2013 was, in some ways, a really crap year personally and professionally with change and uncertainty, anxiety and worry featuring heavily for several months. Thankfully, there were many bright moments and things started looking up towards the end of the year. This post is my year in review in pictures, dogs are a constant, along with flowers and our local wildlife, these are the things that really kept me sane and brightened my days.
Bundy and his cone of shame
Pelmeni Russian Dumplings made by our German/Russian guests
Bamboo landed on our roof during Cyclone Oswold
Statue at Mt Tamborine Botanic Garden, photograph taken during a Bluedog Photography course
Fries with grated Feta
Aretha the staffy at AWL
Cavalia under the big top
A March wedding for my Mother in-law
Foster puppies with Bundy
Stingray at Seaworld
April sunrise at the beach with Maxi and Bundy
Finally success at taking a full moon photograph
Two black dogs sharing a bed, this is a rare occasion – Maxi hates sharing her bed
Rainbow over the pond
Nobby’s Lighthouse at sunrise, Newcastle
Paella at our work farewell, saying goodbye to colleagues after a restructure
Dragging myself out of bed was a little more difficult this morning and not because of overindulging as part of NYE celebrations, but because Bundy had decided that the noisy fireworks were all too much to bear and he just had to take up any spare space on my side of the bed. Maxi, also frightened by the loud explosions from nearby fireworks displays, had chosen to sleep on the floor next to the bed, making navigation to the bathroom in the early hours of the morning a tad difficult. I love these two black dogs, but it is time that they started sleeping in the garage and not in the house, something we’ve tried doing before however it never lasts long.
When is a resolution not a resolution? Apparently the tradition of making a New Year’s resolution dates back to ancient Rome, Janus, the God of beginnings appeared at the beginning of the calendar and was depicted with two faces allowing him to look forward and back into the past simultaneously, Janus became the symbol for resolutions. So far, I haven’t made a resolution because I have already committed to a number of actions and behaviours and really just have to stick with them. So, does that mean that ‘following through’ on decisions I had already made, equal a NY resolution or is it really just a to do list? Perhaps it would help if I mentioned the decisions I have made:
Travel to Europe and see more of Italy – flights booked, still to organise accommodation, insurance and transport.
Study – enrol in 4th course in June after returning from Europe
Dogs to sleep in the garage and me to demonstrate more ‘leader of the pack’ behaviours.
Attempt to demonstrate more discretion and/or professionalism in the workplace, follow through on projects and administrative duties and clean up my office.
Volunteer at an animal shelter.
Continue to look at options and opportunities for a change in career.
These decisions/resolutions/items on a to do list, are all things I want to do to enrich my life and will hopefully result in having a positive impact on someone else, maybe they are resolutions, just not the type you make when waking up with a hangover on New Years day.