Each year I love to promise myself I’ll get better at blogging regularly, then fail, then try to redeem myself with the very bare minimum of a year-in-review post. It’s really only so one day, my offspring have some piece of me left to ignore.
*Note: recap focuses primarily on, as Miss Piggy would say, “Moi!” (And French people I suppose if you’re nitpicking.) There’s a bit of family stuff but not too much, not ‘cos it didn’t happen (which it definitely did, and by Bowie, my nerves are frayed), but because my kids tend to value “privacy.” Quotation marks intended. I really can’t connect with youth.
2017: A Mighty Trip Round the Sun
January: ART AND WATER
Performing wise the year kicked off with a new kids show developed for GOMA’s 10th birthday, plus some family tours of the exhibition.
Also, we lived in the swimming pool. #brisbanesummer
As we have no less than half the family’s birthdays within a week, we celebrated with a trip to Infinity at Surfers Paradise which, as it turns out, lasts far less than infinity when the kids treat it like a race. We drove over two hours to get there and back, for a grand total of 15 minutes inside. In fairness, the car ride definitely felt like it lasted forever.
Did the Holt Bolt with a bunch of fab ladies
Shaved my head (spoiler alert: it grows back)
Wallpapered our kitchen
April: UNDIES ARE EXPENSIVE
I never dreamed a pair of undies would cost me thousands of dollars, but as it turns out, life is a saucy minx full of surprises! Buble swallowed them, we got them taken out and wept into our weet-bix.
Attended our first Planting Festival (a mini Woodford mid-year which is cool, chilled and delightful!) My sister joined team Fully Made Up, making it a full family affair – and debuted a new kids show as Wilomena Winkle!
May: LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Was asked to publicly exhibit my incredible pool skills (incredible = not incredible) in a very fun hour-long interview on ABC612.
Took my newly teenagered son to Movieworld for his birthday and he made me go on everything. I’m still shaking.
Did a Wanderlust triahtlon of 5k run, yoga and something else I clearly have wiped out of my mind. I think it was meditation? Clearly I was extremely present.
June: DREAMS COME TRUE!
Thanks to my wondrous Auntie’s 50th V party, we achieved my lifelong dream of justifiably dressing up as the Von Trapps!
Performed a snippet of Fully Made Up at the Brisbane Powerhouse, then woke up to this beautiful review.
Performed an all new show at Queensland Cabaret Festival, YOU: A Cabaret!
I also started studying! I’m in the baby stages of stepping into the world of Social Work…not sure where it’s gonna lead exactly but I know I want to ultimately do something with comedy and improv in health settings!
We took Fully Made Up to Melbourne!
We had a 20’s engagement party and it was classy as heck.
August: GAL TIME AND BEING A PUNTER
My bestie and our teenage gals had a weekend of pampering, massages (meaning we paid the teens to massage us #winning #lifehack) and documenting the very normal activities one partakes in on such occasions.
My Dad Wrote A Porno came to town so we joined the secret society of Belinkers.
Had my mind blown by the wonder that is Kinky Boots. I loved it so much that naturally, my man made me some earrings inspired by it, and I took Mister 14 back to see it again with me so he could marvel at the performances.
September: NATIONAL TOUR (KINDA)
Fully Made Up made an appearance at Brisbane Festival, when this little legend (pictured above) couldn’t stop herself from wanting to be involved. She burst onstage and told me she makes up songs – so I invited her and her sister to sing a trio with me. It was delicious.
I became a Fly In Fly Out worker for a few days, jetting back and forth to Melbourne for a couple of gigs at retirement villages, thus fulfilling a bucket list item of having a greenroom full of crocheted raffle items.
Performed on a comedy cruise on the Pacific Aria and got spoiled rotten.
October: MUSICAL & WEB ADVENTURES
Saw Kinky Boots again (yes, really) for my sister’s birthday.
Taught improv to a hip hop crew at the Generate Festival.
November: FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHALALALALA
Took the kids to my bestie’s property for a glorious nature-fueled weekend where we did exactly what normal people do.
Plotted a podcast with my daughter.
December: WOODFORD FOLK FEST!
As Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman, “If I forget to tell you later, I had a really great time.”
OTHER ONGOING STUFF
I’m still loving working as a Clown Doctor with The Humour Foundation…
…pop up on ABC radio panel shows here and there…
…and hang out with a billion kidlets who are all magnificent 110% of the time, mostly due to my fine example.
Wishing you a delicious New Year. Not all of you, just you who read the whole way through. xxx