Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Annual report - 2013

After a hiatus spanning two years, the bar's annual report post is back.

  • 2013 was the year when Xena turned two. Fortunately, we didn't experience the terrible twos at all, which makes me very very suspicious. Hopefully 2014 will not usher in an era of the terrible threes.
  • 2013 was the year when Xena started preschool. And living up to the precedence set by her nerdy mommy, she loved it from day one. Hopefully 2014 will see her more at school and less in the hospital.
  • 2013 was the year when all I posted on the blog were Xena posts and more Xena posts. Hopefully 2014 will change that.
  • 2013 was the year when I only wrote an average of 2-3 posts per month, and even those were mostly compilations of my Facebook posts on Xena. Tsk tsk. Hopefully 2014 will change that too.
  • 2013 was the year when Viv and I managed to do two holidays - a short one in Phuket and a longer one (a road trip in Australia that I am currently covering in Hopscotch). Contrary to our expectations, Xena did not give us much trouble. Hopefully 2014 will also allow us our two holidays.
  • 2013 was the year when I published six more books, bringing my total book count to 18. (For the uninitiated, no I'm not some cool author that writes best-selling fiction. I write boring science assessment books for kids.) My time-management skills were really put to the test as I juggled taking care of Xena alongside my deadlines. Hopefully 2014 will bring in some happy royalty statements.
  • 2013 was the year when, after a long long time, I indulged in a five-hour shopping spree with a friend, while Viv stayed at home and watched Xena. As I like to say, that truly was 'duty-free shopping'. Hopefully 2014 will bring many many new pairs of shoes (and ahem, the money to buy them with).
  • 2013 was the year when McAloo tikki burger arrived in Singapore. It was yum, therefore it was kind of depressing that they took it away. Hopefully 2014 will bring it back, and all the other yummy things that only McD in India has.
  • 2013 was the year when the terrible haze struck our clean and green Singapore, and the PSI shot to an unbelievable high of 401. Hopefully 2014 will be clean, green and haze-free.
  • 2013 was the year when I reintroduced myself to my sewing machine. I made two dresses for Xena. With bolster covers. Hopefully 2014 will see more time for, and more creations on, the machine.
  • 2013 was the year when some very dear friends from our university days visited us. It was so so so great to see them again. Hopefully 2014 will reunite us.

I have yet to finalise my list of resolutions for 2014, but I do have a blanket wish for 2014. Good health for everyone, especially Xena.

Have a terrific new year, bewdas! Thanks for hanging out at the bar. :)


Unknown said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. Truly wishing that 2014 brings in good health for everyone.

Varsha said...

Have a great new year, and lots of hugs and good health wishes for Xena. I had a testing 2013. But well, I am not verbose enough to compile that. :(.
Hopefully 2014 will bring all of us much cheer, and lots to look forward to. If you are visiting India/Bangalore sometime, give me a buzz, would like to catch up with you.

Bubblegum.... said...

In 2013, I met you, Viv bhaiya and Xena!! :) :)

Arun said...

Wish you all a very happy New Year and a great 2014!

For Xena especially I wish good health, hearty appetite, and the hope that any problems that she may encounter are of the type that she can grow out of. May she not climb up any tree she cannot climb down from :) (or not figure out how Momsie can rescue her :) :) :) ) May her storeroom have plenty of ladders, and her toy-chest have plenty of puzzles :)

Unknown said...

Amen to all your hopes and wishes. Wishing a very healthy 2014 for Xena.