Goodbye 2015

This blog has been relatively quiet over the past twelve months that a “year in review” post seems a little unnecessary, but I’ll do it anyway.

2015 has been an interesting year. It’s been one of those years where it’s been mostly calm and serene on the surface but it’s been a flurry of emotional activity behind the scenes. I’m tired, emotionally drawn but grounded – most of the time.

In some ways I can count myself lucky. For many people around me there’s been horrific illness and tragedy. Some have made it out the other side while a couple have not. Some are still battling away, bless ’em.

This year has seen a few blessings in my life. New friends, new family, new creative obsessions endeavours.

My niece was born and has been bringing us much entertainment for the past ten months.

After a year’s worth of fairly constant misery with my Vectra’s electrics which not even Holden could properly diagnose without having to redo the wiring throughout the entire vehicle, I finally traded the jalopy in for a nifty little Bitsaremissing (aka Mitzubishi) Lancer which zips around the place like a ride-on mower on speed. I will admit that I miss the European luxury and the smooth drive of the Vectra – when it was working – but nothing beats a car that actually keeps running when you slow down to go around a corner…

If you’ve recently bought a Vectra in the past 6 months… I’m sorry.

I discovered colouring books. Yeah, the whole world-wide phenomenon of colouring has bit me hard and I’ve gone unashamedly nuts with it.

(I now own 397 colouring books…)

(Not quite the exaggeration you might think that number is, trust me.)

(I DO own over 400 colouring pencils and markers…)

(Hey, I could be smoking again. I consider this a win. And this is actually cheaper than buying nail polish every week.)

My mother and aunt and I finalised our overseas trip next year. I will be meeting them both in Munich (MUNICH!) in late August and we will be heading south into Austria to travel the countryside and get our tourist on before landing in Vienna to meet family I haven’t seen since I was three years old and I recently realised I really need to learn German. I know “danke” (thank you) and “löffel” (spoon) and a smattering of swear words… that’s it.

So unless I want to be the clueless Austrian version of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and communicate a million nuances with just those two words, I need to learn all the Germans.

So yeah, things have been pretty good in that respect. I have stuff to look forward to. I have things to keep me occupied. I have people who love me and whom I love to the moon and back.

And then there’s the stuff that I am looking forward to as much as anyone could look forward to having a root canal done… on their birthday… with no anesthetic… while Justin Bieber croons in the background. I might post about that in a few months time. Maybe. Or not.

Next year will be about change, I can promise that.

And hopefully I’ll write a little more. Because I miss you guys.

In any case, I hope everyone who reads this has a lovely Christmas and New Year, however you choose to celebrate it.

Catch ya on the flip side.