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As 2016 draws to close it is time to review the year as it is, as it was. Reflecting on life that has been led by me in my Pete-centric universe.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Went to my brother’s wedding

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Did you have any Challenges in 2016 and were you successful, and will you have more Challenges for 2017? “Artisan 2016”. Was 3 things, 100days – PASSED, write 4 Non LOLSPaper – FAILED as only one was written also FAILED was the Art project.
Why was this a failure? Well life and work gets in the way of hobbies. Plus I did write a blog post for Openlodge.com, about 20 church news letters. A quick basic website.
But still a failed project year.

2017 – the post describing this challenge is here.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My Sister in Law had a child called Isobel.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
2016 has been a bad year for the departing of Celebrities and Brothers and their family.

5. What countries did you visit?
We have not traveled by plane or boat this year, so we have been nowhere but for this green wet land we call home. Well we did some Haven holiday and bought a caravan!!!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Sleep, the idea of going to bed and not having to get up during the night for a crying Callum would be the most precious thing I could get in 2017

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8th November – was installed into the chair of Adoniram

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting through the year with a small amount of sleep.
Writing the Paper on the Apron

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being able to complete 8 papers this year, as life got in the way.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I changed my religion after short time in hospital, but as the Docs are scared of most things it could have been Big C bad. But it was not :)

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Carrie the Caravan – so we can have more trips away.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Callum for remaining so happy despite all the coughs colds and shit the world has thrown at him.
Helen for being an awesome Mother and Wife.
Henry for seeming to be settling in at School.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Depressed – US for moaning about their presidential candidates and no its not right we lost. Also Brexit, was disappointed by the result but have moved on. But others can’t and the country got silly.
Look we lost get over it and help make the situation better.

Appalled – The West’s we stand for freedom and peace. But erm Aleppo who?what? Where now?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills and erm more Bills

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
1. Joining as an Associate of the Lodge of Living Stones
2. Seeing my brother get married


16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Do Let Me Down by the chain smokers featuring Days.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner but still 13stone .. Tis odd
c) richer or poorer? Poorer with more things attacking my wage

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More correspondence with friends and family. Just stayed in touch more.
I must get better at it.
Oh and Sleep that would have been nice.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Erm pontificating

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas this year is at the mother in laws’ place it was nice !

21. What was your favourite month of 2016?
On reflection November

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
With the wife

23. How many one-night stands?

0

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
I have enjoyed:
• Suits
• Game of thrones

Also watched “Hunting Hitler” he escaped and went to live in Argentina!! What proof?
Proof we not need as there are Nazi symbols and a ruined buildings in the jungle. That’s all the proof we need!!!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No one – there are more idiots in the world but hate leads to the dark side.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Alchemist’s Secret Book by Scott Mariani and I am on the third book and they have got samey…
I need to rebuild a kindle but need a machine and so we go round the pc roundabout once more.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing ground-breaking – There’s
Zara Larson
Chain-smokers
But seemed to have got in to the PodCasts of Monster Cat… (such a bad Kitty!!!)

28. What did you want and get?

Wanted sleep got … tried, but life has been good.

29. What did you want and not get?

More sleep :)

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

Not really been the Cinema much this year, but Rogue One was well worth it.
It was Star wars does titanic. With a bit of red dwarf thrown in and does question the term Boffin!!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Erm nope nothing I turned 39 so not much to shout about.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more
Sleep – yes it is a theme here but it’s true, I feel I have been on the tenterhooks all year.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Can’t be arsed to Shave. Look..

34. What kept you sane?
The voices in my head, and chanting ritual that I was trying to learn.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Difficult this year,
as in Jan I thought Demi Lovato

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or Zara Larson

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Mercedes Mason always a good bet.

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Even Hayley Atwell from Agent Carter and Conviction.

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But to be honest I am not sure.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Brexit – as it was referendum year for remaining in the EU and it would appear the country does not agree with me. But oh well.

37. Who did you miss?
Westminster Lodge 7532 as I have now left my post as Tyler and in accordance to the agreement with my wife resigned from the Lodge as it is not fair on all parties.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Sadly no one had been able to replace Callum from the top spot.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
You can survive on little sleep, but don’t overlook how this will affect your productivity!!

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“I need to sleep,
“I need to sleep
Why won’t you let me sleep!”
A very old Pavement song.

That was the year 2015

As 2015 draws to close it is time to review the year as it is, as it was. Reflecting on life that has been led by me in my Pete-centric universe.

  1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Well that is easy I wrote a Masonic paper with other people and compared  notes and learnt lots.

Completed 100days of being creative.

 

  1. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

  Did you have any Challenges in 2015 and were you successful, and will you have more Challenges for 2016?

“Challenge 2015”.  Was 3 things,  100days – PASSED, write an Esoteric Paper – PASSED x 4 and final the shared story, this was a failure due to the fact that life got on top of me for a bit.  For full review see the Lessons Learned Post.

 

2016  – the post describing this challenge is here.

 

  1. Did anyone close to you give birth?

The wife, that’s pretty close to me I think!

We had a Second Son called Callum, who is a happy little guy.

