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“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. ” ~ Ben Stein.

My self audit has been underway for some time as I look back at the year ( almost gone) and then forward to what I want to achieve in the coming year.

2011 Notes, World, Australia and personal

JANUARY: 11: Mudslides kill 903 in Brazil. 10:  Widespread flooding in Queensland.  14: Major floods across western and central Victoria. 30:  Tropical cyclone Anthony makes landfall near Bowen Queensland.

FEBRUARY: Elisabeth (MsLizzie) begins school.  3:  Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi makes landfall at near Mission Beach, south of Innisfail, Queensland.  7:  Severe thunderstorms related to Tropical Cyclone Anthony affect much of Victoria. Flash flooding affected many places across the state including Mildura in the state’s north west and the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The town of Koo Wee Rup was evacuated when the Bunyip River reached a height of 7.2 metres (24 ft).  11: Hosni Mubarak resigns as Egyptian president after widespread protests.  17: REDGroup Retail (including the Borders and Angus & Robertson bookshop chains) is placed into voluntary administration with Ferrier Hodgson appointed as administrators. 22:  Earthquake and destruction in Christchurch.  Realisation everything can change in an instant.   24:  Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Federal Government proposed to introduce a carbon pricing scheme by 1 July 2012. Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott claims that Gillard broke a promise made during the 2010 Federal election campaign not to introduce a carbon tax.

MARCH: 11.  9.1 quake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan (killing 15,840 and leaving another 3,926 missing) Emergencies at 4 nuclear power facilities.  “Arab Spring” – unrest in Bahrain, civil war in Libya.  26:  A state election is held in New South Wales. Kristina Keneally’s Labor government is defeated by Barry O’Farrell’s Liberal-National Coalition.

APRIL:  Beginning of April – a lump noticed on AJ’s right jaw, that began to grow noticably. 19:  Floodwaters inundate around 100 houses in the western Queensland town of Roma.  24:  Easter  29:  Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

MAY: 1 : Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden.  13: Jupiter aligns with Venus, Mars and Mercury.  26: Former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic is arrested (wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity). 30: Lizzie’s school fete.  31: AJ surgery.

JUNE: 4: Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate.  11:  Hundreds of flights are suspended following the ash cloud from an eruption in the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano complex in Chile reaching southern Australia. 14: iPad for my birthday – yeah.  I forsee here the end of the printed word.  Adjustment for me and change.

JULY: 20: The United Nations declares a famine in southern Somalia, the first in over thirty years.  22: 76 people are killed in twin terrorist attacks in Norway.  23:  AJ’s MRI and discussion of next steps.  25:  The Gillard Government signs off on an arrangement with Malaysia that will see Australia deport 800 asylum seekers to that country in return for resettling 4000 refugees verified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  30: In Thailand over 12.8 million people are affected by severe flooding. 790people are killed, with 58 of the country’s 77 provinces affected.  31:  AJ surjery.

AUGUST: 5: NASA announces that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons. Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter, is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  8:  A High Court judge orders the government’s “Malaysia Solution” to send asylum seekers to Malaysia be put on hold until the full bench of the High Court could assess the scheme’s legality. 28: In the Battle of Tripoli, Libyan rebels took control the nation’s capital effectively overthrowing the government of Muammar Gaddafi.  31:  The High Court of Australia rules the Gillard Government’s “Malaysia Solution” for the processing of asylum-seekers is unlawful.

SEPTEMBER: 1:  Forensic experts confirm that the remains of a person found on the grounds of the former HM Prison Pentridge are those of bushranger Ned Kelly.  5: India and Bangladesh sign a pact to end their 40-year border demarcation dispute. 12: Approximately 100 Kenyans die after a petrol pipeline explodes in Nairobi.  19: With 434 dead, the United Nations launches a $357 million appeal for victims of the 2011 Sindh floods in Pakistan 22:  AJ back in hospitalmore surgery.

OCTOBER: 4: 100people are killed in a car bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu.  The death toll from the flooding of Cambodia’s Mekong River and attendant flash floods reaches 207.  5: Steve Jobs died.  20: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is killed in Sirte, with National Transitional Council forces taking control of the city, and ending the war.  21:  AJ’s mammoth operation …..17.5 hours, and 5 medical teams… followed by two weeks in a medically induced coma.  23: A magnitude 7.2 Mw earthquake jolted eastern Turkey near the city of Van, killing 604 people, and damaging about 2,200 buildings.  29:  In response to industrial action by pilots, ground staff and engineers, Qantas grounds its entire international and domestic fleet.  31:  Fair Work Australia orders the termination of all industrial action taken by Qantas and the involved trade unions. Qantas flights resume on the afternoon of that day.

NOVEMBER:  16:  The President of the United States Barack Obama visits Australia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance.  19:  Pandy’s legal marriage.  21:  Anne McCaffrey died.   25:  34 homes are destroyed in Margaret River, Western Australia when a prescribed burn by the Department of Environment and Conservation had “gone wrong” and “escaped” into bushland.  26: The Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, the most elaborate Martian exploration vehicle to date, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center. It is slated to land on Mars on August 5, 2012.

DECEMBER:  4:   Pandy married.  7:  Harry Morgan ( Colonel Potter – MASH) died.  15: The United States formally declares an end to the Iraq War.  16:  Tropical Storm Washi causes 1,249 flash flood fatalities in the Philippines with 1,079 people are officially listed as missing.

This time last year never would we have envisioned that this year Pandy would be married and happy.  It was not planned or looked for, but life offered and served this up.  As a mother, I could not be happier.

We still have AJ and that nasty tumour has been removed.  There was a series of medical procedures followed by a final mammoth operation and associated recovery but by December, AJ was able to reattend school for the final week, and he no longer needs to go to the hospital for checkups every week.  He is our precious miracle, and gift to all of us.  He has noticable and noteworthy scars which serve as physical reminders and he still limps a little at times, but he is a normal cheeky 9 year old and I am grateful.

I still have mum and she is doing very well.

I have finished a tertiary course I began in November last year and did extremely well.

What do I want?  I hope and pray my children stay happy and conitnue to thrive and grow.  Christmas was like couples ville ( except for myself and Leonnie) but it was truly wonderful to see them all happy and settled.

This year I plan to

  • make a budget and stick to it.
  • continue to work out according to my defined program
  • continue to eat well
  • travel towards the end of this year for a while
  • communicate faithfully with those I care for
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3 comments on ““The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. ” ~ Ben Stein.

  1. I like your plan for the New Year…and I hope you achieve it all!!! I look forward to reading more.

  2. The same to you and yours, Joan!!!

  3. Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope 2012 treats you kindly.

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