1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
driven to Alaska, moved in with a significant other, survived a chicago winter
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make resolutions, because I know I'm just going to do whatever I want to anyway and I try to act in my own best interests at any rate. Maybe, if I had to, to try and be more assertive.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A cousin, but we aren't really close.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Maybe a plan that extends farther than next year. I had a nice conversation with an indian man on the train platform today about my viola, which kind of derteriorated into him asking me repeatedly what I wanted to do next and me saying "I don't know!!!" Also, to spend the holidays with Anna next year. This bites right now.
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting into Civic orchestra.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I can't remember any big ones, just an endless procession of little ones. Mostly viola related. Perhaps playing my jury last year and then having my teacher tell me that his wife said "I don't look like one of his students."
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A camera for Anna, for Christmas.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Anna was really good to me last year when I was having a hard time adjusting.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Bush and co., Pat Robertson (thanks, Lauren), way too many people, honestly.
14. Where did most of your money go?
food :-) as it should be
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
Maybe Le Tigre's cover of "I'm So Excited." When Anna would visit last year we would dance our asses off to it in my little bedroom.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Happier!!! Anna's here instead of far away, I'm a little more adjusted to my life as a grad-school loser, and I finally know where stuff is in Chicago.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Explored the city more. Read more. Practiced more.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Taking stupid-ass online quizzes.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Next year? Hopefully with Anna somewhere.
21. How will you be spending New Years?
Why would I plan that far in advance?
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Nope, can't say I did.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favourite TV program?
The Daily Show, Sex and the City, the L Word (although we have a slightly contentious relationship)
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
hate is such a strong word
26. What was the best book you read?
I hate questions like this. I read so damn many good books this year, I can't even remember half of them right now.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
um, I discovered that I actually kind of like some of the Dixie Chicks :-/
28. What did you want and get?
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
shit, I don't know
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had rehearsal, then I picked up Anna from a party and we couldn't find a spot and the car got towed.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having last quarter end better.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Same old, same old.
34. What kept you sane?
the internet, sadly. and Anna
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Perhaps the transgendered rights movement, if I had to single one out. I learned a lot about it, and it's so under-represented.
37. Who did you miss?
All of my friends from Tucson :-( Anna, for much of the year.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Miriam cracks me up. And Josh, my straight quaker roommate who loves the drag kings as much as I do.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005
You can get through a lot of bad shit.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"There's a very fine line between a groove and a rut/ a fine line between eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts" -Christine Lavine, "Prisoners of Their Hairdos"