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Evaluating 2004

Lovely day...windy, but sunny. The papers tell me that there isn't a hope in hell that Xmas will be white this year, but then, I can't remember when the last time was. A friend of mine turned up with a black eye and claimed it was from skating; and I can't remember when the last time was I went skating, either. Although...yes, I do! It was all of 5 minutes 2 or 3 years ago at Somerset House. God, that rink is tiny! Hard to believe quarter of a million people turn up there for their very own Torquil & Dean impression every year.

Reading through my flist it seems the majority is preparing to take a break from LJ over the next week or so -- perhaps I should do the same. Don't know if I can, though; sometimes it feels as if this journal has taken over my life. Every random thought, every minor irritation, and every new experience seems to find its way into this database eventually. I don't know what I'd do if LJ ever stopped...curl up and die, I expect. Or become seriously disgruntled at the very least.

I'm not feeling too good: headachey and nauseous, I do hope I'm not coming down with something. I had a weird dream in which I was responsible for the well-being of a great big hairy spider, and had to be constantly on the lookout for people who wanted to squish him (it was a him). In the end, I found him a home with another, even bigger spider...then suddenly remembered that certain female spiders have a nasty habit of ripping their mate's head off. I rushed back in to save him, but unfortunately woke up before I knew whether I had or not. I've been in a funny mood ever since.

I haven't really got anything to say, so I'll end this post with a bit of memage:


1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Went go-karting, and had a taste of the con experience

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do New Year's resolutions; never have, never will

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No -- yes! What am I thinking? RL friend Nicole's had a baby boy earlier this year, called Joris

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. I lost 2 friends this year; one in an accident and one to cancer. In point of fact, this year has been the worst in people that I knew dying since 1978, when I lost 3 friends in quick succession

5. What countries did you visit?
The US, Britain and Germany

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Money, and loads of it

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The first week of June...meeting Cass and Jules for the very first time in RL

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don't know; forging new friendships, perhaps? For in order to do that, you have to break down the walls you've unwittingly built, and let people in

9. What was your biggest failure?
Succumbing to the craving for a cigarette, after giving up smoking in 1987

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Got RSI and hurt my ankle

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A home computer

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My nephew Mick, who turned himself around from being a godawful obnoxious teenager (à la Kevin) to a reasonable and likeable human being

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The US soldiers sadistically humiliating the prisoners in Abu Ghraib, and the higher eschelon failing to take responsibility

14. Where did most of your money go?
Fuck knows -- bills and groceries, I'd wager

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Common Rotation. I only discovered them for myself in June, and instantly became the total fangirl I never was in my teens

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Any song by Common Rotation, really -- but most especially, 'Pawn'

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter
iii. richer or poorer?The same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercising, dieting, taking care of myself

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Taking my work home with me

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With a good book, I hope.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
No...although some would claim I did ;-)

23. How many one-night stands?
None

24. What was your favorite TV program?
AtS S5 -- followed by Sex & The City, Escape to the Country and North & South

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think so -- actually, I can't think of anyone I hate

26. What was the best book/fanfic you read?
I haven't read much fanfic this year; of those I did, I enjoyed calove's Moving On and Keep On Moving the most, and not just because she is my friend.
The book I've most enjoyed is always the one I've just finished...but for this entire year, I'd have to go with Captain Corelli's Mandolin, I think


27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Common Rotation

28. What did you want and get?
To meet Cass & Julie at MR04

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Pirates of the Caribbean...or was that last year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went out with some of my mates, trying to forget the fact that now I'm 42 and still clueless

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A change of career...but I'm working on that

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Yellow laceups are the shit!

(the shit = American for wicked,/very good,/excellent!...calove and I were quite taken aback when we heard JM use the expression when talking about somebody else, until it was explained to us that he was actually paying that person a compliment)

34. What kept you sane?
My friendships

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Up until MR04, JM...after that, no one really, except for the usual suspects: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Sean Bean, Johnny Depp...oh, and that bloke that played Mr. Thornton in North & South, Richard something I think his name is.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Freedom of expression

37. Who did you miss?
My long-term best friend Nicole, who's had to deal with a new baby, a sick husband, and after the sudden death of her favourite brother, is going through what I hope is a passing phase of not wanting to see anybody

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met so many new people this year, and I'm thankful to each and every one of them for enriching my life in no small measure: calove, who is a true friend and a wonderful person; julchek, bogwitch; and Eric, Jordan and Adam: these guys rawk!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
It doesn't do to deny yourself for too long; it leads to much stress and identity crisis

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

Help me I feel like I'm weightless
Floating right out of your hands
And there's only so much I aspire to
Taking one day at a time
And deliverance has many faces
But grace is an acquaintance of mine


(David Sylvian, Wanderlust)

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( 35 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
hils
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not taking a break from LJ! I just won't have PC access while I'm at my parents...or not as much as I do at home anyway
gamiila
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh well, that's a relief! I'll see you on here then. ;-)
hils
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yup! I can't be without my beloved LJ for too long
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desdemonaspace
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
You're not a failure! You helped both your parents this year, and you're a responsible and caring pet owner. That's not chopped liver. Neither is.

Re: 13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The US soldiers sadistically humiliating the prisoners in Abu Ghraib, and the higher eschelon failing to take responsibility...


WORD!
gamiila
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
You're not a failure!

Thanks for the vote of confidence! But you were too quick for me...on reading through my post, I had second thoughts about that bit myself. I'm just not in the best frame of mind at the moment -- but I'll be better next year, I promise!
desdemonaspace
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
It's a depressing time of year. :: pets you ::
gamiila
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I meant to say: there were lots of awful things that happened this year -- the bombings in Madrid, the kidnapping and killing of civilians in Iraq, the siege at Beslan, the murder of Theo van Gogh...but Abu Ghraib sticks out in my memory because it came as such a shock. I may not have been in support of the war and seriously questioned Bush's motives for starting it, but I thought the US military would at least behave themselves as (for want of a better word) liberators and not tyrants. By stooping to the level of the toppled regime, they proved themselves unworthy as representatives of the enlightened West -- or so it seemed to me.
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bogwitch
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'll still be around, not as much over the weekend, but still about.
gamiila
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oh good!

How's Cordelia, still giving you grief? Or have you spanked her inner moppet into behaving?
bogwitch
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC)
Moppet has been duly spanked, but it was a struggle.
gamiila
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see the result!
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vegmb
Dec. 23rd, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
I will not be away from lj, at least I don't plan to be. I don't post as much from home as I do from work, but I will only be off 4 days, 2 for Christmas, 1 for my bd and 1 for New Years. I may have to post during that time to stay sane...too much time at home with my kids and husband!
gamiila
Dec. 23rd, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
too much time at home with my kids and husband!

Oh you know you'll love it! Happy holidays, hon!
calove
Dec. 25th, 2004 01:01 am (UTC)
It seems you and I share the most memorable dates, what we wanted and got, memorable song of the year (I will never forget that performance) and lack of one-night stands. As to new friends - I'm happy to have a very special, warm, ever interesting, marginally obsessive (at least in one respect), and slightly accident-prone friend in you. Even if your taste in fanfic is suspect ;)

((hugs))
gamiila
Dec. 25th, 2004 10:17 am (UTC)
My taste in fanfic is not suspect! It's just, I haven't read a whole lot of it this year...;-)
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