Health, Houses and Highlights: What 2016 was like for me

2016

2016 has been a weird sort of year. I’ve lived in three different houses, re-connected with old friends and tried to save more money than I could comfortably save. I’ve had health problems, hospital appointments, and some really amazing experiences. It’s not been the best year ever, but there have definitely been some great moments that I wouldn’t swap for anything. Here’s my breakdown of things that happened in 2016:

Life

Me and Andy celebrated two years together, I continued to work as an greeting cards writer/editor and I opened a mortgage ISA so I could start saving properly for my own home. I also had to replace my broken laptop and lost Nintendo 3DS, and had to get a replacement phone because the power kept cutting out. So yeah, a lot of money was spent.

Houses

The year started in a one bedroom flat, where we were surrounded by idiots. The upstairs neighbours argued a lot, chased each other down the stairs and had hilariously loud sex, and the downstairs neighbours developed a liking for having huge parties (in the communal corridor, outside our door), having fights, throwing glass bottles around and passing out on the communal stairs. We also continued to have problems with mould and poor ventilation, and, when we discovered that our bed was mouldy underneath and our landlord didn’t care, we decided it was time to move. And we did.

In February we moved to a house, just up the road from the flat we’d lived in before. It wasn’t perfect, but we were thrilled to finally have our own space, away from other people. The first week was wonderful, and I loved having so much space, and how quiet it was. But, one week into our contract, we found water leaking down the walls, and soon realised that there was a hole in the roof that the landladies refused to fix. Those five months were a real battle to get someone to do something about it, and I spent a lot of time in tears over the situation. The majority of our furniture ended up being destroyed by mould because so much water was coming in, and the bedroom ceiling was literally dipping.

Mouldy old house

I mean, seriously?!

Even though we’d reported it to environmental health, we still got nowhere, so we ended up terminating our contract one month early.

Which brings us to where we are now. In July, we moved to the loveliest house in the world. It’s in the location we wanted, it’s perfect throughout, and our landlady is unbelievably nice. And yesterday we signed a contract for another 12 months here! Eeeee!

Health

I’ve not mentioned this very much on the blog, except in this post, but in September I had a biopsy, because I’d been experiencing a minor skin problem which wasn’t responding to treatment. Luckily, the biopsy didn’t show anything major, which means I can finally be referred to a dermatologist to get the issue sorted. Waiting for the results was definitely one of the scariest times of the year, so I’m glad that’s over with now.

Friends

I re-connected with a couple of old friends this year, and I’m so happy that I did. Life’s too short to hold grudges forever, and It’s always great to have wonderful people in your life. I’ve also been lucky enough to get to know some lovely bloggers this year, and I’ve really enjoyed chatting to people both on Twitter and on here. The blogosphere is full of amazingly inspiring and supportive people, and I love being a part of it. Never stop being awesome, guys!

Highlights

So many great things happened this year! Here are a few of them:

  • I went to Liverpool Comic Con and Sci-Fi Scarborough
  • Saw the Rocky Horror Show with my friends.
  • Watched Deadpool at the cinema. Definitely the best film of 2016!
  • I filled the house with balloons for Andy’s 25th birthday.
  • I went on a barge trip with Andy’s family.
  • Got Pokemon Moon!
  • Celebrated my 24th birthday with the help of my best friends!
  • Held some cool animals (a bearded dragon, a prairie dog and a fat-tailed gerbil!)
  • I celebrated two years with Andy.

Television

Me and Andy spent a lot of time in front of the TV this year. Here’s a list of my favourites:

  • Re-watched Cougar Town
  • Re-watched Desperate Housewives
  • Re-watched Gilmore Girls
  • Re-watched Jessica Jones
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  • Daredevil Season 2
  • Game of Thrones!
  • Luke Cage
  • Dragonball
  • Assassination Classroom
  • Yuri on Ice

In 2017, I’m looking forward to the Iron Fist series, Game of Thrones season 7, and the second series of Peter Kay’s Car Share!

