2013 in Review

A review of the year is probably something that should be done chronologically, but since my marriage is the pretty much the biggest and best thing to ever happen to me, that comes first.

This September, my wife and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. That felt pretty awesome. Here’s a photo of us sharing some cake, which is as good a summary of marriage as anything else you’re likely to find.

Marriage

Work continued to be awesome, frustrating, fun, interesting etc. I’d been working on the tool that the university would use to prepare their REF submission, which ended up being sent to HEFCE over a week early! It was a challenging project in many ways, but my knowledge and skills have expanded significantly as a result. And my next project involved making pie charts!

REF

If you’d told me a couple of years ago that I’d be taking part in serious physical exercise two to three times a week, I’d have laughed in your face. Fast forward to now and climbing is a massive part of our lives. We’ve met so many nice people and it’s incredible to make progress every time we go.

Climbing

Our big holiday this year was a week in Soll, Austria. It was amazing to wake up to a mountain view every morning and our deal included a four course meal every night! And there was glühwein and awesome pastries!

AustrianPastries

We made time to get back to go coasteering again, this time on Anglesey. Not only is it incredibly good fun leaping off rocks and swimming in the sea, but it’s an amazing way to see chunks of the coast that you’d need a boat to see otherwise.

Coasteering

The walking “group” we started in 2012 continued to meet and the traipsings were kept apace. My favourite walk this year involved clambering up Grindslow Clough and walking around the top to Ringing Roger.

Edale

I probably didn’t get as much reading done as I’d have like to. This was probably a record year for me starting books and then losing interest. I ended up finding five books that I absolutely loved and three of them were the final volumes in their respective series.

GoneGirl TheAceOfSkulls TheDawnPatrol SheWhoWaits TheChosenSeed

I saw a few films this year, but Gravity was the clear stand out. Intense, claustrophobic, gripping and scary all at once, with a pitch perfect performance from its lead. Everyone should see this movie, preferably in IMAX 3D (and, as a general rule, I don’t like 3D).

Gravity

Because we absolutely hate mowing our lawns, we decided that something needed to be done. We had the back garden paved over and some raised beds built. One of them is now a herb garden and the other will be planted in the spring.

Garden

So, that was 2013, pretty much. It was excellent. I hope 2014 has something similar in store.