1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Hmmm. Helped in an Oxfam shop. Owned a house.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Well, I've had a look back and here they are. I only kept one. I will be making more though - I plan to post about resolutions in general in the near future.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yup - Carrie, Sonja and my cousin all did. Philip didn't actually do it himself, but still gets a mention here :)
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes - my Nan. It was the first time I'd experienced a death in my family and it was a little difficult but everything seems to have settled down again now. I was also very strongly upset by John Peel's death and still miss him regularly. I felt close to him, although obviously he never met me but I want to mention him here.
5. What countries did you visit?
England. I didn't go anywhere new this year at all.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A teleporter! Seriously - if they don't invent one soon, I'll go nuts. An extra evening a week. A Treo 600.
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
18th Feb 2004. 2 days before my birthday, I met my parents in London for Nans funeral.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Saving a Brownie pack from closing down. Taking action about things that matter to me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing to keep in touch with people and follow up personal things.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The normal few colds but nothing serious.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Alex's. He's an amazing person and I am so lucky to be going out with him. I could wax lyrical for ages, but I'll spare you.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled
George Bush. Tony Blair. Also, the makers of an ad for a Vietnam (or possibly World War II?) computer game. I can't remember what the game was or exactly what the slogan was but it was basically that it'll be just like you've really lived through it. I was just horrified that they could equate the terrible experiences those men went through with playing a computer game. It was cheap and disrespectful.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, I would say.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, sadly (see (2))
iii. richer or poorer? Hmmm. Strictly speaking, poorer (enormous mortgage) but in actual terms, about the same.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Resting. Reading. Support.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I can't think of anything. Good sign. I suppose work, because while its a pretty good job and funds my life while not being too annoying it's still the least interesting thing I do. But only if I got the same money :)
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
In the new house with good friends.
21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
No. I stayed in love.
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favourite TV programme?
Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends. It rocks.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No. I'm not sure I would apply a word that strong to anyone but all the potential candidates have been candidates for more than a year.
25. What was the best book you read?
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. It's fantastic and everyone should read it.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I didn't hear much new music this year to be honest. Probably Amy Studt. I know it's chick rock but I bought False Smiles just after New Year and fell in love with it. It's an album where I can sing along to every track and they all speak to me in their own ways.
27. What did you want and get?
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
Actually a tough one now that Alex and I are regular film goers. I think this title goes to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 25. After the funeral we went to Norfolk, as we'd originally planned and had a nice long weekend with shopping and eating out at the Lavender House (a highly recommended restaurant).
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being paid to stay in bed and hug with Alex all the time.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?
Um. Clothes I think look pretty? There's not really much more of a theme than that.
32. What kept you sane?
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmm. Johnny Depp, perhaps? Or Anthony Kiedis?
34. Who did you miss?
Rachel (my flatmate last year). Nan.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
Tricky. I think I'd probably say Mark though (concourse). He's turned from being someone I was a bit awed by because, you know, proper musician and stuff, to someone I can give hugs to and chat to and invite round for Christmas dinner. Hi Mark :)
36. Did you enjoy this year?
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
"Can't stop, addicted to the shindig. Chop chop, he says I'm gonna win big."
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Can't Stop.
38. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
My Mum, unquestionably. It's one of those things which always amazes Alex - we have 1 hour phone calls about twice a week.
39. What did you want and not get?
A tiny shiny laptop. A Treo 600.
40. What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably the US presidential election.
41. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004
You can always push yourself a bit more.