Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:49:12 AM
So...2005 wasn't bad :-)
My memory always absolutely sucks (seriously, I can't fill out my weeks' status reports without having to look in my Sent Messages folders. And if I can't remember what I did on Monday, I sure as heck am going to have a tough time with January :P ) so here's this nifty meme! With any luck it will jog my memory, but if I'm forgetting something major please don't be offended...I'm not slighting you, I just seriously have no idea what's going on.
(In case you don't want to read all of the following, here's the recent recap:
My car, as you probably know, is ded. Yes, ded. Again. I'm going to call AAA to tow it to a garage (NOT Kost) on Wednesday, as that's when my appointment is and I'm paying AAA for it already for pity's sake.
New Year's eve was actually fun :-) We spent it at Joe and Kat's house with one of their friends, Justin, and basically just hung out, talked, played video games and drank. 'Twas quite a perfect evening!
I am clearly spending too much time awake at night, as it's 2:30 and I'm still up typing this. Not good.)
Anyhow - on with the 2005 Review!
1. What did you do in 2005
that you'd never done before?
Went to Germany (!)
I experimented a whole lot with cooking, and (I think) made progress by leaps and bounds. Chris got me chef's knives for Christmas, so I think that says something, anyhow. And in any case, I'm really enjoying it!
I'm learning a whole heck of a lot about graphic art, at least as it pertains to LJ icons. And I'm really enjoying making them, too!
Still at the same job...that's going well for the most part.
My first full year in my own apartment...that's pretty nifty. Having my own defined space is definitely nice.
Still playing WoW :-)
Built ...oh, a couple... of computers. At least 1, and the 2nd is just lacking a part or two.
Started seriously reading comic books...what have I been missing?!?
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any, and nope. It's a silly practice, I'll either accomplish things or I won't, but it won't be because something I decided on January 1st is influencing anything. Remember that thing up there ^ where I said I can't remember Monday, let alone January? Yeah.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My great-uncle, and someone close enough that I called him Uncle. Chris' hamster Edmund got really sick and had to be put to sleep, as well.
5. What countries did you visit?
See #1 :)
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A new car. Definitely. And hells, the way things are going I'll have to be having one, whether I plan it or not.
7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hahaha, you think so? Well, without figuring out dates...
The Hootie & the Blowfish concert with Dan
Flogging Molly with Chris, Matt and Tim
Trans-Siberian Orchestra + the NYC transit strike with Dan, Amy & Mike
Some visits from Kyle & Robert where the whole gang of us could swing by Texas Roadhouse and all hang out afterwards :)
The fantasic week in Germany with my Mom
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm. I think honestly just the sheer enjoyment I got out of everything...I can't think really of any one thing that jumps out at me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I probably should have worked harder at getting my Java cert.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I'm not sick often, but it happens. I didn't injure anything more major than a few paper cuts, I don't think.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Possibly my new li'l computer, but there's some books which would possibly qualify for that as well.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Computer stuff, books, comics, food.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2005?
I'm not sure I really got anything noticably new this year. And if I did, I know in a couple of years I'll never be able to place it as 2005. So, meh. All music is current music as far as I'm enjoying it :)
On the other hand, maybe Kristin Chenoweth? I need to grab some Rasputina as well.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Happier. If it's ever the other way, I need to change something.
b) thinner or fatter?
Heh...probably fatter, though hopefully only by a little bit. Desk jobs suck.
c) richer or poorer?
Thankfully richer. Though talk to me after we sort out this car mess...
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Played WoW, I suppose. Although I really enjoyed it, so I don't think it's really something that I wish
I'd done less of...more that it's something which I probably should
have done less of.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it (clearly I'm doing this a bit late) in Brooklyn with Chris' family. Which was very nice ^^
21. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Well, not anew at least :)
22. How many one-night stands?
None, silly :P
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Firefly...wish I'd not been idiotic and missed it while it was still on TV! Out of the current ones... CSI (the original a'course) and possibly FullMetal Alchemist on Adult Swim. The Daily Show also rocks quite a bit.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Goddess, I hope not.
25. What was the best book you read?
*goes to check bookshelf*
Terry Prachett's Discworld, R.A. Salvatore's Crystal Shard trilogy, a whole bunch of P.G. Wodehouse, all of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books that I could get my hands on, Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Bill Willingham's Fables, Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-men, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere [comics count, cope]. There's certainly more than that.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Kristin Chenoweth, a whole bunch of dance + techno,
27. What did you want and get?
New knives for my very own, another little computer.
28. What did you want and not get?
More bookshelf space (this would require at least a time-space continuum warp in my apartment), a printer, a new car, to actually finish off some of the games that I'm perpetually in the middle of. Also, a cat. I miss having a kitty around :'(
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Serenity, of course.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
22...Chris and I went out to dinner fairly close to it :)
31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Can't think of a thing, really.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
The usual - jeans and a (usually) black t-shirt saying something geekily witty.
33. What kept you sane?
Always having somewhere to go and something to read/work on/hack at/tinker with.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Mmm...Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin in a fanfic-y sort of way, Tyler Florence, Colin Firth, Johnny Depp in a way-too-old-for-me sort of way, Orlando Bloom in a goofy, too-pretty-to-be-real sort of way, Colin Farrel (except for the whole smoking thing), Sean Patrick Flanery
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The abortion controversy...what the everloving hell is wrong with people, that there's even a controversy to begin with?
36. Who did you miss?
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Amy's husband Mike, probably :) Yay for having a new brother! I got to know Joe and Kat a bit better as well, and that's definitely enjoyable :)
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
I don't think I learned it in 2005, but it's valuable none the less: Be happy. There's always some little tiny good thing in everything, whether or not you can or want to see it. If you aren't, stop what you're doing, because it isn't right.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
It's all about soul
It's all about joy that comes out of sorrow
It's all about soul
Who's standing now and who's standing tomorrow
You've got to be hard
Hard as the rock in that old rock 'n roll
But that's only part, you know in your heart
It's all about soul