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Year's end meme

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Bought a condo!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make them. This year, though, I feel optimistic and energetic about getting my body back into the condition it was in around September of 2009. Or better, since I had that bad knee problem.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't really have a breeding population in my immediate vicinity. My friends tend to either not have kids or have had their kids already.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My cousin Tom.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, happily. Unless you count Salt Lake City, which is pretty damned alien.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Many more hours at the gym. I would like to lose the gut I've cultivated since coming back from Afghanistan.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The days we spent moving into the condo. Those were all pretty exciting.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Steve and I got his law business up and running.

9. What was your biggest failure?
My physical condition. I'm pretty ashamed of what I've turned into.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, thank goodness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The condo, obviously. Also my harp with full levers and my Strumstick.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I'm really, really proud of Steve for all he's achieved this year as an attorney.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The Army's. I get by well through it because I have my own money and am no longer dependent on it for food, clothing or shelter.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Car repairs and eating out.

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?
Having so many people help out with our move: electorprince, seki_raku, Jaime, Becky and I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
Happier.
b) Bigger or smaller?
Bigger
c) Richer or poorer?
Much richer

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

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Army nonsense.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
We bought zoo memberships, then made turkey and watched wrestling.

21. How many one-night stands?
None. I mean, why?

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
With Lalat!!!!!!

23. What was your favourite TV programme?
True Blood, Restaurant Impossible

24. How will you see in the New Year?
At home.

25. Do you hate / dislike anyone now that you didn't hate / dislike this time last year?
Nope.

26. What was the best book you read?
I'm really enjoying the Malazan series. Lies of Locke Lamora was also quite marvelous.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Blackmore's Night

28. What did you want and get?
Lots of things. My new harp, my strumstick, my Kindle Fire.

29. What did you want and not get?
Still no Iceland this year.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
It came out in 2010, and we only saw it in January of 2011, so "True Grit".

31. What did you do on your birthday?
Nothing much. We had sushi and everybody got a slice of their cake of choice at Heaven Sent Desserts.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A balcony on this condo. I miss having outdoor space.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Behold the power of the hoodie.

34. What kept you sane?
Booze

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Alexander Skarsgard

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

37. Who did you miss?
I didn't, I don't think.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Floofy Miss Lalat. The local Norse kindred.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Don't overplan. Have a basic plan and let it unfold.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt

41. What was your favourite moment of the year?
Standing with Steve watching the sun set over the Pacific at the solstice.

42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
There were a few, most of them Army related.

43. Where were you when 2011 began?
In our cottage, with Steve and Ivan

44. Who were you with?
See above

45. Where will you be when 2011 ends?
At home, unless something changes.

46. Who will you be with when 2011 ends?
Steve, Ivan and Lalat.

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