My Favourite Songs This Year

And, my favourite songs…

  • Borders – M.I.A.
  • Shadows – Lindsey Stirling
  • History Maker – Dean Fujioka
  • Americano – Lady Gaga
  • See You Again – Miley Cyrus
  • Human Behaviour – Bjork
  • Hail Mary – K.Flay
  • Never Give Up – Sia
  • Alors on Danse – Stromae
  • The Greatest – Sia
  • Fester Skank – Lethal Bizzle

Books

I’m doing a separate post about what I read in 2016, but Radio Silence by Alice Oseman was definitely my book of the year!

Goals

In this post, I set myself four goals for 2016. Here’s how I did…

1. Stop buying things – So, when I set this goal, I had a “monthly spending budget” in mind. However, I soon realised that this wasn’t very easy to stick to, especially if I wanted to go to comic cons and go out with my friends, so I abandoned this goal pretty early on. And I bought so much stuff I didn’t need. Oops!

2. Organise Mamyology – I failed this one. I really do need to get my post categories and pages sorted out on here though, so hopefully it’ll happen in 2017!

3. Start a Food Diary – I sort of did this when I went on Slimming World, and it improved my eating habits quite a lot, but I definitely wish I’d stuck to it more.

4. Blog 52 Times – I only managed to write 44 posts, unfortunately, but I’m hoping to do better this year!

I’ll be posting about my 2017 goals on Tuesday, so look out for that!

So yeah, it’s been a mixed year, overall, but it’s definitely ended on a high. I’m especially happy that we’re finally settled in a house we love – it’s made our lives a lot less stressful! Tonight, I’ll be celebrating NYE at my best friend’s house, with food and board games, so hopefully that will be fun. But, for now, I wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing your posts in 2017!

How was 2016 for you?

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21 Comments

  1. I’m so glad you managed to find a house that you love. I remember that we were moving house around the same time, for very similar reasons. I love the house we’ve moved into and my life has changed so much for the better since the move. That mould is ridiculous. We had a mould problem in our flat, and in the log book thing for the flat it said that there had been a mould problem from day one. It’s not healthy!

    It’s good to hear that your biopsy came back fine. That must have been a scary time.

    1. We just got given a sheet of paper telling us to open the windows more. It’s ridiculous. So glad to be out of that place! And glad you’re happy in your new home too!

  2. I’m sorry that you had such a problem with housing earlier in the year and I’m really glad that you’re in a better situation now. And I’m really glad that you’re 2016 is ending on a high.

    My 2016 had its ups and downs but overall, it was a great year.

    I’ve seen Jessica Jones and Gilmore Girls but I haven’t watched Luke Cage. But I’ve heard nothing but great things about it so I’ll have to try and get around to it soon, after I get through some of the shows I’m currently watching,

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! You should definitely check out Luke Cage. It’s my favourite of the Marvel series’ Netflix have done. So so good!

  3. I had a lot of pain this year but I am glad it is over and I am sorry that some bad things happened to you this year, but next year will be better ^^

    Happy late anniversary to you and Andy <3 Happy New Year!

  4. 2016 seems to have been a bit of a tumultuous year for you. Three places in one year? Yike! Glad your last place turned out to be a gem ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s good you reconnected with your friends. And eeee! You watched Yuri!!! on Ice, too? That is one amazing show, I tell you XD

    I hope you’ll have a much better 2017.!

  5. Congrats on celebrating two years together!

    Sounds like you had quite a lot happen to you this year. Kudos for making it through a difficult year and I hope you have an even better year in 2017. That’s also awesome you finally got to move into a house that didn’t have any problems. I’ve had my share of loud neighbors, mostly when I was an undergraduate student, and it definitely was not fun.

    So jealous you got to comic con! I also want to stop spending my money, haha but credit cards and online clicking make spending money so easy… Looking forward to reading about your 2017 goals!

  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR AMY! I really enjoyed reading this round-up post, like you said on twitter they get me all emotional too and it’s awesome to see how much you’ve changed over the last 12 months. When I look back at my 2015 posts I cringe at how I wrote my posts and I’ve grown so much from it for sure. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Ugh, I remember the nightmare with your landlord and housing. I’m so happy it’s fixed now and you’re in a lovely home but honestly, I’m so appalled with how everyone involved dealt with everything. Ugh, horrible! At least you’re in a place you love now, which means everything happens for a reason! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Spending less money was one of my 2016 goals but I didn’t achieve it xD I think it was the only goal I didnt achieve. With my placement paying me more than I could’ve wished for or expected, I started spending way more money on stuff I probably don’t even need ๐Ÿ˜› I sort of regret it but since embracing minimalism this year I’ve really saved a lot already ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll keep you updated on that throughout the year!

