||2016: The most interesting boring year ever...
So 2016 is at an end after today, and it seems around the world that a lot of people won't be missing it one bit.
Globally, it was an interesting year, and not in a good way. The UK left the European Union, the true effects of which are still to be seen, but there are predictions it may have been a bad decision. Unfortunately, it also seems the decision by the British public to vote for it was driven in part by fear of immigrants coming into the country, and some old-fashioned belief of the UK needing to show its own patriotic independence.
The US had their elections this year, and the result was the Republican party being voted in, led by Donald Trump. Again, the implications of this are yet to be seen, given he doesn't actually take office until early next year, but given his track record of racist and sexist banter, and the severely backward views of some of the people in his party, many people are somewhat nervous about what is to come.
A ton of super influential celebrities died this year: David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Rickman and Leonard Cohen. And more besides.
New Zealand was startled by a large earthquake near Kaikoura last month, which we are still getting aftershocks from, and which has kept me continually on edge for a month and a half now. Super fun, I can tell ya.
But global events aside, my own personal 2016 was...well, kinda insignificant really. I had a brief period of hope last month that I might be pregnant, and then that didn't work out. I didn't travel, aside from two small weekend trips to Auckland, one for my great-aunt Meryl's funeral and one for my trip with Dad to the Pop-Up Globe Theatre to see Twelfth Night.
The most significant break I had was around me and Taina's 1 year wedding anniversary, when I took a week off work, and we spent the remainder of our Wedding Travel Account money on staying at a hotel in Wellington and pretending to be tourists, doing all the touristy things like the Observatory and Zealandia.
Work didn't change much. Still continued being the Assistant Manager and the Dispensing Optician for the store. Spent a lot of time training new staff, problem solving the difficult customers, and trying to come up with plans to help increase sales and reduce remakes. Boss David spent a lot of time stressing, because sales were down and we couldn't seem to pinpoint why, or how to fix it.
Because of the amount of hours, and amount of energy work took up, most of my free time was just crash and recover time. Sitting parked on the couch, motoring through dinner because I was hungry while binge-watching Netflix, and then later going on WoW for a little while until I got tired and went to bed.
I did read a few books from the library over Winter while I was on leave.
I saw a reasonable amount of movies: Star Wars Rogue One, Moana, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Doctor Strange, Deadpool, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, and many more.
I paid off all last year's debt and put some money into savings.
But all that aside, 2016 didn't have that many notable moments. And maybe that's okay.
I find myself ending the year feeling itchy feet somewhat. Eager to make big changes, break the monotony.
I want to get pregnant, and stay pregnant this time, and actually have a baby at the end of it.
I want to move out of my small, noisy flat (the downstairs neighbours are total jerks) into a house. A proper, free standing house.
I want to either change my job, or at least make a noticeable change within my job so I don't get bored.
I want to travel overseas and see exciting places.
I don't know if all these things are actually possible to achieve all at once in the same year. But I want 2017 to be exciting, not in an anxiety driven "I hope we don't all die from earthquakes, or World Wars started by Donald Trump' way, but in an awesome, making my life everything I want it to be way.
Well, I'll see you all in 2017.
· Fri Dec 30, 2016 @ 09:36pm · 0 Comments
||The actual end of year survey...
1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
I got pregnant. And then had a miscarriage. Not all that great, but that was a new experience. And I (successfully) made a pavlova for the first time, so yay about that.
2. Did you keep your New Years' Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I had resolutions about doing a lot more exercise. I did some regular exercise...but yeah, na, didn't complete my resolution there. I also made a resolution to pay off my debt that I accumulated last year because of moving costs, wedding and honeymoon costs, and replacing our washing machine and fridge. I completely paid off the debt this year, and then put some money into savings, so I did well there. If I had brushed my teeth a bit more often, I would have been doing great this year.
3 . Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister-in-law Carol had a baby, my new nephew River.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My great-aunt Meryl died early in the year, so me, Dad and Nick went up to Auckland for her funeral. I didn't know her well though so it wasn't a major deal. Oh, and a girl I knew from school, Lois Tolley, got murdered. That was crazy.
