End of the Year meme 2015
What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Clay pigeon shooting (with real shotguns), as well as trying my arm at axe throwing.
Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I generally managed to achieve getting out and about each weekend, and I did a better job at Geocaching than in 2014 (still a long way off my all-time high of 2011). That said, despite having the car I don't think I did all that much exploring with it.
As for 2016, well writing this at the end of 2016 I could be cheeky and only list the resolutions that I know worked... or add a few more to confuse everyone. I did make a few - as well as the usual resolutions to explore more I came up with a new one: go to church. Which I thought up on the first Sunday morning at about 9:30am. Did it work? Well, that would be telling...
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don't think so in 2015.
Did anyone close to you die?
Again, don't think so.
Which countries did you visit?
None. 'Twasn't particularly a year for travelling or holidays.
What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Continuing progress along the grand master plan.
What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
choros' stag do, sometime in July - it's when the aforementioned clay pigeon shooting and axe throwing took place. The axe throwing in particular is something I'd like to try my hand at again - there's something strangely Zen about it.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Um... nothing major, I think. Though successfully taking a soldering iron to the innards of my computer has to count for something...
What was your biggest failure?
Remodelling the side of my car in Swan Walk car park.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
What was the best thing you bought?
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Will and Hannah got married!
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
National Trust, for redesigning their website and making it completely unhelpful. Want to find a list of nearby NT places? Sure, but the results aren't sorted, can't be displayed on a map, and don't have directions beyond a poorly-placed pin on Google Maps (which is named with some random nearby address that is not the NT place you're looking for). Want to see what's happening? Sure, but the results are sorted by location and there's no way to filter on date.
Southern rail, for also redesigning their website and making it completely unhelpful. The somewhat snarky email listing in detail all the ways in which their new site fails at basic usability eventually got a non-reply about how it's new and shiny and therefore better.
Labour, for being completely useless as an opposition party.
Where did most of your money go?
Well, ignoring the usual twin destinations of the taxman and the landlord, a chunk of it went on de-denting the car. Though it wasn't as much as it might have been, given some of the quotes I got...
What were you really, really, really excited about?
Yoshi's Woolly World! The Yoshi games are just so enjoyable to play - while Kirby puts a silly grin on your face even in crazy boss fights (because who cares about this boss being hard, I just got to cut a volcano in half with a tuna!), Yoshi games are just sweet and fluffy.
Triforce Heroes! Because TOWER of POWER (and hilarious fail).
What song will always remind you of 2015?
"It's sweeter, when we all agree, a party political harmony~"
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
About the same.
b) Bigger or smaller?
Also about the same.
c) Richer or poorer?
Probably richer, despite having to spend money on car repairs.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exploring, as always.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastination, as always.
How did you spend Christmas?
In a mix of places - we went to Church, had presents in Horsham, had a Christmas meal probably at Opa's, and visited Oma in Homelands.
What was your favourite month of 2015?
No idea, so let's go with April.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Thunderbirds Are Go!
How did you see in the New Year?
I don't think we went out that year - it was just the family in Horsham.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
Ghost hawk, by Susan Cooper.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
This might have been the year when I discovered Field of Reeds. They do excellent woodwind covers of various tracks (mostly from video games), in particular this one of Skipper's Retreat from Skyward Sword.
What did you want and get?
What did you want and not get?
Also can't remember.
What was your favourite film of this year?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
What did you do on your birthday?
Karting! Except it was about a month later, but I still got the Teamsport birthday discount so I claim it counts :)
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Further advancement along the grand master plan :)
What kept you sane?
As always friends, family, a well-stocked MP3 player, and plenty of chocolate and tea.
Which celebrity/public figure did you
In 2015? Absolutely no idea.
What political issue stirred you the most?
The election, and the apparent incompetence of some parties. Like Labour who seriously thought they were going to take Scotland.
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
New friends. Yes, I know that's a non-answer - that's what you get when I write this a year out of date.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Multi-story car parks punish the overconfident.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
As always, Julian of Norwich still fits:
But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.