Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2012 Recap

Wow, what a year!  So many ups and downs, as I guess happens every year.  I'm very much looking forward to mapping out a vague plan of attack for 2013 in order to achieve everything I hope to achieve during this new and exciting year, but first, I want to take a look back at what 2012 has brought me.  First off, knits (of course ;-P)

Let's see here... three sweaters, one tee, two cardigans, two baby vests, five hats, six pairs of mitts, one phone cover, one kindle cover, one butt cover, five shawls/scarves, one secret project (not pictured, because it still hasn't been sent!), and twenty pairs of socks.  But wait, there's more... Christmas knits!!!  Guess what everyone got this year?  Go on, guess!  *nod nod*  Yep, socks ;-)

Aquaphobia socks, knit with MaKe Original Impilia sock yarn, in Cantiacorum.  These went to my MIL.

O Captain My Captain socks, knit with Penny Rose Yarns Rose sock yarn in Treehouse (a special 2012 Sock Madness colourway).  These went to my MIL's partner.

Shur'tugal socks, knit with Vintage Purls sock yarn in Avon.  These went to my sister.

Spring Forward socks, knit with Penny Rose Yarns Rose sock yarn in Meadow Flowers (another 2012 Sock Madness special colourway).  These went to my mum.

Elementary Watson socks, knit with Patons Patonyle sock yarn.  No flash colourway name, just a number that I can't remember.  Forest green in any case.  These went to my niece and nephew's dad.

Java socks, also knit in Patons Patonyle sock yarn.  In brown.  Obviously.  These went to my dad.

Owlie socks, knit with Vintage Purls sock yarn in Mort.  These went to my bff.  LOVE this colour!  Want more.  Lots, lots more.  You can't really tell from this picture, but the eight owls on the leg of each sock have beads for eyes.  Actually, I kind of have to apologise for the sucky Christmas knit pictures.  Most (if not all) of these socks were finished late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, and a quick pic snapped before bed.  As my days were choc-full I never quite got around to taking better ones.  Then my plan of taking a 'group photo' of all the socks together didn't eventuate either, so this is it.  Oh, and while we were in Napier, I cast on and finished another pair of socks.  Because, y'know, seven pairs in as many weeks doesn't quite seem epic enough...

Scylla socks, knit with Regia Design Line Jazz Colour, with the absolutely fabulous colour name of 06455.  These socks ended up going to my bff's work mate, who is absolutely lovely.  I only met her this year, but our paths have crossed several times and she has been such a help to my bff, I thought she was very deserving of some socks.  Also, her favourite colour is pink :-)

So all up, that's 28 pairs of socks knit in 2012.  And mum, I have kept only two of those pairs.  Just sayin' ;-P

As for books read, the list is shorter than last year.  This is due in large part to my first year of study towards the Diploma in Records and Information Management, of which I am nearly half way through.  Still, I did manage to read 40 books (hurray for audiobooks!!):

Tremble - Addison Moore
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Bite Me If You Can - Lynsay Sands
The Wedding Gift - Kathleen McKenna
The Apprentice - Tess Gerritsen
Burn - Addison Moore
The Book of Fires - Jane Borodale
Blind Pursuit - Michael Prescott
Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini
Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
Heat Rises - Richard Castle
Richard Castle's Deadly Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery - Richard Castle
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
A Brewing Storm - Richard Castle
Accidental Vampire - Lynsay Sands
Vampires are Forever - Lynsay Sands
To the Nines - Janet Evanovich
Ten Big Ones - Janet Evanovich
Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp - Janet Evanovich
Plum Lovin' - Janet Evanovich
A Raging Storm - Richard Castle
Lean Mean Thirteen - Janet Evanovich
Fallen in Love - Lauren Kate
The Struggle - L J Smith
Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Fifty Shades Darker - E L James
So Brilliantly Clever - Peter Graham
Vampire, Interrupted - Lynsay Sands
Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
A Bloody Storm - Richard Castle
The World of Poo - Terry Pratchett
A Clash of Kings - George R R Martin
Frozen Heat - Richard Castle
I suspect the book list for 2013 will be shorter again, as I'm planning to increase the amount of study.  I think I'm okay with that.

As for running, I started out the year alright, then had a four month break from April through July, starting up again August.  Due to injury (caused by my own stupidity) September and October were slow months, with only a little running.  However, for the year of 2012 I ran 81 times, with an average distance per run of 7.4km.  A total of 600km for the year, nearly 60 hours total running time!  My average pace was 5'56".  Wow!  It's pretty cool to see that.  I also managed to achieve quite a few goals (bear in mind that I'm listing the most recent 'fastest' times - they've changed quite a bit since the beginning of the year):

  • Fastest 1km on the 9th November - 4 minutes 14 seconds
  • Fastest mile (1.6km) also on the 9th November - 6 minutes 54 seconds
  • Fastest 5km on the 26th December - 25 minutes 53 seconds
  • Fastest 10km on the 19th December - 55 minutes 55 seconds
  • And my longest run to date on the 29th December, one I am very, very proud of - a half marathon (21.1km) in 2:00:42!!! 
So close to sub-two hours!!  In my defence, it was a very hot day in the bay, and I started my run at 9.10am by which time the temperature was in the mid-twenties.  I walked a few times, so as not to choke on my Sport Beans, which I was trying out for the first time. (I'm starting to experiment with different ways to refuel on long-distance runs.  Mostly to keep Deane happy and assured that I will not waste away to nothing).

There was also our trip to America in April of this year, which we thoroughly enjoyed.  Sadly, we became quite attached to several things over there (squirrels, southerners (they're such nice people!), Lea & Perrins Thick Worchestershire Sauce, graham crackers, IHOP red velvet pancakes, and Waffle House to name a few...), but have found alternative sources for some of these, and I'm working on the others.  However, I think squirrels will be off the list for the foreseeable future.  That makes me a little sad.  Perhaps I will knit these to cheer myself up.

X turned ten in November, a big milestone in a child's life to be sure.  One more year of primary school for him, then on to intermediate!  My, how time flies.

So yes, 2012 has been a busy year, and we closed the door on it last night when we stood out on the corner of the street and watched the New Years fireworks above the Sky Tower with some friends and a glass of wine.  Since we'd only arrived back from Napier an hour and a half before, the boys got to stay up and see the fireworks too.  They were pretty happy about that, and crashed within seconds of their heads hitting the pillow when we sent them to bed directly after.  It was pretty great.  So my friends, onwards to 2013!  I hope it's a good year for you!

1 comment:

  1. What a knitting whizz you are, and might I say your family and friends are very lucky! I knitted one pair of socks this year and they are still awaiting the kitchener stitch to make them wearable...
    Great job on the running too - I noticed on Nike you did a half marathon the other day - well done! Great times too, you will rock the races you have planned for this year. May it be happy and injury free!