It’s been a busy year this year, filled with new adventures and more than a few rediscovered pleasures. We’ve travelled overseas and within Australia. We’ve acquired a range of exciting new toys. And, as always, we’ve had a lot of fun together. These are just some of the things that stand out when I look back at 2012.
January – we started the year part way through our most recent eastern states road trip. I love our Australian driving holidays, and have been recently singing their praises to a good friend in an attempt to convince her to drive rather than fly when she moves interstate.
February – we made our first ever pet purchase together, six tiny fish. I’ve learnt many of the lessons that small children are supposed to learn from pets – they’re a surprising amount of work, they don’t always want to play when you do, and tragically they die. They’ve certainly tempered my desire for owning anything larger.
March – I had to have some minor surgery. The lead up to and recovery from it pretty much dominated this part of the year.
April – I got a shiny new camera. New toys are always good, and this one was, and still is, especially good.
May – seeing the great artwork at the Sculptors Queensland Annual Exhibition at Mt Cootha prompted me to purchase a piece of work from one of the artists that I’d been admiring for ages.
June – we discovered a whole host of new places on our latest trip to Japan. One of the most strangest things about this trip was discovering the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama through the art gallery in her home town of Matsumoto, only to find it featuring in the window displays of the Louis Vuitton store in Brisbane in the coming months. We felt very on trend.
July – we rediscovered the the beach. Having access to such amazing beaches is a highlight of living where we do, even in winter.
August – I competed in the 10km race at the Brisbane Running Festival, finishing with a time I was really happy with. Now I’ve got a time to beat in 2013’s race.
September – Riverfire 2012 stands out to me not just because I love fireworks, but because we managed to lock ourselves out and ended up having to break into our own apartment by smashing a window (we’ve now addressed the security issues that process identified ;-)). It was certainly one of the year’s more interesting evenings.
October – I decided that my workspace needed a dramatic revamp. I’ve now got a desk that Barbie would be proud of.
November – Brisbane experienced some of the most amazing summer storms I’ve seen in years. The first set we watched from the balconies of the Griffith Uni Art College in Southbank. The second set we watched from the much safer space of our front room.
December – This year saw me discover and embrace of the wonders of felt as a craft medium (you can see examples, here, here, here, and here. This resulted in our first crafty Christmas, the pinnacle of which was our homemade Christmas Tree. I’m pretty sure we’ve started a theme which we’ll continue in future years.
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I know that there will be lots of opportunities for new adventures in 2013. Stay tuned for the highlights via a soon to be revamped website – after all the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity for a new look.