rebness: (LtROI: Friends)

What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Visited New Orleans
Visited an Asian country
Went to a baseball game
Celebrated the 4th of July
Saw real live fireflies and been captivated by them
Worked in a call centre >:|
Visited Austria
Eaten sea urchin
Stayed awake for nearly two days partying, with no side-effects
Taught children
Liked being around children
Had a proper UK bank account. Yes, really.
Signed on to the dole
Signed off the dole
Been to an aquarium
Saw a play at Stratford (it wasn't Shakespeare)
Trembled at the sight of alligators wanting to nom on me
Saw the Pacific ocean

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any for 2010 though I am happy that some of the things I have achieved this year should've been resolutions. My resolution for 2011 is to finally pass my driving test.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but my BFF is pregnant and I feel like I'm going to be an aunt! XD

Did anyone close to you die?
Come on. I never answer this one.

Which countries did you visit?
Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece (twice), France, America, Japan

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Um. A car. A driving licence!

Three Four Enduring Memories of 2010:
1. Listening to Sweet About Me as the express boat to the Lido speeds through the Adriatic, [livejournal.com profile] mothergoddamn  and [livejournal.com profile] marvystoop  taking photos and gawping alongside.
 
2. On the final morning of our trip to New Orleans, [livejournal.com profile] annemariewrites  and I get up before dawn to wander the French Quarter soaking in the eerie ambience and take photographs sans crowds of tourists. It's beautiful and atmospheric. A drunk on Bourbon Street offers us assistance in finding where we want to go and is rather offended when we assure him we're okay. Jackson Square begins to move with life and we go back to the hotel for yet another banana muffin.

3. Dancing in some terrible smoky underground club with my old Barcelona friends and being very, very happy.

4. Snow! Everywhere!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Doing the stuff I said I was going to do. :D

What was your biggest failure?
I don't know. Some things could've been better, but I'm... glad I did what I did.
 
Are you lighter or heavier than last year?
Lighter. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :D
 
Are you richer or poorer?
Tricky one. I'm no longer rich enough not to work, but my salary now amounts to more than I was getting, so yay?
 
Are you sadder or happier?
I don't know. :|

Did you suffer illness or injury?
The absolutely crazy viral infection in Japan that had me hallucinating and, uh... SWINE 'FLU. >:

What was the best thing you bought?
A ticket to Colorado.

Where did most of your money go?
Travel. I said I'd do it, though, so I don't care. :D

Which songs will always remind you of 2010?  

Love the Way You Lie due to the bleedin' X Factor.

What do you wish you'd done more of? 
Mooching on Greek beaches.

What do you wish you'd done less of? 
Chasing Caixa Catalunya around in vexed Spanglish-Catalan

How did you spend Christmas?
With the family.

What were your favourite TV programmes?
Misfits - a bunch of chavs get superpowers. It's funny, dark and fantastic in all senses of the word.
The Walking Dead - because... zombies!
Coronation Street - (yes, really!) The scriptwriting can be really acerbic... for a soap.
 
What were your favourite films?
Toy Story 3 - Devastating! I also really liked I Love You, Philip Morris and Inception. I also finally caught Let the Right One In and adored it. 

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? 
Not really, no.

Book of the Year:
I really enjoyed catching up with older books such as I Capture the Castle and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

Musical Discovery of the Year:
Cee Lo Green, who isn't exactly new, but that thing [livejournal.com profile] mothergoddamn got me into him.

What did you want and get? 
Travel and then a job in England when funds finally ran out.


What did you want and not get?
To travel moooooooore. Yes, I'm greedy.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 
The last year of my twenties. D:
 
I was at a spa hotel in Innsbruck, bunged with cold but determined to enjoy the spa.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Stability.

Who was the best new person you met?
During my two-month stint at the call centre, I met some really great, career-frustrated people: nerds and musicians and fellow stans. It was worth it for them. :D

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
I didn't, really!

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Why am I always on a plane or a fast train?

