1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Interned. Drank legally in my own country. Purchased alcohol.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think i made any for 2004 and don’t think i’ll make any for 2005. I would rather focus daily on being a better person, living with more integrity and love, than on chaining myself to certain obligations that me become irrelevant or even inappropriate.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not anyone close, though it’s been quite a year for deaths. Last year was a slew of celebrity deaths, but this year: H’s grandmother and father, my grandmother’s two oldest friends, the husbands of two old church friends, a high school girl, two high school parents, and of course i’m missing some.
hedy says that Ani’s new album is dedicated to her recently deceased father.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Um, better social skills and more self-confidence i guess. But that’s a constant work in progress.
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Dates never remain etched in my memory. Any particularly memorable event? Still kinda blanking.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Discovering a life path?
9. What was your biggest failure?
Dead Sea Scrolls class?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Other than occasional colds, no.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new coat? My CD burner? I really don’t know.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Everyone's been saying variations on "Bush, everyone who works/ed for him, and everyone who voted for him." Not hard to guess my feelings on that.
For my own answer, my first instinct is Michael Moore. Likely anyone who made political commentary (professional or amateur) at some point or other. And really, is there anyone i didn’t wanna stab at some point?
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get excited about?
The idea of getting to spend the rest of my life engaging with the telling and retelling of stories
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Have i mentioned how my brain defines by academic calendar rather than Jan-Dec. calendar?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, i think. Feeling more like i have a life direction, having plans for post-Smith (whether i get in to grad school or not)
ii. thinner or fatter? Not much different, and i haven’t stepped on a scale in ages.
iii. richer or poorer? 'Bout the same.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Watching Firefly? Actually doing my homework/grad apps? Reading fic. Hugging -- and other physical affection
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. Did you fall in love in 2004?
21. How many one-night stands?
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Just counting shows that were actually airing this year? Angel.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don’t think i hate anyone.
24. What was the best book you read?
Um, My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult) i read this year, right?
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
You say that like i listen to music ;)
26. What did you want and get?
Um, all the birthday/Christmas gifts that i got that were actually on my wishlist. I finally got to meet-in-person some LJ people.
27. What was your favorite film of this year?
Um, we might be able to count the number of films i saw on one hand. (I assume we're not counting rentals but just movies that came out in 2004.) Van Helsing.
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21. My parents took me out to Mint Café.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Honestly, i don’t know.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
31. What kept you sane?
The people who love me. Alone time. Sleep.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Um, i was in lust with Asia Argento for like a week.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Well, i took something of a sabbatical in the fall. I think i was fighting people on the war issue even during my “sabbatical,” though.
34. Who (or what) did you miss?
Layna. Joe, as always. Also: feeling like UCN was home (not that it has felt like home in a long time, but recently it has felt so not like home that i’m not sure i can keep going).
35. Who were the best new people you met?
Assorted Lamonsters. (Insane that i didn’t really know Emma until Spring semester.) And i finally friended wisdomeagle (something i should have done ages ago) and learned that we share a brain, only not.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
Um, i think i learned more about having faith in myself as a person and not basing my self-worth on other people’s opinions, was reminded that in the end the only person i’m really accountable to is myself.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
See previous statements on my brain not dividing by calendar year.