parallax23: (sweet)
I stole another meme from [ profile] dreamstrifer.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
I went to a gay night club and danced with a cute gay guy.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make specific resolutions, but I did achieve some big goals I've had for a while.  I guess I have the lofty goals of losing all the weight I gained after college and finding Mr. Right to keep me busy enough.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My uncle's wife. I told everyone that it would be a boy because we were past schedule for one.  Everyone cracked up when I was right.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Fortunately, no one.

5. What countries did you visit?
Nowhere for varying reasons.  But living in NYC, all I have to do is pick an ethnic bar or neighborhood to visit.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
"A boyfriend. I'm serious." -- dreamstrifer
I actually woke up crying over this after spending a night out with my friends and feeling like the odd man out.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There are several days that I think will stick with me for a while.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Landing what is pretty close to my dream job (outside of being a professional author).

9. What was your biggest failure?
I'm waiting for grades, but I'm thinking I could have tried harder in that statistics course.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Physically, I've been ok.  Mentally?  That's something else entirely.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought myself a new all-in-one printer/scanner/fax thing.  Now I just need to hook it up...

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My friend Will.  He's stuck it out with me through good times and bad.  Even when the chips are down, he's there to pick me up.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Someone I'll refer to as my ex-best friend.  Guys were more important than her maintaining friendships, now she's alone and she's got herself to blame but she won't see it that way.  She does more ridiculous things for attention now.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, tuition and a finance industry exam I didn't pass.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
New York Comic Con 2012

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
"It's Time" by Imagine Dragons.  It really fits what's gone on this year for me.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?  Happier.  Exceedingly so.
ii. thinner or fatter? Slightly fatter.  Stress eating is now over and I will lose it.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer ;)

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying about the future.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Stuck with my relatives, trying to get a new high score on Angry Birds and reading books on my Nook & Kindle apps.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
No, but I wasn't in the place to do it.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV program?
Merlin.  I had been watching on and off for years, then right before the final (despicable) fifth season I got caught up.  I just watched the series finale today, and I'll mourn the show for what it could have been.  Also, I have a thing for messed up TV shows, where I fix them via imagined scenarios and use that to inspire my original stories.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yes.  I didn't know I was capable of actually hating people.  Mildly despising everyone, sure.  Full on "I would laugh if you were on fire" hate, that's a new one.  All I have to say is that karma is a bitch to pay back.

26. What was the best book you read?
I read a lot of books this year (like about 100) and I'd say of all those, Melina Marchetta's The Lumatere Chronicles was the one series that stuck with me the most.  It was on the fringes of being literary in my opinion. I managed to get a hold of all three books in the series in the latter half of the year, and I think it ranks in my top 20 best book series of all time.  I also liked: Waking Up to the Duke by Lorraine Heath, Tangled by Mary Balogh, Black Heart by Holly Black, and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Glee! (I didn't have the time to watch it before.)  I don't think any of the artists I found were that noteworthy.  I started listening to Florence + The Machine more, but I knew about them before and the songs are really hit or miss with me.  I guess the bands Imagine Dragons and Parachute would count.

28. What did you want and get?
The job I'm at now.

29. What did you want and not get?
"A boyfriend (I KNOW I KNOW)" -- dreamstrifer

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Wreck-it Ralph, with Rise of the Guardians as a close second.  Yes, I know how immature I am.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Karaoke and dinner for the birthday that I officially stop counting at.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Finishing a draft of one of my stories.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Smart casual.

34. What kept you sane?
Reading.  Lots and lots of fantastic (and not so fantastic) escapes from reality.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Colin Morgan from Merlin.  After he put on some weight, he got really hot.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
It was an election year.  Take a wild guess.

37. Who did you miss?
No one in particular, just people who've left my life that I wish hadn't.  I do sometimes miss aforementioned ex-bff, but I miss who she used to be, not who she is now.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My new boss at work.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Don't underestimate or undersell myself.  I'm willing to stand up to someone who doesn't treat me the way I deserve to be treated.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Life, The Facts of Life."
parallax23: (not the hammer)
Snagged from [ profile] dreamstrifer because it seemed pretty interesting.

1. Put Your iTunes (or iPod) on shuffle

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer


Just press Play )
parallax23: (hands of time)
I'm in total awe of it being 2011.

It's a whole new year.  While sitting on the train to my friend's house party, I wrote in my mini-notebook how ironic it was that I was going to be spending the New Year with two friends that I knew in 2000, then lost contact with until 2007 and we're closer now than when we started.

The decade from 2000-2009 had to be the most insane decade of my life, now and probably forever.  It was my teen years, high school dramedy, writing my days away and going to college and having my entire world turned upside down.  It's hard to imagine that another entire ten years of my life is complete.  The decade was off to a rough start in 2010, but I'm hopeful that this year will turn things around.

There are a lot of things that didn't turn out the way that I planned.  There are lots of things I wish I could change and lots of things I wouldn't change for the world, which would be a really weird Venn diagram.

So here's to a Whole New Year of falling in love, singing in the streets during ungodly hours of the morning, laughing until my face hurts while strangers stare, writing in quiet corners, old acquaintances not forgot and all the new things that I'll look back on in 2021 and shake my head at.

Welcome to 2011!