Category: Meme

2008 retrospective meme

Since all the cool kids are doin’ it…

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Took two vacations. Ate frog legs. Cried over an election (not ours).

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t really resolve. Decided some changes were needed this year, and have gotten started on them. Hoping fruition of some degree comes in 2009.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A few folks, though no one really close to me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Again, no one really close, but an aunt and my cousin’s fiance.

5. What countries did you visit?

France with Sherry. Visited the Canadian west coast with Andrew for the first time as an adult, too.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

No debt.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?

A few important things happened, but it will be the events I remember. I suck at attaching dates. Starting the new job, the first evening in Carcassonne, finding out about Dexter, US election night. December 8th and December 22nd are of note, but they carry over from past years.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finding a job I like.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Managing my finances (as usual). 🙂

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major. Apparently my body decided to finally agree with me that I have a lazy thyroid.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Can’t remember if I bought my brother and SIL’s laptop early this year or late last year. If it was last year, then… I dunno, the livestock I got my family for Christmas was pretty cool.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My brother’s. US voters.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Canadian non-voters. Canadian politicians. Those who voted in Prop 8. Those who keep launching bombs in Israel.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Life, couple of trips.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The news about Dexter. My niece starting to hit lots of milestones. Quitting my last job.

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2008?

I Kissed a Girl. (Hey, didn’t say it had to be a good song. That one was just ubiquitous.)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder? slightly sadder
2. thinner or fatter? slightly heavier
3. richer or poorer? both

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing, exercise.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Procrastination. Working at a job I didn’t like.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Nice, quiet day with the family.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Probably Mom, maybe even Chad. I don’t spend much time on the phone with anyone.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?

I wish.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

None.

24. What was your favourite TV programme?

True Blood.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t bother; I just discard as needed.

26. What was the best book(s) you read?

Crikey, umm… Bonk, In Defense of Food, The Graveyard Book, The Southern Vampire Mysteries (the Sookie Stackhouse books — high entertaining trash factor), The Daily Coyote, and many more.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Nothing comes to mind.

28. What did you want and get?

A new job.

29. What did you want and not get?

A beshert. A dog. New jeans (the malls will be safer this weekend). 🙂

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

Does Dr. Horrible count? 🙂 Beyond that… The Dark Knight was probably the biggest one. Death Race and Quantum of Solace were probably the two most highly anticipated but not good ones.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 33, and Andrew took me to Toronto for delicious Korean BBQ and braaaaaaains! (I.e. Evil Dead: The Musical.)

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

As Sherry noted: winning the lottery.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Librarian.

34. What kept you sane?

Good books, book wine, snuggly kitty, yoga, friends, work I enjoy, cooking.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I’ll cop to a bit of an Obama crush. Lafayette on True Blood’s awesome. Daniel Craig’s eyes. Jason Statham when he’s not talking. 🙂

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Again, as Sherry noted: Prop 8 in California; the prorogation in Canada.

37. Who did you miss?

My 23-year-old self.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

There were a bunch. Of the in-person meets, Melissa, Havi, and Amrita come to mind.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Something that goes on with you or your body for more than a few days — long enough that you actively notice — is not temporary and random and is indicative of something you might want to get checked out. Also, it’s hard to avoid adapting your lifestyle to those you spend a lot of time with (i.e. eating like and not sleeping like a 20-year-old geek).

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

Why’d you sing Hallelujah
If it means nothing to you?

Meme

I am tired, it’s been a long day, I can’t think of anything compelling or thoughtful to post. As a result, stealing a one-word answer meme from Ms. Violet seems like an excellent idea. 🙂 (What, you thought NaBloPoMo was going to be 30 solid days of masterful erudition?)

You have to answer each question with one word, and one only.

