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Big ol' Yearly Meme

Posted on 2010.12.30 at 21:32
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1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?: Won a national award at work, ate at a top-notch restaurant in Melbourne, hosted visitors from overseas in my own (our own) place, didn't live "at home" (i.e. with Mum et al) for one calendar year

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?: Not really something I do

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?: Sally did. A couple of people at work will soon, too

4. Did anyone close to you die?: My great-aunt did recently, although I guess it depends on your definition of "close"

5. What countries did you visit?: For the first time since 2007, I didn't leave Australia all year

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?: A trip to Scandinavia?

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?: It sounds really stupid to say May 30, but watching Lena win Eurovision that night was just completely magical. December 8, being the day I got my secondment, would be up there too

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?: It's not so much "my" achievement, but it's impossible to go past the visa being granted. The way the holiday (particularly the Estonians-in-Brisbane part) worked out was awesome, too

9. What was your biggest failure?: Letting myself get the better of myself

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?: A cold or two and a very spectacular bout of tonsilitis

11. What was the best thing you bought?: Airfares to Melbourne would be well up on that list. I'm also rather partial to my Brett Favre jersey

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?: Pretty much everyone's. It's bee a damn good year

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?: Tony Abbott

14. Where did most of your money go?: Leisure expenses of varying sorts

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?: Melbourne, Krista's folks coming to visit, the secondment

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?: If not "Satellite", then definitely "Glow"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?: Happier. It's been a good year

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?: I always say "socialising with people", but it never helps me to do it

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?: Thinking

20. How did you spend Christmas?: More quietly than of late. None of the lunatic back-and-forth that normally happens, but no less enjoyably

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?: I already was

23. How many one-night stands?: None

24. What was your favorite TV program?: "MasterChef" was probably the revelation of the year, although I'll also say that "QI" turned out to be good viewing as well as "The Big Bang Theory", "Yes We Canberra" and "Cops LAC" (of which I was apparently the only viewer). Eurovision was of course in there too

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?: I wouldn't say so, no

26. What was the best book you read?: Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy". I've only read the first two yet, but they are genius

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?: I can't really think of any major ones this year. 2010's seemingly been more about getting more into acts I already know. Well, maybe Madcon

28. What did you want and get?: Krista's visa

29. What did you want and not get?: The ability to take a breath sometimes

30. What was your favorite film of this year?: "Man som hatar kvinnor" ("Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"). This is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen on the big screen

31.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?: I turned 25 and had a very low-key time of it. There was a celebration, but barely anyone made it. The day after my birthday we had a family dinner at Mum's place

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?: Not having to do another visa thing next year

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?: Not sure I had one

34. What, Who kept you sane?: The wonderful people I know and their ability to manufacture good times without any warning

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?: Can't think of any

36. What political issue stirred you the most?: The Ruddsassination. Say what you want about the man, but I count him as a friend and it really broke my heart to see him forced out

37. Who did you miss?: Nobody too much

38. Who was the best new person you met?: Not sure. Westpac Yoda and Aaron really became great mates and our lunacy became legendary

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010: That change comes from within, and it can work both ways

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "See we try to reach out/Get the world to see/Though we all feel different/You are just like me" from Madcon's "Glow". Or more poetically, "This life of mine, this life of mine/Ain't the life I had in mind/But if I'm bold enough/Wise enough then I could make this life worthwhile/I could make this life worth a smile" from Kareem Salama's "This Life of Mine"

In 2010, did you:

Stayed single almost the whole year?: Not in the slightest

Kissed someone?: Yep

Done something you've regretted?: A couple of stupid things

Lost someone?: No

Cut class?: Nope

Were involved in something you'll never forget?: Several things

Visited a different country?: None

Cooked a gross meal?: Nope. I'm usually not allowed to cook, so limited chances here

Lost something important to you?: Not really, no

Got a gift you adore?: A few

Tripped over a coffee table?: No

Dyed your hair?: Nope

Came close to losing your life?: Nowhere near

Went to a party?: One or two

Read a good book?: Several

Saw one of your favorite bands/artists live?: Strangely enough, yes. I had the joy of seeing Mr Jason Barry-Smith as Count Danilo in "The Merry Widow", and the man is still a god among singers

Did you meet any new friends this year?: A few

Did you dislike anyone?: If I'm honest, yes

Did you grow apart from anyone?: I doubt it

Do you have any regrets when it comes to your friendships?: Not really, no

2010: Your BIRTHDAY!

Did you have a cake?: Yes. Krista made a black forest cake, and it was a raging success

Did you get any presents?: A goodly collection

What was the best part?: I don't really know. It was kind of low-key and in a way never really felt like it "happened". Everyone shouting "happy birthday" as I left work the day before was kind of fun

2010: All about YOU

Did you change at all this year?: I think I've become more determined

Did you get your hair cut?: Roughly 3 times

Did you change your style?: I don't think I did

Were you in school?: Nope

Did you get good grades?: My performance reviews were good

Did you have a job?: I did indeed. I was a banker

Did you drive?: No. I don't drive

Did anyone close to you give birth?: Sally

Did you move at all?: Not as in moving house

Did you go on any vacations?: Caloundra (twice), O'Reilly's, Adelaide and Melbourne

Would you change anything about yourself now?: I'd probably chuck some cold water on myself every now and again

2010: Wrap up:

Was 2010 a good year?: It was a strangely challenging year, but worth it

Do you think 2011 will top 2010?: If the planets align, it could easily

I confess that in 2010 I...

() stayed single for the whole year
() kissed in the snow
(x) celebrated Halloween (well, I ran around at work with a sheet over my head)
(x) had your heart broken (not romantically, though)
() mooned someone
() went over the minutes on your cell phone
() someone questioned your sexual orientation
() came out of the closet
() gotten pregnant
() had an abortion
(x) done something you've regretted

In 2010 I...

() painted a picture
(x) wrote a poem (a rap and a "Christmas Carol")
() ran a mile
() shopped at Hollister, Aeropostale, or Abercrombie and Fitch
() posted a blog on MySpace
() visited a foreign country
() cut in a line of waiting people
() told someone you were busy when you weren't
() partied to celebrate the new year
() cooked a disastrous meal
() lied about how old you were
() prank called someone
() broke a promise
() fell out of love
(x) lied
() cried over a broken heart
(x) disappointed someone close
() hid a secret
(x) pretended to be happy
() slept under the stars
() kept your new years resolutions
() forgot your new years resolutions
() met someone who changed your life
() met one of your idols
(x) changed your outlook on life
() sat home all day doing nothing
() pretended to be sick
() left the country
() almost died
() given up on something/someone important to you
() lost something expensive
(x) learned something new about yourself
(x) tried something you normally wouldn't try and liked it
(x) made a change in your life
(x) found out who your true friends were
(x) met great people
() stayed up til sunrise
() cried over the silliest thing
() had friends who were drifting away from you
() had a high cell phone bill
() spent most of your money on food
() had a fist fight
() went to the beach with your best friend(s)
(x) gotten sick
() liked more than 5 people at the same time
(x) became closer with people

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