|Razzy - the fat one|
|Miranda - the ferocious one|
|Monty - the laid back old boy|
|Mog - the loony nutter|
The Biz, which has grown by more than 100% in 2011 and keeps me entertained.
The Degree. I finally finished my Health Science degree and, to my great surprise, did well enough to be awarded a postgraduate fees scholarship for 2012. (booyah!)
An explosion of baby boys in the family. :D Almost too much cuteness for one year.
Europe. Six wonderful weeks with my overseas family, which includes Miss J, a young lady who consistently amazes me. Yes, it's real. She has no fear.
Friends, Family, Neighbours, Blog readers (too many even to mention, you know who you are).
Many, many memorable meals, snacks and Foodie Fridays.
My favourite workouts this year:
Wii Just Dance
Walking in nature
As regards the bod. I've achieved my goal of maintaining 2009's fatloss and incrementally improved my nutrition.
Fit Body Fifty
Inside and Out
Love Veggies and Yoga
Whole Health Source
The Dramatic Downs.
Deaths in the family: Aunty Trish from cancer, Brosana's mother-in-law from a rogue flu. Sad.
Apart from those losses there was only one other 'down' - times 20,000 (approximate number of aftershocks). I don't want to beleaguer the one big challenge of 2011, but it's too obvious to ignore.
|Christchurch Cathedral - November 2011|
Quakes. And more quakes. According to Wikipedia, this year we experienced the second, third and tenth most vicious earthquakes ever measured, as regards peak ground acceleration (also the seventh, but that was last year).
Because of these earthquakes, about 200 families are facing the festive season with someone missing, and many more are suffering wrecked homes, livelihoods and stress. We have virtually no city. A large number of historic buildings in Christchurch are gone forever and, as the quakes continue (a 4.8 just one hour ago), the rebuild is proceeding but slowly. Everyone has adopted a constant state of mental and physical earthquake readiness. It's the new normal.
At this time next year, I plan to report that we have re-adapted to terra more firmer! Surely... Big quakes can stay right here, in 2011.
As for tonight, we are undecided about how to see in 2012. There are two party options, or the equally attractive possibility of just staying home, like old fogies. Tempting.
How was your 2011? Any highlights? Challenges? I'd love to hear about it.