It’s that time again: when I struggle to remember everything that’s happened through a post-Christmas haze of carbohydrates and vodka and whittle it all down to this niftily-structured end-of-year meme. I struggle to believe it’s been a year since my last one, particularly due to the worrying lack of posts on The Edible Editor this year. Hoping this one will snap me into shape. So as usual, read on if you care or ignore at your leisure…
What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
Tried on over 100 wedding dresses and used a Nutribullet. Those things still blow my mind.
Where did you begin 2015?
In an Ealing pub with red wine and friends.
Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept on the healthy living straight and narrow up until November. And now I intend to get back on the wagon for an intensive 10-month wedding dress plan.
What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
G was plotting a proposal while I stupidly thought it would be a good idea to set up a wedding blog. I SWEAR IT WASN’T A HINT! I just really love weddings that much.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sis-in-law gave birth to my raven-haired nephew, Zack. #adorbs
Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.
Were you in school?
Only if you count the School of Sony.
What countries did you visit?
Japan, Ireland, Berlin, USA, Wales and France.
What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
What moments from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
A 2,000+ mile road trip: New York –> Washington DC –> Blue Ridge Parkway –> Atlanta –> Pensacola –> New Orleans –> Austin. Oh, and him putting a ring on it up a mountain.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Buying my perfect wedding dress in the perfect size. Hi, life goal.
What was your biggest failure?
Just all of the pub quizzes, all of the time. I clearly know nothing newsworthy.
Did you have to go to the hospital?
What was the best thing you bought?
Other than wedding dress and Nutribullet, I would have to say panda-faced sushi from Japan.
Where did most of your money go?
On wedding shizzle. What a racket.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Researching, viewing and choosing our wedding venue. It may be a racket but I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE WEDDINGS.
What song(s) will always remind you of 2015?
On the Regular (Shamir), and our first dance song (top secret).
What concerts/shows did you go to?
Book of Mormon, Cat’s Eye, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and definitely not You Me Bum Bum Train due to absurd ticketing. Raging. Also booked tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in bloody JANUARY 2017. 2017!
Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Happier.
II. thinner or fatter? Thinner.
III. richer or poorer? The same. Saved some, spent some.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
See the Grannies.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Wasting away my days on apps, in particular Pinterest, Etsy and Sudoku.
How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmukkah was spent, as most years, with G’s family, where I got showered with gifts and food and booze and bitterness at how I never had any of this as a child.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Game of Thrones, The Tunnel, Fortitude, Better Call Saul, The Great British Bake Off, The Apprentice (the last two are impossible to ignore). And after a decade-long relationship (at least), I’m finally going off The X Factor once and for all.
What was the best book you read?
Reading actual books has made way for wedding magazines. And writing my own novel. So I would say the best ‘book’ is my own, as yet untitled, because even though it reads like embarrassing mush now it WILL be good. It will. It must be. Or I will have failed.
What were your greatest musical discoveries?
Really into Sufjan Stevens and Shamir. And the great and glorious brand of Taylor Swift. #sorrynotsorry
What did you want and get?
A diamond ring and a wedding dress. I broke so many salespeople’s hearts with my ridiculously specific demands and customisations, I never thought I’d actually find my dream look anywhere, but I did.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Spent my 30th birthday watching a lunar eclipse and sightseeing in Dublin, before attending a lovely wedding (the first of four this year).
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To have set up Bouquet Catch AFTER he popped the question.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Jeans and long-sleeved tops became a favourite. And I never thought the day would come, but I now opt for smaller, more subtle jewellery.
What kept you sane?
Man and cat.
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
All our various Airbnb hosts have been delightful. Notable mentions include one half of a gay couple in Pensacola, Florida, who said I looked like Amy Winehouse and then offered to marry me so I could move there.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Even if you reach your target, you’ll still want more.
Did you move anywhere?
Stayed for our third year in lovely Ealing.
What’s something you thought you would never do but did in 2015?
Host a rocking engagement party with everyone I love under the same roof. My friends and family are honestly just brilliant humans.
What was your best month?
June – did I mention I got engaged this year?
The General Election.
Overall, how would you rate this year?
A strong 8. A couple of points for improvement, notably future plans.
What did you like most about 2015?
Getting engaged. Holidays. Endless hours with my boys (man and cat). Shopping for a clothes size I never thought I’d be.
Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
School of Sony. #schoolofsony
Change your hairstyle?
I did have a Brazilian blow dry and experiment with clip-in extensions, but my basic look remains the same: half up, half down.
Get a new job?
Keeping the same answer from last year: No; perfectly happy at Sony. Still the best job ever.
Do anything embarrassing?
Not to me. G says “often”.
Get married or divorced?
Got engaged. Did I mention that already? Engaged? Yeah?
Did you get sick this year?
Only a few minor ailments and a singular cold.
Start a new hobby?
Re-started art with my adult hipster colouring book and various wedding DIY projects.
Are you happy to see 2015 go?
It’s been really, really good but I can’t wait for 2016. I’m going to eat clean, exercise more and go full-steam ahead in wedding planning mode.
What are you wishing for in 2016?
Good weather on wedding day and honeymoon. Surely not too much to ask?