 

  1. Did anyone close to you die?

W.Bro Reg’s wife passed away, there have been others but I do not remember, but as we get into this time of the year more great friends may pass to the GL above!

 

  1. What countries did you visit?

No countries this year or hols, we when to North Wales but as that is a principality of Britain it not really count as separate country.

 

  1. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

Money, but you can always say that.  Hmm perhaps more time ? Not really sure as this has been a good year

 

  1. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

26th May – Birth of Callum Edward Maguire

 

  1. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Birth of Callum?? Not that I really did much it was all Helen and the Medical staff – OK supportive role go me :)

Writing 4 Masonic Papers for Dr Lomas’ Portal – Why because  I disliked doing those sort of things when at School and Uni.

 

  1. What was your biggest failure?

Not being as patient with Henry as I could have been.

 

  1. Did you suffer illness or injury?

We were in a Car accident in March and according to the Docs I had muscle issues that required massage. Does it count ?

 

  1. What was the best thing you bought?

Nothing Springs to mind.  Masonic book

Ooo –  correction the new Sofas have arrived.

 

  1. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Henry for being a caring brother.

Helen for being an awesome Mother and Wife despite what she has had thrown at her.

 

  1. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Depressed    Facebook and there constant moaning about US Presidential candidates and there all out to get you..

Appalled -ISIS for their cowardly, idiotic behaviour.  Taking a religion and going, we will ignore those bits and just go on about 1 part.

 

  1. Where did most of your money go?

House funds  due to Maternity Pay

 

  1. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
  1. With some worries the Birth of Callum
  2. Seeing a Third Degree at the Lodge of Living Stones.
  3. The New Star Wars Movie

 

  1. What song will always remind you of 2015?

Infected Mushroom  –  Artillery

 

  1. Compared to this time last year, are you:
  2. a) happier or sadder?  – Happier
  3. b) thinner or fatter?  – Fatter, as I believe I am obese according to my height and weight.
  4. c) richer or poorer?  – Poorer with more things attacking my wage

 

  1. What do you wish you’d done more of?

More correspondence with friends and family. Just stayed in touch more. Same as last year  really as I did not do a good job. May create a sub challenge to email/write to family / friends

 

  1. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Getting angry at Henry for playing up when he is just trying to find his place in the new world of being a brother and no longer an only child.

 

  1. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas this year is at the sister’ place so should be fun nice !

 

  1. What was your favourite month of 2015?

May  – as Callum arrived

 

  1. Did you fall in love in 2015?

My new son Callum he is a lovable little fellow.

 

  1. How many one-night stands?

0

 

  1. What was your favourite TV programme?

I have enjoyed:

  • Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D
  • Elementary
  • Supernatural
  • Haven

But most enjoy able is the “Curse of  Oak island” a History programme that sees two brothers searching for Treasurer.  But whose is it ?

Templar

Pirates

7 must die before the secret will be revealed.  6 Dead so far –  Dun Dun Dunner!!

 

  1. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No one – I think this should be another question that should be replaced.

 

  1. What was the best book you read?

Well  I have not read this much this year,  Scared History of the World by Jonathan Black, I have partially read a lot of masonic books for the papers I have been writing, but no fiction books this time.

 

  1. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Last year I had no really new music,  this year  I found via a random youtube.com click.  Infected Mushroom.  They are awesome and I have since found an album called “Friends of Mushroom” epic and also Astrix just as good.

So I have had a great music year, that and getting to see Faithless live again and managing to  dance/jump around like an idiot again was the  best.

 

  1. What did you want and get?

A healthy second Son.

 

  1. What did you want and not get?

More sleep :)

 

  1. What was your favourite film of this year?

At the time of writing this it is – Spectre  the new bond as it was the best since Casino Royale. But I have not seen :

Star Wars : Force Awakens. – have seen it WOW oh WOW

 

  1. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Last years was not memorable,  this year’s; well,  I did a  Pekiti-Tirsia Kali seminar back at the old Horin Dojo. It was run by Pekiti Tirsia International member, currently headed by Tuhon Guro McGrath (President and Chief Instructor). It was brilliant :)

 

  1. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more

Not having to go to the hospital  every 3-4 weeks to check on the progress. Or H having to visit some medical centre every week since the Big C has been born.

 

  1. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Last year was Hats  this year it has been trainers. For the first time ever I bought a pair of VANS Pumps. In fact I have bought 3 sets of trainers this year and a pair of shoes. So I have an untouched pair in the garage.

 

  1. What kept you sane?

The voices in my head, and chanting ritual that I was trying to learn.

 

  1. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Adrianne Palicki – realised when I saw the trailer for Agents of Shield

 

 

  1. What political issue stirred you the most?

Election – as it was Election year and the Pollsters got is seriously wrong.

 

  1. Who did you miss?

No one that springs to mind.

 

  1. Who was the best new person you met?

Easy – the new Son, Callum Edward Maguire.  What a star, he is tough little guy with a big smile.

 

  1. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.

Family is strong, fecking irritating.  But that is ok.

 

  1. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Depart with Artillery – By Infected Mushroom (click)

 

 

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