End of the Year meme 2014
What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Passed my driving test (first time, go me!) and got a car!
Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
There was one about getting out and about every weekend, which I think I mostly managed. Can't remember what the others were, so I'll claim that I was mostly successful at them as well.
As for this year... well, I keep meaning to get back into Geocaching (2014 was a bit poor for that). Since I've got the car and can now go places, another one is to explore more and visit new places. Let's see how well this goes!.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes - pleaseremove and Demelza. I forget the exact date, but I do know that it's soon after my own birthday. This sort of coincidence is less unusual than you might think when you consider the birthday paradox.
Did anyone close to you die?
Don't think so.
Which countries did you visit?
Does Wales count?
What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
As usual, further progress along the grand master plan. That said I actually achieved part of it over the past year, so it is slowly but surely happening!
What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
talismancer's birthday party way back in January. Also for other reasons, as it was on that day that I discovered the start of what became a relative slowly losing her marbles (talismancer now you know what the phone calls I was getting were about).
March/April, wherein I moved to a different company (as it turns out just ahead of the old company encountering many forms of fail, so rather good timing)
Tilly's Christening in early summer.
Passing my driving test first time at the start of October, and ending up buying an Alfa the next day.
Karting and Thanksgiving with Jonners and co at the end of November.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Achievement unlocked! Achievement unlocked!
What was your biggest failure?
Err... nothing spectacular, I think.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not particularly, no.
What was the best thing you bought?
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
A little one here - Overclockers, when querying a delivery that appears to have been eaten by UPS, immediately despatching a replacement order for free by a more competent (and more expensive) firm.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The SNP, for living in la-la land. Special mention to Alex Salmond for claiming things that quite simply would not happen if Scotland went independent (currency union? Ha ha ha ha no, we've just watched the Euro currency union nearly crash and burn and now you want another one?).
Where did most of your money go?
A toss-up between a combination of my landlord and HM Treasury, and P&K Autos (Alfas are not cheap, even second-or-whatever-hand ones).
What were you really, really, really excited about?
Did I mention I bought a car?
What song will always remind you of 2014?
I think I can blame elemnar for Frozen's Let it Go.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
b) Bigger or smaller?
Probably about the same.
c) Richer or poorer?
A bit of both. On one hand the job change came with a significant pay rise, but on the other hand I now have a car, which is basically a thing that eats money.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exploring, as always.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
How did you spend Christmas?
In a rather laid-back fashion. Instead of a Christmas lunch, we had a Christmas tea. This worked very well as there was much more time for presents :)
What was your favourite month of 2014?
April was the month of much happenings.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Good ones this year included The Apprentice, Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Atlantis. Less so Doctor Who - I'm not as taken by the latest series. I still think the ninth Doctor was the best of the new ones.
How did you see in the New Year?
At the Poons with other friends, playing many silly games until the wee hours of the morning.
The Pulborough Brooks walk again didn't happen as today was rather grey and dismal. It's becoming the anti-tradition.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Well, it's not really new but I finally picked up some Nightwish albums. I'm still not taken by power metal, but the more symphonic stuff can be very good. I fall somewhere around the third person on The Evolution of Metal Fans.
What did you want and get?
Various random bits and pieces, and in a moment of carefully-not-planned shared inspiration elemnar and I gave each other Hyrule Historia.
What did you want and not get?
More chocolate :)
What was your favourite film of this year?
Absolutely no idea.
What did you do on your birthday?
Karting! Okay, so that wasn't quite on my birthday but it was close enough.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Even more advancement along the grand master plan :)
What kept you sane?
As always friends, family, a well-stocked MP3 player, and plenty of chocolate.
Which celebrity/public figure did you
Pass. Can I ask the audience?
What political issue stirred you the most?
Scottish independence. On the one hand the SNP's post-independence plans fell somewhere between blatant lies and incredibly wishful thinking (again, currency union? Ha ha ha ha no) and Scotland is better off in the union. On the other hand, I do think the rest of the UK would be slightly better off if Scotland were to leave - if nothing else, it would finally solve the West Lothian question.
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Beware of invisible kamikaze ninja cyclists, and the numpty on your left who does not believe in filter lanes.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
As before, Julian of Norwich still fits:
But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.