My Year in Review

2010 is almost over and time to look back over the highs and lows of the year.  However my memory is not what it used to be so lucky for me I found this little quiz to jog the brain cells.  I’ve no doubt that I will still leave something significant out.

BTW I found the quiz here

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

  1. Gave up cigarettes……. Go me.
  2. Set up this blog.
  3. Cooked Christmas dinner.  Can you believe I managed to get to this stage of my life without ever having cooked a Christmas dinner!  All good things come to an end I suppose!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year I resolved to –

  • Eat healthy
  • Get fit
  • Save money

Of which I’ve succeed at none!

This year I resolve to –

  • Eat healthy
  • Get fit
  • Save money

I also intend to do a photography course and complete the 365 project.  The latter two I am determined to achieve so watch this space next year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

There were a few new arrivals this year.  The latest family additions is a little daughter to my cousin and his wife in March and my sister-in-law gave birth to a gorgeous little baby boy in September.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully no.

5. What countries did you visit?

I have just realised that I didn’t travel at all this past year.  Probably a first as I’d normally travel at least once during the year.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

A holiday, especially now that I have realised I didn’t have one in 2010!

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

10th May.  Black Monday – One of the scariest days of my life.  I received a phone call from my doctor at 8am that morning asking me to come in and see her and to bring my husband with me.  I’d had a routine chest x-ray the previous week and she informed me that a “Nodule” had shown up on my lung on the x-ray.  She couldn’t give us any more information and we couldn’t get to see the specialist until Wednesday.  I’m still not sure how we got through those 2 days.  It was like we were both in a trance, each of us trying to be strong for the other and each of us scared out of our wits.  Thankfully it turned out to be harmless.

23rd May – The day I gave up the ciggies – read above and you’ll understand why.

10th Dec – The day before our first wedding anniversary and my husband was offered a great promotion in work.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Giving up the cigs.  I know I’m going on about it, but I am immensely proud that I managed to quit after almost 30 years of smoking.  Ok so it took a major health scare to give me the motivation I needed.  But I was given my warning, and for once I chose to heed it.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t think I had any failures, none that come to mind anyway.  I’ve had loads of little things that didn’t quite work out how I planned them, but failures no.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not an illness but a few months of tests, biopsies and scans checking my lung.   All worth it I might add.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Garden furniture.  Now all we need is a summer in 2011 in which to enjoy it.  I also got John a signed Ricky Villa jersey for Christmas (he’s a Tottenham Hotspur fanatic).  That should earn me brownie points for at least 3 months.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My husband John.  He was promoted to director in the company he works for.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

The Irish Government and the banks.  They have broken this little country of ours and not one of them has been held accountable.

14. Where did most of your money go?

I wish I knew.  All I do know is that it goes…..

15. What did you get really excited about?

Watching the Chilean miners being rescued.  I was glued to the coverage and cried every time one of the came to the surface.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

I don’t want to say Horse Outside but now I can’t think of another one.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– Happier or sadder?  Just as happy.  I got married in Dec 2009 so it’s been a really good 12 months.
–Thinner or fatter? Fatter because I replaced nicotine with food. So fatter, but healthier.
– Richer or poorer?  Such a question to ask immediately after Christmas.  Poorer!!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Taken more photographs.  And travelled – still not over not getting a holiday last year.  🙂

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Eaten crap.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

My mum was always the hostess with the mostess at Christmas.  So this year I thought it was about time she had a break and I cooked dinner in my house.  And it went very well, if I say so myself.  Yes I know self-praise is no praise, but it’s the only praise I get 🙂   

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?

Stayed in love – does that count?

 22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope.  Hate is an emotion and I don’t waste emotions on people I dislike.

23. What was your favourite TV program?

All the home improvement shows (even the bad ones) and Come Dine with Me.

24. What was the best book you read?

I’m not really a big reader of books.  I generally only read a book on holidays, which reminds me…. I didn’t have one in 2010!

25. What was your favourite film of this year?

I have to say Inception.  Not because it was the best film, but the others I’ve seen were so bad! 

26. What did you want and get?

A clean bill of health

 27. What did you want and not get?

The usual, new car, new house, new yacht ……..

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I can’t remember so it can’t have been anything too exciting.  I turned 46… ouch!!!!

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Making my first million…… maybe next year!

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

I don’t know that I have one.  If they sell it in Next, I’ll wear it 🙂

31. What kept you sane?

I’m not sure I am 🙂

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

George and Brad.  It’s ALWAYS George and Brad.

 33. What political issue stirred you the most?

There is only one political issue in Ireland this year.  Anglo Irish, NAMA, the IMF, Fianna Fail.  And more incensed that stirred.

 34. Who did you miss?

My dad.  He passed away suddenly in 2006 and I’ve missed him every day since.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

My new little niece and nephew.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

It’s not a trial run.  Live it when you’re in it.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I did it my way.

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


  1. I enjoyed reading this Karen, many congrats on your first wedding anniversary, on your husband's promotion and for giving up the cigs and I'm looking forward to meeting you in Jan – might have a go at the quiz myself now!

  2. You should do it Lorna, it's a fun way to remember the year. I'll drop you an email when things get back to normal in Jan and we'll arrange a day to meet up. Happy New Year.

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