2010:  
You were rather good up until THE LAST DAY. >:| 

2011:
Hokay, that's it. I have to be sensible and grown-up now.
rebness: (RoA: Fuck You)
What a great year for British television. What a terrible year for just about everything else. 2009, it's time to sum you up as if I were weighing your heart against a feather. (Be prepared for Ammit, just saying.)

2009 in Review )
rebness: (Klinom Krasnim)

Review of the Year: OMG BAI, 2007 )1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
- Lived abroad for more than five minutes
- Visited Canada
- Danced salsa
- Learned Spanish
- Met [livejournal.com profile] avariecaita , [livejournal.com profile] saffronlie <333333333333  and [livejournal.com profile] zhonghua2000   .

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can't even remember if I made New Year's resolutions. If I did so, they would have been to move out of the NHS and to lose weight. Done both, to varying degrees of success. I was saying to [livejournal.com profile] saffronlie    before that I don't know what resolutions to make for 2008 because I don't very well know what I want right now, so I suppose my resolution shall be to be true to myself. And lose more weight. :p

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but my crazy friend Louise got pregnant. I know she'll be a good mum.

Did anyone close to you die?
No, and I thank God for that with all my heart.

Which countries did you visit?
Ireland, Canada, France, America, Spain, England (lulz)

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Financial stability.

Three Four Enduring Memories of 2007:

* I'm sitting in a Mexican restaurant with my friend Penny, idly eating a burrito. I glance past her head, to the street outside, and gasp in shock as a huge fleet of papier-mache giants saunter past.

* It's May. England is beautiful and the weather sublime (this is before those awful rains). I am in the garden with my parents, the dogs and Chris, enjoying the sun and the radio and just very content, very happy to be alive.

* March, and I'm in this little local breakfast place, dining with [livejournal.com profile] zhonghua2000    and her fricken' brilliant husband. It's just a really nice start to the morning, a gentle and relaxing time and I think I love them both because of their good-humoured rapport.

* Another Penny memory with Barcelona. I'm very ill -- I can barely stand up, but Travis are playing a free concert for the Merce festival and I am determined to go to it. We get off the metro and try and find the factory where the band are supposed to be playing. Perhaps we'll even manage to see them. There's no worry about that; they're on a stage right in the middle of the street and the atmosphere is awesome. It was worth getting up from my deathbed for that moment.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving to Spain with all of two weeks' notice and lasting it out even through the hard, haaard times and annoying people on my couch.

What was your biggest failure?
Getting my taxes sorted in a timely manner >:

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was so ill at one point in September that I was convinced that I had West Nile Virus. I mean so ill that I couldn't even sit up. It was frightening as I was alone in the flat at the time and I just wanted some chicken soup and my mum, woes!

What was the best thing you bought?
My ipod Nano. I really couldn't afford it, but it IS SO SEXY.

Where did most of your money go?
Bills, rent

Which songs will always remind you of 2007?
La Gata, by Nicky Jam, Las de la Intuicion, by Shakira and Umbrella by Rihanna

Compared to this time last year, are you...

(i) happier or sadder?
Happier in that I feel more that I am living up to what I am capable of, sadder because being away from those I love shall always be a wrench

(ii) thinner or fatter?
THINNER. Thank you, gym!

(iii) richer or poorer?
Poorer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Chilled on ze beach

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Flying. How can anyone enjoy that freakish, tiresome activity?

How did you spend Christmas?
With my family, and very grateful for it

Did you fall in love in 2007?
No. but I fell in lust several times.

How many one night stands?
Haha, no

What were your favourite TV programmes?
Juste Pour Rire, if only because it was one of the few programmes I could fully understand! :p

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't really believe in hating anyone, except maybe Miguel-of-the-Couch. Truthfully, some people just left me baffled rather than full of hate.I read this quote a few weeks ago and think it sums things up: We must never forget that human motives are generally far more complicated than we are apt to suppose, and that we can very rarely accurately describe the motives of another. It is much better for the writer, as a rule, to content himself with the bare statement of events. - Dostoevsky, The Idiot.

