going purple, green and blue when I was a teenager (and she was only a bit older than I am now)

Go glamping - Sigh. Would love to. But cost and outdoor-heavy list factor in again.

Firearms licence - I dont see the point. I have no intention of owning a firearm. I have friends who shoot, and I would love to go out target shooting with them at some stage, but the steps to getting a licence seem rediculous when I dont intend to use it.

Scuba ticket - I get claustrophobic watching underwater video sometimes, so I think I'll give this a miss. Its another thing where I do want to face that fear and give it a go, but I'm in no huge rush!

Fly a plane - Yay, another awesome been-there-done-that activity! In fact, I've done a chunk of flying through Air Cadets as a teenager, and then again when I was newly graduated from uni I got another trial flight.

Snow cave - sadly, not enough space on the list.

All the tourist train trips in NZ - Done and dusted. I've even done ones that no longer exist. In high school I did Napier to Wellington, and in my uni days, I did the train between Dunedin and Christchurch several times. The only part of the existing network I've not done is between Hamilton and Auckland on the Overlander / Northern Explorer. Sadly, my photos from all the other trains are film, and not digitally stored anywhere. I know I have some, but have no idea where.

Opera / Ballet - Another already done. I attended several operas in high school with my music class, including Carmen. Mark and I went to the ballet in Moscow while we were in Europe a couple of years ago.

Visit a nude beach - I dont think I'll ever be that body confident. Plus, its not something I would feel comfortable talking about, or taking pictures to prove I did it!

Perform Solo - I used to busk when I was in my early teens, and in primary school I sang solo in a concert at the town hall. Sure, it was only one line, but I still did it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

40 Before 40 - The List

So, here it is, in all its glory - the list. I'm going to break it down and explain some of the items - why I chose them, what they entail etc - over the next couple of months. But for now, enjoy!

1. Walk to Ruapehu's Crater Lake
2. Walk the Milford Track
3. Get a Tattoo
4. Shave head for Cancer fundraiser
5. Visit Canada
6. Finish the rest of Ruapehu Round-The-Mountain
7. Campervan Holiday
8. 4WD the Molesworth Road
9. Do a pottery class (that uses a wheel) and make something
10. Make it to 50 huts visited
11. Summer Camping Holiday
12. Tough Guy / Gal / Mudrun or similar
13. Bathurst V8's weekend
14. Travel on an overnight train in a sleeper carriage
15. Do a cruise - sea or river
16. Attend a major sporting event (commonwealth games, bledisloe cup etc)
17. Complete the S-K in a single trip
18. Complete the Southern Crossing
19. Do a photography exhibition
20. Whanganui River Journey
21. Go sailing on Wellington Harbour
22. Fly in a glider
23. Blackwater Rafting
24. Have a white Christmas
25. Sponsor someone to do Outward Bound - at least $1k
26. Mt John Observatory
27. Visit Tane Mahuta
28. Cape Campbell Walkway
29. Otago Rail Trail
30. Do an overnight Solo tramp
31. Visit Stewart Island
32. Clay bird shooting
33. Visit SA, WA and NT (so I've done all the states / territories of Australia)
34. Bungy jump OR sky dive
35. Trapeeze
36. Go overseas / to another city for a concert
37. Attend a charity ball / dinner / gala event
38. Overland track, Tasmania
39. Watch Sunrise from the top of Mt Kaukau
40. Volunteer for a SARop

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Fun Fifteen: December 2014

1. Congratulations / Thanks / Good Luck: Congratulations to Kate (and Tim) on the arrival of O. Looking forward to meeting your new wee man.

2. Annual Goals, Checking in:
Exercise: Turns out, through tracking on My Fitness Pal and Map My Walk, that over October, November and December, I did some form of trackable exercise (swimming, gym, recorded walks) on average 4.6 times a week. Not bad.
Job / Course: Uni is finished for the year, I'm on summer holiday because I was too disorganised to get a summer job. I'm enrolled for 2015, now waiting to get confirmation I'm being allowed into all the courses I need to do.
Clothes: Looks like I have a lot of reasonably nice clothes to list on TradeMe in the new year - I put over a dozen items on wrong-way coat hangers mid-year, with a decision that if I hadn't worn the item on it by the end of January, I wasn't going to keep it (I had to extend from Christmas, since the weather has been rotten).
Weight: I decided at the start of the month to stop tracking my weight after I was blood-test diagnosed with Coeliacs disease. At the moment, life is all about moderating symptoms while I wait to see the gastroenterologist to get a biopsy to confirm.
Creative: Cleared in July.
Actually been spending a bit more time online, but at least more of it has been somewhat productive.

