The year that was 2011

I can not believe this is the last hours of 2011. I am completely stumped as to how this year got past me so quickly.

January

The floods across Queensland started and caused Mum’s knee replacement to be rescheduled.

Hubby and I trekked into Ipswich to help with the clean up for 2 days straight. It was extremely exhausting.

We helped my cousin and his family move house, though they did the brunt of the work.

February

The kiddo started flute lessons through the school’s instrumental music program.

Helped the fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Awareness by getting a make over by Napoleon Perdis and the same evening we went to the Belinda Carlisle concert. A wonderful evening; even if I was wearing more make-up than the drag queen behind us.

March

The first ever Friday Ketchup Program was sent out onto the airwaves. It sucked, but I had fun.

My Aunt and I held our first ever fundraiser for Ovaran Cancer Awareness. Raising in total from raffle ticket sales, jewellery and card sales and a percentage from sales of the Creative memories party added up to a nice $258. I was proud.

April

Earthquakes making Mackay a little wobbly

May

Mother’s day weekend saw my Dad’s side of the family and us at a table together. Baa Baa black sheep.

Kiddo did really well in the sports day events.

June

I was invited to take photos at the first ever smoking ceremony to be undertaken in a Queensland State School. Amazing.

We saw Borders Close their doors.

July

Hubby and I went to the Abbey Tournament and had a blast… even with the cannons.

We also managed to find ourselves at Motorfest at Eaglefarm raceway.

August

We all managed to get a cold.

Police made a HUGE break through on the Daniel Morcombe case. Brilliant, but sad.

I went to the Hen’s night of one of the kids I used to baby-sit. She’s all grown up and it makes me feel old. Not quite as old as backing up that evening with an event at logan north library.

Needless to say I got home and crashed, and it wasn’t until a few days later that I discovered that my review piece for Quillblade by Ben Chandler has been used for the online rundown of the book on the Random House website and a snippet of it is on the back of Beast Child by Ben Chandler. I SWEAR it was one of the most amazing moments of my life.

September 

My kiddo turned 10. More feeling old but I received Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierres in the mail and found I’m in the acknowledgements. FANTASTIC!!!

That kid I used to Baby-sit got Married. Back to feeling OLD… oh dear.

I won a chance to become a part of an art installation… it was loads of fun.

October

Was all about the reading. I went crazy, but in a good way… I think.

I struggled through migraines and  an enriching day at the Islamic Women’s Association.

The friend of mine that was Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 20 months ago passed away. Shock and sadness made life a little tense, though I had a visit from my Dad to lighten things up a little. She was to turn 51 in December.

November

I read the book Pure by Julianna Baggott and I can not understand how the publishers see the book as a Young Adult book. They will be making it into a movie in 2012. The book is well written but left me with nightmares.

Police officially close the search for the remains of Daniel Morcombe. How tragic the family didn’t up with all of their son to lay to rest. I am sure the SES didn’t agree to the closure of searching.

I was also elected as the President of the Vision Writers Group.

December

I’ve had fun and laughs. Life is good.

I spent the month refilling my internal wells. Doing things that make me smile.

For the last 12 months I have enjoyed myself immensely and learned a little along the way.

People grieve in different ways, but it is always good to find someone who does it the same way you do so you can bitch about how everyone else is doing it wrong… and then move on.

If you don’t take the time to smell the roses, they will just wither and die on the bush. Sure it bloomed; but it did it in vein if you didn’t marvel at it’s beauty or take joy in it’s scent.

There is nothing quite like getting free books in the mail.

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New Years Resolution Wrap up for 2011

It’s been MONTHS since I blogged. Seriously MONTHS.

I’d like to update you all on my resolutions from 2011

  • Read at least 1 book a week at least 52 a year and 12 have to be Aussie authors

DONE!! Seriously happy with this one. I am on book 77 for the year and the best bit is, because of the reviewing gig, I didn’t have to pay for them all. YAY!!

  • Make at least one piece of jewelry a week again at least 52 a year.

Nope. Don’t think it’s gonna happen next year either

  • Keep the housework under control

Nope again. But it’s not a complete shambles.

  • Write at least 100 words a day (A total of 36500 if I can do it)

I stopped counting in June and it wasn’t looking good. If i get energetic in the new year I might actually figure out if I made it or not. At the moment I think not.

  • Put a story in each month for Vision Writers (10 short stories)

Nope. Not even one.

  • Get at least 1 rejection letter (for my writing)

No rejection letter but I was included by name on the reviews on the back of BEAST CHILD by Ben Chandler and I’m included by name in the acknowledgements in ANGEL ARIAS by Marianne de Pierres this year. That is more than a success in my opinion.

  • Raise $1000 for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

I think it ended up being under $300. The friend that had Ovarian cancer died on October 29th 2011. Next year I hope to do better.

  • Plant more sweet basil.

Bought the pot, the seeds and all… still haven’t done it. Though I have 24 hours or so. Maybe I’ll make it yet.

  • Hand write more letters send them as well.

I made cards. They had letters in them.

  • Save money update my wardrobe.

I saved a little and rewarded myself with a brand new steel boned Corset by Christine Woods bought from Voodoo Lulu in Fortitude Valley.

In the next few days I will reflect on 2011 from my point of view.

This year as far as my, resolutions go, have been mildly successful. I have grown to know myself a little better, and I like who I am becoming.

I don’t know what 2012 will bring but I have hope that it will be an even better year than 2011.

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