2004 year in review

I’m breaking tradition this year and filling out that ‘year in review’ questionnaire instead of writing a month-by-month review of the past year, because honestly, I don’t remember much of this past year and I didn’t keep a good written record of my life recently. I’ll be working on writing more in my paper journal this coming year so I don’t resort to using the questionnaire again. Playing the ‘weblog up, weblog down’ game also inhibited me from keeping a good record of my day to day life, so this questionnaire highlights the things I do remember without having my past entries to help me remember things I wouldn’t remember off the top of my head.

Now, onto the questionnaire!

  1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? I got engaged, for one!
  2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept the only one I remembered; to drink more water to keep myself more hydrated. Other than that, nope! I don’t remember any of the ones I made last year, and I don’t think I’ll consciously make any this year. I’ll play it by ear.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope.
  5. What countries did you visit? Just the United States; I haven’t been out of the country for 5 years now.
  6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? A two bedroom apartment with :scott:, a full time job I enjoy, and more local friends.
  7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 17th, the day Scott asked me to marry him.
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Honestly, I’m not sure. Getting over events from the past, more than likely.
  9. What was your biggest failure? Allowing myself to become unhappy about my life when I honestly have nothing to be unhappy about.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope.
  11. What was the best thing you bought? My Ipod back in March.
  12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Scott’s, of course, and the behavior of all my friends, especially :krissy: and :josh:.
  13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My former boss’s.
  14. Where did most of your money go? Food, rent, bills; exciting, I know!
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Getting engaged, Scott graduating and getting a new job, playing :swg: and :eq2:.
  16. What songs will always remind you of 2004? “Elevator Love Letter” by Stars, “The Laws Have Changed” by the New P0rnographers, and “Fallen Angel” by Elbow.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    1. happier or sadder? About the same.
    2. thinner or fatter? A little thinner.
    3. richer or poorer? Much, much richer!
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Scrapbooking, writing my abandoned :nano: novel, cooking for myself, reading; I do way too many things.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Cried over things I didn’t need to cry over, sitting around on the internet doing nothing, whining about my life
  20. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent Christmas Day at Scott’s parents’ house in Illinois; we opened presents in the morning, Scott’s mom taught me how to quilt, and we went on a tour of the power plant in which Scott’s dad works. All in all, I had a very interesting Christmas.
  21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with in 2004? My mother; she’s the only one I talk on the phone with!
  22. Did you fall in love in 2004? Just more in love with Scott; hey, stop gagging!
  23. How many one-night stands? Too, too many to count – err, I mean, none!
  24. What was your favorite TV program? American Chopper before it became really popular and overblown.
  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope; I don’t hate anyone, really.
  26. What was the best book you read? Any of the books from the Wheel of Time series.
  27. What was your greatest musical discovery? The New P0rnographers, The Apples in Stereo, Air; lots of new music, surprisingly!
  28. What did you want and get? An engagement ring (!), a new video card, motherboard, RAM, monitor, and computer case, and my Ipod.
  29. What did you want and not get? A full time job, a Pocket PC, and a Mac laptop.
  30. What was your favorite film of this year? Napoleon Dynamite, hands down!
  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Since my birthday’s on Christmas Day, I did exactly the same thing I did on that day; I turned 24.
  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Living with Scott
  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? The same as it’s been the past few years; eclectically stylish with many different colors and patterns. I love my old polyester!
  34. What kept you sane? Music, computer games, Scott, and the many crafts I do.
  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None. I’ve never been big on celebrities.
  36. What political issue(s) stirred you the most? The election, naturally!
  37. Who did you miss? Kelly, Carolyn, and other friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.
  38. Who was the best new person you met? Call me a nerd, but the people in my :swg: guild. I’ve had fun with them in game and the times we’ve met up in person.
  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: Everything will work itself out; never be afraid to ask for help from other people.
  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: “Gotta find a way to get home strong/Gotta find a way back home .” – “Bluebird of Happiness” by Mojave 3