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.


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.


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.


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.


Earthquakes making Mackay a little wobbly


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Phillip (@geekyphil)
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 16:33:36

    What an amazing recap! I’m so proud to have you as a friend B. And you’re looking gorgeous as usual 🙂


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