1. Where is your cell phone? Backpack
2. Where is your significant other? Unknown
3. Your hair color? Brown
4. Your mother? Short
5. Your father? Coot
6. Your favorite thing? Puppies
7. Your dream last night? Inaccessible
8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
9. The room you’re in? Living
10. Your hobby? Sockmonkeys
11. Your fear? Unbelonging
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Settled
13. Where were you last night? Guelph
14. What you’re not? Energetic
15. One of your wish list items? Money
16. Where you grew up? Country
17. The last thing you did? Eat
18. What are you wearing? Fleece
19. Your T.V.? Off
20. Your pet? Cat
21. Your computer? Mac
22. Your mood? Worn
23. Missing someone? Kinda
24. Your car? Red
25. Something you’re not wearing? Dress
26. Favorite store? Dunno
27. Your Summer? Speedy
28. Love someone? Certainly
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When is the last time you laughed? Earlier
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

Meme

Because it’s been a while, and because it seems like a comfortably lazy thing to do today.

Stolen from Violet.

What time did you get up this morning?

Around 8.

Diamonds or pearls?

Neither. Like Ms. Violet, I like colours!

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

Hellboy II, last Sunday. Dark Knight is this week!

What is your favourite TV show?

I don’t know that I have a single favourite. House, Bones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, America’s Best Dance Crew… Prolly missing a couple, but I almost never turn my TV on in the summer.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

Some fancy pants cereal with fruits lately. Coffee once I get to work.

What food do you dislike?

Mushrooms, fishy fish and organ meats (like Violet), bananas in other foods, cooked raisins. I’m a lot less picky than I used to be.

What kind of car do you drive?

2007 Nissan Sentra. Tis red.

Favourite sandwich?

Toasted tomato sammich my Dad made or a grilled cheese made with extra old white cheddar and sourdough.

What characteristic(s) do you despise?

Excessive ego, doling out “tests”, emotional unavailability, being mean or manipulative for entertainment…

Favourite item of clothing?

My one remaining ancient denim “work” shirt.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

Tough call… The British Isles? Australia and New Zealand? Tuscany?

Are you an organized person?

Yup, with an ever-increasing dollop of senility. God bless lists.

Where would you like to retire to?

Dunno, hadn’t given it a lot of thought. Will Northern California still be attached by then? 🙂

What was your most recent memorable birthday?

This last one I got doused in fake blood. How’s that?

What are you going to do when you finish this?

Perhaps read, perhaps get another glass of water, perhaps finish a crafts project I want to get mailed off to someone.

When is your next birthday?

About 10.5 months.

Morning person or night person?

More night than morning, but a lot better in the mornings than I used to be.

What is your shoe size?

Usually 10.

Pets?

A couple dozen fish and one cat. And step-parenthood to a couple unruly dogs.

Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us?

I took care of assorted other-people’s-children yesterday and no one died!

What did you want to be when you were little?

Chef, vet, lawyer.

How are you today?

Hungover, to tell you the truth. Damn that Dan and his delicious, frosty champagne…

What is your favourite flower?

Love gerbera daisies. Glory lilies are pretty cool. Big, ‘sploding Roses of Sharon.

What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?

Hmm. Whenever it is that I get to see the new Batman movie. My niece’s 1st birthday. Helen and Other Sherry’s weddings. Being done being in Other Sherry’s wedding so I can get another tattoo and do wacky things with my hair. 🙂

What are you listening to?

The “Mellow” playlist in iTunes, currently Damien Rice.

Do you wish on stars?

Indubitably!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Brick red or maroon.

How is the weather right now?

Mildly cool (compared to the last few days) and damp.

Last person you spoke to on the phone?

Umm… Patience, I think, after the baby and I arrived at my parents’ house yesterday.

Favourite soft drink?

A&W Root Beer.

Favourite restaurant?

Hmm. I am a fan of Bhima’s in Waterloo. That little Thai hole in the wall James and I would go to in Livo. Luna Park in San Francisco, especially because I was there with Michelle. 🙂

Hair color?

Grows out of my head: mousy light brown. Pays a lot of money for: espresso brown with mahogany undertones.

What was your favourite toy as a child?

Not sure. Maybe my Fisher Price castle?

Summer or winter?

Fall.

Chocolate or vanilla?

More likely chocolate, but depends on the circumstances, and the quality of either.

Coffee or tea?

Yes, please. Coffee in the morning, both iced in the summer, and lots of tea in the winter.

When was the last time you cried?

Not sure. I think I read a story about a dog recently; that woulda done it.

