The Wrap Up
Wow… so that was 2016… probably one of the craziest years of my life. I don’t think any other years of my life have had quite as many extreme highs and lows, and the list has once again been there through it all. I am really glad that this year I chose to include some of my more deliberate holiday adventures. I like that it has given me a reason to document them properly and that now I have them sitting right here to look back on whenever I want as many of them have a blog post just for them.
What about the rest… well that’s here too. Some have links, and some I will tell you about right here, including the ones that didn’t… but they are all there ready and waiting for you to read all about…
Start 2016 somewhere outside of Australia– completed: 01/01/2016 Make a summer fruit platter in a watermelon– completed: 19/02/2016
Send 12 hand written cards/letters– completed: 23/04/2016
Make a lolly cake– completed: 31/11/2016 Rearrange a space– completed: 17/02/2016 Play my flute– completed: 29/12/2016
This year was the first year in a long time that I have missed Christmas caroling, I didn’t miss it enough to get my flute out during caroling season, but I did get it out this week and play some carols. It was really nice to play again and to know that I haven’t lost it.
Go to Disneyland– completed: 24/01/2016
- Find out is our house has a legit hidden fireplace
I am pretty sure that we do… but I have no proof and while my intention was to just kick a hole in the wall and find out what was there, some other things came up and I will have to wait a little longer to find out for sure.
Visit something older than colonised Australia– completed: 14/01/2016 Have tea in London… Queen optional– completed: 19/01/2016 Do a ridiculously cheesy tourist photo with a famous tourist attraction– completed: 22/01/2016 Go to a country I have never been to before– completed: 02/01/2016 Find a geocache– completed: 06/04/2016 Hide a geocache– completed: 06/04/2016 Watch the Prince of Egypt– completed: 18/03/2016
- Go in the 2016 Melbourne Marathon festival somehow… 5, 10, half or full
When the 2016 Melbourne Marathon was on I was 23 weeks pregnant and running was even less of a strong suit than it was earlier in the year. Maybe next year.
Be a Victorian tourist and go somewhere all the tourists go– completed: 09/07/2016 See my bestie face to face– completed: 18/01/2016
- Get back in the pool and swim at least 5 times
I am not really sure why I didn’t swim this year… I really enjoy it, I think that maybe it’s the thought of the effort of bathers, towels, public showers and goggles… sometimes it all just seems too hard.
Go to the Zoo– completed: 03/02/2016 Make some kind of festive seasonal dish– completed: 02/12/2016 Use the fire pit– completed: 19/02/2016
Not only did we use it, but there a perfect circle of dead grass where it was.
Go skiing or snowboarding or tobogganing– completed: 03/01/2016 Do you want to build a snowman? I do– completed: 04/01/2016 Go Camping– completed: 04/04/2016 See some Northern Hemisphere stars– completed: 06/01/2016 Run with at least 3 different people– completed: 27/02/2016 Make a photo book or our Europe Adventures– completed: 29/12/2016
Just sitting there waiting for the Christmas budget to cool it’s jets before we print it.
- Save money each pocket money
It was not a good year for our fiances… well Dave’s pocket money card might be ok… but mine not so much.
Go on a bush walk– completed: 05/04/2016 Go to a farmers market– completed: 27/03/2016 Make some meringues– completed: 03/10/2016
Learn how to spell meringues without having to check it every time– completed: 03/10/2016 Keep my emails under control – no extreme amounts of notifications on my phone– completed: 31/12/2016
Not at all times, but for most of the year I made a special effort to keep the notifications under control.
Get and keep my photo storage under control– completed: 29/12/2016
This is one I am really proud of, I love our photos and I am a little paranoid about losing them, but now I have them all backed up and safely stored, I just have to keep these backups up to date.
Sew something– completed: 30/12/2016
Let’s not get too excited I repaired a jumper of Dave’s and pair of my pants, but I had to get the sewing machine out and use it to do so… that counts as sewing.
Do some trivia– completed: 05/06/2016 Bake some snacks– completed: 02/10/2016 See a musical– completed: 13/05/2016 Read 16 books– completed: 20/11/2016
- Do a water aerobics class
I am putting this in the same category as swimming, the whole idea was just too much for me this year.
- Do a spin class
So I don’t really have an excuse, I left it too late and then when I could do a class again, I just didn’t want to. Bikes and me… maybe we will never be.
- Have a BBQ Wednesday
I wish we had, I really do, but we didn’t. BBQ Wednesday’s seem a lot harder to organise and make happen than they ever did before.
Go to a state of Australia that I haven’t been to before– completed: 03/04/2016 Touch my feet to some red dirt– completed: 06/04/2016 Clean up my iTunes playlists– completed: 29/12/2016
Yep all clean, lots deleted and hopefully just the good ones left… I’ll just have to work my way through them again and check.
Visit another international thermal pool– completed: 07/01/2016
- Clean my car more regularly
Nup… it is really dirty and will be until next year… I really need to clean it more often.
Sort out my 2014 and 2015 scrap books– completed: 12/12/2016
Turns out there were a few more years that I hadn’t done, but they are done now too… Now I just have to do 2016.
Try at least 2 new park runs– completed: 12/03/2016
Keep my apple things updated properly– completed: 31/12/2016
This actually took a lot more work than this little list item implies, but it is done. Laptop, iPad and iPhone.
Go to Inverloch at least 5 times– completed: 15/12/2016
I am not really sure what to say about this, I went down there 5 times… and really I should do it a lot more often.
- Swim in the Ocean
I really wish I had done this too… but it just didn’t happen, when we were at the beach it was too cold, but when it was hot, we were no where near the beach.
