1.What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Went on holiday with just Mum, lost a lot of weight, created two whole websites from scratch, turned 40 and had a big party, went to Manchester and met moth1!
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't really do New Year's resolutions, but I did decide midyear to lose weight and have since lost more than 4 stone in about 5 months!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one particularly close, but there have been a couple of lovely new arrivals amongst my friends at church.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year thankfully.
5. What countries did you visit?
United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, France
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
I'm not really lacking much, but I'm looking forward to Ian starting his new job next week and to the arrival of a new rector at church next summer.
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 26th, when I turned 40!!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Building websites and learning all the associated skills needed, but painting, music and friendships old and new, all brought me great joy too.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't recall much that I'd class as a failure, nothing important anyway!!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A printer that can manage A3 paper!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Many people, all my friends at different times and different ways
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
No one, sometimes I have been puzzled, disappointed or even frustrated by things that have happened but not really appalled or depressed!!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel again... I guess it will be the same next year!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Many things, probably Won World Weekend, also holidays.
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Indescribable – Chris Tomlin. It's a lovely song and will remind me of the week we spent in Keswick, a gift from some wonderful friends from church.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you;
i happier or sadder?
Much the same, still very happy.
ii. thinner or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?
Poorer, but that will change now that Ian has a job, still very rich compared to most of the world!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Painting, playing music, spending time with friends, I could always do more of these things!
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Laundry! (but it all needed to be done – sigh!!)
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With the family
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
I still love Ian, perhaps more than ever!
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favourite TV program?
Seven periods with Mr Gormsby series 2 downloaded off the internet!! - does that count?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I don't hate anyone
25. What was the best book you read?
Can't really say that anything stood out, though reading a story written by a friend was very special!!
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Don't know if this really counts, but converting Steve's old tapes into digital format for the website was great...and going to my first Chris de Burgh concert in many years was awesome - even better than I expected!
27. What did you want and get?
So many things...a new printer, some lovely clothes, three amazing holidays, a wonderful 40th birthday, great friendships...
28. What did you want and not get?
Trip to Egypt...one day I will get there I'm sure
29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Not sure, maybe the Da Vinci Code, I really enjoyed the movie even though I think the idea behind it is really faulty!
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 40. I went to Florence and Pisa for a few days and then came home and had a wonderful party with forty of my friends and family – it was lovely!!
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing, I couldn't be much more content than I am.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
33. What kept you sane?
Painting and music, family, friends and faith
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None, I've only ever fancied people I actually met!!
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Freedom of speech and thought...
36. Who did you miss?
All my good friends in New Zealand, and Steve and Rachel at church.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
I've met lots of wonderful new people this year, today I celebrated a birthday with a dear friend I didn't know at all a year ago and this morning I shared breakfast with people I scarcely knew this time last year, there are many more... too many to mention, they are all wonderful.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
There are always new and exciting things to do, and it's never too late to start new things...
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“It's not just what you say or what you think, but whether you do it.”
It's been a busy day, but a satisfying one. Reflecting over the last year, I realise that a lot has happened in the past year, not the dramatic events like 2005, just many small things; forming new friendships, nurturing old ones, learning new skills, many quiet satisfactions and achievements.
I wish all my friends here
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!