1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
I substituted in schools, I cleaned other people's houses (never again), I moved back home (yay!) and drove from Wisconsin to California with my mom and uncle in 4 days (including a day of prowling graveyards, looking for the graves of our ancestors).
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I'm giving up on resolutions. Screw 'em.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Mel, whom I've known since 3rd grade, gave birth to her son in January (and he is a precious little guy, too)...
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not exactly, though my best friend's grandmother and dog, both of whom I have met, died within a few weeks of each other.
5. What countries did you visit?
I literally spent the entire year in Wisconsin (we went to Illinois once for the day) until mid-November, when we did our driving.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A DECENT FULL-TIME JOB...one that I like, and that pays well. Also, a nice little apartment of my own.
7. What date(s) from 2005 will remain etched your memory, and why?
I dunno...this summer I saw fireflies for the second time in my life. Justin proposed to Keels while I videotaped (don't remember the specific day), and I am not living with Keely for the first time in, like, 6 years...again, no specifics.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
A...chieve...ment? I do not know this word...
9. What was your biggest failure?
Job job job job job job job. Job.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Besides the usual crud I get a couple times a year, no.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought a couple CDs and a couple DVDs.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mom and uncle rode a train from Portland, OR to Wisconsin, and when they got there, we immediately jumped in my car and started driving back. I'd say they love me.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The government failed to live up to what I believe a good government should be...also, Bill O'Reilly is kind of irking me. This whole "War on Christmas" thing is so ridiculous, I have a hard time believing that anyone can think he's serious. I keep expecting him to go "Ha HA! APRIL FOOLS! ...In December..."
14. Where did most of your money go?
Mostly gas, rent, utilities, insurance, and Christmas presents.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving back home. I missed it.
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2005?
"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" by Joe Nichols.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder?
Probably slightly happier. Last year at this time, I was in a new place with only one friend and I felt like I didn't belong here. Now I'm home and I really miss her, but I have friends here AND I feel like it's where I'm supposed to be, at least for now.
II. thinner or fatter?
About the same, actually. I fluctuated a little, but really it's about the same. Which means I must exercise.
III. richer or poorer?
Poorer, no doubt. But at least I have a place I can stay without rent until I get a job and a decent apartment (Mom, if you're reading this, don't worry...I don't plan to sit around on my ass forever...).
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Drawing and painting, definitely. Exercising (but that's kinda low on the list)...writing...
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating, as usual.
20. Any new hobbies/interests?
Don't think so...not really...
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
With my aunt's family and my mom (brother's not coming this year), watching fireworks and eating till we blow up.
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Lost. I also really really liked Supernatural, but we don't get the WB here (how moronic is that??) so I can't watch it anymore.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone. There are some people I think are unbearably stupid, but I don't personally know them.
26. What was the best book you read?
Uuuuuuuhhh...most of the books I read are making me draw a blank. I enjoyed them all while I was reading them, though. Ooh, I think I read Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey this year, that one's really good.
27. What was/were your greatest musical discoveries?
28. What did you want and get?
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I haven't seen Serenity yet, but I will. Eventually.
One that I can watch over and over again is Phantom of the Opera, for the music and for the Gerard Butler.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
...What DID I do on my birthday? I probably ate something...opened a present or two...I dunno. But I turned 24. So yay!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having enough money that I didn't have to worry about it, having a steady job (though I do enjoy subbing)...and of course, the ever-elusive getting healthier.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
34. What kept you sane?
Keels and the knowledge that I will eventually be a worthy person.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gerard Butler, Jon Stewart, and, of course, Oded Fehr.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Katrina and that whole debacle, and also Zealots Vs. The Rest of America.
37. Who did you miss?
My family and Alaska friends for the first part of the year, and Keels and Justin for the rest of the year.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't guess I met any "new" people except, of course, for Mel's son Gabe and Ethan, the baby across the street.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
"There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I hate this one. Not gonna do it. Nope. Go away.