What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I do try, but in all honesty I've no idea what last year's resolutions were.
I've got a few resolutions for this year, and I'll see how they go.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Um... can't think of anyone.
Did anyone close to you die?
Again, can't think of anyone.
Which countries did you visit?
Well, I suppose technically I visited England, but I doubt that counts because I also live in England.
What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I'll go for "more travelling" again.
What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
1st March: moved into the new flat (after the landlord in the old one decided not to pay his mortgage).
The election: it was the first time in decades that the Lib Dems actually looked like they could win.
The vote on tuition fees, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Riots are bad, mmkay?
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Well, I'm still employed and with a pay rise to boot. That's got to count for something.
What was your biggest failure?
Dunno really. I don't think I had any spectacular failures of doom.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing spectacular, just the annual flu bug doing the rounds.
What was the best thing you bought?
A nice new jacket. Being a Rohan jacket it'll be completely and utterly waterproof and windproof in pretty much any weather here. And "here" is Britain, where we get plenty of weather.
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
All three major UK political parties (Conservatives, Labour, and Lib Dems), for actually being intelligent in how they handled the hung election. Specifically, Conservatives for actually presenting a sensible alternative to Labour, Lib Dems for not only forming a coalition but forming one with the intention of having it survive, and Labour for bowing out with good grace.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
All three major UK political parties (Conservatives, Labour, and Lib Dems), for the appalling way in which the increase in tuition fees was handled. Specifically, Conservatives for putting up fees, Lib Dems for completely abandoning their pledge and going along with the Tories with barely a word of complaint, and Labour for refusing to do anything constructive.
Sigh. Still, at least we don't have the American political system.
Honourary mention to USSU, for very carefully not condemning the riots.
Where did most of your money go?
To a combination of my landlord and HM Treasury.
What were you really, really, really excited about?
E3, wherein Nintendo somehow took a series of products that are made of pure Awesome, and made them even more Awesome. How is that even possible?
What song will always remind you of 2010?
Um... well, there was one time when I was listening to Aldebaran (by Enya), so that'll have to do...
Occasionally I walk back from work instead of taking the bus - since moving the walk is about 4 miles, so I don't do it that often - but sometimes it's nice to stroll through the countryside instead of being cooped up in a bus. As night fell I ended up in the Gillies, which is a little patch of wilderness in a triangle formed by some housing and the train lines. There's a stream running through there, and a long, high bridge over it (due to how the terrain is). While standing on the bridge this song came on, and I glanced up and realised that I could actually make out the stars - the railway lines and the trees screened almost all the light from the nearby streets. I just found it amazing how peaceful this little area was, and yet it's barely a short walk from the middle of town.
Ok, enough rambling.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
About the same.
b) Bigger or smaller?
I think I may be slightly bigger. Only slightly.
c) Richer or poorer?
Richer, thanks to a pay rise and the new flat having cheaper rent.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exploring, as always.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting the day by not getting up until the afternoon.
How did you spend Christmas?
Back in Horsham with family and grandparents.
What was your favourite month of 2010?
I'll go with March, because that was when I moved into the new flat.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Doctor Who, Merlin (though I've not actually seen the current series)
How did you see in the New Year?
With family. We had steak, played Mahjong until 10:30, and decided that since we were all still awake we'd stay up until next year.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Tories, Lib Dems, Labour - oh wait, I already hated Labour.
What was the best book you read?
Um... hold on, lemme see what I borrowed from the library.
Well, I can't decide, so here's a couple of good series: The Shapeshifter (Finding the Fox, Running the Risk, Going to Ground, Dowsing the Dead and Stirring the Storm) by Ali Sparkes, and Wind on Fire (The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong) by William Nicholson. I've already posted about those - go here and here for ramblings on The Shapeshifter, or over here for Wind on Fire
What was your greatest musical discovery?
A couple: Mumford and Sons, and 30 Seconds to Mars.
What did you want and get?
Music, chocolate, a shiny R/C micro helicopter.
What did you want and not get?
More music and chocolate, some books.
What was your favourite film of this year?
I actually only watched a couple of films over the year, and in doing so I think I missed several good ones. I'll have to fix this. Anyway, out of the ones I did see I think the latest Harry Potter was the best.
What did you do on your birthday?
Um... not sure. I think it involved a nice meal with parents and grandparents.
Oh, and I got a R/C micro helicopter, which is tremendous fun but unfortunately can only lift a payload of about 3 pennies. So much for the air-to-wasp rocket plan.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having to move due to landlord fuckwittery.
That said, I may have come out on top from this - the new flat is more convenient for town, has cheaper rent (and while it's smaller that's not actually turned out to be a problem), should have a more stable landlord situation (due to the landlord owning the whole plot rather than one flat), and has a balcony with a nice view out to the creek.
Still could have done without the hassle of moving.
What kept you sane?
Friends, family, a well-stocked MP3 player, and plenty of chocolate.
Which celebrity/public figure did you
David Cameron and Nick Clegg, for being willing to compromise and to put together a coalition that will actually last the full five years. Of course, they then had to ruin it with the handling of the tuition fees.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Increasing tuition fees.
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
I'll go with the new landlord, for actually taking a more hands-on approach to letting a flat than the old one (it's a rare landlord who'll be there giving the place a quick clean on the day you move in). They're no Mike, but then again it'd be hard to equal him.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
It's good to be able to make things officially Not My Problem. With the whole landlord issue, I achieved that by giving my notice to the current landlord via phone and recorded delivery, and copying this to the bank and the bank's lawyers. The notice was conveniently timed such that I'd have moved out before the landlord's court date (at which I was not required to appear, and so didn't).
It's fun when you get the opportunity to make the system dance for you.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
...no, I can't think of anything in particular.