Okay, I’m breaking my self-imposed LiveJournal silence, but only for a meme, which was ganked from Tommx. [some answers edited on 30 December 02003]
What did you do in 02003 that you’d never done before? Lived by myself. Went to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Hamburg with Scott. Threw up as a result of drinking too much at FunkyPlaid’s going-away party. Went to the movies by myself. Was featured on an open-mic night. Went on a blind date. Met They Might Be Giants. Drank a martini.
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t remember if I even made them last year. I won’t make them for next year.
Did anyone close to you give birth? I hope not. That would be messy.
Did anyone close to you die? No.
What countries did you visit? The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
What would you like to have in 02004 that you lacked in 02003? Peace of mind.
What date from 02003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 31 October 02003, because of the wonderful first date with the MSG.
What was your biggest achievement of the year? Living on my own … and enjoying the hell out of it.
What was your biggest failure? Not getting my undergrad stuff done in time so I could get into grad school for the fall. hrf
Did you suffer illness or injury? I fell up a flight of stairs, and I got the Evil Death Flu of Doom.
What was the best thing you bought? My 12” PowerBook. (Thanks, Gramma.)
Whose behavior merited celebration? My two full-time employees. Sent from above, they were.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Dubya, of course.
Where did most of your money go? Rent.
What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to Europe. Graduating from college. My very first “featured” poetry reading. Meeting John and John of They Might Be Giants in person.
What song will always remind you of 02003? “Till the Clouds Clear” by Lamb.
Compared to this time last year, are you: i. happier or sadder? a bajillion times happier. ii. thinner or fatter? thinner. iii. richer or poorer? richer, but only by a few bucks.
What do you wish you’d done more of? Reading.
What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying.
How will you be spending Christmas? Relaxing with the MSG and his assorted familial units. NOT traveling, for once in my life, thank the Light.
[Someone apparently stole 21. What kind of fucking sicko steals 21 from a questionnaire? Bastards.]
Did you fall in love in 02003? Yes.
How many one-night stands? Zero.
What was your favorite TV program? Considering I haven’t owned a television for the entirety of 02003, I will have to say “Farscape” on DVD. Yay, Netflix!
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I’m not a hater. But if anything, I’ve let go of bad feelings for a few people that I had been carrying around a while.
What was the best book you read? We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
What was your greatest musical discovery? Lamb. (Thanks, D.)
What did you want and get? My 12” PowerBook.
[29 is also suspiciously absent. I believe it was kidnapped by aliens. It had something to do with Nutella. Aliens love Nutella.]
What was your favorite film of this year? “Lost in Translation” by a landslide. Although I haven’t seen “The Return of the King” yet.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Prepared for my trip to Europe. I was 30.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I hadn’t beaten myself up over the choices I’ve made.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 02003? BWAHAHAH. “Personal fashion concept”? Are you kidding me? Try my USUAL personal fashion concept: anything black, charcoal, aubergine, silver or pearl-white that appeals to my slightly quirky and androgynous sense of style. Big black boots. Biker jacket. Silver pocketwatch. Little to no makeup or perfume. You get the gist.
What kept you sane? Talking with my friends. Writing. Dancing. Singing in the car. Walking. Masturbating. And occasionally, screaming my fool head off.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? John Linnell of They Might Be Giants.
What political issue stirred you the most? USA PATRIOT Act (H.R. 3162). No surprise there.
Who did you miss? FunkyPlaid. Lara. Roe. Adam. Lunesse. Dad. Mom. Star Chamber.
Who was the best new person you met? How does one evaluate “best” when it comes to people? I met several wonderful folks this year, but I’m not going to rank them.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 02003: Do not hold things in. Let them out. Be compassionate when you do, but let them out. Your opinions, your concerns, your feelings are every bit as important as others’ and those close to you will know and respect this. Smothering them does no one any good. Let them out.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
what’s left to say with all that’s come and gone words get in the way and anyway the devil’s got your tongue and a storm brews inside and there’s nowhere to hide it’s gonna blow your cover sky high if you let this thing go it’s gonna burn it’s gonna burn you’re gonna take the whole world with you when you go
o what you gonna do when the storm takes over o what you gonna do when the storm takes over
so here you are demons screaming in your head you try to shut them out but they just get louder instead and nothing you do can seem to break through this darkness smothering you when it takes hold your heart turns cold the very soul seeps out of you
o what you gonna do when the storm takes over you can you hold this thing can you hold this thing till the clouds clear
Back to lurking in the shadows for this little introvert. Nothing to see here, move along …