I suppose the biggest change, and therefore providing a challenge this year was my new job. I remember at the end of '06 writing about how interesting my two contract roles at UWS were, and now I'm working for them full-time and have farewelled Consortium (my previous employer) after nearly 5 years of work. My new job has been diverse, constantly changing and fun. I hope this doesn't wear off but it's interesting work with a great group of people!
I managed to go on two 'big' trips this year including the family excursion to Australia's island state Tasmania in January, and the big international trip to China in October with Eleonor. Both interesting adventures opening my eyes to new parts of the world. The travel bug continues to strike as I look forward to more travelling in 2008!
Musically, I've recently regained my interest in playing guitar, to the point where I bought myself one earlier in the month and have been rocking out heavy tunes with massive distortion ever since. I attended three concerts this year (slightly less than last year's four!), Roger Waters from Pink Floyd was amazing and Evanescence blew us away in February, while Linkin Park were absolutely fantastic in October. I've now seen all my favourite bands perform live except Limp Bizkit and Rammstein.
My interests continued in much the same 'plane' as 2006 this year. My automotive interests continued on and the Cougar still goes strong. She now wears a set of 19's giving her a much updated look and she took out the award for 'Best Cougar' at the 2007 All Ford Day. Even better than that, she represents the month of November in the 2008 Cougar Calendar put together by the NECO Forum. In racing, Dad and I took to the race track at Eastern Creek to do battle in V8 Race cars, while in the V8 Supercars, my hero team 'Team Vodafone' missed out on the championship win (again!) by 2 points... But, we did win Bathurst.
In aviation, I started my pilot training, and have unfortunately come to a stop due to lack of funds and recent bad weather. I hope to pick this up in '08 and get to my first solo and go beyond. I continued to visit Sydney Airport for spotting adventures, and finally saw the Singapore Airlines A380 up close and personal this morning! (Particularly after missing it when I was at Singapore a few months ago!) My diecast collection is about to hit the 200 mark (this time last year it was at 80!), and I'm now looking to build some sort of diorama so I can display my crazy hobby!
As always, I look towards the new year. '07 brought a lot of surprises and challenges, I hope '08 will be just as interesting and another year that I'll be able to look back on with great memories. I have hopes, dreams and goals all set so we'll see how it all goes, and I'll try to make sure it's all captured here!
Again, thanks for reading, I hope you all enjoyed your 2007 as well, Happy New Year Everyone!
See you in 2008.