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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Oh, that's so strange. I was searching random blogs for an end of year questionnaire to post here. Eventually I gave up clicking through randoms and decided to read Jadezuki's blog, where I found exactly what I wanted (ripped from Saturnine's LJ)

2004 | YEAR IN REVIEW

  1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
    This was our first calendar year as a married couple.
    For the first time, I found myself (rather heavily!) involved in professional theater.
    On that note, I'd never composed incidental music for a play before.
    In 2004, I worked for the first time in television production (not counting captioning) and programming.
    For the first time, I thought seriously about suing someone.
    I took up kung fu.
    I started learning two new languages.
    I powdered Arlen Specter's nose.

  2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I stopped making new year's resolutions years ago. I don't need to rip off a calendar page to make a promise to myself.

  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yes, Matt's sister Erin gave birth to Antonio. Look at the little monkey!

    Antonio's a really cute baby. That fact doesn't stop me from wanting to (at least temporarily) disable my womb with an IUD, however.

  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No. Nobody close to me ever dies. Stick with me, and you'll live forever. I'll probably regret writing these words one day.

  5. What countries did you visit?
    Since the INS wouldn't let me leave the country for most of 2004, I stayed in the USA. But that's OK. I'd like to see more of this country before I spend the money on airfares overseas.

  6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
    I lack discipline.

  7. What date(s) from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    November 2: the day that proved there is more inbreeding in America than most people realize.
    November 3: my Green Card interview, when I officially became a permanent resident of this incredible magical whirling colorful carnival of a nation.

  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    I decided firmly to get a degree in music composition. My education is for me this time, not to fulfil anyone else's desires or expectations.

  9. What was your biggest failure?
    This is going to sound really pompous, but I'm going to say it anyway. I didn't fail this year. At anything. This was a really good year. Sure, there were disappointments, and times when I didn't do as well as I probably could or should have, but there was nothing I would classify as a failure.

  10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
    I had a horrific string of urinary tract infections early in the year. I'm still feeling the effects, physically and psychologically.

  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    I'm going to predict it's the piano.

  12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    Matt has been unbelievable.

  13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    Republican voters.

  14. Where did most of your money go?
    You know, I have no idea. Where does the money go? Quicken said that most of the money went on food and computer equipment for the first half of the year. I'd venture that college expenses were a main feature of the latter half.

  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Opportunity.

  16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
    Ministry's WTV.

  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    1. happier or sadder?
      Happier! This time last year I had no idea how much there is to do.
    2. thinner or fatter?
      I hope I'm a little fatter. I've managed to avoid the flu so far.
    3. richer or poorer?
      Richer.

  18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
    Music.

  19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
    Procrastination.

  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    I spent it with extended family.

  21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with in 2004?
    (I found question 21 on someone else's blog, Jill!)
    Matt, hands down. Thankfully, we're both on the same Sprint plan, so I never have to worry about overages.

  22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
    I was already in love ♥

  23. How many one-night stands?
    None.

  24. What was your favorite TV program?
    Law and Order, Law and Order CI, Law and Order SVU, The X Files, The Daily Show. And Judging Amy was pretty good too, shh.

  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
    Look upon the face of Kelli Harman, the most greedy and unethical businesswoman in Harrisburg.

    Stay tuned for more tales of the Dunphys versus this evil succubus shortly. The court hearing is on February 2.
    (God, her immobile chipmunk face makes me want to vomit. Not to mention the repulsive suggestion of a short path to her shrivelled, cadaverous vagina in that third shot. *shudder*)

  26. What was the best book you read?
    Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.

  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Past Life Melodies by Sara Hopkins, as performed by Chanticleer.
    Fur Alina, by Arvo Part.

  28. What did you want and get?
    I scored plenty of good roles in theatrical productions, and a third shift master control operator position at WHP-TV after a three-month delay.

  29. What did you want and not get?
    For a while, I thought I wanted to own a house, but I'm fine with renting for now. More than anything, I have wanted to move to an area with decent mass transit so I never have to drive again, but I'm happy to put off that dream for a while.

    There should be a "What did you not want and get?" question. The answer to that would be my car. I'm still hoping to get rid of it when we find an area with decent public transport.

  30. What was your favorite film of this year?
    Kill Bill, Vol. 2.

  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    For my 24th birthday, Matt and I escaped to a haunted bed and breakfast in Gettysburg for a couple of days. Unfortunately, we didn't see any ghosts. I'm determined to keep chasing them, though.

  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    36 hours in every day.

  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
    Atramentous minimalism, with a dash of EGL.

  34. What kept you sane?
    The very occasional cigarette, and Tripoli.

  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Jerry Orbach, may he rest in peace.

  36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    The war in Iraq and gay marriage rights. Against and for, in case it wasn't obvious.

  37. Whom did you miss?
    Lucy, Jason, Anthony, John, and Manek.

  38. Who was the best new person you met?
    Given that 2004 if nothing else was a year of throwing myself into new societies, there are far too many new people whose effect on my life has been positive. And most of them can't be compared to each other. So if I were to try and answer this question, I would have to include Felicia and Clark and Melissa and Mike G and Mike M and Zach and Amber and Gary and Mary and Tim and another Tim and Karen and John and Ray and Bill and Robert and Danielle and Rene and Chris and you see what I mean?

  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
    Anthing is still possible.

  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    The point of view the bleeding heart
    The easily digested hurt
    The creepy crackhead friend of mine
    The homeless place he calls his heart
    The silly putty tinker toy
    The mirror ball reflects below
    The grazing herd the lemming goat
    The move toward the moving from
    The winter home upon the hill
    The summer shade a caving in
    The psychotronic talking box
    The mainstream antidepressant
    The laughing dying culture pop
    The famous moldy party pop
    A fantasy the way it could
    The shape of things a prostitute
    A naked mix a magazine
    A picture of us in a dream
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