What is under your bed?

The floor – never did get around to replacing my bed frame.

What did you do last night?

Went over to Dan’s, cooked up deliciousness, drank ourselves stupid on really excellent French champagne, watched part of a terrible movie, then watched Crazy People, which has many extra levels of awesomeness once you’ve worked in marketing for a few years. 🙂

What are you afraid of?

Getting old by myself. Redheaded people. 🙂

Salty or sweet?

Both, depending on a number of factors. Sometimes even together.

How many keys on your key ring?

A dozen or so. (Cat on lap, can’t get up to check.) Two for apartment building, one for car, one for office… my parents’ house, Andrew’s house, my parents post office box, my former car… I forget what else.

How many years at your current job?

One-sixth.

Favourite day of the week?

Usually Saturday, sometimes whichever night is laundry night. Hanging out with Andrew and clean clothes are a good combo.

Do you make friends easily?

Online, yes. Hell, it’s kinda my job. In person, less so. I have a harder time translating awesomeness when it has to come out of my mouth rather than my fingers. If I’m not nervous, though, and know folks at least a little bit, I do okay. I’m a bleak shadow of my brother’s social skills, though.

Meme

Because I’m too tired to do anything productive… (Via Violet and Sherry.)

Here are the rules:

1. The first title on this page is the name of your band.
2. The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
3. The third picture on this page will be your album cover.

You then take the photo and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your picture. (And be sure to give credit!)

Right, so, may I present the MOST pretentious band EVAR:

Spaceguard album cover
Image: keesssss

Retrospective meme

Got time on my hands, got tea, feeling pensive. And so, we steal from Sherry…

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

Started living alone. Procured my own pet. Put up my own Christmas tree.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t really make them. Got some plans for this coming year. We’ll see how it goes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Everyone? 🙂 My brother and his girlfriend: one niece, a couple friends (so far), former co-workers, my cousin…

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Angela and I weren’t close, but it still knocked me for a loop. No family this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

Just my own. Planning to rectify that in 2008.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

A job I love. A dog (not likely). A smaller size of jeans that fit.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory?

August 20th.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Moving in with myself and liking it. Buying my first new car (with my Philly lawyer, of course).

9. What was your biggest failure?

Keeping my job? 🙂 Tried dating briefly. Convinced me I certainly don’t want to be doing THAT.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Having a new car rocks. So does having furnishings, which enable one to entertain.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My brother and his girlfriend. Violet and Coffee.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Anything/one to do with American politics, for the most part.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Car and furniture.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Cadence. Getting re-employed.

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2007?

Daughtry, Kanye?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder? Not sadder, but there’s no high following a very long and deep low this year.
2. thinner or fatter? About the same?
3. richer or poorer? About the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Travel, write, get exercise, find a new job on my own terms.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Been unemployed, waste money, date.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I hosted my family Christmas. It was good stuff.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I don’t spend much time on the phone. Mom, maybe? Overall, work people.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007?

Yes and no.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

None. Not my style, really.

24. What was your favourite TV programme?

Hmm. Doctor Who, Torchwood, House, Bones…

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t think so.

26. What was the best book(s) you read?

I read a number of good ones. The pirate one, King John of Canada, Lullabies for Little Criminals, all the Christopher Moore, more Jasper Fforde…

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

That sometimes I like opera?

28. What did you want and get?

A pet. A new car. A couch. A job.

29. What did you want and not get?

A dog. A job I loved. Fitness.

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

Took myself to see Juno this afternoon. It definitely ranks.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

32. We re-scheduled dinner because Andrew and I were sick at the time. Had some pho and got my Angel doll… There was other stuff that I can’t remember right now.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Writing a book. Looking forward to going to work every day.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?

Get by. Didn’t buy much, didn’t get too fancy. Spent the summer not working, so there were a lot of cargos and t-shirts.

34. What kept you sane?

My network. Sherry and Andrew. Anal retentive organization.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Chris Daughtry, for a while at least.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I disagree with pretty much everything the American government gets up to. Not a fan of Harper’s, either.