3. This months goals, summary:
* Daily steps average over 10,000 for the month - this is one I had to wait to get home to my spreadsheet to confirm (wish the desktop application would do these sorts of stats). Turns out I got over 11,000 steps a day on average. Go me!
*Walk up Mt Kaukau - Yes! Done just a handful of days before we went away on holiday.
*Walk part of the Southern Walkway - Ran out of time.
*Cook 2 new recipes - First done right at the start of the month was Annabel Langbeins Harvest Tomato Sauce. Wowsers. Will be making and bottling more of this over the summer for sure. Second was a friends suggested apricot chicken recipe, which was decidedly average and will NOT be being added to our regular cooking roster. Bleugh.

4. Next months goals to aim for:
*Find 10 gluten-free dinner recipes that I would want to cook. GF by chance or on purpose, new or done before, actually GF or easy-to-turn GF.
*Reformat my life-list and update it to reflect some of the things I have done
*Start scheduling things in from my 40-before-40 list
*Get my hut log book(s) completely up-to-date

5. Restaurant Review: The ladies from my antenatal class all went to Foxglove for dinner at the start of the month, and WOW I was impressed. I had the flank with steak chips, and then the ice-cream sliders, and everything was so tasty. Steak perfectly cooked, chips cripsy on the outside, soft in the middle. The roast vege salad was yummy too. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the chocolate on the side of the ice-cream. Too bitter for my liking.

6. Motherhood Moment: On LJs last day at daycare, we got our first pair of hand-made Christmas ornaments. Too cute.

7. Been there, Done that: What a month! I've done loads of local walking, especially through a local bush reserve, and several walks all the way in to the city. We've visited the zoo several times and had year-end swimming lessons where Mark came along. Then we went on summer holiday - visiting the farm, Christchurch, Dunedin, Pounawea, Waikawa and ending the year in Bluff for a night.

8. Coming Events: Well, its a new year. In January, features include a visit from Australian relatives, a day on Stewart Island, a night camping at Battle Hill. Late on we also have a weekend in Greytown for the Martinborough fair and a weekend at the club ski lodge.

9. Links Round-up: A few recipes. My friend Sharron from tramping club has started collating her trip reports on a new blog, Ange is doing trailwalker this year, go donate. And then there is THIS insane jigsaw puzzle - I really want someone I know to get it.

10. Life list update: As always, no action. At least, I think there's been nothing. I've not actively worked on it - hence the arrival of the new 40-before-40 list.

11. Wish Lists: Nothing new right now. I got some new music before Christmas, and one of my book requests for Christmas. Will have to go shopping to get some of the others for myself soon :)

12. Life Lesson this month: Dont ever tell a physio you hope not to see him again. Finally better enough to stop seeing him about my knee, and I go and fall over and damage a nerve in my arm. Oops.

13. Days gone by: December always means Christmas and holidays - the Kepler track, Napier, Tongariro Crossing, Nelson and a day trip on the Abel Tasman.

14. Fave memory from the month: Probably arriving at McLean falls lookout to discover it wasn't fenced off at all - you could walk up to and into the waterfall. On a swelteringly hot day, this was quite awesome (not that I got wet, but the slight spray was lovely).

15. Photo of the month:
I had to come back and change from the one I had, when I sat down and went through my holiday snaps and found this from one night in Pounawea.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

New Year, New Goals (2015)

Health & Wellbeing
I've spent too long watching my weight and having it not change. Its started getting to the point I've been sabotaging myself, since nothing works anyway.
Instead, this year, I want to focus on dealing with my emotional eating, and sort out my digestive issues.
Also, I want toaim to do the Wairarapa Womens Triathlon at the end of the year - so that means I need to get running, riding and swimming on a regular basis, as this is a much longer triathlon than the Kapiti one I did a couple of years ago with next to no training.

2015 will be hectically busy. Insane. I'll be studying full-time, Mark will be working on ever more projects that may take him out of town (and appears to be heading off to Melbourne for a week for a conference too).
I'll definitely need some balance, some time to myself.
I want to read a new book every month. A whole novel, or history. 12 new books in a year.
I also want to get back into dance. Either back to Ceroc, or on to something new.

Being out in nature replenishes the soul. It challenges the mind. Its something we really want LJ to have a love for.
I want to do a tramping / camping trip (at least one night) every quarter. At least 4 trips this year. LJ does not have to be on all of them - in fact, I want one of them to be just me.
I also want us to do something vaguely outdoorsy at least once a month - a daywalk, a bike ride, a trip to Zealandia. As a family, or as a couple, or even just me.

