New Year, New Me? Let’s wind the clock back, and look at the evidence…

I am eternally grateful to fellow blogger Mum Turned Mom for inspiring me to write something.

As it is new year, obviously I have a few *unofficial* resolutions (I gave up the official kind after failing to fulfil the “get a boyfriend” one that was a staple feature for about 15 years running), none of which I have bothered writing down or sharing as most of them were broken by the time dawn broke on 1st January, sometime after discovering that “don’t eat anything unhealthy” was not a realistic aspiration for someone who still had half a Terry’s chocolate orange in the fridge and quite a bit of wine that it would have been frankly rude not to drink.

However, one of my vague resolutions, which barely even counts as a new year thing, since I have been trying, and mostly failing, to do it for a while now, is to do some work on my blog every day.  And so I found myself today, with no clue about what to write.

Hence the Prompt, which has forced me to think of something.  So, since the theme is new (for new year, innit) and I have not shared my new year’s resolutions, new year’s plans, or anything vaguely new year related, I thought I would look at my very first post on this blog, which happened to coincide with New Year, and see how much life has changed in the past three (THREE!  Most blogs are dead by that age, right?) years.  If you do have the misfortune to read it, in all its completely confusing glory, please be aware that the reason it is set out like a weird diary from the 1800s is because of an unfortunate technical malfunction (THANKS GOOGLE), which involved the original post being deleted as spam (HOW VERY DARE THEY.  That pestilence of lettuce I threatened to send upon their heads never materialised though).  Anyway, main points are summarised below, for your delectation and delight.

1.) I have referred to the year as 2012.  Not clear if this is a mistake, as mere seconds later it appears to be 2013.

2.) I woke up that New Year’s Day with a hangover.  Now that is one thing I can categorically say I DO NOT MISS.  I actually sometimes feel secretly smug about the sheer number of years for which I have not suffered from The Fear (nearly two and a half!  I am practically the Dalai Lama).

3.) One of my New Year’s resolutions was not to scare-monger on the internet by googling symptoms and deciding I have some scary disease from which I am probably about to die.  I have since discovered that sometimes you actually do have the scary disease.  Dr Google isn’t such a quack after all.

4.) “Induction” was something you did at the gym.  These days, I don’t even know where the gym is.

5.) I was worried about breasticle saggage caused by over-enthusiastic treadmill running.  TREADMILL RUNNING.  Did the pair of them not realise that they are not for the benefit of men?  Nowadays, they can even squirt milk like the Virgin Mary in a Renaissance painting.

6.) Apparently, I spent my spare time reading biographies of deceased rappers on Wikipedia.  What was this hedonistic folly upon which I spent my soon to be non-existent leisure time?  Then again, you never know when there might be a question about the life and career of Tupac’s mum on University Challenge, for which I am well prepared.

7.) I used to watch online make up tutorials.  FREE TIME, MUCH?

8.) Even back then in those carefree heady days of 2013 I was worried about my increasing stock of grey hairs.  Except that back then I actually had the time to dye them, free from worry that a little person might come in and start drinking hair dye straight from the bottle, as you do.  I mean, one cannot be too careful with the use of dangerous chemicals around the house.

9.) I swore I was becoming a wholesome lady rambler and noble teetotaller.

10.) I was almost right.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Fellow tupac fan!! I was obsessed as a teenager. Very inspiring guy. Wow. Im suprised most people i know of haven’t even heard of him.

    1. Min says:

      Really?! He’s mega-famous. Where have they been for the past 20 years? Obviously not reading Wikipedia. Surely he’s more well-known now than when he was alive!

  2. Time flys doesn’t it. I remember the year 2000 very well and it was like my worst news year ever! lol Angela

    1. Min says:

      I remember that year very well too. Seems like yesterday. It was, wasn’t it?

  3. Kathryn says:

    Wow i loved reading this!! Makes me wish I had started my blog yonks ago, just for the hilarity of reading back at what I had written! Oh and your point number 3, I did this, and still do it and dont think I will ever stop so long as google continues to exist 😉 Kathryn x

    1. Min says:

      I once went to the actual real doctor’s surgery, and the doctor printed off some notes from the internet about what he thought the problem was. Even real doctors use Dr Google. I think that proves it’s trustworthy. x

  4. Free time?!? Surely wholesome rambler and grey hair go together. Embrace the 2016 you 🙂

    1. Min says:

      They do. I should just embrace old age and welcome it with open arms. I’m even thinking of going on a canal holiday.

  5. laura dove says:

    It really has flown!! I got engaged to my ex husband at the turn of the millennium, as the clock struck midnight and at the time it was an amazing year! Doesn’t feel like long at all!! #thebabyformula

    1. Min says:

      I spent that evening bemoaning the fact that I was spending what I thought at the time was supposed to be the most legendary night out of the past thousand years in my relatives’ pub with my brother telling me I was wearing a top that made me look like a female wrestler. I thought I was going to have to spend the rest of my life answering the question “what did you do on the millennium?” with “I sat in a provincial pub full of old people, looking like a wrestler.”

      Luckily, no one has ever asked me that question. You definitely have a better story.

  6. Love this! How have I not read your blog before?? I have to admit, I don’t really do resolutions, or at least I don’t call them that, as it’s less depressing when I don’t keep them 🙂 I have decided to try the ‘word for the year’ thing this year. Remains to be seen if that will be any more successful! Is it bad that I knew nothing about Tupac (at least I’d heard of him…) but I couldn’t resist a quick google, fascinating. My blog just turned three and I feel a bit ancient, but age and experience are good, right…?!? Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt, hope to see you again 🙂 Apologies for taking so long to comment, bit of a mad few days x

    1. Min says:

      Ooh, it’s good to meet someone else who’s been blogging for a while. Most people seem to have only been doing it a few months, but yet still manage to be much better known than me, which is a bit depressing. That’s probably why you haven’t come across my blog before! Age and experience are definitely a good thing. x

  7. Wow, that’s an impressive run- well done you. My worries and free time were so different before I had my tot it feels like a different person. Amazing how much things can change, isn’t it?


    1. Min says:

      It does. I was just thinking today actually how much I’ve changed. I feel a blog post about that coming on….

  8. Oh I like this idea of looking back of what you have written when you first started your blog!! I will have that in mine when I have 1 year. But I guess the more you wait it gets even more interesting, right? like in your case comparing a post from 3 years ago so it is definitely an impact! It is interesting to see how much we change. Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m really happy to have you back. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

    1. Min says:

      Thanks Franca. I will try and link up again. x

  9. It’s scary that what you wrote was only 3 years ago, yet so much has changed. Three years isn’t really that long! But free time (seriously, wow!!), and time to actually dye your hair (I keep not managing to do it and feel terrible, and when I do, I always say, ‘it didn’t take long, I SHOULD do it more often!’).

    Thanks for sharing and hope you can pop back next week too #TheBabyFormula
    (sorry for taking so long to reply – it’s been one of those weeks!)

    1. Min says:

      The next three years probably won’t be as busy. It’s just having a baby that’s changed everything. Pretty much all for the better though!

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