December 31st, 2007


2007 - the year that was....

1. What did you do in 2007 that you've never done before?
Went to Poland

2. Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I sort of kept them, but will be working on more achievable ones for this year!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Oh yes.. My younger brother Chris, or rather his wife Jenn, gave birth to James Andrew Palmer on 01.12.2007!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no

5. What countries did you visit?
USA, France, England, Poland, Thailand, Germany

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
a baby

7. What dates in 2006 will remain etched on your memory and why?
01.12.2006 (see above)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a promotion at work

9. What was your biggest failure?
see point 6! No actually, my biggest failure has been to be grateful for what i have and not to stress about what I don't yet have :-)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yep - broken wrist in March, operation to remove stage 4 endometriosis in September and allergic reaction to hormone injection, also September!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new laptop, handheld pc and mobile phone

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
The wonderful mr.ncot, who loves me unconditionally and is the best thing in my life
(same as last year)

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Baby Bush

14. Where did most of your money go?
Saving, saving, saving :-)

15. What did you get really really excited about?
Training my new employees in Poland building those relationships

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
I don't think I have one

17. Compared to this time last year are you:

a) happier or sadder
happier I think

b) thinner or fatter
little bit fatter probably

c) richer or poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
loved Alan

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
worked overtime

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
we spent it together here in Zürich - the first time we've had Christmas alone :-)

21. What was your favourite month of 2007?
Maybe December - became an Auntie, got promoted, had time off over Christmas

22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I stayed in love!

23. How many one night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Dr. House (big fan of Hugh Laurie .-)

25. Do you hate anyone now who you didn’t hate last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Well, a rediscovery - They might be giants!

28. What did you want and get?
A large IPOD!

29. What did you want and not get?
again, see point 6!

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Stranger than fiction

31. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
34 and we went to Ascona, a beautiful lake town in southern Switzerland

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
dare I say it? See point 6.
Maybe a bit more work, life balance!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Tailored suits and shirts by day, scruffy jeans by evening

34. What kept you sane?
reading, writing and having long soaks in the bath

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Still Clive Owen for me

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Political / Economic - the run on Northern Rock.

37. Who did you miss?
my sister and family generally, didn't see enough of them!

38. Who was the best new person you met?
a new work colleague, Pier, who seems to be slowly healing our team at work...

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007
It's not about me. Take a deep breath and be thankful for other people's positive news

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
Istanbul, not Constantinople, now its Istanbul, not Constantinople...

Livejournal review of 2007

It's quite simple: the first sentence of the first entry for each month in 2007 :-) Do join in!

Jan: I have written before about my globe-trotting and inspirational relations, who have been travelling since Jan 2004!

Feb: This week has been manic at work, in most days at 7am and leaving really late.

Mar: My first photo with the nokia 6131!

April: This week has been a bit up and down :-(
Mostly down it has to be said, I have been grumpy, frustrated and feeling pretty sorry for myself!

May: mr.ncot and I have just got back from a long weekend in Ascona, which was fab. Here's the view from our balcony :-)
June: I've been thinking a lot about balance and life over the past few days. Namely, I haven't got any at the moment.

July: On Friday I attended a wonderful lunchtime learning session on Resilience, a positive self management approach to dealing with our professional lives.

Aug: A beautiful eve at the lake, an intelligent, warm, moving french film and good friends to share it with - what more could a lass want?

Sept: Last week on Wednesday I spent almost the whole day sorting through the paperwork files in my desk and re-organising my email system.

Oct: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful stripy scarf:

Nov: I have (just about) survived the first few days back at work and it's Friday. Depressingly, nothing seems to have dramatically changed since I have been away.

Dec: I am an Aunty - Introducing James Andrew Palmer, 8lb 13 ounces, born Sat 1st December at 10am. Hurrah!

