December 30th, 2016


List of Books Read in 2016

Books read 2016: 51 books

One Plus One: Jojo Moyes
Making it up as I go along: Marian Keyes
Saving Grace: Jane Green
On the Move, a Life: Oliver Sacks
The Dress: Sophie Nicholls
The Last Englishman: Keith Foskett
Prisoners of Geography: Tim Marshall
The Death of Ivan Ilyich: Leo Tolstoy
Mein Leben mit Mozart: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
That's not how you wash a squirrel: Greg Nudelman
Maeve Binchy the Biography: Piers Dudgeon
The $1 Prototype: Greg Nudelman
Thinking Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman
Switching to the Mac, the missing manual: David Pogue
The Gun Seller: Hugh Laurie
The Sketchnote Handbook: Mike Rohde
Man at the Helm: Nina Stibbe
Managing Your Boss: John J. Gabarro & John P. Kotter
Woman walks into a Bar: Rowan Coleman
Living with a Wild God: Barbara Ehrenreich
Mrs D is going without: Lotta Dann
Four Hour Work Week: Timothy Ferriss
Very British Problems: Rob Temple
This Naked Mind: Annie Grace
Kick the Drink Easily: Jason Vale
The Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfont
The Secrets We Keep: Jonathan Harvey
Your Pace or Mine?: Lisa Jackson
Just a Little Run Around the World: Rosie Swale Pope
A Classical Education: Caroline Taggart
Beware of Pity: Stefan Zweig
Rosie: Alan Titchmarsh
Life and Other Near Death Experiences: Camille Pagan
Staring at the Sun: Irvin D. Yalom*****</a>
Triggers: Marshall Goldsmith
The One Moment Master: Martin Boroson
The Way We're Working isn't Working: Tony Schwartz*****</a>
The Other Son: Nick Alexander
The Lonely Polygamist: Brady Udall
The Girl Who Just Appeared: Jonathan Harvey
The Quaker Cafe: Brenda Bevan Remmes
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: Judith Kerr
The Book of Tomorrow: Cecila Aherne
The Danish Girl: David Ebershoff*****
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden: Jonas Jonasson
Home: Matt Dunn
Breaking the Silence: Diane Chamberlain*****
Lean in 15: Joe Wicks
What Might Have Been: Matt Dunn
The Lady in the Van: Alan Bennett
A Place called Here: Cecilia Aherne

Running Review 2016

Running was a right off this year and the result was feeling cr*p and weight gain. I did do the Greifenseelauf 10K with Anita, by running and walking, but wish I had done more this year.

I have signed up for the 1000km in 2017 challenge and will do the 10K City Run on 9th April. Will then take it from there...

No of Runs: 25
Total Distance: 124 km
Run Time: 18:53:47
Avg Distance: 4.77km
Avg Run Time: 43:36
Average Pace: 9:09/km

No of Runs: 42
Total Distance: 217.68 km
Run Time: 27:05:33
Avg Distance: 5.18km
Avg Run Time: 38:42
Average Pace: 7:28/km

2016 Year in Pictures

2016 has been a year of change – Patrick left nursery and started Kindergarten, Markus left Kindergarten and started school, Alan started a new job as Head of IT at Educa and I clocked 10 years at Credit Suisse and increased to 90%. At work we won silver for best Learning Technology Team (at the Learning Technology awards), which was a great honour. In the summer we had a fab 2 weeks touring Ireland, and then in the autumn holidays a week in the UK (Peak District & London). As is our advent tradition, we took the steam train into the forest to find Santa and we all ran the Silvesterlauf though the old town. All my 2016 pictures

1st row, left to right
Jan: Sal comes to stay
Mar: Ski holiday in Liechtensteine
Apr. Chris & Drew come to stay
May: Mags comes to stay

2nd row, left to right
May: Circus trip
June: 10 years CS!
June: Parents come to stay
July: Sheffield Reunion

3rd row, left to right
Aug: Holiday in Ireland
Aug: First Day Kindergarten
Aug: First Day School
Oct: UK Holiday

4th row, left to right
Oct: Family Photoshoot
Nov: Learning Technology Awards
Dec: Silvesterlauf
Dec: Christmas Elves

Resolutions Update - December

2016 Resolution = Lose 20kg in 2016
*Lose 20kg in 2016 - Have joined Slimming World online and have lost 3kg - more to go!
*100 Books in 2016 - 51 in 2016, I wanted to read more, but just didn't prioritize it enough. Too much faceboook browsing and Netflix watching!
*100 Blogs in 2016 - 92 so far (30th Dec to this one, with about 5 more to go! :-)
*100 Runs in 2016 -
No of Runs: 25 / total Distance: 124 km / Run Time: 18:53:47 / Avg Distance: 4.77km / Avg Run Time: 43:36 / Average Pace: 9:09/km
*100 Gym visits in 2016 - 3 so far :-(

Review of Books Read in 2016


That was the year that was 2016

2015 answers / 2014 answers / 2013 answers / 2012 answers / 2011 answers / 2010 answers / 2009 answers / 2008 answers / 2007 answers / 2006 answers

What did you do in 2016 that you've never done before?
Won an industry award!

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I sort of kept them, but wasn't focussed enough. 2017 will be better

Did anyone close to you give birth?
yep - Antonio and wife has a little girl Seirah, Kathrin had Max, Karen had the twins

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?
Ireland, UK

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More time for myself and more time for my boys

What dates in 2016 will remain etched on your memory and why?
22nd August - Markus started school, 8th August - Patrick started Kindergarten

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Helping Markus start school and helping Patrick start Kindergarten

What was your biggest failure?
Not looking after myself, not losing weight

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No. but felt tired and run down all year

What was the best thing you bought?
new laptop!

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Still my wonderful sister...and my wonderful Alan

Where did most of your money go?

What did you get really really excited about?
I don't think I got excited about anything really

What song will always remind you of 2016?
No one song

Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - happier / about the same
b) thinner or fatter - about the same
c) richer or poorer - richer

What do you wish you'd done more of?
more running and exercise

What do you wish you'd done less of?
work and worrying

How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent it here in Zurich just the 4 of us

What was your favourite month of 2016?
October - boys were settled into new routine and we had a great holiday in the UK

What was your favourite TV programme?
Suits (again), Orange is the New Black, Elementary

What was the best book you read?
Staring at the Sun: Irvin D. Yalom

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Playlists on Spotify

What did you want and get?
a new work rucksack!

What did you want and not get?
More time to myself

What was your favourite film of this year?

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 43, went to the circus with the family, had a nice meal

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
more time to myself, to read and blog (same as last year)

What kept you sane?
my kindle, oh, and Alan :-)

Who did you miss?
my sister, we seem so far apart (same as last year)
my mates sal, mags, caroline, jane (but now she's closer!)

Who was the best new person you met?
Sabine G (who i knew already, but who I really got to know this year!)

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016
I need to "brake", otherwise I will break. I need to be be kinder to myself.