37. Who did you miss?

Andrew. The guys I used to work with.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Trying to think of who I all met. Rose and Kate, certainly. Prolly a few other invisible internet peoples.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

This, too, shall pass.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

Your eyes are closed, like you truly believe
You’re safe and sound with me
.

Meme

What the hell. I’m waiting for cookies to bake, and I haven’t memed in a while. Stolen from Violet who, no doubt, stole it from elsewhere. 🙂

Do you own a gun?
Nerf, yes. With human stopping power, no.

What do you think of hot dogs?
I get a wicked craving for them about once a year. Then I eat three and remember they’re not actually very good, and I’m done.

What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
First thing a big glass of water. Then when I get to work my wee thermos of brewed Peet’s (currently Holiday Blend).

Can you do push-ups?
Probably?

What’s your favourite piece of jewelry?
Wee froggie.

What is your secret weapon to lure the opposite sex?

Not really much of a lurer. I dunno. Show up, bring boobs?

Middle name?
Corinne.

Name three thoughts at this exact moment:

1. My contacts are itchy.
2. I still have wine bottle label remnants under my nails. (Had to clean them off for my parents’ wine-making tomorrow.)
3. Wonder how Violet and Coffee’s meeting with the boys went?

What time did you wake up today?
6am. It’s getting harder and harder.

Current hate?
Having to go anywhere near a mall.

Name three drinks you regularly drink:

1. black coffee
2. water, particularly RO
3. hot chocolate (far too much of it in the winter)

Do you own slippers?
I am wearing them now. I asked for new ones for Christmas.

What shirt are you wearing?
A grey tank top and one of my “work shirts”, i.e. one of two ancient, shredded, giant men’s denim shirts left over from two jobs ago.

Do you burn or tan?
Both, but I try to avoid the sun. Not good for the rosacea.

Favourite colour(s)?
Red. Jewel tones. Anything that very clearly reflects a person I know.

Would you be a pirate?
In the now-mythical sense, hellz yeah. In the real sense, no way. Talk about nasty, brutish and short lives.

What is your favourite holiday?
Hmm, dunno. My birthday? Hallowe’en?

What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don’t sing in the shower. Oddly, I do sing pretty much everywhere else.

What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
Nothing, really. Though occasionally when horsing around Dad and Chad would pin the covers down around me when I was under them, and I’d freak.

What’s in your pockets right now?
Nothing.

Last thing that made you laugh?
“Packin’ skin”. Heh.

Best bed sheets as a child?

The classic flannel ones that came in sort of a cream colour with a couple of pink or blue stripes along the end.

Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Umm… I’ve had stitches twice, but both before I can remember the injury. Maybe when my brother accidentally slammed a door on my hand and nearly severed the end of my ring finger?

Are your parents still together?
Most definitely.

Do you wish on shooting stars?
But of course. Haven’t seen one in eons, though.

What is your favourite book(s)?
Depends on the conversation. The Count of Monte Cristo remains up there, as does Fall On Your Knees.

What is your favourite candy?
Chocolate. Recently, mint chocolates.

How is the weather outside right now?
Dark, dry, clear, teeny sliver of moon, nearly -10C.

What was your first thought this morning when you woke up?
Fuck off, Anatole. He thinks 6am is a perfectly reasonable hour to jump back and forth across my head, sniff me and tickle my nostrils with his whiskers (HATE THAT), and talk to me to try and convince me to get up and snuggle/feed him.

Meme

From Sherry, via Rose

(I went with a selection of alternative universes, like Sherry did, rather than a detailed riff on one, like Rose did.)

– alcoholic novelist

– farmer’s market baker (not one of the cute daughters they use to sell produce, more the robust ones who make cinnamon buns)

– pet manicurist

– assassin (bladed weapon specialist)

– SAHM with two sets of twins

– nylon wind-suit and blindingly white running shoes-wearing mall walker

– professional sniffer in the perfume industry

Meme

As snagged from Sherry, though I’ve seen it a few other places, too, since.

Caveat: there are a small handful of these that kinda ring a bell, but I can’t, for the life of me, peg whether I actually have read them or not, even with the help of Amazon. In those cases, I’ve erred on the side of ignorance. Also, until now I’ve not had the room to store many books, so there are some on this list that I’ve read and loved (and many others not on this list) that certainly pass my criteria for ownership, but which I do not yet own.

