I was tagged by Sonya, so here we go….
1. What was your happiest event?
Happiest – going on holiday, arriving in our ‘little house’ and feeling tired but happy to finally go somewhere together. That and revisiting various North Wales haunts from my seventies holidays with my family and in-laws.
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
I had some moments which made me sad. Things I noticed, when H is ignored by adults when I feel like she shouldn’t be. I don’t remember anything sad in particular, although there are family incidents relating to my side which made me extremely sad and haven’t really been repaired completely. We’ll see what this year brings. Nobody died that I can think of, though people who died last year came into my thoughts a lot this year.
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
Doing so much stuff! We had a bit more money thanks to an amazing Christmas Bonus in 2011 which helped us do things we hadn’t been able to in the past (like have a holiday!) – so just being able to do things was something I’d never have predicted.
4. Who let you down?
This is difficult to write and I’m not sure I can. This may relate to a little bit of Point 2. Things which have been talked about haven’t left my head and I’m still confused by it all.
5. Who supported you?
Shaun, H. Friends.
6. Tell us one thing you learned
It doesn’t matter how you say it, someone will always read it the wrong way. You can’t change that, and sometimes it’s easier to email a reply and send it to yourself and forget about it. Life’s too short.
7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
H jumping at the cinema. H in general as she becomes a bigger girl doing less toddler-like things and more little girl things. She’s started telling jokes – they’re not funny and always involve someone rolling down a hill, but her tone of voice is hilarious when she does it, and I have to fake a laugh so she doesn’t get cross with me. She’s brilliant – she always makes me laugh.
8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
When H hit me. It’s a phase, but it did make me cry. Life stuff which was too much to think about last year, but fine this year.
9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
She started to read the letters on number plates on cars early last year, and while the only word she can read is her name, her number and letter recognition is amazing.
She has constantly surprised me with things. Our excellent friend Jos gave us her old iPad and within a week H knew which apps were hers and where they were. She’s got really good skills with recognition of things, and is starting to learn how to write on the iPad and computer – when she wrote her name for the first time I was beyond proud – it came from nowhere too.
She just makes me proud with almost everything she does – we can go out and go to places and she’s so good and generally listens to us. She responds to incentives (stickers for tasks, 5p for helping with housework) and is funny with it too.
10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
I lost some weight. A lot of weight. I didn’t think I could, thought my half-hearted nature would let me down but I did it – and I’ve still a way to go.
11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
Going to something on my own. I’m never much good, but went to a Google/YouTube event – there were four women present and about 300 men. It was kind of intimidating and we all stuck together, but then it was all fine as a lot of Google’s people are women – especially those in charge. Going to blogger events too, on my own. Meeting people. Being braver. Stuff like that. Developing guts. I lost those somewhere a few years back.
12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.
Sorting out this second child thing once and for all
Leaving London, or at least getting into the mindset.
Learning more about WordPress and building websites for people for good money.