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New Year Hodgepodge

The first Hodgepodge of a brand new year…thanks for playing along!  Add your link to the bottom of Joyce’s post and make sure you go and visit the neighbours too.  Here are my answers~

Wednesday Hodgepodge
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1.  How did you ring in the New Year?

Quietly, as is our norm. We just watched TV and had a buffet-type meal with a few glasses of wine. When midnight came we wished each other a Happy New Year and then headed off to bed. All nice and civilised, not like you see in the press about what was going on in town centres all over the country. But that’s another post and I won’t bore you with it now.

2.  What is one thing you are looking forward to in 2013?

I am really looking forward to studying and training to be a lay minister in my church. I’ve chosen to “specialise” in prayer and spirituality and I’m really looking forward to exploring that side of myself and learning how to encourage other people to do the same.

3.  Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, ‘All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.’ What say you? 

I agree. I think we are continually growing and developing and I would be disappointed to think that the pain and lessons learned from it in the last year didn’t somehow contribute to me evolving as a person. I think given enough time even our moral code will alter too; what we once thought was unthinkable will probably come to be not only thinkable, but we will have lived through it. Our perception of what we once thought was pure evil in someone can change, and as we grow older and wiser we realise that nothing is ever that black and white. I think the change in us is slow and takes place over years and years, but certainly our older adult selves are different to our wide-eyed and idealised teenage selves.

4.  The Pantone colour of the year for 2013 is emerald green. Like or dislike?  Do you already own something this colour?  Will you add something in this shade to your home or wardrobe in 2013?

I do like it and it suits my colouring. I have got a couple of tops in different shades of green. I don’t usually choose my clothing according to what is in vogue or not so if I do add to my wardrobe this year it will be based on whether suits me rather than because it’s fashionable.

5.  Speaking of emerald…what’s your favourite gemstone?

Sapphire. It’s the gemstone on my engagement ring.

6.  Share a favourite book or movie from 2012.

Oh wow what a question! I read so much last year it’s difficult to pick just one. I have read a couple of new authors that I ought to share with you rather than individual books and the one that has stayed with me the longest after I read his work was Peter May and the Lewis trilogy. I have done book reviews on each of them and to still carry the characters and storylines with me now, several months later, is testament to how much I enjoyed them.

Hotel Transylvannia
Hotel Transylvannia

Movies? Not much of a movie-goer really but I did enjoy going to the cinema with Emma and Ethan a couple of months ago to watch “Hotel Transylvannia”. It was a lovely little story and it was a great afternoon out with my two kids. All good fun!

7.  What is something you want to tell yourself at the start of this brand new year?

Don’t worry about it; it will all work out.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

We had a really chilled and relaxed Christmas and New Year this year. It was stress-free, nice and friendly, no arguments, no bother. We had lots of games of Rummikub (new game for this year) and it was a super rest and refreshing time together with the family. All those Christmases where I stressed over whether the roast potatoes were done right, or whether the starter was this or that, or how the house was decorated all seem so distant to this one where things were just calm and unruffled. I would recommend to my old self to have a look at my new self and to do the same again next year!!


4 thoughts on “New Year Hodgepodge”

    1. Haha!! No, not quite a lobotomy lol! I think over the years I’ve set myself up for failure so many times by setting my expectations too high in terms of what I expect from the holiday and this year I totally changed my attitude and everything was fine. It was really nice to just chill out about everything and just have some really good quality time with the family. Not saying it will be the same next year……!


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