That Blog: That Guy's Spartan Review Of 2012
by, 31st December 2012 at 02:10 PM (374 Views)
The whole principle of 'a year in review' seems terribly cliché, but I'm going to do it anyway. However, since I can't be bothered trying to remember everything exactly, I'll just narrow it down to the highlights and worst things about each month.
Best part: Yay, New Year...I guess. Biggest high was probably the notion that that was the last Winter I'd ever have to endure catching buses in.
Worst part: My first 3DS had been broken for a week (since Christmas '11), and I still wasn't over the loss, but I had yet to discover I could still use it as long as I didn't use the touch-screen.
Best part: Shortest month of the year; my last days at school were drawing ever closer, and the buses were starting to recover from Winter.
Worst part: There was some disruption with the then-upcoming move-of-house. The landlady had chosen then to be a total b!tch. But I've had that rant before.
Best part: My place at Farnborough Sixth Form College was more or less confirmed; all that remained was the admin, which couldn't be done until I'd finished my GCSEs.
Worst part: Euphoria won Sweden's Melodifestivalen, leaving Mystery, the clearly-much-better song in 6th place.
Best part: I struck up a deal with my teachers to let me leave school half an hour early each day to combat my stress and high blood pressure.
Worst part: Said deal gave me a horrendous stomach ulcer and temporary lactose intolerance as a result of the sudden relief of all that stress (much like how a smoker may contract emphysema after quitting).
Best part: I performed Woki Mit Deim Popo as part of a this-is-the-end-of-Year-11 production at school, and, despite expectations, dominated...then had to dash out half an hour early to catch a bus.
Worst part: Loreen thoroughly raped the Eurovision Song Contest with a song that did not win on its own merit, relying instead on misplaced hype. Second place was also undeserving; people liked Party For Everybody for all the wrong reasons.
Best part: My GCSEs were well underway and going great; as a result of the weird exam timetable, I could duck in and out of school on a whim, and only once left at my usual half-an-hour-before-the-end-of-the-school-day time.
Worst part: Some days, I had one ten-minute exam in the morning or early afternoon. In other words, 2-hour bus ride to school, optional waiting around in Silent Study until time for exam comes, 5-10 minutes doing a language oral exam, 2-hour bus ride home.
Best part: Exams were over, Summer came, and I finally moved house.
Worst part: Leaving my friends behind in Yorkshire...PSYCHE. I regret nothing about July. There really wasn't anything bad about it. Of course, moving all of our stuff was a hassle, and I couldn't connect to the Internet for a week, but meh. That was the worst it got. *snigger* Missing my Yorkshire-based friends...As if.
Best part: Yeah, my birthday was okay, but I was happier when my GCSE results came back: all A*s with the exception of three, which were A-grades. For those who aren't British: that's not only above average, that's brilliant.
Worst part: Again, not much. I guess the worst it got was when the mere scent of raspberries would make me feel sick. Or accidentally coming out of the closet to my father. Thankfully, we were both drunk, and he was fine with it. While sober, we just don't take about it...but he's still sworn to keep it secret from my mother.
Best part: College started, and I realised how much I love Japanese.
Worst part: I had to get back into the routine of getting up early and getting myself to college. Thankfully, as of September, I get up at 7.45, rather than 5.30, and I can walk to college; I don't need to catch a single bus, never mind two.
Best part: College was in full swing; I joined Traditional Photography Society, and I had a booming circle of friends.
Worst part: I had a vicious cold in the first week of the month.
Best part: I started my own little society within college, filling up my timetable to a degree that is considered 'highly impressive as regards time management', according to my tutor, Chris.
Worst part: I realised that my Chemistry teacher, who I affectionately refer to as Janyé West, doesn't seem to like me that much.
Best part: End-of-year holidays, so-called Christmas Day, et cetera. I word it like that because, in my house, we don't 'celebrate' 'Christmas', per se.
Worst part: My mother's continuing temper tantrums. She's crying right now because I didn't much like a tart she had bought 'especially for me', despite knowing how much I dislike plums and nuts. My father must have the patience of a saint to still be married to her. Poor sod. Were I in his position, I would have left her years ago.
Aaaaand on that downer, happy new year, I guess. My resolutions include: to take a picture from my bedroom window once a day for every day in 2013 as part of a Photography project, to start filming How Do I English?, and, of course, 1920x1080. Because, being an A*-standard-qualified ICT technician, I was obliged to make that joke.
Peace, and have a high-definition new year.
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