Happy New Year (better later than never)

What a funny old year 2016 has been…I’m not even going to talk about what’s been going on in the rest of the world, but in my little world it felt like a very long year indeed; many other friends and family seem to have felt the same way too. Nothing bad has happened, in fact there have been many opportunities, particularly at work – they’ve just been quite challenging. One thing in particular is that in September I started a part-time course through work. It’s a certificate course at undergraduate level, in Petroleum Data Management – which is what I do, but after this I’ll have something official that says so 🙂 It’s been going well, but of course it does take up quite a bit of time in the evenings and weekends. It finishes in May, so more regular blogging and knitting will resume soon.

In the meantime we did get up to other things through the year:

An amazing honeymoon in Japan – did I mention there were cherry blossoms…?
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Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year!

It’s certainly been an eventful year, but yet again it feels like it’s all come and gone in no time at all!

2015 was the year of weddings. My eldest brother got married in January, Gareth and I got married in Aberdeen in July, and then the September extravaganza in Kuala Lumpur: my second brother got married, and a week later Gareth and I had our Hindu wedding. My parents were very busy.
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A look back at 2014

I probably say this every year, but this year *really* felt like it went by in a flash.
This is the year that I turned 30, obtained permanent residency in the UK (no more visa applications, yay!), and kicked off plans for two weddings.

Work has been very busy this year (in a good way) which probably also contributed to the year flying by so quickly. But I did also manage to visit some alpacas and seals, see Scotland and England play some cricket, attend a friend’s wedding in Belfast, have a lovely summer holiday in Jersey, have a short but very useful wedding-planning-holiday in Kuala Lumpur, complete 100 days of happy photos, and attend a 1930s murder mystery party (and figure out who did it!).

At home we got another fishtank (240 litres – imagine all the yarn I could fit into that space!),
2015-02-01 240L tank

and spent the first three months of the year turning our hallway from this
2012-03-16 Kitchen door before

2012-03-16 Stairs before

into this.
2015-01-02 Kitchen door after

2015-01-02 Stairs after

2015-01-02 Hallway after

The garden was lovely in bloom again this year, particularly the lupinarium, and we did well with some other flowers like sweet pea and cornflower too.
2014-08-02 Sweetpea and cornflower

In the news it has felt like 2014 was full of tragedy: floods everywhere, more and more terrorism and killing, Ferguson, Crimea, Ebola, three heartbreaking air disasters which particularly affected my homeland. But the achievements of 2014 stand out for me as well: a spacecraft landed on a comet for the first time ever, the Scottish independence referendum happened (regardless of which side you were on, it was amazing to participate with so many others in such a significant act of democracy), Scotland also hosted a brilliant Commonwealth Games, and I think 2014 was a very good year for feminism. It has gained more ground than ever, people talk about it more, more celebrities declared themselves feminists, and I felt it was all nicely rounded off with the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, campaigners for children’s rights and education for all – surely the starting point of awareness, humanity, and equality.

As for the people in my life, my eldest brother will be getting married in early 2015 and my other brother got engaged as well (so two sisters-in-law to look forward to!), we’ve had to say goodbye to some old friends who left Aberdeen, but new ones will also be arriving, as three of my friends are expecting little ones next year!

So a Happy New Year to you all, and here’s to a whole new year of adventures!

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

A look back at 2012, with a selected photo for each month, as part of this week’s Photo Challenge.

January
We celebrated the New Year in Jersey, and visited the Durrell wildlife park while we were there. January was also when my visa for the next 2 years was confirmed, and when we started house hunting.
2012-01-06 Jersey 18

February
We got ourselves a little red car.
House 008 - Little red car!

March
We found ourselves a house, and got started on lots of DIY. This month I also took part in a small version of an important event, Bersih 3.0
Living room 003 - Living room stripped

April
We had a wee holiday in Tenerife with Gareth’s family, and visited Teide, the volcanic mountain at the centre of the island.
2012-04-07 Tenerife

May
Our house was turning into a home, and we had some results to show for all our DIY efforts.
Living room 005

June
In June we were done with the inside of the house, and ventured out to the garden.
2012-06-02 Garden 001

July
Gareth gave me a sewing machine for my birthday, and I finished my first proper item. In the same weekend I also visited sheepdog trials, which was all very exciting for a Malaysian townie brought up on Enid Blyton.
Sewing machine cover 02

August
August was all about the Olympics and Paralympics – we went down to London for some of the events, I made my knitted friend Usain, and took part in the Ravellenics for the first time.
2012-08-03 Olympics (5)

September
We got ourselves some fishy friends, and I took up a cause for feminism.
2012-09-15 Fish 01

October
I attended Glasgow School of Yarn.
GsoY 2012 01

November
I took part in NaBloPoMo, and in one of those posts we discover these cool giraffes. This photo also symbolises us getting to know our new area and exploring Aberdeen a little more.
2012-11-10 Scotstown moor 10

December
December’s always about holidays and Christmas, but one of the highlights was our little Christmas do, where we had a bunch of friends round for food and crafting fun.
2012-12-08 Christmas do

2012 has been eventful, bringing plenty of challenges and plenty of achievements. I’ve been happy, healthy, and safe, and I couldn’t ask for more in 2013. Here’s wishing the same to you all.
Happy New Year!