Monday 31 December 2012

2012 Review of the Year

I love a review of the year, and 2012 is no different.  Blogging has been sparse, but this has mainly been Boyfriend Smile's fault, and I have a Plan to rectify this in 2013, so don't worry.

It was a year which started with the introduction of Boyfriend Smile, of course, and therefore with anxiety, panic and all manner of emotions which one* goes through upon a sudden unexpected change.  But we soon settled in, lost the haunting fear that it was all going to go pear-shaped, and began to eat again.
[* i.e., me]

Initially we went on a lot of dates, before realising that we both hated going on dates, and after that we started staying in, which was much better.

This brought us through the winter and into the spring, when we started chasing the Olympic torch around Belfast and were somewhat Jubilant.

The summer, of course, brought much excitement, what with the Olympics, and the beginnings of a Wenlock obsession which appears to have spiraled entirely out of control.  Still, as Mama Smile keeps saying, at least we're not killing old people or doing drugs.

Also in the summer, we had a number of Outings, such as to the museum, where we played in the drawing area and took photos of ourselves with stuffed animals.  We also went to the Titanic Museum with Mama and Papa Smile, which was very nice, and to be recommended.

Then came the autumn, and Not Much Happened and then it was Christmas, and Not Much Had Happened.

I am pleased to note, however, that I completed my Reading Challenge, which is really the Main Thing.  Here are the books I read:

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Sharon has completed her goal of reading 30 books in 2012!

As you can see, I had challenged myself to read 30 books, and managed to read 32, thus achieving a lifetime best of 106% (I would have liked exams in school a lot more if I could've got more than 100%).  Next year I'm hoping to manage 35, although I admit to cheating slightly by being almost finished several books today, thus giving me a head start.

Jayber Crow was asking us all which books we enjoyed (as well as suggesting a number of titles which may well make their way onto 2013's Challenge).  Of those I read, I liked Room (Emma Donoghue), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) and Five Children and It (Edith Nesbit).  I also enjoyed My Family and Other Disasters by Lucy Mangan, who I consider a kindred spirit.

I did not especially enjoy Peter Pan (JM Barrie), but that might have been because I am too old.

The only film I saw in the cinema was War Horse, which I liked (I saw this with Boyfriend Smile when we were still going on dates).

So that is almost everything from 2012, apart from One Other Thing, which I shall tell you about tomorrow.

In the meantime, have a nice start of 2013.