What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?
Visited the Netherlands! It's something of a bittersweet memory as the family went on a overnight trip to scatter Oma's ashes on a beach in Ijmuiden, where she grew up, and we only had enough time for a little sight-seeing. But all in all it was a fun trip, and it was good to meet with more of the extended family.
I also had the dubious honour of being made redundant, along with everyone else in the team I was in - that's what the saga alluded to in various posts was. Suffice to say there's a correct way to handle such things, and then there's the way $COMPANY-1 chose to handle it...
Went on a Go Ape course! I wasn't quite sure how I'd find it, but it turned out to be great fun.
Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I've no idea as I'm writing this post a year later than I should have, so I'll claim "yes" and "maybe".
Did anyone close to you give birth?
If I've got the year right, this was when a friend in housegroup gave birth to her second daughter.
Did anyone close to you die?
A friend's mum passed away this year.
Which countries did you visit?
For a change I actually travelled outside the UK, and visited the Netherlands.
What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Buying a house! That didn't happen in 2017 due to redundancy, but in 2018 I may have managed to make some progress on this...
What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The Netherlands trip - as it happened, it was over my birthday weekend so it's an easy one to remember.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
A toss-up between finding a new job within a month of leaving my previous one, and managing to pay off my student loan.
What was your biggest failure?
Pass - there was probably something hilarious.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
What was the best thing you bought?
A shiny new Nintendo Switch, with Breath of the Wild!
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Housegroup for being totally awesome.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Honorary mention to DPD for trying to deliver the Nintendo Switch to the wrong house, on the wrong street. That level of fail is special.
Where did most of your money go?
Taxman, landlord, and car. In 2017 the Alfa wanted new shock absorbers which turned out to be surprisingly pricey.
What were you really, really, really excited about?
Breath of the Wild! Yes, I am a Zelda fanboy.
What song will always remind you of 2017?
Globus' Doomsday, because of the crash of thunder that happened as I was listening to it, perfectly timed with the beat of the song.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
About the same.
b) Bigger or smaller?
About the same.
c) Richer or poorer?
Richer - one side-effect of the redundancy was a redundancy payout and a nice pay rise from the new job.
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?
With family - I think Opa came round for the Christmas day meal?
What was your favourite month of 2017?
Dunno about favourite but April was certainly an interesting month...
What was your favourite TV programme?
A toss-up between the Robot Wars reboot and the Crystal Maze reboot.
How did you see in the New Year?
If I remember rightly, the family first went round to Opa's flat for afternoon/evening nibbles. Afterwards we left Opa and met up with the Poons to see the new year itself in. Knowing the Poons, there was probably silly party games and plenty of food.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Let's just say that certain people involved with the saga would not be candidates for my Christmas card list...
What was the best book you read?
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. I borrowed it from the library following a recommendation from ladyofastolat, and it's absolutely fascinating. Particularly finding out about the St Augustine Gospels - to know that there's a portion of the Bible from over a thousand years ago that still exists and is readable today is quite something.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Several this year: Globus (recommended track: The Promise), Ivan Torrent (recommended track: Icarus), and Wintergatan (recommended track: Marble Machine).
What did you want and get?
What did you want and not get?
More shiny stuff!
What was your favourite film of this year?
Did I see any films this year? I must have seen something with housegroup, but can't remember what.
What did you do on your birthday?
Separately, as a delayed outing for my birthday in 2016 I went with a few friends to Go Ape in Crawley.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not being made redundant.
What kept you sane?
Family, friends, housegroup, and a well-stocked MP3 player. The well-stocked MP3 player is very important :)
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy/respect the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
More housegroup friends!
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
Check all Important Paperwork very carefully. Especially when said Important Paperwork has in theory been updated to correct the errors in it (in practice... it was differently wrong. I was not impressed with the authors of said Important Paperwork).
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Learning to fly
Touching sky on my way
Learning to fly
High above the sorrows
To a new day I fly
From Stratovarius' Learning to Fly, my all-time favourite song to cheer me up when things have gone pear-shaped.