The Highs and Lows of 2011

This post was inspired by Kate at who tagged me to take part in this challenge. She looked back on 2011, the good and the bad, and then blogged about it. If you would like to take part answer the following questions in a blog post and then tag some other bloggers who you would like to take part. Let me know if you do take part, so I can read your posts.

1. What was your happiest event?

I am happiest that my whole year was lacking in negative events. The year before that was an absolute shocker and I’ve no wish to come anywhere close to it again.

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
Hearing earlier in the year that my friend and her husband split up and hearing more recently that another friend and her husband are about to.

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead?
Starting a blog at all! It all happened quite by accident as a result of overuse of Twitter and a guest blog on someone else’s page.

4. Who let you down?
No one let me down as such. When people did things that I didn’t expect (which impacted negatively on me) I just assumed I had been a poor judge of their character. I didn’t take it personally.

5. Who supported you?

I get lots of support and encouragement from very dear friends and very dear internet friends on an almost daily basis. They all know who they are and I am blessed to have them in my life.

6. Tell us one thing you learned
I have recently learned almost all the words to Ave Maria in Latin. This is quite an admission for me because I’ve always thought of it as a bit of a cliché, but that was before I heard it sung in Latin. I admit this is because I heard Michael Buble singing it on his Christmas CD, but who cares how I came to learn it? Learn it I have. I’m not Catholic or even particularly religious, but I have a strong sense of the spiritual and I find Ave Maria calming and hypnotic. I also like Michael Buble!

7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
My friend has a cat which is extremely nervous of people and won’t come into the house if strangers are there. I was there one day and it let itself in and rubbed itself around my legs before looking up and realising it was purring up the wrong pair of legs. The look on its face when it realised its mistake was priceless. It shot off and I’ve never seen it since.

8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
I don’t do much crying out of sadness. I cry more from a “proud mummy” point of view. My little man is growing up way too fast.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud
Singing in the preschool Christmas Concert, helping younger children in the soft play (even though he’s only 4 himself) and being quick to pick up the principle of the simple addition and multiplication game he was given for his birthday.

10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself
Finally allowing reality to dawn, recognising that the little chap will be starting school later this year and subsequently making some plans and decisions for myself and my own life. Only just started on those.

11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
My chronic lack of confidence in my appearance. I’m speaking of one particular issue (soon to be resolved), not that I think I’m hideous or anything like that. I dressed up and went out anyway!

12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2011

My appearance.
Improving my writing.
Devoting a small part of it to helping others, in the form of volunteering for a charity.

I’m going to invite the whole world to take part in this, rather than tagging anyone in particular. I would especially love to hear from all the people with whom I am regularly in contact, as they know I am very nosy when it comes to other people’s lives.

Happy New Year everyone.


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9 Responses to The Highs and Lows of 2011

  1. Thanks for taking the time to do this and to do it so very well.
    I love your sane thinking – I have so much to learn from you.
    I also like how you combine the spiritual and lustful thoughts all in one point lol.
    Great answers and thanks again for being an online friend and a #groovingmums fave.

  2. Hi Polly. Happy New Year. I really enjoyed reading this. You always strike me as a calm and peaceful person, and your post echoed that impression. I agree, it is sad when friends marriages break up. It makes me really sad too. Hurrah though for The Buble – who can bring cheer into all our lives with his dulcet tones! Wishing you a wonderful 2012..and may the words flow freely from your pen…(or should that be keyboard?) x

    • Hi Claire, thanks for taking the time to comment. May the words flow freely from your pen and keyboard too! I heard you linked up with kateonthinice groovingmums project; I’m looking forward to reading your posts in the future. Also, if there’s a further installment of Coffee Shop Girl, I would really look forward to that! Best wishes for 2012 to you too.

      • Hi Polly
        You inspired me..I’ve just completed my highs and lows of 2011. (I copied the questions across and had a terrible time formatting it though – I must learn how to be more IT efficient! Yes, installment of Coffee Shop Girl is in the pipeline. (Need to wait until little man is back at nursery).
        Claire x

        • That’s great Claire, I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m subscribed so I’m sure it will ping into my inbox shortly. Thanks for commenting!
          PS SO glad Coffee Shop Girl has another chapter. Px

  3. Very thoughtfully done and it’s nice to get a peek into the mind of our internet friends. I may do this but not today. I like the kitty story – I’ve seen cats do that and it’s priceless.

    • Hi Zazzy, happy new year! Glad you get the cat story, I wondered if it was one of those where you would have to be there. I look forward to reading yours if you do it.

  4. Hello and a very belated response. Sorry. I am really glad to see that 2011 was a good year for you. I am very glad you started your blog – I love reading your posts! I think you have inspired me to do a similar list.