Have high tea– completed: 09/07/2016 Walk to the end of a pier– completed: 30/10/2016
Get some Fro-yo– completed: 11/02/2016
- Go roller skating
Also a no for 2016… even though we live right near a skating rink… turns out I am just not that passionate about skating.
Ride a bike– completed: 17/01/2016 Have some pasta/ pizza/gelato in Italy– completed: 01/01/2016 Have some processed meat in Germany– completed: 05/01/2016 See the Myer windows– completed: 21/12/2016
Dave and I spent a night strolling around the city checking out all the Melbourne Christmas fun… and that includes the Myer windows… but because it was a beautiful night and we went at peak time… I just looked through the very long line and Dave read the book to me.
Go to a place I can’t pronounce– completed: 06/01/2016 Do some more work as a teacher– completed: 29/02/2016 Take a photo with an English Guard– completed: 20/01/2016 Take the Eurostar– completed: 22/01/2016 See an Emu– completed: 05/04/2016 Experience the outback– completed: 04/04/2016 Follow through on the date box again– completed: 27/12/2016
Each year these seem to get harder to fit in, but always more important than they were the year before.
Go to Sherbrook forest– completed: 09/04/2016
- Be on time… it’s time
I don’t think I could honestly cross this off, but I am getting better and I am definitely making more of an effort to be on time.
Have another Star Trek Movie Marathon– completed: 29/12/2016
We had planned on doing this a little earlier in the year, but it didn’t quite happen, so this week I sat down and watched the two first movies back to back… which counts as a marathon.
Make my own dumplings– completed: 28/11/2016
With a trusty Donna Hay recipe which is always delicious.
Be confronted by WWII– completed: 11/01/2016 Go on a Gondola ride– completed: 01/01/2016 Visit a real life old time castle…. like one that would inspire Disney– completed: 08/01/2016 Visit at least 4 museums– completed: 12/01/2016 See the Berlin Wall– completed: 14/01/2016 Taste some dutch cheese– completed: 16/01/2016 Have a Shakespeare moment– completed: 02/01/2016 Do a 3D jigsaw– completed: 21/09/2016 Ride a Camel… or at least see one in Uluru– completed: 05/04/2016 Have one of those epic milkshakes– completed: 09/04/2016
- Have a Random Acts of Kindness week
This should have happened, and I even started a couple of times, but either forgot about it or started missing days. Either way it didn’t happen.
Go on a Road Trip– completed: 06/05/2016 Have a wardrobe purge– completed: 29/01/2016 Do another Pinterest project– completed: 19/12/2016
This year I made some DIY Pinterest Christmas gifts, including some sprinkle candles and something special for my friend Pheebs. I like Pinterest!
Help change something at home– completed: 20/11/2016 See some carols by candle light– completed: 11/12/2016
Thanks city of Monash, they were fun and I learnt that ‘Boomeranging’ fireworks is the best.
Get a massage– completed: 23/11/2016
- Keep getting closer again
I did for most of the year, but the back half of the year has not been great for my weight goals… but I have had some other things on my mind and I can try again next year.
- Make the most of my gym membership
I don’t think I could honestly cross this off either… I have used the gym, but not as much as I could have or should have… I am going to put this with no. 90 and say I will try again next year.
Get my menu planning and home cooking game on– completed: 31/12/2016
I may have taken me all year… and I may not have written anything down, but at least I now think about what we could cook and plan ahead if I need to go to the shops… which is such an improvement from where I was that this is getting crossed off.
Spend some time in the Old testament (Study at least 2 OT books)– completed: 29/12/2016
This has been really good for me to do, I think I often forget about how much God has packed into the old testament because I spend so long focusing on the new one… but this year I have studied the book of Daniel and Judges and it has been really interesting. I have learnt a lot more than I thought I would and I am hoping this is just the beginning.
Eat something from out veggie garden– completed: 22/02/2016 Play some badminton– completed: 28/12/2016
So despite the very hot weather this week Dave and I went to the oval across the road and played some badminton, just for a few minutes because as well as the heat the wind had a mind of it’s own which doesn’t work well with a shuttlecock.
Make sure I remember my secret list– completed: 29/12/2016
I don’t think I could honestly say I have achieved my secret list, but I definitely thought about it, especially as the year has been coming to an end which is all this list asked me to do. The secret list was just one to remind of the perhaps more important things that don’t often make it on to the regular list as they are hard to quantify, but that doesn’t make them less significant. It included a reminder to slow down, work on my communication and to make time for God, Dave and myself in my sometimes way to busy life. I have really liked having these little side goals to help me focus on the bigger picture. We only get a short time on earth and I want to make sure I am making the time I have better and not worse for myself and those around me.
- Run 5km without walking
Another thing I wish I could have crossed of the list but just like number 16 my motivations changed and it just didn’t happen. It is still something that I want to do, but I think it is going to take a little longer than I had hoped.
- Have the parentals over for dinner… all of them… separately
Well we did have them all over at different times but not for meals. Well, sometimes we had a mid-meal…. like afternoon tea or morning tea and sometimes even lunch, but not a deliberate dinner. I have certainly seen them all more this year than last year, and after this year will continue to see them more. Their strength and support has been invaluable and I am truly blessed to have all 7 of them in my life.
Be more domestic– completed: 29/12/2016
So given that Dave is the more domestic one in our household, he was the judge of this one and he says, and I quote “this was your best year so far”… a pretty overwhelming ‘more’
Take Dex on a Doggy Adventure– completed: 07/10/16
So the photo isn’t great but we took Dex to visit his friend Abe when we went to visit our friends Dust and Jess… he had a great time.
So there you go… another year of listing done… and I think I have done pretty good… well actually I think this is my best attempt yet with 84 things crossed off.
Here’s to 2017… may it’s list offerings bring even more joy than 2016’s.