    Really looking forward to reading your posts this year Amy! WOooooo! <3

    1. I’m so glad I deleted my really old posts. My teen blogging was so embarrassing!

      Hope you manage to save money this year! I’ve already cut down some of my subscriptions so hopefully I’ll do okay this time.

      Happy New Year!

  7. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I remember you blogging about all the problems you were having at the places you were staying. I’m so glad you have now better house to live in – and yay for signing a contract for another 12 months! So exciting ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m glad the biopsy didn’t show anything major and you’ll be able to sort out the issue without worrying too much. It just goes to show how we really have to look after ourselves because time is flying by too quickly!

    Speaking of TV, I bingewatched Yuri on Ice over Christmas and it’s honestly the best show ever!!

    2016 was up and down, mostly down, but eh. It is what it is! Looking for positivity going into the New Year, now – Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you!

      I love Yuri on Ice so much. I hope the next season comes out soon! One of the best anime I’ve ever seen!

      Hope 2017 is better than 2016 was! Happy New Year!

  8. Happy new year, Amy!

    I still can’t believe how many issues you had with your living situations. It’s absolutely appalling all the mold you had and how the landlords did absolutely nothing about it at all. That being said, I’m so glad you guys were finally able to move out and find a place perfect for the both of you!

    I’m so glad that the tests came back without anything wrong. I can only imagine how scary that must have been, but what a relief to be healthy!

    Congratulations to you and Andy for celebrating two years together! I love seeing how happy you two make each other, and here’s to three years this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Even though you didn’t hit all your goals for 2016, it’s good to see how they motivated you to do more than you would have, and I think 44 posts is great! That was about my average the last couple years (though I did write more this year than usual).

    I’m wishing all the best for you and Andy in 2017!

  9. I forgot to say happy anniversary in my comment on your other post, so happy anniversary! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yours is around the same time as mine and Nickโ€™s (like, literally two years as well).

    I think that 44 posts is still a great, solid effort. It really isnโ€™t far from 52. I am sure you can get that this year, my fingers are crossed for you. Blogging once a week on average shouldnโ€™t be too difficult especially when you came pretty close in 2016.

    I think that setting a monthly spending goal can be difficult. I have tried, and it is hard to stick to a solid number. Sometimes you want to go out a lot in one month, or there just happen to be five bands you want to see in one month, and none the next. I think itโ€™s something you should look at over the course of the year rather than focussing too much on individual months. Maybe every three months could be something to look at? I personally am going to try to make my monthly credit card bill less than a pay check (I get a pay check every two weeks), because for the past three months itโ€™s been a lot more than that. ๐Ÿ˜† Everyoneโ€™s goals are different and I hope you find something that works for you.

    I remember the pain you suffered with your old place โ€“ that was completely atrocious and I am sorry you had to go through that and deal with such shit. Iโ€™m glad to hear you are in your new place for another 12+ months now though!

    Happy new year! ๐Ÿ’–

  10. Thank you! Hope you and Nick had a great anniversary too. Do you celebrate the anniversary of when you got together or when you got engaged now?

    Yeah, spending is a difficult one. It’s so hard to know everything in advance. I’m just going to try and save money as and when I can.

    Happy New Year to you too!

  11. Sounds like you had a pretty interesting 2016! Congratulations on all of your achievement! It must’ve felt really good to open up the mortgage ISA to start saving up. Your old neighbors sound like a bunch of losers with all of the stuff they pulled. I’m glad you’re enjoying your new place!

    It’s good to reconnect with old friends. You’re right about life being too short. There’s no point in holding grudges but there’s still no point to being buddies with someone who did you wrong (trust issue). Glad to hear that you got some good connections going on!

    Publishing 44 posts is still pretty good!

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