Every year this day rolls around and every year I am amazed at how quickly the days passed. It’s the last day on 2013 today and what an epic year it has been.
WARNING: Under the cut there’s a picture of me donating blood, which includes a needle and a small amount of blood.
In November this year I volunteered for the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Celebration in the ExCel Centre. I wrote a full post about it here, but it was one of the most brilliant, exhausting, fun thing I have ever done.
The only interest I have ever had in football comes from the Euro and Wold Cup Championships. I don’t care about the Premier League or Championship matches. So I was thoroughly astounded when I was asked to referee a football match at work in aid of Children in Need. The men in my team seemed to think I would be good it at. It was really, really fun but I was so bad at it. So very bad.
As happens every year, I had a birthday this year. Sister made me a cake. In the shape of a skull. Never have I loved her more.
Donating Blood is something I urge you all to do if you can. In the UK, this is the website you need.
I have written a full post about the Harry Potter Studio Tour here and the tour was one of the most brilliant things ever. Just seeing everything brought my childhood back to me. Plus it was for Halloween so there were Death Eaters.
You know those dreams everyone has but no one expects to ever achieve it? Well mine was running the marathon. It was something I wanted to do in the vague, distant sort of way. Then I won a twitter competition in September and adidas gave me a place in October’s Berlin marathon. That gave me four weeks to increase my running distance from 6 miles to 26.2.
And I did it.
My family and I have decided to explore England more and in August this year we started this by going to Dover and paying a visit to the Castle and to the White Cliffs. It was breathtaking.
Sister and I started running this year all because a mutual friend of ours told us of a 5 mile race happening in the Olympic Stadium one year after the London 2012 Olympic Games. There was no way either of us could say no to having a chance to run on the actual track!
There is something very alluring about travelling to Europe: it’s close, cheap (or cheaper) and there is no jet lag. This year the two of us went to Budapest. When I speak of my time there, everything is in exclamation marks – the food! the sights! the hotel! the people! You all get the idea, go and visit if you can.
I have been a fan of Kate Mosse’s since I first read The Labyrinth. I also own a beautiful edition of Sepulchre, the second book in her Carcasonne series of books. Meeting her, talking to her and getting her to sign my book was as wonderful as I had always hoped.
There are many reasons why I love London Town. The Egg Hunt is one of them.
I visited India in February this year. While I have been to West India and South India once, I have never been to Delhi. And until this year I had never seen the Taj Mahal.
Blue Peter. I got to go to the studios. There is nothing more to say other than I still want a badge.
It’s only when I do something like this that I realise just how much I did in 2013 and what a brilliant year it has been. It’s also when I remember just how short my hair used to be.
Thanks 2013 for being epic.