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Dec. 10th, 2004 | 03:08 am
music: Title: Opening- The New World * Artist: Songs for a New World

Because sometimes reflection is good. And because memes give me something to write about without having to actually have original thoughts.

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
2004 was a year of changes. I moved to California. I moved into my own apartment. I learned to cook (and subsequently found out I actually LIKE) eggplant. I submitted an abstract for conference presentation.

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't believe in new year's resolutions. I would rather not start off a year feeling guilty about the things that I know I should do better at but will most certainly be failing at failing at improving upon by the middle of January.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nobody close to me. I know some people who did. But they're not close.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year, thankfully. Unless something awful happens in the next 3 weeks.

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada. Yay for Beta cubed!

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A loving relationship.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory?
July 31st: when I moved away from my beloved NYC, April 9th: when I FINALLY got a certain parasite out of my life.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I was accepted into a Ph.D. program at Berkeley, #2 University in the World.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think I had any gross failures in 2004, surprisingly. I think my biggest failure was perhaps not being my most confident, best self at graduate school interviews, so I didn't get in at as many places as I would have liked.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lots of bruises. But nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Best gift: My CAR! Yay for German engineering!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My mom. It always does. But this year even more than others. Also, Heidi, Janice, Crissie and so many others.

3. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
J.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Before September: Dance. After September: Rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Cal football! Getting in to Berkeley. Foxtrot. Quickstep!!!

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2004?
"New York State of Mind" The Avenue Q Cast Recording.

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

i. happier or sadder?
Some of both. Well. No, compared to this exact time last year, I'm much happier. Compared to about six months ago, I am sadder.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Pretty much the same. Maybe a couple pounds fatter. meh.

iii. richer or poorer?
Poorer. MUCH poorer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
hmmm. I actually managed to be pretty balanced this year. Read books for fun, I guess.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Less hookups (too many were too meaningless. I don't regret them exactly, but I think I would be happier having done less of it). Also less feeling sorry for myself.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
In northern Minnesota. Hopefully skiing.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Yes. Unfortunately, I think I also fell out of love. Twice.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?
Is it a one night stand if there is no sex?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Depends... Jan - March: Queer Eye. Summer: Trading Spaces. Fall: Gilmore Girls. At least they're witty.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yes. Well, no. I don't really *hate* anyone. But there are definitely people that I don't like now that I did like at this time last year.

26. What was the best book you read?
Anne of Green Gables. Yes, I realize most people read this when they are 13 and it took me till I was 22 to read it, but still. Lovely lovely book.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
hmmm. Maroon 5. I don't care if it's cliche.

28. What did you want and get?
A Silver Volkswagen.

29. What did you want and not get?
To visit this one person. Tried. Failed. Though it wasn't really my fault.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Oh dear. That's hard. Probably DeLovely.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 22. And I took a Bikram yoga class with friends and then went to dinner at Cosi.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A good dance partner and fun at competition.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Classic, elegant, but still current and with a slight flare for the dramatic.

34. What kept you sane?
Dance. Well, it did after I dumped evil partner who I really think had a secret wish to kill me. During the period during which I was dealing with him, school. Oh, the irony.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you like the most?
I hate celebrities and public figures. I resent their success. Not really. But I can't think of anyone I particularly liked this year.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I was not particularly stirred, actually.

37. Who did you miss?
NYC. Oh, sorry, you said Who. All the NYU Ballroom people. Crissie. Seton. My mom.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmmm. Dave. Yuliy. Steve. Matt.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Whatever method of defining yourself you choose (innately who you are, what you do, who you're with, etc) is fine, but make wise choices within that method.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
General:
I know it's trite. But: "So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's DOA"

More personal:
"There's a fine, fine line between love and a waste of time."

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