Books read 2007

Books Read: 102
Curtain: Agatha Christie
Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller
Ready for Anything: David Allen
The war of Art: Steven Pressfield
Freakonomics: Steven D. Levitt
Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted: Lolly Winston
The Ice House: Minette Walters
Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead: Kate White
Eden Close: Anita Shreve
Ready for Anything: David Allen
The Sunday Philosophy Club: Alexander McCall Smith
Love is not enough: Merryn Somerset Webb
Brother and Sister: Joanna Trollope
The secret life of husbands: Kirsty Crawford
Murther and Walking Spirits: Robertson Davies
Call Girl: Jenny Angell
The Now Habit: Neil Fiore
Alice Alone: Amanda Brookfield
Past Secrets: Cathy Kelly
Queen Camilla: Sue Townsend
The British Museum is Falling Down: David Lodge
Starter for Ten: David Nicholls
Forget you had a daughter: Sandra Gregory
Chart Throb: Ben Elton
A Question of Love: Isabel Wolff
Perfect Match: Jodi Picoult
The Woman in the Fifth: Douglas Kennedy
State of the Union: Douglas Kennedy
Charlotte Gray: Sebastian Faulks
Deja Death: Kathy Reichs
Brick Lane: Monica Ali
Happiness TM: Will Ferguson
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous: Graeme Aitken
Getting Things Done: David Allen
Plain Truth: Jodi Picoult
The Power of a Positive No: William Ury
Dry: Augusten Burroughs
The memory of running: Ron McLarty
Punchbag: Robert Llewellyn
Anita and Me: Meera Syal
First among Sequels: Jasper Fforde
Wilhelm Tell für die Schule: Max Frisch
The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: J.K.Rowling
The Fourth Bear: Jasper Fforde
Thirty Nothing: Lisa Jewell
Practical Magic: Alice Hoffman
The Big Over Easy: Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten: Jasper Fforde
Going against the grain: Linda Taylor
The Well of Lost Plots: Jasper Fforde
Talk of the Village: Rebecca Shaw
An Inheritance: Caro Fraser
Pond Lane and Paris: Susie Vereker
An Old-fashioned Arrangement: Susie Vereker
Wicked: Jilly Cooper
Something for the weekend: Pauline McLynn
Miss Wyoming: Douglas Copeland
The Liar: Stephen Fry
10 lb. Penalty: Dick Francis
The Batchelorette Party: Karen McCullah Lutz
Swallowing Grandma: Kate Long
You're wearing that?: Deborah Tannen
Old School Ties: Kate Harrison
Confessions of an ugly stepsister: Gregory Maguire
Good in Bed: Jennifer Weiner
Lily A Ghost Story: Adèle Geras
Smoke Jumper: Nicholas Evans
Handbags and Halos: Bernadette Strachan
The Bad Mother's Handbook: Kate Long
Animal Dreams: Barbara Kingsolver
Julie and Julia: Julie Powell
E: Matt Beaumont
Life Swap: Jane Green
We need to talk about Kevin: Lionel Shriver
The final boundary: Adrian Plass
The diaries of Jane Somers: Doris Lessing
Labyrinth: Kate Mosse
Getting over it: Anna Maxted
Glass Lake: Maeve Binchy
Circle of Friends: Maeve Binchy
The Memory Game: Nicci French
Brand New Friend: Mike Gayle
Snow: Orhan Pamuk
The Tenth Circle: Jodi Picoult
Hard Times: Sara Paretsky
Elegance: Kathleen Tessaro
Beautiful Bodies: Laura Shaine Cunningham
The Snow Geese: William Fiennes
Seven Sisters: Margaret Drabble
The Brethren: John Grisham
I am Charlotte Simmons: Tom Wolfe
Die Wand: Marlen Haushofer
PS I Love You: Cecelia Ahern
Katapult: Karen Kijewski
Hiding what we feel, faking what we don't: Sandi Mann
Wife in the Fast Lane: Karen Quinn
The Devil's Feather: Minette Walters
Affluenza: When Too Much Is Never Enough: Clive Hamilton
Whitethorn Woods: Maeve Binchy
Possession: A.S.Byatt