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Jan032012

Don't believe the Mayans. 2012 is going to be good!

I've got mixed feelings about the year that just ended - 2011 had some real contrasts for me.

I enjoyed more travel than any other year of my life, to Malaysia and Singapore twice, Ibiza, Florida and exotic Reading. I got to feed my theme park addiction at Universal Studios Singapore and all of the Disney, SeaWorld and Universal parks in Orlando, including the amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter (I'd never seen any of the films until 3 weeks before I went; watched all 8 in the space of a week and loved them!).

Unfortunately I was also the most ill I've been in a single year. I was off work for all of August when acute reactive arthritis in my left ankle and knee left me unable to walk. Some time after that was resolved, I was found to have "quite a collection" of gallstones, which did a sterling job of keeping me from getting much sleep for weeks. Rubbish.

Professionally I had the great experience of setting up the IT infrastructure at a "green field" site. Getting the new campus up and running at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia was the most interesting project I've ever worked on.

I spent eleventy million hours reading the five books of George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, having been gripped by HBO's Game of Thrones. Can't wait for books 6 and 7. With that and Harry Potter, 2011 was the year that I discovered that I don't dislike all fantasy, just Lord of the Rings.

Anyway, that's all in the past. 2012 is only three days old, but I'm already enjoying it.

New Year's Day brought the news of a Most Valuable Professional Award from Microsoft. I'm really glad to be a PowerShell MVP again, simply because the other people in that group are some of the best people I've ever had the fortune to interact with. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the interactions that are to come over the next 12 months.

Partly because of my recently renewed appreciation of my legs, I'm going to spend more time being active this year. I may actually get round to using my gym membership for more than taking my son to the pool, although that in itself has already yielded results - on the first swim of 2012, James finally overcame his attachment to his armbands and is now swimming at a pace that feels like exercise!

If I can find some time inbetween the PowerShell projects I want to work on, putting on NEBytes user group events, and having a life away from tech, I might even get round to building one of the Windows Phone app ideas I've got sitting in OneNote.

It's going to be a busy year!

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