As the year draws to a close, I have been thinking about what a fortunate year I've had. I'm taking many of your leads & noting some of the highlights for me over 2008:
January: Plumbing Boy & I had a once a lifetime trip on the Undersea Explorer out of Port Douglas. My cousin was working on the boat & we decided that she wouldn’t be there forever, figuring if we didn’t do a trip soon, it may never happen. Funnily enough she fell pregnant the following month & her baby girl was born in November. I think Fate was at work here.
March: Annual Port Fairy Folk Festival & a couple of Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. Tore a ligament in the inside of my heel which has continued to give me grief for several months. Still have to be careful now not to overdo it.
May: went to the Philippines on a 12 night holiday; 5 of which were spent on a diving safari around Coron, exploring World War II wrecks; then on to Boracay Island for some R&R with our good friend from Hong Kong. Despite the average weather, we had a fantastic time & actually caught up on some sleep. It was on this trip that Plumbing Boy & I, while laying on the roof of the boat watching the sun come up one morning decided to get married after being together for 16 years. No proposal, a natural progression in our relationship that we decided upon together. However, one traditional thing Plumbing Boy wanted to do was ask my parents, so I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone for some months. No point rushing these things.
June: Blogger meet in Melbourne where I met Beckie, Chris H, Kate, Jadey, Ash, Catherine, Kathryn, Jac, Suzi & my favourite Tazwiegain Wanna! Wanna & I also went out the night before & had a hoot getting to know each other in person.
August: went to Sydney for a long weekend to visit my cuz & watch the Cat’s V Swans. We won of course & I think it took me a week to recover from all the partying with said younger cuz.
September: my beloved Cat’s made it into the grandfinal, but alas were defeated.
October: Announced our engagement. Finally. My silly season starts every October usually from my birthday. Plus this year lots of family wanted to see us because we got engaged. Went to an 80th birthday party at the Melbourne aquarium; caught up with Wanna again; another friends Birthday BBQ & 4 other family members had birthdays. My darling Jax was in a car accident the week before her year 12 exams. She is pretty much recovered now. Managed to sit all of her exams & got an enter score of 80 point something! Well done & Very exciting as she will get into her first choice of Uni courses.
November: 2 x 40th Birthday parties; Rocky Horror show; too much socialising & not enough exercise.
December: Christmas parties; 3 birthday gatherings; family & friends pre Christmas gatherings; family Christmas & family staying with me for 5 nights; good friend over from Hong Kong. Again, too much socialising & not enough exercise!
In between all of this we were very busy with work in general & most of our staff went on big holidays this year. 1 staff member went to Europe for 7 weeks; another to Thailand for 4 weeks; 2 had 2 weeks in Thailand; 2 had 2 weeks in Qld; 1 had 1 week in Qld. In a small business it makes for busy times with so many people away! We try to coordinate so they are not all away at the same time. That said, looking at all these holidays I think we must be doing something right; that our staff have been able to save & go on fabulous holidays & still want to come back & work for us! Well, all bar one who resigned while we were on holidays.
I hope everyone has a happy & safe new year & that 2009 brings health & happiness & all that your hearts secretly or not so secretly desire.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
PS was going to add some photo's but bloggers gone all grumpy!