Obligatory New Year’s post 2018/2019


Hey, we survived another one! I actually do think it’s worth celebrating. Life is fragile, of course we should be happy about making it another round.

We spent Christmas with my in-laws and New Year’s Eve at home. Didn’t want to go anywhere since it was our dog’s first New Year and we wanted to make it as easy and low-risk as possible.
She actually handled the fireworks ok. They clearly confused her, but she didn’t freak out or anything, so I’m happy. She’s not as cool as my old dog, but few are. I swear we could’ve detonated a bomb in the living room and he would’ve slept through it. He was special like that. πŸ˜…

How did 2018 go?

Between the puppy, the wedding, and doing a bit of travelling (visited both London and Cologne) I’ve had quite a full year. Like, I’m actually a bit exhausted, haha! πŸ˜…

At the beginning of 2018 (well, in February…) I listed some non-resolutions for the year, so here’s how that went:

πŸ• Get a dog. Done and done! Got a new puppy in February and oh my gods, I had forgotten how much work it is! The first months flew by in a haze of cleaning up piss, saving socks from getting eaten, and trying to teach the little monster basic life skills.

πŸ–€ Get a tattoo Nope, didn’t happen. Mostly because I live at the end of the world and there’s a limited number of tattoo artists up here. When the one you want isn’t available it’s not easy finding a backup.

🎨 Complete at least 4 pieces of art. Hahaha no. 😩

πŸ₯¦ Eat more vegetarian food. Actually, this went really well. I’ve found lots of great vegetarian recipes and alternatives. Suspecting having a slight lactose intolerance I also cut almost all dairy out of my diet. Something that did wonders for both my stomach and my skin!
The biggest hurdle is that Markus who LOVES meat and has a hard time appreciating a vegetarian diet. So there’s still meat on the menu, but I try to keep it to a minimum.

πŸ’ Set a date for mine and Markus’s wedding! Yup, tied the knot on September 15! I’ve posted on Instagram, but I promise I’ll show you some more photos soon!

Mine and Markus's wedding, holding hands

Some goals for 2019

For 2019, there are no major things in the pipeline as far as I know. I also haven’t thought out any special projects or anything. And as I’ve stated before, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions and don’t want to make that big of a deal out of it.

But I do have plans for our youngest family member:

🐢 Train Runa to pull. I want to use her for canicross i.e. for her to pull me while I’m running. She’s used to wearing a harness and drag a light rope behind her, but now she’s grown enough for real training. If this goes well I might also try bikejoring and/or skijoring with her, so wish me luck!

🐢 Take up some form of scent tracking/nose work. I think she’d make a great tracking dog. She loves to work and is never happier than when we hide treats for her to find.

🐢 Teach her to retrieve. She is at least 50% labrador after all. I have no ambitions to hunt with her or compete or anything, it just seems like a fun hobby to have with your dog.

Actually, I’ll also recycle two from last year:

πŸ–€ Get a tattoo Might have to travel a bit to get it done, but if that’s how it’s gonna be then that’s how it’s gonna be. Need to get started on my other sleeve!

🎨 Complete at least 4 pieces of art. It really shouldn’t be that difficult.

And that’s all for now.

Happy New Year and I hope you all had a nice holiday season!
Did you do anything fun? πŸ€—πŸŽ‰


  1. 7 January 2019

    Yeah, I try not to refer to them as resolutions anymore, but just goals. XD

    Dogs even when their grown can be so much work. Mine who’s older now is still a pain. XD She still steals stuff and then wants a treat to give it back!

    Congrats on tying the knot though! =3

    Happy New Year!

  2. 17 January 2019

    I am super late, but CONGRATULATIONS! β™₯ I wish you both a super fun and interesting married life full of laughters and cheers!

    Good luck on your 2019 Goals espcieally the dog training and the art! It’ll be a lot of work, but is fun and will be totally worth it when you’re done. Hope you get a great tattoo soon! :D

  3. 17 January 2019

    I like the idea of “non-resolutions,” especially since I’m the worst at sticking to exact goals, ha.

    That’s awesome you got a dog, though! It’s a bummer you couldn’t get the tattoo, but considering you got a dog AND got married — that’s pretty impressive in its own. You must’ve been so busy! Good luck with your 2019 goals. Dog training is a lot of fun :)

  4. 19 January 2019

    I think we don’t celebrate the fact we’ve survived another year, enough! Thanks for the reminder :) Congratulations on your wedding last year, that must’ve been super exciting. πŸ’œI’m glad that you managed to eat more vegetarian food, good on you! Eating habits can be difficult, but you did it!! I’m hoping you stick to it and that you hit your 2019 goals!!

  5. 20 January 2019

    You had such an eventful 2018! Congrats on the wedding and on getting Runa! That’s great that you were able to eat more vegetarian food. My husband was also a meat lover, mainly because his family barely cooked vegetables, but I’ve been able to convert him to enjoying vegetables and vegetarian options more ;)

    Good luck on your 2019 goals! I like that you have a set for Runa :) I hope you have a great year!

  6. 31 January 2019

    Haha, that gif! Happy New Year Karin. Huge congratulations again on the wedding and good luck training Runs this year. 😊 I love the idea of having non-resolutions, I think get a new tattoo should be one of mine. I’ve been on about it for 2 years now!

  7. 23 February 2019

    Well done for going a lot of what you planned to do last year.

    My dog is like your old dog. He is not bothered by fireworks at all. On NYE we’ve pulled party poppers and he got so excited about them. He also loves NYE because we pop a bottle of Champagne and he loves that too.

    Well done for more veggie options. Reducing meat is very important, for both our health and the health of the planet, so celebrate that. You should be able to reduce meat even more as you get used to veggie food.

    Good luck with your goals for this year!

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