2017 has been a weird year. I’m not sure if it’s the just the state of global politics (‘just’) making it difficult not to sink into despair and set up camp there, but I’ve just not felt quite right for most of it.
However, this is not a post for reflecting on that, because first I want to record the good things – both big and small – many of which I’d forgotten about until going through photographs recently. The past few weeks have also given the year a much-needed lift!
2017: The Good
One of my best friends got engaged on Friday! It might have taken her boyfriend (fiancé!) over six years, but it was no less exciting to get that phone call.
Day trips to Canterbury and Bedford – it’s nice to get out of London once in a while…
…and so I also went to New York, which is one of those epic trips of a lifetime that I didn’t think I’d have for years.
Sunny days at Top of the Rock and Central Park.
Come From Away. As soon as I heard one song from this, I knew it was the musical I had to see in New York. It didn’t disappoint – incredibly funny and very moving, this is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
The Silence Breakers were named Time Person of the Year. This is a problematic ‘good’ point as it springs from a truly toxic part of society – and the truth is it’s not that people have started speaking up, but that people have started listening.
I was promoted. I suspect this has actually caused a large part of my stress in the latter half of the year, but I still have to be grateful for the progress.
F1 Live. I got to see F1 cars in real life, zooming up and down Whitehall.
Gigs: Postmodern Jukebox, the Nashville cast and Boyce Avenue.
All the shows: Miss Saigon, The Showstoppers, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Aladdin, An American in Paris, Ordinary Days, The Book of Mormon and The Lorax.
All the brilliant books I have read this year: here are my ten for the first half of the year, to which I’d like to add The Power by Naomi Alderman, Kick by Mitch Johnson, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. (Surely everything by Robin Hobb will always make my top books lists.)
Rowing a boat at Hyde Park.
A big summer barbecue.
A wedding, and therefore a chance to wear a lovely dress.
A wonderful birthday wandering around Kew Gardens.
Getting parcels in the post from my mum.
Visits from friends.
My friend won me earrings for Valentine’s Day from Toolally!
Ticked an item off the bucket list: visiting the Shard.
A big catch-up with my old work colleagues.
Lots of walks around Greenwich Park.
Coming home to find Adam has done chores round the house, like restocking the fridge, when I’ve had a bad day.
Cork and Bottle. The best cheese boards in the city.
Finding a pub with Prosecco on tap.
Cooking. I’ve got over my aversion to spending one hour on something that takes twenty minutes to eat, because now I find the cooking itself relaxing. (Now if only the washing-up would take care of itself…)
Discovering some new favourite meals, which sound quite basic, but which I would never have picked before moving in with Adam: paella, chicken biryani with vegetable curry, and chilli con carne.
This incredible meal that allowed me to order half pasta and half pizza at once.
A cosy night in, writing Christmas cards and watching Love Actually, and waking up to snow.
OK, so that was a lot of food references! Next year’s goal is to take more pictures of people, so I’m not left looking through 1000 pictures of all the different meals I had (and didn’t even Instagram)!
I hope you have lots of good things to look back on as well – and more still to come before the end of the year!