5. What countries did you visit?
I didn't leave the country at all this year. In fact I barely left Wellington, apart from Meryl's funeral, and Easter Weekend when me and Dad went back up to Auckland to see Twelfth Night at the pop-up Globe theatre.
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Despite the progress money-wise this year, I would like to be even more secure financially by this time next year. I would also like fewer reasons to be scared and anxious next year, eg. no more Earthquakes and freaky things!!
7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No one in particular is jumping out at me. Maybe the day after the Kaikoura earthquake in November, or maybe the day me and Dad saw the Shakespeare play.
8.What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving. And paying off debts.
9. What was your biggest failure?
The failed pregnancy was sad. And the whole, not getting fit or losing weight thing that happens every year.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the odd cold. A lot of headaches, because of sinus issues, or tension headaches, stuff like that.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Me and Taina both got new cellphones with the money we got from Tax refunds. And Taina got a laptop, which is great, because sharing my one was a pain in the bum.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Taina is awesome. Dad's pretty cool. Plus he gave me some money for Christmas.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I dunno. Amanda occasionally annoys me, with her double standards with staff at work and tendency to play favourites. But she's okay other times.
14. Where did most of your money go?
The credit card bill, savings, and also the usual expenses like food, rent, petrol, bills, etc.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I don't think anything got me super excited. I looked forward to my birthday and Christmas. And the day we dressed up as superheroes at work, that was fun.
16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
Any song by The Royal Concept or Misterwives, particularly the Royal Concept song 'On Our Way'.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or Sadder? Not sadder or happier, but more tense, I think.
ii. Thinner or Fatter than last year? Hard to know. The same?
iii. Richer or Poorer? Ooh, this one I know. I am richer than this time last year.
18: What do you wish you'd done more of?
The stuff that I should do regularly: cleaning and tidying, exercise, looking after myself better.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying and being scared.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with Taina and my family as normal at Dad's house. The Pilchers came for lunch, got to properly meet Janine's baby Michael. Christmas Dinner with the Kelly family: taught my young cousins how to play the game Exploding Kittens that I bought Taina for Christmas.
22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
Already love my husband, silly.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favourite TV programme?
A few months ago people kept asking me if I'd seen Gilmore Girls and saying I should see it. At first, I was like, yeah, maybe. But it got to the stage where Jess, and Lisa, and Keziah at work, and like two other people had all said I should see it, so I was like, 'Alright, let's see what I think'. So, turns out it was way better than I had anticipated. Ended up watching all 7 seasons in like a month. And now the new revival series has come out on Netflix, so I've watched some of that, too.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, it takes a lot for me to hate someone. Not a fan of Donald Trump though.
26. What was the best book you read?
I read a few books from the Porirua library while I was on a break over Winter. I liked this one called Twenties Girl, quite fun.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Royal Concept and Misterwives are the notable ones. But mainstream music this year really was boring as hell.
28. What did you want and get?
A new and better phone. A laptop for Taina. A new fridge/freezer because the old one died.
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favorite film of the year?
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- the new movie in the Harry Potter universe.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31, went shopping. Got some cool Summer sandals, and a new bag.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more enjoyable?
No earthquakes, some more money to do fun stuff.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Mostly work uniform. When I was not in uniform, I dressed slobbishly in trackpants and baggy tops.
34. What kept you sane?
Taina, Jess, and Netflix.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I still think Eddie Redmayne is nice looking.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The US elections, I guess. It was impossible to avoid it. And Trump's victory has unfortunately given me yet more things to be nervous about.
37. Who did you miss?
I missed Mum sometimes. I missed spending time with Mark, I saw him at work, but we didn't hang out properly.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I think Cameron. I enjoy chatting to Cameron. And Siobhan is cool too.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016?
That I can't take life for granted, because who knows what will happen.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "I see the world has gone mad, I see them talk the talk, walk the walk but nothing stands out."- World on fire by The Royal Concept
· Thu Dec 29, 2016 @ 09:10am · 0 Comments