Well, here it is, the final day of 2012 and with comes the final photo and the final blog. Although in the interests of openness I should add that I am in fact writing this in 2013. Even if I was behind on the blogs for much of the year I can at least say that I went out with an upto date blog with just one post left to write. I did consider writing this first thing this morning (about 1am) but I don’t think that I could’ve done justice to 12 months of work in the half drunken and really tired state that I was. I’d rather take time out of the final day of my holiday to write it, much better use of my time obviously.
The last day of 2012 turned out to be pretty eventful. We’d been to Ikea on Saturday to get an indication of how much we were looking at to buy a new sofa and it was with this in mind that we headed to town to have a look in the British Heart Foundation furniture store, just in case there was some nice stuff which hadn’t already been sold. We did look at beds here when we first moved in but had eventually settled on one from Dreams. It was less than five minutes before we spotted what turned out to be a sofa suite now discounted to under £200. There was nothing visibly wrong with it and we both knew that we’d regret not buying it.
After a quick look around the rest if the store, and the acquisition of a bookcase (£15) and a tv stand (£30) we found ourselves the owners of three of the key pieces of furniture we’d been looking for, for £175 less than we would’ve spent on just the sofa at Ikea. Quite how we’d managed to find a sofa with such little effort I’m not sure, we were clearly very lucky. The sofas which we brought had apparantly been in the store for over a month, but by coming in when we did we had managed to get them at a sale price, so desperate was the manager to be rid of them.
I’ve never been one to ‘party it up’ on New Years Eve, preferring instead to eat, drink and play board games. Which was precisely what we did this evening. We had a couple of friend’s over, ate Chinese takeaway and then played two versions of Logo, and a Mr and Mrs game. They’re people who we see fairly regularly but it was nice to see in the new year in the company of friend’s and people who I am pretty sure we’ll be in contact with for a long time to come. After Jools Holland’s Hootenanny was described as being ‘a bit weird’ we saw out the last 10 minutes of 2012 with Gabby Logan and some spine-tingling footage reminding us all of just how good the Olympic were, the whole thing did even make me feel patriotic, in spite of my views on the monarchy.
We chatted then for another couple of hours, on perhaps more serious topics that you might think, and I did have to control myself when discussing the complete cock-up which Michael Gove seems set to make of the education system. All of this, whilst my girlfriend tried out her new platting skills on her friend’s hair. I’d decided to stay off of Facebook after seeing too many ‘2012 wasn’t great, let’s hope for better things’ type statuses. Seriously, get over yourself.
As for me, I’ve had several major achievements in 2012: leaving home, finishing my MA, starting out on my career and most importantly taking a picture and writing a blog for every single day of the year. It’s been a pain in the arse at times, which have included me carting my laptop to work so that I can write blog entries in Word to them upload once I have an internet connection again. It have also leapt out of bed to take a photo and almost had a breakdown when I thought that some had been lost. 2012 has been a lot of things, and I’m really glad that I’ve done this thing. It’ll be something on which I can look back in the future, reflect on my decisions and remember one of the most eventful years of my life so far.
For however long you’ve read this, thank you. To those who I know have read it (one of you has featured in the pictures at least three times) I want to thank especially for giving me a reason to keep up this stupid project. It’s been a lot of fun, and hopefully I’ll keep using my camera just as much, if not more in 2013. I will also be keeping a diary, it’ll be private and not as regular, but still something which I now understand the value of much better. I am also going to start up another blog, about books, philosophy news and stuff. One which I’ll write as and when I can be bothered.
Thank you, and have a fantastic 2013!