Jan. 2nd, 2014

2013

Jan. 2nd, 2014 12:38 pm
oceantheorem: (be careful pretending)
1. What did you do in 2013 that you've never done before?
So many things! Maybe the most notable was beginning to hike. On July 3rd I hiked 14 or 15 miles around Florence Lake with friends. That was pretty crazy, and unlike anything I'd ever done before.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I do not make resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My cat died in March. :-(

4.5 Did anyone close to you get married?
Nope.

4.75 Did anyone close to you have other critical, life-changing moments or revelations?
Yes. Holy crap, yes. Not mine to reveal here, but it was an eventful year for a lot of people close to me.
Oh, I guess I can reveal that my dad was diagnosed with liver cancer. That was (is)... bad.

5. What states/countries did you visit?
... just Michigan and Nevada, I think. It was a quiet year for travel.
ETA: Also Georgia for DragonCon!

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
I guess I'm still hoping for more followthrough. I need to make myself work on leather and other creative pursuits. I need to make myself seriously examine my career and then plan out where I want it to go, and make it go there.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 17 and July 3. Also June 1st - I feel like I woke up on June 1st.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm, not sure. Successfully integrating into a circle of friends, and developing a strong social network?

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not doing a good job at work. Not doing anything at all to further my career in any way.
Not figuring out my relationship with my dad.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I hurt my knee pretty badly in October.

11. What was the best thing you created?
New social relationships? And a few neat leather items.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jim's. Jim's been awesome.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I'm gonna leave this blank this year for the sake of "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, actually. Also rent and loan repayments.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Corsets. I bought a lot of corsets.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Hmm, not sure. I listened to Lifehouse's Between the Raindrops a LOT. Walk the Moon's Anna Sun was my theme song for our housing search. Really like that song. Maybe also Peter Hollens' Shenandoah? I listened to that on repeat a lot, earlier in the year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- happier or sadder? Much happier!
- thinner or fatter? A little thinner! Going mostly paleoish and cutting out almost all sugar helped me lose about 12 pounds. Some of that I put back on in the last month, though. Eesh, holiday food.
- richer or poorer? Monetarily I think richer. A little less debt, a lower rent rate. Emotionally, much much richer. Life feels so full now.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Learning. Working to build a stable future - I need to attend to my career path in 2014.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time. Surfing the internet. Crap. I'm doing that right now, aren't I?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
I went into lab for a couple hours, then played video games and hung out with Jim. Our housemates and I started a tradition of making gingerbread houses, which was a lot of fun, and I hope we keep that up.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
A bunch of us went to Colleen's for dinner, which was delicious and fun. I got to meet her friends Nick and Erica, who are amazing. Eventually Chris and Colleen and I ended up watching the fireworks down at the Ferry Building, which was great. Jim worked, as usual.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Yes. :-)

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
BABYLON 5!!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Peter Hollens

27. What did you want and get?
Meaning. Emotional connection.

28. What did you want and not get?
Direction. A plan.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
? Thor 2?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
28. Jim took me to the ballet to see Cinderella! I wore my wedding dress. We got ice cream at Smitten.

31. What one thing would have made your year?
My year was made. It was a great year. :-)

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Same as always! Solid colors. Skirts whenever possible. Oooh, I did begin adding a lot of corsets.

33. What was the best book you read?
I really liked the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series by Abigail Hilton. Not sure it was the best thing of the year, but it was really good.

34. What kept you sane?
I don't think I was really in danger of insanity this year. I was pretty well-grounded by friends, loved ones, good books, good food, lots of intellectual stimulation... I'm not sure this question is still relevant.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Ummm, I dunno. I kinda started to tune out this year. It all just seemed like more of the same. I feel I can effect more change by starting conversations with the people around me than I can by closely following politics. Also, I kinda feel like Obama let me down, so I'm done paying attention to him.

37. Whom did you miss?
My cat, Claire. My friend Claire. My friends Stefan, Ann, Eliz, Mike, Mike, Andrea. The more I build a community here, the easier it is to let go of people who are far away. I don't know if that's good or bad.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Chris.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
You are not broken. You have great capacity to love. You have more power over your own life than you realize.

40. A quote or song lyric that sums up your year:
This is part of last year's, but it's oddly relevant this year too:
I reckon it's again my turn to win some or learn some
But I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours
Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damm you're free
Look into your heart and you will find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We're just one big family
And it's our God-forsaken right to be loved loved loved


Also this bit, from Between the Raindrops:
...There's a smile on my face
Knowing that together everything that's in our way
We're better than alright
Walking between the raindrops
Riding the aftershock beside you
Off into the sunset
Living like there's nothing left to lose
Chasing after gold mines
Crossing the fine lines we knew
Hold on and take a breath...

Though, really, I'm not sure either of those sums up the year at all. It's a hard year to sum up. It was an adventure, and it was emotional, and there were PEOPLE, and I remembered parts of myself, and I hope I grow as much as a person in 2014 as I did in 2013.

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