This year has been the best and most exciting ever, as well as the most difficult and challenging. I completed a stressful second year, which was made better by all the great people back at Warwick (where r h?) and in Surf (miss you). Now, I’ve been in Australia for nearly six months and had wonderful experiences with a whole new gang of people. A warm Christmas was puzzling and sweaty, but with calamari, beer and the beach it was a pretty enjoyable alternative to British winter. I’ve got my family here and even more to look forward to in 2016… So while I count my lucky stars, here are some observations I’ve picked up in the past year.
- You can poach an egg using cling film, but the stress and mess just aren’t worth it.
- Reading for pleasure is an absolute dream.
- Avocado goes with everything – it’s practically the new butter.
- Veggie burgers can hold their own against hamburgers… The ultimate underdog.
- Banana pancakes are the best way to brighten up a Monday morning. (And Mondays are definitely the best day of the week.)
- “Healthy” cakes are useless. Why make a brownie out of POTATOES when you can make it out of CHOCOLATE? (This is the gunt talking.)
- Shrimp on the barbie is an absolute Aussie myth. As is Fosters. And those hats with corks attached.
- The whole mindfulness trend is easy to ignore, but taking ten minutes out of your day will almost certainly improve your life; I started using Headspace nine months ago and haven’t looked back! (I’m fairly sure that meditating also gives you the right to refer to yourself as ‘zen.’)
- Sweating from the heat doesn’t burn as many calories as a workout, unfortunately (tried and tested, definitely not zen).
- There is an Instagram called @menandcats. I miss Winnie.
Happy New Year!