1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?
It's been a busy year...started an online forum for former members of the Hare Krishna Movement, becoming a moderator in the process as well as an admin. Not being that geeky it was a challenge. Opened this livejournal. I saw Bill Cosby, Margaret Cho and Roseanne. I quit my job. I bought an almost-new car from a dealer after securing a car loan from a local credit union. I'm in the process of starting a business. I'm working on a book.
2. Did you keep you New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make such things. I either decide to make a change during the year and do it--or decide not to and don't. This year I gave up my daily soda habit after reading about a study that connected it to a 2/3 increase in the chance of getting adult onset diabetes (type 11). I started walking again and dancing, writing more and going through my stuff to purge the junk/useless papers and magazines. Previous years I've given up caffeine, lost weight, or started exercise programs.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not this year, but near the end of 2004 after years of trying for a child--my friend Randa. I was so delighted for her!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Fortunately I was spared that this year, although Johnny Carson's death hit me hard.
5. What countries did you visit?
I've never been outside of the U.S.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A more fulfilling job along with a thriving business. Eventually I want the business to overtake the job.
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 25th, and December 6, great concert, and December 5--day I gave notice--a hard thing to do, and Dec 30, last day on job.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my car and quitting my job. Possibly related, in a weird way. Confidence from the car ended with feeling confident to leave my long term job.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not sticking to my heart healthy diet and not losing weight, failing to exercise for much of the year.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, chronic fatigue and frequent migraines. I'm trying different things to see what I can do for it, including acupuncture and exercise.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Miata, Shakti! I think she gave me some of her energy!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
John McCain rocks for working to end our shameful practice of torture, I don't care if he is a Republican! Cindy Sheehan for perseverence and starting off Bush's bad luck streak. My husband for going back to school and sticking it out even though night classes are so exhausting. Rebecca and Tom for following their dream to Antigua for a year, Michael Schiavo for starting a PAC to defeat the Republicans who used his wife as a political football while she lay in her vegetative state waiting to be released from her prison of flesh, my fellow forum members who face down the demons of the past every day, examining their own part in their experience unflinchingly, and everyone who chooses to do good and improve this planet every day rather than give up and watch more mindless reality shows while Rome burns.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The Bush Administration wins this one hands down. I have never before seen such a collection of greedy and often incompetent people in my entire life.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Paid down my credit cards in order to be able to get my Miata. Didn't have time to pay them down all the way but I whittled away a few thousand dollars and got my FICO score way up there. Got a great interest rate on my car loan as a result. Now my money goes to pay off my baby but she's so worth it!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My car and starting a business!
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
Home by Zero 7
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? happier
II. thinner or fatter? the same
III. richer or poorer? richer but about to be slightly poorer until I get a job.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising, cooking for myself and my husband--we eat more healthy food when I do, and spending more time with my grandsons and daughter and friends.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Couch surfing, wasting time
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Quietly at home with my husband. It's not one of my holy days.
21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
My daughter Ramya with my husband a close second.
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
I fall in love with Dave again every year.
23. How many one-night stands?
I don't need one night stands and don't want them anyway.
24. What was your favourite tv programme
Six Feet Under rocked this year and went out on top!
25. Do you hate anyone now that you did not hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong was the first that popped into my head, but I'm sure half a dozen more will come to me. Lotus in the Fire was also good, Jim Bedard I believe. I'll add a list later on I'm sure.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Dave Matthews Band. I was aware of his stuff but hadn't bought any cds before this year, then I binged. Caught up on Blu Cantrell also. Zero 7, Dresden Dolls, Spoon, The Faders, Sia, Morcheeba are some others. Happy with my iPod and iTunes and our wireless system at home where I can play stuff on the home theater from my computer while I write. What an incentive. :)
28. What did you want and get?
A great car that's solid mechanically AND fun, ipod, Tivo, lots of music and books.
29. What did you want and not get?
A cure for migraines and heart disease.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Serenity followed by the latest Harry Potter (the best of them, I thought). I enjoyed War of the Worlds too. Hated Batman.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 47, I went out to dinner with my husband Dave. That weekend we saw George Carlin and had my grandson Jonathan spend the night, and then the following Tuesday saw a NIN concert in a small venue--it was mind blowing! Perfect concert! Thanks Trent!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Better health, no pain!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
34. What kept you sane?
Friends and family, long hot baths, hot tubbing, music, books, good shows on TV (it's been a good year for quality drama), being able to write in my forum and others and in my journal. Acupuncture with a good TCM doc who was helpful to talk with, such a switch from my more recent Western medicine experiences.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hugh Laurie...damn, the man can act, write, do comedy, and has the most amazing and expressive eyes. You gotta watch House!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The abuse of power by the Bush Administration...lies, lies, lies and more lies.
37. Who did you miss?
Johnny Carson...felt like family.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Not in person, but my co-moderators and forum members
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
That I don't have to tolerate everything; I have the power to change some things that I act as if I can't. It's an old pattern to just hunker down and endure. I need to wake up and notice the things that are bothering me rather than go into endurance mode.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
Patti LaBelle, New Attitude:
I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude
I'm in control, my worries are few...
On to 2006 and more changes...