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Friday, January 06, 2006

SOMEWHAT TARDY END-OF-YEAR SURVEY
  1. What did you do this year that you've never done before?
    I took up the cello. This also involved buying a cello, which I still haven't named, dammit. I took a photography course, which was very cool. I starred in a movie. I made acting my day job. I met a bunch of people from Nine Inch Nails. I sued someone (well, that was really Matt, but I feel like an invisible second plaintiff). I taught classes of Very Small Children. I wielded a broadsword.

  2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I tend not to make new year's resolutions, unless it's my general mantra of "do stuff," which I certainly did.

    Just in case, I had a search through my old ETS posts, and though I was apparently too busy shitlisting at the start of 2005, I found these long-forgotten resolutions from January 1, 2004:
    This year, I am resolving to get more involved, and accomplish what I set out to do, rather than procrastinate. For pretty much all of 2003, everything took a back seat to the whole immigration/marriage process, and towards the very end of the year, I suddenly discovered that now that the rigmarole is all over (or has at least settled down for a while), my life lacks many of the things it contained in previous years. To this end, I intend to audition my little arse off for plays and choral groups and, later, orchestral ensembles or at least a live performing band. I want to write again. I want to compose properly. And fuck it, I'm going to do it, because I have the time, and I have a new beginning, and I'm kinda drunk right now.

    Also, as soon as it stops being so fucking cold, I'm going to get more exercise. Go walking in national parks or something. Living in an area with next to no convenient public transport, I'm getting nowhere near the amount of exercise I used to get back in Brisbane/Sydney, walking to and from bus stops and train stations (or all the way home, if I missed the last service). There's nothing I can do about this except proactively seek physical activity for the first time in my entire life. And I'd better do it, or I'm going to turn into an American hambeast, just like my friends at home all warned me I would.
    Check, and check, motherfucker! It's funny where resolving to "get involved" takes you. I think I can safely say I'm involved enough now; there was definitely a period of time around May 2005 when I was way too involved. The exercise thing has kind of wound down the last few months, however. Hambeast, here I come!

  3. Did anyone close to you give birth this year?
    Nope, no new births as far as I know. The in-laws got a new dog. He's a pug shitzu cross who's recovering from a puppyhood of abuse.

  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    She wasn't exactly close to me, but someone I know died this year. There were some other close calls besides.
    (If this survey were more relevant, it would include the question 'Was anyone close to you committed?' Then I'd really have something to say.)

  5. What countries did you visit this year?
    England, at long last. The trip was much too short, however. I need to go again, with Matt in tow.

  6. What would you like to have in the next year that you lacked this year?
    Spare time and/or the ability to dispense with sleep. Ha!

  7. What date from this year will remain etched upon your memory - and why?
    I don't think there were any big dates. I'm wracking my brain to think of one, so I guess the memory was not big on etching last year.

  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Getting through one of the busiest years of my life with a GPA of 3.82.

  9. What was your biggest failure of the year?
    That 'B' in Sociology. Yeah, it's a miracle that I got it, but the course was so damn easy that, despite being busy, I really should have managed an 'A.'
    It's been a decade since I left high school, but thanks to Mum, I still measure achievement and failure in academic grades.

  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    I did fairly well. There were a few colds, and the allergies flared up, but nothing too horrible. No UTI's, God be praised! And at my dentist appointment yesterday, I was given a cavity-free bill of health.

  11. What was the best thing you bought this year?
    The (as yet nameless) cello, of course. Also, my neat boots and a breville maker.

  12. Whose behavior merited celebration (a public or private personality)?
    Matt's behavior always merits celebration. I constantly wonder how he puts up with me. Goodness, he even seems to like me.

  13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    Two people have struck me as grossly immoral and irresponsible this year: Kelli Harman and Jose Burgos. Fuck them both. I mean, don't! For the love of God, please don't.

  14. Where did most of your money go this year?
    Dude, thanks to the magic of PSECU, I can show you a goddamn pie chart:


    Mind you, it's not entirely accurate, since it's only my credit card - the car payments and rent aren't on there at all, since they come out of our checking account. But that's a good idea of the rest of it.

  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about this year?
    Probably all the Nine Inch Nails concerts I got to see. I can't even remember how many times I saw them. Five? Six? It was awesome.

  16. What song will always remind you of this year?
    Right Where It Belongs

  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    • happier or sadder? Happier. Thanks, awesome job!
    • richer or poorer? About the same. I'd be poorer if it weren't for the temporarily booming stock market.
    • thinner or fatter? Probably about three to four pounds fatter, though I really have no idea, since we don't own a set of scales.

  18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
    I wish I'd composed more music. I feel like I'm applying to West Chester with a very slim portfolio.

  19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
    I wish I'd watched less television. Goddamn you, Law and Order.

  20. How did you spend the holidays?
    You mean the most recent holidays? I very slowly cleaned the house. It was wonderful.

  21. Did you fall in love this year?
    I was already in love! I still am. Even if I didn't have to prove it for the INS, I still would be.

  22. How many one-night stands did you have this year?
    A million. No, two million. You know me; I just love me my one-night stands.

  23. What was your favorite TV program for the year?
    Aside from, obviously, all the flavors of Law and Order and The Daily Show, I've quite enjoyed The Closer and Medium. Project Runway is also quite fun. And I very, very much enjoyed Slings and Arrows, which we all watched at the theatre during our lunch hours. God, look at me, I'm turning into a goddamn chick. I'll be watching the Lifetime Channel next. To balance that out, I wish I'd been able to see more of the Masters of Horror series, but we don't have Showtime.

  24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
    I've grown to hate a few people more, but nobody new.

  25. What was the best book you read this year?
    Ouch, difficult one. I knew I should have kept a list on my blog of the books I've read. The Hyperion books were quite good. Also, I think I read Quicksilver this year, although that could have been last year. I really wish I had more time to read.

  26. What was your favorite film of the year?
    There are a lot of films from this year on my Netflix queue as a result of staying home from the cinema to save money. Thus, my favorite film of 2005 will probably change by this time next year, but for now, I'll say the Aristocrats. Or maybe King Kong. Or Batman Begins.

  27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept this year?
    Black minimalist. With some children's theatre thrown in for good measure.

  28. Whom did you miss this year?
    The usual suspects: Jason, Lucy (OMG, IMDb profile!), Anthony, John Miller, Manek. Mihali. Mum and Dad, despite everything. Kayla.

  29. Who was the best new person you met this year?
    I met a lot of new people this year. There were a few awesome members of the ETS crew whom I met for the first time - Eric, Athenia, Pixie (see comments!), chuck, Eugenie, Jaimie. I think the most awesome new person of the year was Brian, though, if only because of drunken conversations about Annunaki lizards.

  30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned for this year.
    When you are crying uncontrollably with exhaustion, it is a sign that you are doing too much. Meh, who am I kidding? You know I'd do it again if I had my time over.

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