End of the year meme (from kapuna)
- What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Visited my aunt over in Northern Ireland.
- Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can't remember what, if any, my new year's resolutions were. I probably kept a few. I intend to make some this year, but whether or not I manage to keep them is another matter.
- Did anyone close to you give birth?
There's been a few births around, but none that I can think of from close friends. I must confess, I've not been keeping track of these sort of things.
- Did anyone close to you die?
One family relative, but not one that I knew that well. Again, none come to mind.
- What countries did you visit?
Ireland, Northern Ireland. Admitedly I only passed through Ireland, but I spent a half hour or so sitting on a bench eating supper, so I suppose it counts.
- What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
Difficult one. A more solid sense of direction, I suppose. The end of my bachelor's is rapidly approaching, and I've not really planned beyond "get a degree".
- What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
These memes always manage to come up with difficult questions. I've not had any spectacular life-changing events this year, and there aren't any particularly memorable dates. The day pleaseremove and I went geocaching on Ditchling Beacon comes to mind for some reason. I suppose it's because we spent a day ignoring the deadlines and the rush of the world around us, and just went for a walk.
- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing my second year of university. Hey, you've gotta take pride in something.
- What was your biggest failure?
Narrowly passing HCI :P. Trust me, if I actually crash and burn I'll do it with style.
- Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really, apart from the annual immune system holiday.
- What was the best thing you bought?
Difficult to say. I'll go with the special edition Gladiator soundtrack. It was an impulse buy from Borders, and worth the £7 I paid for it.
- Whose behaviour merited celebration?
The UK Copyright Office, for showing common sense.
- Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The US Copyright Office, for not showing any.
- Where did most of your money go?
The big money-eater was the rent, bills, food and train tickets. Outside of that, the single biggest purchase this year however was the Wii. The rest went on little things - CDs, books, apple danishes - y'know, the sort of things that let you enjoy life. Oh, and about £100 went on a trip to Northern Ireland.
- What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Visiting Northern Ireland, playing Twilight Princess on the Wii.
- What song will always remind you of 2006?
Learning to Fly, by Stratovarious. I find it a very uplifting song.
- Compared to this time last year, are you:
- Happier or sadder?
- Thinner or fatter?
A little fatter, though all that's done is taken me to "normal" from "skinny". I have the sort of metabolism that eats chocolate with impunity.
- Richer or poorer?
I think I actually have a bit more actual cash, thanks to work and changes in circumstances. On the flip side, my student loan is about £4000 larger than it was last year.
- What do you wish you'd done more of?
Traveled. There's so many places I want to visit. Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Lake District, Norfolk.
- What do you wish you'd done less of?
- How did you spend christmas?
With my family.
- Did you fall in love in 2006?
Nope, not yet.
- How many one-night stands?
- What was your favourite TV program?
I can't think of a ultimate favourite, so I'll just list some of the ones I enjoyed and that aired sometime this year: Top Gear, Doctor Who, Round the Twist, Codex, Time Team, Spooks. Yes, I know Round the Twist is a children's program. That doesn't make it any less enjoyable in my book.
- Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
- What was the best book you read?
Very difficult. Good books of the year (first read this year) include the Sabriel trilogy, Wintersmith and the Chrono Cross manga. Most stuff I've read has been re-readings of older series - I'm quite partial to Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising trilogy, as those of you who visit my gallery will know.
- What did you want and get?
A few things. Ice Age 2, Abhorsen, chocolate.
- What did you want and not get?
- What was your favourite film of this year?
Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest. 'Twas awesome, and I have the soundtrack.
- What was your favourite game of this year?
Twilight Princess. It's gone back to the roots of the 3D Zelda games, and has what Majora's Mask and Wind Waker were missing.
- What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
20, and not much.
- What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
- How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Non-fashion-caring student. T-shirts, trousers or jeans, zip fleece.
- What kept you sane?
Friends, family, music, chocolate.
- Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I'll replace "fancy" with "respect" and then probably say Jack Straw, for having the courage to actually raise a controversial issue without trying for political gain.
- What political issue stirred you the most?
The National ID Card plan, for being pointless, useless, and a waste of money.
- Who did you miss?
- Who was the best new person you met?
- Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Tesco Toasting Croissants are not, in fact, suitable for toasting. And always remember to check the test cable before using it to test a network installation.