2013 - Looking back on the year that was

So this post is going to be different because it’s not going to sit in the drafts folder on tumblr for 4 months while I attempt to re-write what I had written. No, instead I’m starting to write this at 25 to 1 in the morning, and I want to get this out the door in 2013 - so I need to finish this in ~23 hours.

Better get started then I guess.

Last years review was easier because I had the clever idea of listing what I wanted to do in 2012, so I simply used that as a starting point and went from there. I didn’t do that for 2013, so it’s going to be a bit less structured than last years. I did how ever have the clever idea to write something in September to recap what happened from April through September, so there is something to go on.

Let me start off by staying that 2013 was a busy year. I think describing 2013 any differently would either oversell my year, or dramatically underestimate what happened.

Firstly, I yet again passed my University Exams and made it into 3rd year. This is where it starts to get tricky now as we now have group project, part of our final degree class based on our results and the fact there are even less of us now. This isn’t the time to distracted, but it will only get more difficult from this point on. I always like a challenge though…

This year I remained living in the flat in Edinburgh, so there was no hassle moving again. There has been some changes, mainly the fact that we now have a 7ft Air Hockey table in our Living Room, be it’s the same as usual. And we managed to do Christmas Dinner again without anybody dyeing, so that’s always a bonus. All I can say is thank you to John, Dan and Jack (and a honorable mention to Olivia (spelt right this year)) for 2013’s highs and lows, and giving me some stories to tell.

(Also, I’m still finding Christmas Tree needles in my car.)

(And talking about my Car, I changed it this Summer. A little newer than the Fiesta, but my Vauxhall Corsa handles a lot better than the Fiesta.)

This Summer we planned as a family to head east to enjoy the sunnier climates of Europe for the family holiday, and we ended up heading west instead to my Cousins wedding in Canada. Ottawa was beautiful, Montreal no so much and Niagara-On-The-Lake was still as quaint as can be (if you have ever seen the Gilmore Girls, it’s like a real life Stars Hollow). Also, as I’ve written before, wearing a Kilt to a Canadian Wedding is a smart move. And after travelling 7350 miles, I needed a holiday to get over that holiday.

Getting back to reality, I had the wonderful opportunity to again Intern as a Software Developer in Dunfermline this Summer, allowing me to gain vital work experience in the field. I would to yet again thank everybody involved for letting me work with them and build great software (in my opinion).

Shifting gears slightly, I’m still working in Electrical Retail and I’m still next door. And I’m still enjoying it. It’s a great store and it’s a great time - I hope we can continue on as well as 2013 has been.

And a final thank you to my friends and family for helping me out. This year overall has been better than 2012 in retrospect, but it’s still good to have people around.

(I yet again would like to apologise for my inability to reply to emails, texts, messages, etc in a timely manner. I’m trying to get better, but I will probably never be perfect.)

Looking forward to 2014 it’s going to be a tough year ahead. There is no getting around this. I hope that I can strike a decent work-life balance though, although I’ve got the feeling that I will still end up doing long stints of work to get it done late into the night. I guess that’s life though.

Last year I ended by teasing you that I will write up what I’m expecting to happen in 2013. Well I’m still trying to write it, so don’t get your hopes up for me writing something for what’s going to happen in 2014. I might try and write something, but it will probably end up sitting in my drafts folder again.

And on that point I should stop writing.

I hope you all have a fantastic Hogmanay, and let’s hope that 2014 is even better than 2013.