In the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)

6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
– I liked the movies, but barely managed to slog through the first book
+8. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
+11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
+13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)

14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
+16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
+17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
+19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
+20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) – Dear Holden Caulfield, I hate you.
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
+26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
– it boggles my mind that people consider this great romance, these people are all fucked
28. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) – not a big schmaltz fan, heard enough about the movie
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
*36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
+37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)

42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)

44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
+45. Bible – parts of it, and sometimes in front of the congregation, does that count?
+46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
+47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)

50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
+52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
+53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
+54. Great Expectations (Dickens)

55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
+57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
+58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
+59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
+60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
+64. Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice) – Lordy, now wasn’t THAT a phase… 🙂
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
+69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
+70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)

72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)

+74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
+76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)

77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)

79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
+80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On the Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)

83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)

86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)

*89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)

91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)

93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)

97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
– too late not to touch it… blech
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) – tried, rebelled, I despise Joyce

Meme.

Easier than thinking. Courtesy of… oh, everyone.

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

Visited San Francisco, bought a Mac.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t really make resolutions. I got started on a few things I want to change, and we managed to get my brother all sorted. For this year it’s still about changing things. And moving.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A relative or two, a WNETer… think that’s about it.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandpa died in April.

5. What countries did you visit?

As per Sherry, Quebec (cuz it’s a “nation”), and the United States of America. Hoping to hit Europe again this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

Money, for most of it. Some more dates would have been nice. A job I love. A dog. Some degree-directed classes under my belt. More travel…

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory?

Hrm. March 7th. And August 4th.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finishing helping my brother get his life back.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t think I majorly failed at anything.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not really. Got somewhat sick once in the fall. Is getting sadly out of shape an illness?

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A toss up between Octavian and my trip to SF.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My family’s. Several friends’.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

A couple acquaintances. Some world leaders…

14. Where did most of your money go?

Heh. First to my brother, then a very brief loan, then to travel, a computer, clothes… and my Visa bill. 🙂

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My SF trip and meeting Michelle and Michael. My new computer. My brother’s house selling. My birthday. Sherry getting a job. Dana and Coffee moving here. Sex. 🙂

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2006?

I don’t think there are any that remind me of the year in general. There are a handful of songs that remind me of specific people or situations.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder? happier
2. thinner or fatter? same
3. richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Travel. Saving. Education. Writing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying. Obsessing. Infatuating.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent it with vast hordes of various people with islands of very necessary alone time.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Probably my Mom or my brother. Not a phone fan.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006?

I’m not sure.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

None.

24. What was your favourite TV programme?

Dexter, maybe Heroes.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope.

26. What was the best book(s) you read?

Just one? Bugger. Jasper Fforde was good, as always. Same with Augusten Burroughs. And Neil Gaiman. And Christopher Moore… The Birth House was really good, as was The Tattoo Artist, A Round-heeled Woman. Is that enough?

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I didn’t discover him, but I continue to be occasionally freaked out at how affecting I find Damien Rice.

28. What did you want and get?

My brother to be happy. A trip. My investment back.

29. What did you want and not get?

A boyfriend? A dog. A new job.

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

Let’s see… what did I like… Casino Royale, V for Vendetta, X-Men, Clerks II, Charlotte’s Web, An Inconvenient Truth, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Kinky Boots… A few I saw at the Film Fest…

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I had a lovely brunch at La Vieille Auberge in Rockwood with Sherry, Andrew, and Dana, and I got a red Kitchenaid mixer. 🙂

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Oh, I dunno, unfathomable wealth? 🙂

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

I really don’t care that much.

34. What kept you sane?

Friends, writing, the HS.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Dunno. Kate Winslet, as usual, I guess.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Political issues don’t stir me. They usually make me sigh and want to run away to a deserted island.

37. Who did you miss?

A couple of friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Michelle and Michael (for different reasons).

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

There is very little in life that is actually a crisis.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

I already did. 🙂 Thanks, Hawksley.