1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Wrote an essay from a feminist perspective, shore merinos, studied for an exam, 2C-B, cried in front of a stranger, ate jellyfish. Probably lots of other things I've forgotten.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
The only New Years' resolution I make is to use the beginning of the year to set the tone for the rest of it, and thus do it well. This I think I did quite successfully. And I'll do it again this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Does the South Island count? I have been a homebody this year, which I plan to remedy next year.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Apart from a portable shearing plant? Umm.. I don't think I've specifically lacked anything, and the things in my life that I want to expand, have already got started.
I would like to have the time and motivation to climb regularly again.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
26/2/08. Not only my Mum's birthday, but my first day of university, in which I felt very out of place. I don't any more. It's turned out to be nothing like I expected, but at the same time I'm following my passion with this, and that's exciting. Also, I can now say things that get rivet and happyinmotion to have long conversations containing lots of big words, on a regular basis.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Biggest? Um, acing all my courses was pretty cool. But I think winning the battle with myself probably counts the highest with me.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing to listen to my gut when it's screaming at me. I've remedied that, by the way.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yikes. I had to take a course of antibiotics that did all sorts of nasty things to me for a couple of weeks. Had a strange itching reaction to a washing powder, and a chest infection that lasted three weeks. I don't cope well with being unwell. I also suffered from someone else's illness, and I attribute my own directly to that.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Education. Also, my crazy dreadlock wig with horns.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine. Heh. Ph3ar my giant ego! Actually, I think it did. I feel good about the way I've conducted myself this year. Also, all of my friends. It's been a big year for everyone, and I'm continually amazed at the grace and positive attitudes that I see around me. Special hat-tip to happyinmotion, for being unashamedly real, and for having the most integrity of anyone I've ever met.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My ex. I'd be lying if I said it didn't. But because of his behaviour, we are both free, and my life has done nothing but improve since then.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Most? Probably the usual food/rent stuff. But! I have a new bed of infinite awesomeness, lots of shiny things I made myself (Spotlight celebrate when they see me coming), and enough savings for Spain and next year's education.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Canaan Downs. Kiwiburn. Criminology. ferrouswheel. pombagira joining the ITO world. thomasdequinc maybe becoming a Wellingtonian. The fantastic explosion that is my life at the moment.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Gas Hed Goes West by LIVE. I have thrashed that song this year. I never get sick of it.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or hardened?: Happier, definitely. I actually think I've softened, after some realisations that came in a series of dreams. I like being softened. ;-)
ii. thinner or fatter?: I think I'm about the same.
iii. richer or poorer?: Richer. In more ways than just money.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading fiction, dancing (there should always be more dancing), touching, travelling, talking to strangers.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being unhappy and blaming myself.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Wake up, shower, coffee, brunch, lunch, family, gift exchanging, probably more eating, hanging out with friends feeling too full to bend, then who knows? I plan to spend it happy.
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
23. How many one-night stands?
I don't think I've ever had a one-night stand to be honest. I'm just not wired that way.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
True Blood (soft vampire porn) and The Tudors (soft period porn with costumes). I am detecting a theme..
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think I have the capacity to hate. That requires active dislike, and when I dislike someone I tend to just quietly move away from them. I have shut someone out of my life for the first time ever this year, but I can't say I hate them. I just.. have nothing to do with them.
26. What was the best book/fanfic you read?
I have to be honest and say I haven't read nearly enough this year, but I did enjoy Bridge of Birds by Harry Hughart.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
phoxxlotekk, who runs the goa_psy_mp3 community.
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
An all expenses paid trip to Burning Man.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don't think I've watched enough films this year to really say. But Once definitely stirred something in me.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 38. I ate steak, bought a camera, ate cake (it was a rhyming food themed birthday apparently), and a day or so later there was a party at the Hacienda. It all seems a very long time ago.
32. Whats one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I can't answer that. It's been a rollercoaster ride of a year, but here at the end of it, I'm very satisfied. I find it hard to look into the past and go "Gee I wish I could change that" or "That would have been so much better with.." Hmm..
Maybe, having more of my favourite people be able to be around for all of the amazing times.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
"Well, someone had to wear it, might as well be me."
34. What kept you sane?
Jez, Jodi and Polly mostly. Along with a healthy dose of frivolity. And hooping.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jonathan Rhys Myers as Henry XIII. *looks* What?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election. Unfortunately it stirred me in all the wrong ways. Time for a change? What kind of stupid reason is that to vote in a bunch of conservative neoliberals with an undisclosed agenda?
37. Who did you miss?
ferrouswheel, when he was in the US. Tommy. Dave, for a little while, till I realised why he was turning up in my dreams (did I tell you he showed up again to say goodbye?)
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I haven't met that many new people this year that I've got to know well enough to judge a 'best' from, but two people stand out - vernacularity, who is just plain quality people, and Firebell, whose enthusiasm, good humour, beautiful smile and amazing mesmerising talent drew me like a moth to a flame. And they both like psytrance! *squee*
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Listen to your inner voice, it knows what it's talking about. If you're feeling weird about something it's probably because your outer truth is clashing with your inner truth. The inner truth is the one that's right, and will guide you so that you behave with integrity and do the things that actually make you happy.
Let who you are on the inside be who you are on the outside. No secrets.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
You've got to look at life the way it oughta be
Looking at the stars from underneath the tree
There's a world inside and a world out there
With that on tv you just don't care
They've got violence, wars and killing too
All shrunk down in a two-foot tube
But out there the world is a beautiful place
With mountains, lakes and the human race
And this is where I wanna be
And this is what I wanna do
About living now, seeing the beauty, and a bit about the stuff I've learned.