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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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
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!
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?