Thursday, December 30th, 2004 • 2 Comments on Looking Back
This end-of-the-year evaluation has been making the rounds:
1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?
Applied (and got accepted) to graduate school; spent an entire weekend in the company of several very good looking—and very gay—men; had a surprise party thrown for me.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I have about a 50% success rate, which means I also have a 50% failure rate, but I’ll still make some resolutions for 2005.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but there’s one on the way.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Sadly, none. But next year…
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A book contract.
7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 8th, the day of my surprise birthday party; July 2nd, the day Jay came home from his (hopefully) last deployment for at least three years; November 18th, the day I made my 50,000 word goal for NaNoWriMo; December 26th, the last snowfall of the year.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Writing over 56,000 words for National Novel Writing Month; getting accepted into graduate school; impressing a couple of editors.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not selling a book; not getting my hair chopped off.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Many colds and allergies and one nasty fall on icy stairs in January.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Nick’s, for getting into the police academy and starting his career as a police officer; Jae’s, for coming back to the library; Rose for finishing her Masters and being accepted into the PhD program; mine, for applying and getting accepted into grad school.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Gifts, eating out way too much, my Powerbook.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing Joe in April, Sheri’s visit in November.
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
“Red Light” by Jonny Lang.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? a little sadder, I think—though I don’t know why
b) thinner or fatter? about the same
c) richer or poorer? poorer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Traveling and writing
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying about the future.
20. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
No, but I’m still in love—and staying in love is harder than falling in love.
22. How many one-night stands?
Just the one… but I was drunk, so it doesn’t count. Heh.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Gilmore Girls, Two and a Half Men
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t know that I hate anyone, really. Yeah, even that guy.
25. What was the best book you read?
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I don’t think I had a great musical discovery.
27. What did you want and get?
A laptop and silver earrings
28. What did you want and not get?
I always get what I want… Okay, I wanted to travel more.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Closer; Hero; Blade: Trinity; Bourne Supremacy; I, Robot
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was the victim of a surprise birthday party the day after my birthday. I turned 37. I’m not sure how I got to be 37, but here I am.
31.What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Brown is the new black.
33. What kept you sane?
Writing, my friends, Jay being home.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ryan Reynolds, at least for the past couple of weeks…
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election, of course.
36. Who did you miss?
Rose, because I saw so little of her. Have to work on that in 2005.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
I don’t think I met anyone new. I guess I need to get out more, huh?
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Playing it safe may be easy, but taking chances makes life infinitely more interesting.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“I don’t want to be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
All I have to do is think of me and I have peace of mind
I’m tired of looking ‘round rooms wondering what I gotta do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t want to be anything other than me.”