Book of the Year:
Slaughterhouse 5, by Kurt Vonnegut. I should definitely have read that sad, funny book sooner.

Musical Discovery of the Year:
Reggaeton. The lyrics are schiesse, but you can't help bopping along

Song of the Year:
Umbrella, by Rihanna

What did you want and get?
A job abroad

What did you want and not get?
My taxes completely sorted. Spain owes me a LOT of money. >:( The Inland Revenue have also written to me to say I owe England money. >:( >:(

Film of the Year:
Ratatouille. It was just so damned charming. I loved it.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I celebrated turning twenty-six by listening to a band play Seven Drunken Nights in my honour at my father's request. I then staggered out into the cold Irish night to be sick and pretend nothing had happened to my disapproving mother.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Money. I'm not money-focused, but by God, did I really need to re-live those lean student years?

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
OMG-it's-hot-what's-the-most-skimpy-thing-I-can-get-away-with-wearing-in-the-office

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This is a lame question.

What political issue stirred you the most?
I wasn't so into politics this year, though I did attend one of the many, many, maaaany Freedom for Catalunya rallies and I was pretty damned annoyed with Poland's freakish obsession with the reintroduction of the death penalty.

Who did you miss?
Mes parents. Chris, Penny and Kelly. Amy and Jack. ;_;

Who was the best new person you met?
I met a lot of amazing people this year, people who have changed my life forever. I have also met a fair few t'internet friends, who are all special to me. Hannah, my friend and flatmate, is probably the best totally new person I have met this year. I respect and admire her.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
I'm stronger than I think, a hell of a lot stronger. There is no reason for me ever to feel emo about shizz again. However, my dad's parting message on Boxing Day, 'Don't be a hero. Don't fight all the time just because you can' is staying with me. I think it may influence me in 2008.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Away, I'd rather sail away
Like a swan that's here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world its saddest sound

In short, I'm thankful for: 
The Big Issue convention on the beach. The fierce gypsy dances at the feria. Amy. Laughing at the Turner Prize with Chris and Kelly. Breakfast with Sheryl and Walter. Chavo. Jess. Standing atop the Collosera mountain range and being astounded by the sheer savage beauty of Catalonia. The friendliness in Montreal. Being allowed into Montreal after an hour’s interrogation. Gazpacho. Dublin. Jack. Scary giants. Free concerts. Firework displays. Winning the pub quiz after the hundredth try. Hanging out with my brother. Laying under the stars. Kissing Italians and Germans. The sea. Playing drunken games with Australians on the beach. Finding pie in Carrefour. Bohemian Rhapsody singalongs in the office. Celebrating my birthday with my dad. Receiving a red rose on St. George’s day. Crazy Argentinian barbecues. Hose-offs with the neighbours. Dressing up as a pirate at work. Feeling like ‘the Empress’ at a classical music recital. Baking on the terrace. Appreciating my family. Learning Spanish. Not getting gastroenteritis every five seconds.
rebness: (Walk Away)


Well, 2005. What a year. This seemed to be a year of non-stop drama on the world stage; everything from the London bombings to hurricane Katrina to G8. They’re all things I’ll remember, things that have made 2005 so notorious, but here are things about my own year, for posterity.

New Years’ Resolutions Achieved: Probably all of one, and that was to get my major health issue sorted. I did that, so I feel a little vindicated. I also got a grip on my generalised anxiety, but that’s only by relying on being more blasé instead of Paroxetine.

Biggest Achievement of the Year: Oh, you know. New job. Finally getting to Italy.

Biggest Failure of the Year: I don’t know. Nothing is really a memorable failure for me this year. Maybe not getting through enough books as compared to other years.

Heroes of the Year: The whole G8 thing, and most particularly that beautiful Ethiopian girl who vindicated Geldof’s efforts.

