Here's my highlights, best bits and fave moments of 2017 in a nutshell:
JANUARY: Yoga mornings, Torquay, The Maticevski exhibition, Seth's 12th birthday in Geelong, Seppelt winery, Queenscliff ferry, Triple J's Hottest 100, Chinese New Year - Year of the Rooster, Long Summer Nights.
FEBRUARY: Meeting my new students for 2017, Seth starting at Damascus, Coffee dates with mates, Curry and Movie Nights kick off.
MARCH: White Night Festival, International Women's Day, My Birthday, The Lost Trades Fair, Harmony Festival, Japanese dinner with friends, The Arts Trail, Blackberry picking.
APRIL: Easter School Holidays, Sydney Road Trip, Staying with family in NSW, eating Hot Cross Buns and chocolate eggs, Orthodox Easter, Craig's Birthday, Autumn afternoons.
MAY: Mushrooming, Mother's Day, Wicked at Her Majesty's, Day Tripping to Daylesford, The Festival of Light at the Great Stupa in Bendigo, Fruit Tree planting.
JUNE: Spicywatch's Birthday, Rockwiz, Winter Solstice Celebrations, Zoe's Birthday, Winter School Holidays started.
JULY: Winter movie marathon nights, Sleeping in, Yarrowee Trail hiking, All Day Baking Sessions, eating Apple pie!
AUGUST: Middle Eastern Banquet with friends, Silvers Circus, School celebrates it's Birthday, George A. Romero zombie tribute night, starting Positive Visualisation techniques.
SEPTEMBER: Father's Day, School Art Show, Getting my Colour Analysis done, Dave Lachapelle photography exhibition, School Holiday Break.
OCTOBER: Spring Mornings, Long drunken lunch dates, Daily Meditation Practises, Clothing Swap charity event, Getting a Job Interview, The Edith Head exhibition.
NOVEMBER: Días Los Muertos, Romancing the Skull exhibition, Zoe and Lachlainn got engaged, Got a new Job and met my new student.
DECEMBER: Scienceworks, Staff Christmas function, Student Graduation, Farewell dinner with my work team, Cherry and strawberry picking, Summer Holidays start, Christmas Day, New Years Eve.
It is amazing how much you can accomplish in 12 months; how much you experience, how much you change and how much you learn along the way.
So, here's to an even better 2018! At midnight tonight, I shall raise my glass to you dear reader, I will salute you all and wish all of you wonderful spicywatch readers a most Happy New Year. May the year ahead be paved with the very best of all things for you; may it be prosperous, kind and joy filled - every, single, day.
Enjoy every moment ahead, I hope it's perfectly magical xx
Release Date: 2011
Running Time: 94 mins
Written and directed by Woody Allen, this romance/fantasy movie is set on the magical streets of Paris and tells the tale of a man that finds inspiration through a series of unexpected time travel events.
Whilst vacationing in Paris with his future in laws and fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams), Gil (Owen Wilson) stumbles on a secret side of Paris that he discovers when walking alone at midnight. Gil finds that he can be transported back in time, to Paris in the 1920's, and begins to traverse between his own time and the past; gaining both deeper insight and greater personal confusion along the way.
This is an intriguing tale, with two love interest stories playing out simultaneously, each one building and losing momentum as the character Gil finds himself swept further away by the past. Owen Wilson is fabulous as Gil, and I think that this is the best acting that I have seen from him so far. He is clearly very well supported by an all star ensemble cast that boasts the likes of Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston and Adrien Brody; and the whole thing plays out with a magical energy that made me long to visit Paris again.
FINAL SAY: The artist's job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
3.5 Chilli Peppers