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The annual meme is back so as 2017 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 2017 that you’d never done before?

  1. Gave a lecture a Hope Lodge No.54 of one of my LOLSpapers
  2. Advanced my Dad into the honourable degree of Mark Master Mason.


2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  Did you have any Challenges in 2017 and were you successful, and will you have more Challenges for 2018?   

I set none, in fact, I failed the usual 100days challenge.  Been late for all the LOLSpapers this year (but at least I took part)

  1. Was pleased with my Masonic work in Mark.
  2. On the whole, this was not a very productive year.

2018  – the post describing this challenge is here. (will happen this time.)


3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Colin and Kathleen had a daughter called Grace/Nora!!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not this year some brethren did that I did not know and I think a family member in.


5. What countries did you visit?

Well, it was certainly the year of the Caravan.

  • South Lakes
  • Mow Cope (Cheshire/Staffordshire)
  • Capesthorne Hall (Cheshire)
  • Haggerstone Castle (Haven – Northumberland)
  • Ynys Mon (Wales)
  • Llangollen (Wales)
  • Then in November out of Caravan season we went to North Lakes.


6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

Well more sleep but to be fair to Callum he has been a lot better.
Better organised
Less grumpy (but that may be sleep related)


7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched in your memory, and why?

10th January – the Advancement


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting to three years in the same job and ignoring the itch to find something new.


9. What was your biggest failure?

Letting life got in the way of being productive.


10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope, thankfully I have been very lucky this year.


11. What was the best thing you bought?

  • Office Subscription to 365.
  • Bike

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Henry, he has done really well this first year, he is an enthusiastic individual and a little over the top but on the whole a good Kid.


13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Depressed  – the odd client

Appalled – the odd client


14. Where did most of your money go?

Household stuff (Like bills)


15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Ynys Mon adventure with the Mylett’s
16. What song will always remind you of 2017?

Hero by Pegboard Nerds


17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner  [yet not sure how though)

c) richer or poorer? About the same


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

More correspondence with friends and family. Just stayed in touch more.

Been less grumpy.


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



20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas this year was at home with family and My parents and then the in-laws joined later in the afternoon.


21. What was your favourite month of 2017?

August – lots of adventures in the Caravan.


22. Did you fall in love in 2017?

With the wife.


23. How many one-night stands?



24. What was your favourite TV programme?

I have enjoyed:

  • Star Wars Rebels

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

The odd people but not  really


26. What was the best book you read?

Dan Brown – Origin. As it appears I have only really been reading Ritual books


27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

MonsterCat has led to –

  • Pegboard Nerds
  • Hellberg

And many others


28. What did you want and get?

Some great holidays in the Caravan


29. What did you want and not get?

To feel more relaxed but didn’t get it


30. What was your favourite film of this year?

  1. John Wick2
  2. The Last Jedi

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

I went to a Lodge meeting to hide from the fact I turned 40.


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

Feeling less rushed.


33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?

Outdoorsy- and am now sporting a beard.


34. What kept you sane?

Friends and family


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

Bebe Rexha


36. What political issue stirred you the most?

No stirring, more head scratching and disappointed at what Parliament, EU and the Government do.


37. Who did you miss?



38. Who was the best new person you met?

No new one person, I have met a lot a great people too numerous to name.


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

Hard work and perseverance is always helpful.


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

Its Friday am in the morning  – Monstercat track I am yet to work out the song title.

As 2014 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. Read More »

I believe I am suffering from the worse meme of them all lethargy, why do I think this well:
  1. Failed Jan challenge.
  2. Commitment to training has been shocking.
  3. Book writing has grounded to a halt.
  4. Arrogant with my Ritual practise.
  5. Self discipline to expand my working knowledge has gone.
5, yes 5 examples off lethargy that I would of in the past kicked into touch, but appear unable to get the
Motor running to get these things done.
Why though, yes work has been busier with a lot more travel eating into my spare time,
Sometimes training seems to be the same, more the combatative / shiv feel, with the pummelling, whether it is arms, hands, necks.
Which has its place in training and I know and understand this but all the time?
Book is research bounded but I have done very little.
As I have been writing this, I think my Budo side is why I am not myself; the lethargy of not being balanced is stopping my motivation to achieve the achievable.
But how do you awake the spirit of Budo?
The Spirit of Budo

After a short break,  it was decided to bring back the end of the year fun so here we go 🙂

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1. How old will you be in 10 months?
30 and 10 months

2. Do you think you’ll be married by then?

3. What do you look forward to most in the next 3 months?
New job, New life , New Challenges

4. Who was the last person you called.
My Brother as he went to Machu Pichu

5. Who was the last person to call you?
My Brother as he went to Machu Pichu

6. Do you prefer to call or text?
depends on if i want a chat.

7. Do you have any pets?
Jeff the Collie, 50 Fish +/- 3 as the Odessa wolf pack killed another 1 yesterday

8. What were you doing at 12am last night?
Walking the dog then read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the big firey bird

9. Are your parents married/divorced/separated?

10. When is the last time you saw your sister?
Never. for she is not in the universe, perhaps in a parallel one i saw her last night in the house made out of cheese

11. What happened at 10:00am?
I registered a Domain

12. How many states have you lived in?

13. How many cities/towns have you lived in?

14. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
Socks or tabis

15. Are you a social person?
I think so, i like spending time with friends and Famliy

16. What was the last thing you ate?
Terrys Chocolate Orange Segment

17. What is your favorite ice-cream?
Strawberry and Yoghurt Carte D or . Am not allowed to try helens 🙁

18. What is your favorite dessert?
Blackberry and Apple Crumble

20. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?
erm could i just eat the bread

21. Do you like coffee?

22. How many glasses of water a day do you drink on average?
about 9

23. What do you drink in the morning?
tea and / or water (But not French Tea)

24. Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone?
no i quite like sleeping next to H

25. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Depends on who is doing dog duty

26. Do you know how to play poker?
Yes, but not that good … but i have a poker set from Christmas

27. Do you like to cuddle?
Yes .

28. Have you ever been to Canada?
Only to Toronto hope to go in september

29. Do you eat out or at home more often?
At home, but then there is on the odd take away

30. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?
Yes Christine Warburton and Clare Saddler

32. Do you speak any other language?
erm bits of French and Japanese but nothing more that words ..

34. Have you ever been in an ambulance?
A Helicopter one yes but not a nee nah one

35. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?
Pool as it is easier to play and you get to use cues

36. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
i like the door seats due to having more leg room

37. Do you know how to drive a stick shift?
erm yep

38. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

39. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7?

40. What is your favorite TV show?
Sadly it is currently Dr Who and scrubs.

41.Do you miss any of your exes?

42. Who is the funniest person you know?

43. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?