December 31st, 2013


Books Read in 2013

hurrah - beat last years total and crossed the magic 50 line!! Thanks in part to having a kindle!!

Books Read in 2013

Wild: Cheryl Strayed
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: Rachael Joyce
Turning 40: Mike Gayle
My Name is...: Alastair Campbell
Lifesaving for Beginners: Ciara Geraghty
Mutton: India Knight
I Laughed, I Cried: How One Woman Took on Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life: Viv Groskop
French Parents Don't Give In 100 parenting tips from Paris: Pamela Druckerman
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: Haruki Murakami
French Children don't throw Food: Pamela Druckermann
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: Alan Stilitoe
The Mystery of Mercy Close: Marian Keyes
No Plot, No Problem: Chris Baty
@WriMo: A 30-day Survival Guide for Writers: Kevin Kaiser
Related by Adoption: Hedi Argent
How to Stay Sane: Philippa Perry
The Girl You Left Behind: Jojo Moyes
The House we grew up in: Lisa Jewell
Bad Cook: Esther Walker
Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald
Round heeled Woman: Jane Juska
Happily Ever After: Harriet Evans
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: Amy Chua
The Power of Less: Leo Babauta
Thanks for the Memories: Cecilia Ahern
The Gift: Cecilia Ahern
Food Rules: Michael Pollan
Born to Run: Christopher McDougall
Never have your dog stuffed: Alan Alda
The Maeve Binchy Writers Club: Maeve Binchy
Running with the Kenyans: Adharanand Finn
The Einstein Girl: Philip Sington
Get Your Shit Together: Ruth Field
How I conquered High Cholesterol: Liz Broomfield
Going it alone at 40: Liz Broomfield
Wicked Words: Kerri Sharp
Run Fat Bitch Run: Ruth Field
Work Smarter with Evernote: Alexandra Samuel
The Happy Depressive: Alastair Campbell
Salmon FIshing in the Yemen: Paul Torday
Before I die: Jenny Downham
Falling Slowly: Anita Brookner
The Little Women Letters: Gabrielle Donnelly
Armadillo: William Boyd
The Jane Auster Marriage Manual: Kim Izzo
A Week in Winter: Maeve Binchy
Unless: Carol Shields
Lone Wolf: Jodie Picoult
A Week in December: Sebastian Faulks
Teach Us to Sit Still: Tim Parks
Eleven: Mark Watson
Careers Advice for Ambitious Women: Mrs Moneypenny
The Sculptress: Minette Walters
The Woman who went to bed for a year: Sue Townsend
keep calm

Resolutions 2014

I don't really need any more resolutions for 2014, given my list of 40 Challenges, which include losing weight and running a half marathon in 2014!

However, here are some reminders for me:

*Read more books (I have a huge backlog, do not buy any more books until Mount TBR is a mere molehill again!)
*use my nice things up, be grateful for the abundance of good things that i have (nice pens, stationery, perfumes, cosmetics etc)
*Declutter the flat
*Write more regularly

I am doing Dry January again, so am hoping that the booze-,  and therefore TV free evenings, will make it easier to tackle some creative ideas and tasks from my 40 Challenges! 

Review of Books Read in 2013


2013, that was the year that was...

2006 answers / 2007 answers / 2008 answers / 2009 answers / 2010 answers / 2011 answers / 2012 answers

1. What did you do in 2013 that you've never done before?
can't think of anything really new - started yoga again though and enjoyed doing the Feb, write a letter a day challenge

2. Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I did lose weight, but not as much as I hoped
Have made a few resolutions, but am mostly trying to finish my 40 challenges @40!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Caroline with Emily
Irene with Elea
Andrea with Georgie
Kerry with Isla
Slyvia with Henry James

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
UK several times (thanks to work and MBTI)

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Promotion at work and/or better Job

7. What dates in 2013 will remain etched on your memory and why?
Turning 40 on May 7th!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running a successful project at work, whilst supporting alan with his MBA and job change, and keeping both boys happy

9. What was your biggest failure?
no big failure. do wish though that I had started Metabolic balance / gym /running earlier on in the year

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
the normal colds and ear infections!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
signed up for metabolic balance- weight loss plan with nutritionist support
also signed up for Kieser gym for a year

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!)

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
no one particularly

14. Where did most of your money go?
kinderkrippe and credit card
but there was a fair bit of travel for both of us

15. What did you get really really excited about?
my 40 challenges!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Schiffli fahre, uuf em See...

17. Compared to this time last year are you:

a) happier or sadder - happier
b) thinner or fatter – thinner (8kg down)
c) richer or poorer - poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
running and gym, reading

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent it here in Zurich with my sister

21. What was your favourite month of 2013?
October - finally family holiday in Vienna

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
fell in love again with Alan
23. How many one night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
How I met your mother

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

26. What was the best book you read?
My Name Is... by Alastair Campbell

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Can't think of one particularly

28. What did you want and get?
success at work, losing weight

29. What did you want and not get?
promotion / payrise

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Didn't go to the cinema much, but did enjoy Neuland

31. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 40, had a surprise party, then went to Sheffield for the weekend with best mates Sal and Mags

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
more time to myself, to read and blog

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
still slummy mummy, but getting thinner

34. What kept you sane?
my kindle!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
no one

36.What political issue stirred you the most?
no one issue

37. Who did you miss?
my sister, we seem so far apart

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Andrea :-)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013
Step by step

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
Can't think of one