What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?
Raised $2000 for Charity, Walked 60kms, Dated (before this year Iï¿½d never done the whole ï¿½noncommittal wining and diningï¿½ thing), Worked full-time all year (I miss school!), Applied for EI (damn me and my elite job-finding skills, I wasnï¿½t unemployed long enough to collect).
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I checked the archives, but I didnï¿½t make any tangible ones. At least, I certainly donï¿½t remember what I was thinking at the time I wrote them. I’m not much of a resolutions person anyway, though I’ll toss a few in here for fun. Resolution: Make resolutions
Did anyone close to you die?
Finally, no. 2004 was a funeral-free yearï¿½ 2002/2003 were not so lucky.
What countries did you visit?
Only our esteemed neighbours to the South. Resolution: Change that this year.
What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A larger bed. Seriously. Soonï¿½ Resolution: Go Bed Shopping
What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can barely remember what date it is today ï¿½ I never remember dates things happened on. See those things I hadnï¿½t done before this year ï¿½ Iï¿½ll definitely remember those.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Doing the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Itï¿½s so seriously beyond anything I thought I could do at the time.
What was your biggest failure?
There are no failures, only lessons. Iï¿½ve also never actually failed at anything Iï¿½ve put my mind to succeeding at, so I honestly canï¿½t think of any.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Hmmï¿½ no I donï¿½t think so.
What was the best thing you bought?
Hmmï¿½ Iï¿½m pretty sure the TV was this year, so Iï¿½ll say that. I bought a lot of crap this year though.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
All the friends who rallied around me when I was low. Seriously people, you rock.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My ex-roommate. It appalled me because sheï¿½s so psycho ï¿½ and depressed me, because her lack of grasp on reality had a direct impact on my life.
Where did most of your money go?
The retail demons.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I do believe I squealed and jumped up & down when I got a new job.
What song will always remind you of 2004?
Too many to list.
Compared to this time last year, you are:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? I donï¿½t think I can claim richerï¿½ how about slightly less poor?
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Danced like Iï¿½d never danced before.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being bitter and miserable.
How did you spend Christmas?
In a whirlwind of family and food and drink. It was lovely.
How will you be spending New Years?
Big Pimpinï¿½ at Chez Low
Did you fall in love in 2004?
I fell out of love, which was the strangest, saddest thing Iï¿½ve ever experienced.
How many one-night stands?
One. Everyone needs a rebound, right?
What was your favorite TV program?
I have to pick just one? Iï¿½m a TV junkie ï¿½ thatï¿½s impossible.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No time for pure, unadulterated hate. Thereï¿½s a few people Iï¿½ve come to know and dislike, but they donï¿½t actually matter in my world anyway.
What was the best book you read?
Life of Pi. I think I technically finished it during 2004.
What was your greatest musical discovery for 2004?
Mash-ups, love them.
What did you want and get?
Everything. Iï¿½m a spoiled brat.
What was your favorite film of this year?
Probably The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ï¿½ but I only say that because I just saw it and still remember it.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I think I slept, and I turned a whopping 24 years old. Resolution: Have a huge, swinging ï¿½Iï¿½m a quarter century old nowï¿½ party in 2005. July. Be there.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not getting fat. Thankfully reversing that is already in full-swing.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Hey, I donï¿½t look totally fat in this! It hides the rolls!
What kept you sane?
Getting laid off. It was the best thing to happen to me job-wise. I may have killed someone otherwise.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Boston Rob from Survivor All Stars. Love.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Iï¿½m so high strung that I tend not to let things that I canï¿½t control ï¿½stirï¿½ or otherwise rile me up, or I may explode. I made my choices, I voted on everything I could ï¿½ what more is there to do?
Who did you miss?
Jesse. Come back home!
Who was the best new person you met?
I met quite a few great people this year ï¿½ couldnï¿½t possibly name just one. I usually meet new people pretty frequently though. The difference this past year is that I maintained and developed some fabulous existing friendships that mean the world to me.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
Love yourself. In the end, youï¿½re the only one who always will.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
The lyrics on the entire ï¿½Heavier Thingsï¿½ album by John Mayer are a pretty accurate reflection on my year. A few quotes from a few songs:
All you need is love is a lie cause
We had love and we still said goodbye
Now weï¿½re tired, battered fighters
-Split Screen Sadness
I weigh three times my body
I throw my fear around
But this morning
Thereï¿½s a calm I canï¿½t explain
The rock candyï¿½s melted, only diamonds now remain
Cause ever since Iï¿½ve tried
Trying not to find
Every little meaning in my life
Itï¿½s been fine
Iï¿½ve been cool
With my new golden rule
Donï¿½t hold your love over my head
-Come Back to Bed
Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too