It’s time for my annual end-of-year recap. Past years: 2008, 2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I went to Italy! I wrote a ton of recaps of my adventures there. Just click on the Italy tag on the right hand side of the page if you’re interested in reading all about it.
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for this year?
I’m not much of a resolution maker, no matter the time of year.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
One friend had a baby. I’m drawing a blank about any more than that.
Did anyone close to you die?
I lost four friends. One in February, two in August (within days of each other, and both memorial services were on the same day), and one in November. 2015 was a very difficult year for losses. Two were sudden and shocking, and two were expected but still heartbreaking.
What countries did you visit?
USA, Italy and England (although that country’s visit was unplanned).
What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
A house (condo or townhouse) that I own. I’ve been in my place for 12 years now, and I’m pretty much done with living here.
What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
None in particular.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finally making my Italy trip a reality. I saved and planned for years. The last few months before the trip were really tight financially, but I made it work.
What was your biggest failure?
I can’t think of anything at the moment.
Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Nothing I can mention online right now.
What was the best thing you bought?
Two gorgeous glass necklaces in Venice and a leather purse in Florence. All three are beautiful!
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Nobody in particular is coming to mind.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Americans and their guns. Too many heartbreaking days of violence and destruction this year. I really hope they get their shit together and change some laws, because the amount of people who have died or have been traumatized for life is out of control.
Where did most of your money go?
I spent a shit-load of money in Italy, but it was worth every Euro. I always over-budget for major vacations (better to have more money than not enough!), and that hugely helped me out when I came home. I had extra money left, but ended up having to spend it all right away on a new computer as mine bit the dust.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Italy (sense a theme here?!). It was a trip I’d been dreaming of for years. It was amazing!!
What song will always remind you of 2015?
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon and Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. So danceable and catchy!
Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder (b) thinner or fatter (c) richer or poorer?
(a) Neither. I’m not happy but I’m not sad either. 2015 was a tough year.
(b) Fatter, although I really hate that word. I really slacked off on the exercise in the last half of the year and I gained a lot of weight. I’m determined to get back on track in the new year.
(c) Richer, I guess. I got another small raise at work (yay!), but now I’m at the top of my wage grid, so future increases will come only as there’s funding. Gotta love working for non-profits!
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise, especially in the latter half of the year.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Nothing in particular.
How did you spend Christmas?
I was at my parents’ place. I didn’t sleep well that night, so I was up for the day at about 5am. Ugh. I wasn’t even excited about presents (we just do stockings, as our Hawaii trip is our annual present). But I sat in the bay window downstairs, curled up on the chair with my bathrobe, a good book and a blanket and watched the full moon set and the sun rise. It was so gorgeous and peaceful! When my parents were awake, we opened stockings and all of us had liquor of some sort in them, so we had boozy coffees as we did that. Then afterwards we had a delicious breakfast of mimosas and Eggs Benedict. We took most of the day pretty easy. I read a lot, had a few short naps, and we also took the crab trap out. I made lobster bisque for a late lunch, then we went up to visit my aunt’s family for a while. When we came back, we had a fire in the new outdoor fireplace, pulled up the crab traps (there were 3!) and then took them back to the house. We had a late dinner of crab, salads and devilled eggs, then I read more after that. I went to bed super early because I was so exhausted. It was a great day!
Did you fall in love in 2015?
What was your favourite TV program?
Some favourites have been Jane the Virgin (the lead character is SO charming & loveable!), UnREAL (dark, twisty & fascinating), Downton Abbey (yes, I watched it as it aired in the UK – none of this waiting for PBS crap. ;) ), Outlander and Younger.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t waste energy on hatred. It’s poisonous.
What was the best book you read?
Hard to pick just one! Early in the year I read The Royal We by the Fug Girls. It is SO fantastic! Charming, sweet, funny, and it’s even going to be developed into a movie. Highly recommend! I also finally finished up the Masters of Rome Series by Colleen McCullough. She died this year, so tragically there will be no more books, but all of them were fantastically well written.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
I didn’t really discover much music this year. I’ve been a fan of Adele for years, and while I bought her new album the day it came out, I haven’t listened to it yet. I definitely will soon!
What did you want and get?
To go to Italy.
What did you want and not get?
Nothing’s coming to mind.
What was your favourite film of this year?
Star Wars!! Not that there was any kind of doubt about it. I saw it on opening day and it was amazing. Another favourite was Furious 7.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35 and went up to visit my parents for the weekend, as it was also Easter. We had a nice and relaxing day, other family members came over for champagne and appys, there was an okay dinner then a fabulously delicious chocolate cappuccino torte for dessert.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less death. As I said above, 2015 was a difficult year.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Same as always: low maintenance, simple and comfortable.
What kept you sane?
My excellent support network of family and friends, as always.
What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I had to think about this one for a while. Possibly Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie on the TV show Outlander. He’s gorgeous, fit and has an accent. Swoon!
What political issue stirred you the most?
We had an election in Canada last month, so that was definitely important. I was tired and frustrated with the old leadership, and while the party I support most didn’t get into power (I knew it was never going to happen, as they’re still fairly small nation-wide), they made some good gains and got their vision out there, which is great for the future. So far our new Prime Minister has been doing well, but we’ll see how things go once the honeymoon period is over.
Who did you miss?
Friends and family. I thankfully had more time to invest in relationships this year, since training for a marathon wasn’t taking up all my time, but there are still people I love who I didn’t get to see enough of.
Who was the best new person you met?
Can’t think of anyone. If I met you this year and you’re reading this, I’m sorry! I do really like you! ;)
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
How valuable and short life is. I’m reinvigorated and inspired and am living each moment to the fullest that I possibly can. I’m grateful for life and family and friends and all the many many blessings that I have.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Too lazy to look up anything.
Happy New Year!