December 31st, 2009


Books read in 2009

111 books read
Pleased with this, more than last year, especially given pregnancy and birth of markus! So many good books :-)

Best Book (Fiction): And another thing: Eion Colfer or Small World: Matt Beaumont or Shantaram: Gregory David Roberts (just can't decide!)

Best Book (Non-Fiction): Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: Tracy Hogg

Best Chicklit:The Brightest Star in the Sky: Marian Keyes

Book which made me change/gave me most food for thought: Creating a World without Poverty: Muhammad Yunus

Author Discovery: Samantha Smythe's Modern Family Journal: Lucy Cavendish, followed closely by Kate Atkinson

Best "Old Favourite": The unbearable lightness of being: Milan Kundera and Inconceivable: Ben Elton and After you’d gone: Maggie O’Farrell

Worst Read: Must Love Dogs: Claire Cook

2009 - the year that was...

2006 answers / 2007 answers / 2008 answers

1. What did you do in 2009 that you've never done before?
Had a baby – markus gerry moran was born on 14.08.09!

2. Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Yes and Yes. For 2009 progress click here, for 2010 resolutions click here

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
So, so many :-)

Susan had Tessa
Patrizia had Harry
Al had Aimee
Andrea had Kyra
Daniela had Luca
Sharon had Henry
Meera had Ish
Becs had Izzy
Ali had William

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
England, Ireland, Poland, France, Malta

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Less needless worrying and more gratitude for my full life

7. What dates in 2009 will remain etched on your memory and why?
Markus arriving on 14.08.08

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Carrying the pregnancy to term
Successful part year at work and learn how to hand over my projects
Good year at PWG

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t think I really had a failure

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope, just pregnancy pain niggles

11. What was the best thing you bought?
All the baby stuff, particularly the second hand Bugaboo Cameleon which we love!

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 and the year before!)
Plus a special mention to friends Sally and Kerry and Karen and Al and Jill for all their support through the pregnancy

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
All those who peddle wars and greed

14. Where did most of your money go?
Saving, furniture for the flat and baby stuff

15. What did you get really really excited about?
My baby to be, connecting with old friends on facebook

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
I genuinely can't think of one

17. Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - happier
b) thinner or fatter – definitely fatter, but that’s having a baby for you!
c) richer or poorer - more money saved, so richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
yoga and running

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent it with my family, having a first family Christmas with Markus here in Zürich

21. What was your favourite month of 2009?

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I remained very much love with mr.ncot

23. How many one night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Total Wipeout – love those big red balls

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

26. What was the best book you read?
So many to choose from!
Book I loved and read just before and after giving birth was “Shantaram” by David Gregory
Best Books to prepare for baby were “The best friend’s guide to pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine and “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer” by Tracy Hogg

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
A very late entry – my sister gave me the Cd “Umbrellowhead” for Christmas and it is ace! Funky folk.

28. What did you want and get?
A baby!

29. What did you want and not get?
To be fitter and slimmer

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
UP (first film seen after giving birth, delightful and tearful)

31. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 36, visited a hospital on my birthday, and mr.ncot took me out to a Japanese sushi restaurant for a meal – not a good choice – pregnant woman and sushi!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less worry

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Pre Baby - Suited and booted for work, scruffy jeans for home, with a bit of Boden thrown in for good measure!
Post Baby – jeans and nursing tshirts in sludgy colours

34. What kept you sane?
Reading, listening to music and various relaxation mp3 files

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No change - Til Schweiger

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I am turning into an apolitical animal, for which I am very ashamed

37. Who did you miss?
Gerry, plus Caroline in Australia

38. Who was the best new person you met?
New Mummies – Meera, Andrea, and the swimming girls

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009
Baby steps!

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
I see you Baby (Groove Armada)

2009 Resolutions Reviewed

The biggest goal achieved was obviously having Markus and beginning life as a family!
I also managed to go the dentist, didn’t start the research paper, but did make contact again with a possible PHD supervisor.

In terms of resolutions, I didn’t ever manage to get to pregnancy yoga, but did do a water course instead. I didn’t track my steps or calories consistently on fitbug, this was just too much. I did however reconnect with lots of friends and strengthened my network of friends and supporters!

2009 Resolutions (which will lead to goals below)
Maintain food diary on fitbug
Achieve my fitbug steps per day (using
Practice yoga once a week
Care for my relationships - reach out to two friends a month

2009 Goals
Have a healthy pregnancy and enjoy the journey
Enjoy my life and find the right balance
Write the Research paper on the Samaritans
Go to the dentist!