And what an interesting year it’s been. These are a few things that I have been up to or that have changed this year, in no particular order:
In July Andrew, Ian, Suki and I moved house. Ian bought his parents semi-detached house which technically is only around the corner from our old house, but involves a lot more travelling into town, as there is a different bus line here. The house seemed cursed at the beginning; everything seemed to break or go wrong and we were without the internet for six weeks. A very long six weeks, I’d like to add.
We also had Adam move in with us which caused quite a few problems. Things seem to be settled at the moment, but we will have to see what the future brings.
In August this year I got Phoebe. She is the most perfect cat anyone can think of. She doesn’t destroy furniture, never makes a mess, wants a lot of attention and follows me everywhere. For months I have looked as to what is wrong with her, but it’s simply not possible to find any problems, so I’ll just enjoy it. And she is just absolutely gorgeous. :D
Talking about pets, a few weeks back Bella joined our house. She was originally intended for andrew’s friend, but ended up in our house. She is starting to calm down now which is nice, but she still has way too much energy for her own good. Phoebe and her do seem to get along now; well, Phoebe now leaves my room again, so that is definitely a progress. :)
Jobwise I left my old company I had been with in September, after I had enough of the way they treat their employees. They ended up banning me from the premises. It’s yet another thing in my life that I wasn’t able to finish off in a way I would’ve liked and even now, I really, really miss that place. I suppose I just wanted to have a clean finish. I then started working for another company, but then lost that job for various reasons. Since then I’ve been jobless, but I am convinced that I’ll find another job in the industry,especially around February time when the jobs pick up again. After all, I moved jobs at the beginning of the busy period and lost it when it was almost over. :(
I was or still am actually debating to maybe go to university next year. There are several courses I am interested in and I would most likely get in, as I am classed as a ‘mature’ student. After all I have been out of education for more than five years. We will see what 2007 brings.
On the March the 10th this year, my friend Kizzi gave birth to her wonderful son Olivier who continues to make her and Stuart very happy. He is now able to crawl anywhere, continues to destroy everything in his path and is completely addicted to milk, as every baby is, I believe. He also recognises me whenever they are coming back down to visit, or maybe that’s just me wishing he does. ;)
This April I went back to Germany for the first time in 1 1/2 years and things have definitely changed. I now know that I can’t live in Germany any more and that there definitely isn’t anything that would consider going back for. It was nice seeing everyone though, but realistically this is it, it’s a part of my life that is now gone.
I also went to see my grandparents, just to find out that my granddad is in a far worse state than either would’ve let me believe beforehand. I know that I will have to visit them more often, even if it’s just to stop them from constantly nagging me about it!
That doesn’t mean that everything in the UK is perfect. I’ve had my share of annoyances over here, from banks to train companies and things like that. My dad and his girlfriend came to visit me over my birthday in May and stayed in London which was kind of nice as I didn’t have to spend every moment of the day with them. I don’t think that they are planning to come back at any time soon and as harsh as it may sound, I am not actually too bothered by it.
September the 1st this year would’ve also been my mum’s 50th birthday. It is now seven years since she died and for some strange reason it doesn’t feel like it’s been this long. But then again it feels like it was a lot longer ago. Very strange and I really can’t explain it. We were never close, but after all, she is my mother and more and more I wish she was here with me, helping me. I suppose that’s why I don’t value family that much, as I don’t really have a very close family.
I also contacted my ‘real’ father this year. I’ve never spoken to him before. Whenever I refer to my dad anywhere, that is of course my stepdad, Hans, who is as real to me as any dad would be. I am planning to meet my ‘real’ father in 2007 though. After all, there is so much about me, my mum and other things that I don’t know anything about or I only know one side of the story. And he is a part of me. Maybe I’ve just realised that life is too short to let opportunities pass by. I would also just like to know how he looks like….
2006 seems to have been the year in which I lost most good friends, either because we have nothing more in common (Friends from Germany) or because there were some form of arguments in which I was forced to take one side of the story. This year has definitely been a year in which I was part of way too many arguments. Everyone seems to just have been arguing about everything and consulting me which meant that I was involved. I will need to change that.
It’s a bit sad as well that I now seemed to have lost quite a few good friends from Germany. We just didn’t have much in common any more and talking to each other seemed more an more forced. As easy as moving abroad may sound like, it can definitely be a lot trickier, especially after 3 1/2 years.
Relationships, well there isn’t much to say. All the dates I’ve been to just bored me to death and although there were some that may have lead to something, I just really couldn’t be bothered.
In May this year I bought a 360 which I got a lot cheaper, as Andrew was still working at GAME at the time. I spend way too much time on there playing games like Oblivion, Rainbow Six and Halo 2, although I’ve not played it in one months. That’s fairly impressive for me. I do play way too many games though and should probably cut down a little. But at the end of the day playing a game is all about escaping from reality. And there have been so many games this year that have done that and I have truly enjoyed them. Gamerscore is a very good and bad idea that Micrsoft have come up with and I do enjoy getting my score higher. Especially, as I am competing with several people.
Another thing I have done this year is to move from a forum I have previously been posting on for about 2 years which just got run over by trolls and moved to several other mainly 360 related ones and Matchbox360. I like the community aspect of it and enjoy playing games with most of them. And to make it more competitive, I like the events side of it. It just adds that little bit extra competition and I’m all for competition. :D
November this year was also the first time I’ve met people that I previously only knew online. That was at XL, the LAN event organised by Matchbox360. It was very good, although I had way too little sleep. But then again, didn’t we all?!
All in all it was a very varied year. Way too many things went wrong. Way too many things are unresolved. There was too much tension and stress, but all in all it was a lot better than last year. I feel like I’ve grown up and am more the person I want to be. Although, I do say more random stuff than ever before!
A big shout to everyone who helped me, made me laugh, was there for me, took care of me this year and just was a friend. It’s too many people to name, but I appreciate what you did.
Let’s bring on 2007!