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December 16, 2004

2004 in Questions

Happily nabbed from Aimercat.

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Move to the 310.
2. Did you keep your 2004 resolutions? Will you make more for 2005?
I make birthday resolutions, rather than Jan. 1 resolutions, so... n/a, really.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Only kitties.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Diane Smyth, Lawrence Parke.
5. What countries did you visit?
Just this one.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Sense of peace with my physical existence. Relief and release from chronic pain.
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
August 17th: Discovered my first grey hair.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Growing as a person. Becoming evermore the person I love being.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not rebounding quickly enough from the little bumps in the road.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the usual chronic pain, migraines, blah blah blah.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Keith's; when faced with cruelty, he redefined grace for me.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The hooded cowards who beheaded human beings on-camera for the world to see.
13. Where did most of your money go?
LASIK surgery.
14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Catalina (our new sofa). I know... I'm a geek.
15. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Bowling for Soup's "1985," ironically.
16. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Far happier. And I was elated this time last year. Just keeps getting better and better.
b) thinner or fatter?
Fatter, methinks. Weigh-in will be after Christmas at my annual exam. Considering I lost 35 pounds in 2003 and gained 50 in 2004... and have lost some of THAT... well... who knows?!?
c) richer or poorer?
Far richer. And I was in good shape this time last year. See "A." Rock on.
17. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Take time off and relax.
18. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Stress about anything.
19. How will you be spending Christmas?
As usual, Orphans' Christmas Dinner with the gang I love so much. We rarely see each other outside of Christmas Dinner, but it's always a highlight of the year. This year, Shelley's house. Yay!
20. Did you fall in love in 2004?
I fall in love daily.
21. What was your favorite TV program?
"Significant Others," of course.
22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate. I move on.
23. What was the best book you read?
"Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting," even though it was a 2003 gift. I read and reread and even bought ten copies this year to give to others.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not a discovery... a renewed love for LIVE Pixies action. Awesome.
25. What did you want and get?
Everything but physical peace.
26. What did you want and not get?
See above.
27. What was your favorite film of this year?
"Ray," though I would say "Big Fish" too... even though I saw it on December 31st of 2003. Awesome films.
28. What did you do on your birthday? How old were you?
Ate chocolate chip pancakes from IHOP. 34.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Winning the lottery. And I mean more than the $2 we won.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
I don't understand that question.
31. What kept you sane?
Writing. Loving. Friendship. Kitties. Long walks with Keith. Talking everything out, all the time. Faith.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
John Edwards. Jon Stewart. John Cusack.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
My goodness, so many of them. And really, I did everything I could. Why linger?
34. Who did you miss?
My mother, as always.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
Man... that's tough. Chemin Bernard, Abby Casey, Sharon Gardner, Blake Robbins (I'd say Subhash Mandal, but I met him in 2003)... man... a tough one. I love so many people right now!
36. What valuable life lesson did you learn in 2004?
You can never be sick enough to heal the ill. So, be well. Live well. Teach well. Being poor will never erase poverty. Being angry will never erase anger. And the only way to solve a problem is with compassion and grace.
37. What song lyrics sum up your year?
In Heaven
Everything is fine
In Heaven
Everything is fine
In Heaven
Everything is fine
You've got your good thing
And I've got mine

Posted by bonnie at December 16, 2004 10:18 PM