2013: a meme

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Had a run-in with someone who was trying to break into my flat (when I was at home!) in March. Thankfully, they didn’t get into my flat and all I have to show for that is a tiny scar at the bottom of my right thumb (from breaking a window to let them know someone was home).

To this day, I still can’t believe that I did that but it was the “flight or fight” thing and I fought. The police were really good about the whole thing, as was my landlord. In hindsight, I should’ve phoned 111 to say I had a prowler but no, I fought.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn’t make any and no.

3.Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister.

4.Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5.What countries did you visit?
None. I could be visiting Australia again this year – Perth and for Christmas.

6.What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More money – and with the move that will be happening in just over two days, that’ll happen!

7.What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
21 February – becoming an aunt. 23 February – getting to see my nephew for the first time. 22 March – my first (and hopefully last!) run-in with someone trying to break into my flat.

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Earning the title of Aunty Steph.

9.What was your biggest failure?
Having to ask Mum to bail me out on several occasions because of bills and a lack of money to get food.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury?
Does ovary/bowel pain of an unknown origin count? And it’s still bothering me to a point?

11.What was the best thing you bought?
My iPhone. Admittedly, it’s an iPhone 4 but it does what I want it to do.

12.Whose behavior merited celebration?
Can’t think of anyone.

13.Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Can’t think of anyone.

14.Where did most of your money go?
Rent, bills, insurance…

15.What events did you get really, really, really excited about?
My cousin’s wedding in February and my nephew’s birth five days later.

16.What song will always remind you of 2013?
Don’t know.

17.Compared to this time last year, are you:
i.happier or sadder? The same
ii.thinner or fatter? Don’t know. I hover between 52.5-54kg (115.7-119.04lb) – I only know that because Mum bought my scales up with her from home!
iii.richer or poorer? Poorer.

18.What do you wish you’d done more of?
Relax.

19.What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worry.

20.How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas at home with Mum. I didn’t get out of my pyjamas at all on Christmas Day and I spent a couple of hours in the afternoon sleeping.

21.Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Urm, probably Victim Support after the guy who tried to break into my flat. I was on the phone to them when Mum rang and she ended up ringing me on my mobile…

FYI, I hate talking on the phone.

22.Did you fall in love in 2013?
Nope.

23. How many one-night stands?
Zero!

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Tudors – even though that finished airing in 2010 but I didn’t watch it until 2013!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No.

26. What was the best book you read?
Probably The Family Corleone.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?
Can’t think of any.

28. What did you want and get?
The chance to move out of my flat.

29. What did you want and not get?
More money.

30. What were your favorite films of this year?
Gangster Squad – I’m saying that because I like those kind of movies and it was the only one I saw at the movies last year.

31.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Drank beer. I was 34

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More money – despite the tax refund that went towards my iPhone, two cheques from my power company who closed my account without me giving authority for them to do so (apparently, another power company contacted them to tell them they were supplying the power to my flat…)

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Comfortable.

34. What kept you sane?
Some of my workmates.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most/least?
;) for fancy the most.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The right for gay and lesbian couples in New Zealand to marry. I believe that you should be able to marry who you want, regardless of sex.

37. Whom did you miss?
My grandparents (Mum’s dad and Dad’s mum). My cats after I was in Invercargill for a week and a half in August.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Nobody.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
Even when you’re at your lowest money wise, your parents can help you out. I still feel awful about that.

40. Do you have any lost feelings of others.
Don’t think so.

41.Quote a song that sums up your year:
“I will survive.” Gloria Gaynor.

New layout, new start

I think that’s how I’m going to sum this up.

A new layout and a new start.

Another entry will be coming soon. It’s just a matter of when :)

My ancestors made social history in New Zealand!

Indeed they did. Well, my maternal grandmother’s maternal grandmother did.

I got back to Christchurch yesterday after spending 10 days in Invercargill. Eight days ago, my mother gave me a book to read but told me to read part of one page, the full page after that one then part of the page following the full one, which I did do.

I got so far through it and knew that the author of this particular book was writing about my maternal grandmother’s maternal grandmother. Mary, my 2x great grandmother, had the first Caesarean section delivery of a baby in New Zealand. Said baby wasn’t my great-grandmother but her older sister. My great-grandmother was born in 1896 and her sister in around 1890. What made me realise it was my 2x great-grandmother the author was talking about was the fact my 2x great-grandfather died in 1899, two months before my great-grandmother turned three.

I learned after reading the part of the book my mother wanted me to read, she got in contact with the author because she had photos of my 2x great-grandmother, my great-grand aunt (the baby who was born via Caesarean) and possibly my great-grandmother. Said author said that she was working on getting an e-book version published and Mum sent her copies of the photos she had which will be added to the e-book version once all the paperwork via lawyers has been sent. So I’m thinking that this means Mum will get a little something for every copy of the e-book that will be sold. I even got to read the report that the doctor wrote for a medical journal which explained exactly what they did when it came to delivering my great grand-aunt.

Marmageddon is over!

marmageddonFinally! I have Marmite again!

Because of the shortage due to the 2011 munter (earthquake), we haven’t had New Zealand produced Marmite available for nearly a year. Finally, today, we were able to purchase it again!

My work has a limit of two per person per day and it is also on approval, so I spent most of my time on Self Scan today approving Marmite and telling people that it was probably going to be on approval for a while yet. Which it will be.

But I have Marmite again! And it smells so freaking good!

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