My 2013

So, 2013, if we're being honest, you've been a pretty good year.

You were filled with travel - we finally made it to New York - the place we'd longed to visit for years. As well as Washington, D.C and Boston, M.A.
I travelled to Lille, France with my Mum & Grandma, and then to Germany with Andrew and our friend Veronica. We went to Freiburg where we explored The Black Forest, and Munich where we soaked up some of the Oktoberfest atmosphere.
Alongside this there were many trips back to the Isle of Man - probably the most we've had in a year.
In total, 2013 consisted of 13 flights, 2 boat trips, 1 coach journey and the Eurostar, as well as a LOT of trains.
You were filled with adventure - we tried harder to make the most of our time living in London and we certainly saw more of it this year!
You were filled with culture - this year was definitely our best for seeing shows, some notable ones we saw were: The Minotaur (our first opera), Peter & Alice (with Dame Judi Dench & Ben Whishaw), Wicked (finally!), The Cripple of Inishmaan (with Daniel Radcliffe), and Jeeves & Wooster (with Stephen Mangan & Matthew Macfadyen). We also went to several radio/TV recordings and gigs, including a comedy show in NYC.
We visited numerous Museums & Galleries - both in London and America. The Met & MOMA were some of our favourites.
You were filled with family & friends - we saw relatives we haven't seen for years, and some that we had never met before. Sadly, you were also a year of loss, and we said our final goodbyes to two very important family members.
A good friend welcomed a new addition to her gorgeous little family and there was a tiny new addition in Andrew's family too.
I met my American pen pal and her boyfriend whilst in NYC and they were two of the nicest people I've ever met!
You were filled with exciting plans - some just fleeting moments of hope but some very real, very possible plans. You set us up for an even more exciting 2014!
Now I've never been very good at sticking to resolutions, so this year I'll keep it simple:
  • Make the most of what free time I have - get more stuff done!
  • Give more time to reading - 18 books is the goal for this year.
  • Re-ignite my love for photography.
  • Reduce my spending and start saving.
  • See more of the UK.
  • Finally knit a scarf and crochet an Afghan square blanket. I.can.do.this!

So... Happy New Year everyone! What are your new year resolutions?

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