All together now! Sing! “It’s the most, wonderful tiiiiime, of the year!”
I’m obviously referring to the many “best of” lists that are now upon us.
Naturally, being a lifelong list lover, I’ve compiled my own. Here, in no particular order, are my top ten highlights of 2013.
1. Flying Ant Day
Or, rather, the lack thereof. Despite daily texts, Facebook alerts and Twitter messages from concerned pals who are well aware of my flying ant phobia, I only saw about seven of the blighters all summer. I fervently hope that 2014 is similar.
2. Alex Turner’s vocals on Do I Wanna Know?
Specifically, the lyric “simmer down and pucker up.” Never has the Sheffield accent sounded so alluring.
3. My birthday
Nothing especially spectacular happened. But I spent it with fabulous people and had an absolute ball. Even better, I didn’t cry once on the actual day, which is a first since I was about 21. PROGRESS!
4. Maria and Phil’s wedding
One of the best days of my life, never mind theirs, I will forever hold dear the memory of bellowing Never Forget at the top of my lungs, with about 200 brilliant people surrounding me. Good times.
Our family holiday to Abersoch was a highlight for me, mainly because I got to wake up to this stunning view in one of my favourite places on the planet every day for a week. Bliss.
6. Andy Murray winning Wimbledon
FINALLY. So proud!
7. Breaking Bad
Late to the party as ever, I devoured the whole thing in the space of a couple of months and became obsessed with it about three episodes in. Unfortunately, the lasting effect of it is that my fellow Breaking Bad-loving friends and I say “yo” to each other at the end of sentences. I used to think we were doing this ironically but now I’m not too sure. Ah well. It’s chemistry, bitch.
8. Roberto Martinez
Before David Moyes managed to piss off Evertonians the world over with his outrageous bid for Fellaini and Baines, I was distraught to see him go. I need not have worried – Roberto is working wonders. Plus he looks better in a suit.
9. Starting a blog and joining a choir
Trivial and unimportant events, you may say. However, they were both things that I kept saying I’d do and then, for one reason or another, kept putting off. I would seriously recommend both to everyone – so very therapeutic!
10. Kerry Katona’s high-five getting blanked
Sometimes, if I am feeling sad, I watch this video and I immediately feel happy again. Comedy gold.