Villains of the Year: The usual suspects, to quote Casablanca’s Louis: that would be Dubya, for his spectacular racism and class wankery, Tony bloody Blair and, on a more personal note, my favourite nameless, constructed eccentric emo goon who sought validation by attacking one of the nicest people I know. Via LJ graffiti. I swear to God… just when you think you can’t regard someone as being any more trashy and stupid, they best your expectations.

Countries Visited
Switzerland, France, Greek Islands (Zakynthos and Kefalonia), Italy and Wales

Songs of the Year
Dare by Gorillaz is probably my defining 2005 song on account of being funky and fun, as well as one of the frontline songs for the new wave of British music, but special love goes to Franz Ferdinand’s Walk Away, an oddly sad, bittersweet, almost-ballad that is probably my favourite of all their songs now. The Stereophonics' Dakota also gives me the irresistible urge to book a flight to the US every. single. time. that I hear it.

Film of the Year
All right, it was released about a thousand years ago in its native Japan, but Howl’s Moving Castle only made it over here in September, and I adored every last minute of it. I know everyone loves Spirited Away, but that narrative is a little too disjointed for me, as good as the film is. I love the new life Miyazaki breathed into Diana Wynne Jones’s story, his rendering of an Alsace-type landscape, the humour and emotion of the film. It’s the sort of thing I wish had been around when I was a child, because I would have loved this sort-of fairytale something hard.

Book of the Year: I dunt know when it was published, but I am loving Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

Programme of the Year:
Doctor Who, all the way.

Three defining memories:

1. Swiss Healing
January, in Basle, Switzerland. I’ll be 24 the next day, a step closer to the mid-twenties crisis, and hmm… how do I feel? Snow begins to fall. I look around the little town, at my family, and I think, “I’m all right. I am really doing fine.” 2005 agrees to continue on that note.

2. London
The announcer on the BBC reports that several bombs have gone off across London. The twisted wreckage of a red Routemaster bus is static on the television screen. I get up and make a cup of tea. Extra-strong Assam needed in this case.

3. Poisoned Darts of Pleasure
Franz Ferdinand at Nottingham. I can’t describe the euphoria I felt in the faux-Weimar setting of the concert, there with two damned good friends and thousands of shouty, jumpy, pushy people who would completely understand why Alex Kapranos acknowledging we exist with a wink is a Speshul Thing.

Hello to:
Everyone at my new job. Ahahhaa. All you new Eljay friends, particularly [livejournal.com profile] ladydaydream for your incredibly nuts sense of humour, and [livejournal.com profile] fioredelmale, endlessly helpful and lovely. Special mention to [livejournal.com profile] evremonde for supplying great reading throughout the year (and keeping my book count low as a consequence.)

Farewell to:
Marjorie D__. I just think she was the coolest. A beautiful, sarcastic, friendly, intelligent person whom I can safely say was the best thing about my old job. She returned to Malawi with her husband for good this year, but I still think of her with deep fondness and I hope we meet again in the future.

2005 in Retrospect:
After the hell that was 2004, this year has been rather kind to me. Granted, it has meant a sorely-needed operation and, preceding that, some ill health, comical projectile vomiting, a farewell to a much-loved friend, as well as a job so mundane and covered in red tape that I went home in tears a few times. However, you can’t expect all 365 days to be great and it’s also contributed some wonderful memories. I leave 2005 happy with (new) work, lighter than I started the year, having seen some wonderful places, experienced some great things and generally feeling that everything has slid into place a little more. I really needed this year and how it’s provided a kind of balm to my soul. I feel more Myself than ever; I feel stable, happy, content. I’ve sorted out stuff that needed sorting. And now, I’m getting itchy feet. I need to take off somewhere, do something. I will have graduated three years ago come June 2006, and I want something to show for it. I’ve established a nice, comfy plateau, and I hope 2006 provides a nice grappling hook with which I can enter my mid-twenties.

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