It’s the last day of 2017. Somehow time managed to move at a relatively steady pace for another year.
In summary, MMXVII was the year that…
- I wrote the lowest number of post since the beginning of recorded history. With 39 published posts, I’m way below an average of a post a week, which is embarrassing. I started quite a few new posts that never saw the light of day, though. Currently, I have 21 different drafts from 2017 laying around. But what’s the point if I don’t manage to follow through and finish them? There are a lot of relatively good reasons for that, however, and they’ll become apparent as you make your way through the rest of this list.
- The A Picture A Day project made it through the year. 365 shiny new photos added to the history of la familia and I.
- I also managed to keep the A Book A Month project alive, and finished 13 books. Reading takes time, and this site suffered a bit because of that. I would have finished 14 if it wasn’t for the fact that December book turned out to such a drag. I wrote reviews of three of this year’s books. Any diligent reader would also have written a year-in-review post about the books he’d read, but no.
- While we’re on the subject of reviews; I managed to cram out 12 new ones this year - roughly 1/3 of this year’s posts.
- The one-liners collection continued to grow in size, with six new batches being added this year.
- I spent more time gaming that I usually do this year. Stellaris and Euro Truck Simulator 2 got most of that gaming time. And this site suffered a bit because of that.
- The bucket list got revised, and went from 100 to 87 items.
- Our little family grew from three to four members. Hedda is 7 months old already, time sure flies. Having two kids sure takes a lot of time, and life becomes - if possible - even more characterized by routine and planning than with one kid. And this site suffered a bit because of that.
- The whole family went to France this summer for the wedding of my sister-in-law and the French love of her life. Traveling with two tiny people who can’t take care of themselves was interesting.
- While in France, we spent a week in a mold infested Airbnb. I wrote a damning review of the place! Of course I did.
- I ran a few kilometers on the treadmill. Running takes time, and this site suffered a bit because of that. But I ran far from as much I’d have wanted. For that, too, I have loads of good excuses: With the birth of Hedda, normal life came to a halt. Then, as things normalized, it got too cold in the basement for the treadmill to work properly. When I finally managed to drag it into a room with heating, I came down with a long lasting cold. All good excuses.
- Work started to clear out the jungle that took up most of our property. The plan is to make a proper garden next spring.
- We discovered that there are tasty alternatives to meat.
All in all, 2017 was a good year. While nothing out of the ordinary happened, and historians won’t be writing many books about my year, I wouldn’t say it was uneventful. With two little kids, life is never uneventful. Or even remotely predictable even if we tried our best to make it so.