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Started by Shadrack22 on Dec 28, 2018 5:19:20 PM
2018: how was it for you?

What were the highs and lows of your 2018?

nolongerstumpy - 28 Dec 2018 17:28:25 (#1 of 28)

High - haven't had one yet

Low - getting the paperwork together to renounce my UK citizenship

moto748 - 28 Dec 2018 18:22:18 (#2 of 28)

Another year, another Grand Final win! Although it didn't look that way earlier in the season. Wish I'd moved years (decades?) ago, but we are where we are. Lows? The B-word, like most people, I suspect.


Is the renouncing to get US citizenship?

Stellata - 28 Dec 2018 18:23:00 (#3 of 28)

2018 was my Year Zero, the year I remembered who I was. A bit saccharine but it’s true.

Highs: meeting and sharing a bottle of wine with a ‘celebrity’ I greatly admire; taking risks; new and meaningful work; new opportunities; special people

Lows: the first half of the year, but truly a blessing in disguise, necessary for the wonderful highs that wouldn’t have happened without it.

nolongerstumpy - 28 Dec 2018 18:37:02 (#4 of 28)

moto , no I already have US and Canadian citizenship. I just came to the conclusion that I will never live in the UK again and dont feel British any more.

SheikYerbouti - 28 Dec 2018 18:40:22 (#5 of 28)

Is there a downside to keeping your UK passport? You never know what the future will hold.

TableTopJoe - 28 Dec 2018 18:46:02 (#6 of 28)

That's great to hear, Stella.

Stellata - 28 Dec 2018 18:50:57 (#7 of 28)

Cheers TTJ. How are you?

nolongerstumpy - 28 Dec 2018 18:51:44 (#8 of 28)

I dont want to pay to renew my UK passport, Sheik. It is expensive, and I find myself travelling across the Atlantic less and less often as I get older.

TableTopJoe - 28 Dec 2018 18:54:04 (#9 of 28)

Good, thanks.

It's been an interesting and positive year. The best thing has been meeting and getting to know my g/f's extended family. I've seen them many times over the past 12 months and now feel I know them well. Lovely, warm and welcoming people. Thankfully, I get on with her 3 grown up kids - I was especially nervous about that one.

I'm planning on moving to the North West in 2019. We've just had an offer accepted on a house and I'm desperately trying to arrange a transfer through work.

Stellata - 28 Dec 2018 18:57:22 (#10 of 28)

That’s fantastic. If you’re ever this way it would be great to have coffee before you go north.

TableTopJoe - 28 Dec 2018 19:02:32 (#11 of 28)


christmancurse - 28 Dec 2018 19:02:58 (#12 of 28)


Selling my (bitch's) beautiful springer pups to excellent homes. Meeting neighbours and other people via the pups. Getting fantastically brown in the fantastic 3-month heatwave. Having a village lunar eclipse party and being the most popular villager in the village for a while. The old friends I saw for the first time in years - including one old childhood friend whom I hadn't met for 35 years, and of course neither of us had "changed at all!" Having the best puppy in obedience class. Those glorious few days when Theresa May and her awful government were getting a kicking, often from themselves. Visiting my great-uncle Ted's war grave on the Western front, on the centenary of his death, with my Dad, sister and four cousins. The People's Vote London march in October. Going to my last surviving uncle's funeral in Ireland last week, and being reminded that the Irish do death extremely well. Making four (4) new friends.


Brexit, and Theresa May's government. Corbyn/Labour's failure to oppose the Tories or their Tory Brexit. Having my bitch spayed to avoid her having incest puppies with her son. One of my best friends being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in April, and its recurrence and metastasis a few weeks ago. Not being able to go to my last surviving aunt's funeral in Ireland 3 weeks ago because I couldn't find my driving licence in the 48 hours between her death and her burial.

Anchorman - 28 Dec 2018 20:31:17 (#13 of 28)


- surviving

- after almost 20 years finally getting my house roof insulated and reslated and the large extension insulated and refelted

- some joyful times with my mum on her good days now she is living with me


- significant losses of in my gardening income firstly because of the "beast from the east" and then 8 weeks with no rain in summer stopped the grass growing.

- my mum slowly losing her mind due to vascular dementia

moto748 - 28 Dec 2018 20:40:53 (#14 of 28)


I moved to NW England in early 2017 and am happier than I have been for a very long time. Good luck with your move.

surferbaublewhatever - 28 Dec 2018 20:46:45 (#15 of 28)

High - taking voluntary redundancy and visiting Finland.

Low - my dad's illness, operation and decision to move into a care home (a good decision but one that brought more work - and the need to make some attempt to get along - for me and my brother), not being able to find another job yet, one of my sons finishing uni and not really knowing what he wanted to do next/possibly being a bit depressed, although he doesn't want to pursue it.

DesEsseintes - 28 Dec 2018 20:58:16 (#16 of 28)

Long, very busy, I'm knackered now.

Made it to civilization. Pity about the heatwave.

TableTopJoe - 28 Dec 2018 21:00:14 (#17 of 28)

Cheers, Moto! I'm very excited about it.

bossab2 - 28 Dec 2018 21:01:03 (#18 of 28)


- still alive!

- 3 months of Mediterranean style summer.

- managed to actually leave the UK for a holiday


Watching the UK falling to bits.

Pinkgum - 28 Dec 2018 21:35:28 (#19 of 28)


Moving to my bungalow of dreams.

Birth of another of my godless brood. Baba wally 9 months currently into bashing and grabbing.

Accepting a promotion at work and coping with a month from hell when I started in my new post.


Moving house - very fucking stressful.

The CCG (clinical commissioning group) turning down my friends application funding for specialist mental health treatment. She has been desperately ill for 7 years and this is a real blow.

Becoming a shift manager at work just as the shit hit the fan.

My mother having a stroke/diabetic complications at the end of last month. She is still in hospital and it is not something that I would wish on my worst enemy, which ironically(?) she is.

CarlosFandango - 28 Dec 2018 23:11:53 (#20 of 28)

Highs. ummmm... All good in the fandanglet's lives. F1 has PhD more or less in the bag and has just bought his first house; a huge rambling place which is both extremely liveable now and packed with potential.

F2 graduated with great results in June and now working in S. Korea and finally finding how bloody good he is at what he does. The Christmas cards he sent us are gobsmacking, precious things and will go in the safe with all the jewellery and family silver.

F3 has overcome all manner of obstacles this year and is cruising through her second year, in a subject where 70% of the intake get weeded out after one.

Nieces and nephews are qualifying as doctors, engineers, getting PhDs and tenured lectureships, promotions and screen credits, and generally going further and faster than their parents. My siblings are all as tickled pink by this flurry as I am.

Low - by far. My mother died. So however high the highs, 2018 has been a painful year.

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