At Home
We've made the decision that we're not house hunting again until I am back in the workforce, which means at least another year (and possibly two) in our little house.
I need to keep on top of the Graduate Recruitment programme. It is essential that I use it to get my way back into the workforce.
To save the house from feeling too small, I want to keep on top of giving away / selling things we dont need. No more bags and bags of LJs too small clothes piled up in the corner of our bedroom.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

2014 In Review

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Attended a political debate. Purely by chance, I had a cancelled lecture when there was one on at campus.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did pretty well with meeting the goals I set at the start of the year. I cant quite say I exercised twice a week every week, but I definitely feel my exercise quotient has increased. I started a full time course. I've sold some of LJs stuff (although I have more to sort now) and am down to only some dresses that I'm still a little big in the chest for in my dont-fit-yet box. Weight has been a problem all year, its not budged in 12 months. Hopefully once I've had my endoscopy to confirm the diagnosis of Coeliacs I got in November, I might be able to actually lose some weight. I did a photography course mid-year, shame it didn't spark me into doing more photography though!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Marks brother and his wife became parents for the first time late in the year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
We had two funerals to deal with this year - Marks grandmother (which we couldn't attend because I was grossly fatly pregnant) and my grandfather.

5. What countries did you visit?
Our second year in a row of saying None. I want to change that next year.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Job prospects.

7. What event from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Spending time with LJ in hospital from Bronchiolitis.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing a semester at university with my best ever grades - a B+ and two A-. All with a toddler, and therefore restricted to my three days on campus, his naps, and the odd Saturday morning as study time (which also had to include my exercise time)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing any weight

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A couple of chest infections (one bad enough I got a chest x-ray for fear it was pneumonia), and a substantial knee injury just after my birthday

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A tula baby carrier. I'm going to have to upgrade it to a toddler carrier pretty soon though, he's getting too tall in the back.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Angela and Raymond, along with the online and local communities who rallied around them. Despite Angela getting more and more ill with cancer, she was still a beacon of hope. Despite her death, her words have ever more wisdom. Knowing her has changed the lives of many for the better. Go watch her last words. You wont regret spending those 3 and a half minutes of your time.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and/or depressed?
Jail Breaker Mr Smith late in the year. Arrogant, conceited and awful. I'm not normally big on the death penalty, but I remember how our community reacted to what he did (it was very local - between me and my school at the time), and the more I learn about the man, the more I think perhaps he should have been left in South America, in one of their more notorious prisons. I know quite a few people who would have happily made ongoing contributions to the cost of his keep there.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Toddler. Travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Starting back at university. Anything to get out of the house and seeing people! And it was fantastic.
Starting back at the gym was also pretty special.
And our trip to Queenstown, since that was our big adventure for the year.

16. What kept you sane?
The gym. My photography friends. Daycare for LJ, and LJ starting to talk back to me. Routine.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
Happier. Far and away.
b) Thinner or fatter?
About the same.
c) Richer or poorer?
We've managed to hold our own this year - even with the addition of daycare. But I dont think we are better off.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Sleep. Exercise.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Visiting the Dr. Both for LJ and for myself. Although I do really wish that the Coeliacs I was diagnosed with late in the year had been picked up earlier, because I honestly believe it would have saved me several illnesses and loads of fatigue all year.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With Marks family in Christchurch. And then we got to visit the Catlins, stunning, wonderful.

21. What was your favourite TV programme?
Love Child wound up bring pretty special. I didn't enjoy Downton Abbey nearly so much this season as previous. The Blacklist was also intensely awesome.

22. What was the best book you read?
I've only started reading new books (so therefore requiring concentration to follow) in the last couple of months. Probably the best was The Kings Curse by Philippa Gregory.

23. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I cant say I made any this year. Although I've been listening to The Sound a lot, until recently when they started playing some songs multiple times a day, just like every other radio station.

24. What did you want and get?
Good grades

25. What did you want and not get?
A holiday to a pacific island, or Australia.

26. What was your favourite film of this year?
I have not seen a single new release movie this year. In fact, the only one I can remember watching is Other end of the Line, which was surprisingly good for a cheesy romance.

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32. I had uni lectures, including an assignment (I got 100% on it, so not bad), and then racing around sorting out a toddler who needed to go home from daycare because he had a troublingly high fever. Mark and I did eventually go out for dinner (leaving a mostly recovered LJ with his grandparents), to Two Souls Bistro, which was not as good as reviews had lead me to believe it would be.

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not injuring myself in September, on my first overnight tramp, following it up by being too sick to take LJ on his first overnight tramp in late November.

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Improving. I would love to be more feminine, but shoes in my size just dont look feminine, and I do so much walking, so jeans and skechers are just so much more practical than the gorgeous dresses I have in my wardrobe but rarely wear.

30. Who did you miss?
Everyone. I feel like I've barely seen anyone all year, because everyone is so busy.

31. Who was the best new person you met?
Probably my Info102 lecturer, who was also my tutor, and my academic referee for a scholarship application. But interestingly, all the people I've added as friends on Facebook this year, are people I met last year or earlier.

32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Sometimes you have to stop, for your own sake.

33. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
So wake me up when it's all over
When I'm wiser and I'm older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn't know I was lost
                         - Wake me up, Avicii