January:

January started off grim, with the death of my main PhD supervisor.  It was pretty unbelievable.

I also travelled to Edinburgh for the Great Winter Run!

And Steph and I protested the Muslim ban at a protest in Glasgow city centre.

 

February:

I went to see The Boys in the Band in London again.

March:

I saw Stornoway on their farewell tour and I ran the Resolution Run.

April:

Steph and I went to see David Tennant in Don Juan in Soho.

May:

I took a solo trip to Mallorca.

I also submitted my final copy of my PhD to uni.

 

And Steph (and I) rescued Alonzo.

 

June:

I ran the Women’s 10k in Glasgow, saw the Crucible, and graduated, making me officially Doctor Cindy!

July:

I ran a lot.

August:

I ran the OUTRun 5 miler and Steph and I went to Pride.

September:

Lots of running in prep for the Royal Parks Half and I also went to Cardiff for a job interview, which I was offered and I accepted.

October:

October was a whirlwind!  I went to London to run the Royal Parks Half on my 42nd birthday.  The following week I moved to Wales, first staying in Penarth in an AirBnB, and then moving to my flat at the end of the month!

November:

I had a crazy 24 hour train trip when I returned to Glasgow to get Bailey and ended up staying overnight in Preston.  I also went to the theatre to see the musical Tiger Bay.

December:

I ran the Cardiff Santa & Elf Dash.

Steph and I met up in London to see Hamilton!

I travelled to Scotland to spend Christmas with Steph and Alonzo.

 

So, that was my year.  Of course it goes without saying that overall, this year was a massive dumpster fire given what is going on in the world.  On balance, my personal year was pretty good, but it’s been overshadowed by the uncertainty of the world in the US and UK.  It’s frightening to live in a world where nuclear war could be started by a tweet. . .

 

Hopefully, 2018 will be a great year.

2016 has been a bit of a shit year, overall.  Yes, there have been some high points, but overall, I feel like this image sums up 2016 in a nutshell.

And this most certainly applies to me.

This year overall, I did a lot of writing and a lot of running and not much else, which is ok as I had to get my thesis finished. Whereas 2015 was filled with terrible personal lows, 2016 was more even-keeled, but challenging as it felt like every week we were saying goodbye to someone who had moved us on the screen, stage, or radio.

January: I attempted another Whole 30 but wasn’t really in the mindset.

February: I did some running and spent time in the library working.

March: I ran the Resolution Run 10K with a PR.

April: I tried out run club, I began to plan my 41st birthday, and got far too overjoyed at a reply on Twitter.

May: More of the above, only trying to look cool doing it.

June: I was on task to massively PR my 10k at the Women’s 10, but ended up injured. 🙁  This necessitated about 2 weeks off of running and then I began to train for my second half.

July:  Running.  Pilates.  Pokemon.  Writing.

August: Running.  Pilates.  Pokemon.  Writing.  Ran the OUT 5 miler (with no injury or issue, a rarity in 2016!)

September: Thesis submission.  Running. Pilates. Start the fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday.

October:  Run my second half, get injured again. 🙁  BIRTHDAY!!!! The Boys in the Band! Stina and Sara came to visit! So much excitement and awesome in one week!  Raised over £1100 for Switchboard for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday!

November: Do a whole lot of nothing. Run the MoRun 5K and PR. Pilates.

December: Get my nails done, drink a lot of Starbucks, PASS MY VIVA!

2016 in a brief nutshell:

Plays seen: 1
Trips to London: 1 😞
Miles/km run: 472/759.6 (So should be 500 miles by the end of the year easy)
Pounds lost: ~30
Viva’s passed: 1

This year has been filled with the lowest of lows, and highest of highs; a mixed bag if you will.  It was a horrible year for blogging, and I am hoping I can be more consistent in 2016.

 

January 2015

January started off horrible.  I was ill, I had no money, I felt hopeless.  Nothing was going right and my future here was in jeopardy.  I was injured and I couldn’t run to alleviate the stress.  Finally, everything got resolved (at least financially) and that made a huge difference.

February 2015

In February I did my first Whole 30.  That is pretty much all I can say about February.

This picture pretty much sums up the first 2 months of 2015.

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March 2015

March can be summed up by this picture.

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I saw Ian Hallard in Lovesong of the Electric Bear (twice!).  This play literally saved my life in so many ways.

 

April 2015

Despite the brief reprieve of March, I struggled through the rest of the spring.  I struggled academically and emotionally.  I cried a lot.  I ran a lot too, but finally, I was very, very lucky and once again I managed to survive.

May 2015

In May I was lucky enough to have got into the ballot to see the Vote!  Which meant this happened!

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June 2015

In June, we celebrated a year of having Bailey!

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July 2015

In July, Steph and I went to London.  We visited the Doctor Who store, I saw Robert Sean Leonard in To Kill a Mockingbird, and I took a walk past the Diogenes.

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August 2015

The beginning of August was pretty awesome; guess where I was?

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The rest of the month was spent working on three chapters that needed to be completed by September.

September 2015

In September I got the all clear to continue on working on my thesis.  It was such a relief to not have to worry about my status here anymore.

I also went to see the premiere of Doctor Who Season 9!

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October 2015

October was a huge month.  Not only did I run a half-marathon, but I went to London (again!) and had Mark Gatiss wish me a happy 40th birthday.  Pretty much perfection right there.  Definitely the moment of the year!

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Me and Steph moments after the birthday wishes!

Me and Steph moments after the birthday wishes!

Hamlet wasn’t half bad either!

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November 2015

The majority of November was spent working on my thesis and struggling mentally.  I took an overnight trip to see Lovesong of the Electric Bear in its West End debut, but the remainder of the month was spent close to home.

December 2015

I’ve really struggled this month both mentally and pain wise with NDPH.  It’s been really, really hard.  Steph and I went to London; it was for her birthday as she wanted to do the Harry Potter studio tour all done up for Christmas.  It was gorgeous!

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Overall, it was a pretty good year (at times).  I didn’t really get into a lot of the things that went on this year, and this isn’t the place for it.  Perhaps, soon, I will discuss it publicly.  A lot of it was mental for me.  Some of it was physical.  I lost some friends and made some new.  Things weren’t easy with academics and I have a lot of work to do over the next few months.  Hopefully I will come out of this with my PhD!  🙂

So many things are ahead in 2016.  Finishing up this thesis, finding a job, and figuring out the rest of my life.  Pretty scary stuff!  Hopefully, I’m ready for it.