Well there’s another year just about done and dusted... It’s been pretty eventful too... not always in a good way, but 2011 seems (touch wood...) to be ending with most things falling reasonably neatly into place and overall I will look back on the past twelve months with more of a smile than a frown.
I made three resolutions in January... to lose weight (I am 32lbs lighter than this time last year)... to give blood again after a year of occasionally invasive tests for low iron levels (I have actually donated FOUR times in 2011, the last of which was in Darlington last Friday)... and to run a 10k race. Sadly, although the spirit was willing, the flesh (in particular my chronic right hip) was weak and I had to bow out semi-graciously early in the year and leave Mo Farah to grab the distance running headlines.
Overall though, as Meatloaf might say...
It’s been a decent year work-wise... although the spectre of another restructure is hanging over us; I have a top bloke as a manager and a really good group of people around me, all of whom (I hope) have enjoyed having yours truly as their boss... well at least for some of the time. I’ve even managed (touching yet more wood) a second year without any absence... quite proud of that given the fact that most days involve a 100 mile round trip.... oh and my GP offered me an extended holiday due to my fairly fragile state a few weeks ago.
Away from the office, my first ISBN-coded book hit the high street... literally when the shop owners threw copies of it out of their door in disgust. 2012 will hopefully see the appearance of the debut novel along with a personal (and probably less than accurate) history of Coronation Street. Please don’t ask me why...
Best programme on telly by a country mile was Mrs Brown’s Boys and I’ve managed to see a few great bands these past few months too: the brilliant Killing for Company (now Victory Station), The Karma Heart, Stiff Little Fingers and an up-and-coming boy band called Take That for whom I predict a bright future... I’m really looking forward to seeing Greg, Steve, Andy, Richie and Jamie (Victory Station) in 2012 as well as the excellent The Karma Heart... but trust me Take That was a one-off... I still have a reputation...
A few blogs from my award-winning website (voted best in our house...) also stirred a bit of interest, in particular the recent Prozac and Speed article and I remain grateful to everyone who was kind enough to contact me after reading the blog. Everything is going okay at the moment... I am due to see a counsellor in the new year and after I’ve related a number of my favourite cricketing tales we’ll soon see who cracks first and phones the Samaritans!!!
But I want to end by thanking those closest to me for their love and support – especially my long-suffering but wonderful wife Elaine... I love you xxxx
Happy New Year!
All my own work... almost.