What did you do in 2019 that you'd never done before?
I'm... not sure there was anything new in 2019. Does seeing the HMS Queen Elizabeth up close(ish) count?
Oh wait, there is something new: I joined the church PCC.
Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Not as well as I'd have liked. There was a bit of progress along the Grand Master Plan early in the year, but nothing actually accomplished on it as such.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Beth & Jonners had twins!
Did anyone close to you die?
My mum's godmother passed away in December.
Which countries did you visit?
Only England, as usual, and not that much of it in the end. I spent a weekend in Cornwall with pleaseremove and that was about it for grand holidays. Though I did do a couple of trips to London - one to the Natural History Museum, and one to the Science Museum! It's been well over a decade since I last visited either!
What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?
Let's try and make house-buying happen for reals this time! First challenge: finding one...
What dates from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The spontaneous warship encounter during the spontaneous Cornwall holiday.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
It wasn't really much of a year for achieving things.
What was your biggest failure?
The hard disk failure, exposing all the holes in my backup system. It's annoying more than anything else as just about everything that wasn't backed up was because I could re-download it.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
It's actually been a fairly good year, all said, apart from catching whatever lurgy was doing the rounds just before the Cornwall trip (I was seriously considering cancelling it, but recovered enough just in time to be merely full of cold).
What was the best thing you bought?
Finally replacing my laptop with something a bit more modern. Am I using it enough to really justify the cost? Probably not, if I'm honest, but if I get five years out of it I'll call it money well spent. Am I finding having an actual usable laptop with actual usable battery life useful? Yes!
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
(ex-)Speaker John Bercow, for continuing to support the Commons. Housegroup, for being totes awesome.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
All the politicians. All of them. Don't get me started, or there will be a rant.
Where did most of your money go?
The usual collection of bills, taxes, and car. 'Twas a cam belt year for the MiTo, and a pair of new tyres.
What were you really, really, really excited about?
Link's Awakening, which I've nearly finished (got splatted by the final boss once, so am about to revisit it with a bit more armour).
What song will always remind you of 2019?
Not sure about reminding me of 2019... but I was musing about music the other day and realised that I've got a pair of albums that are my personal soundtrack for Brighton. I couldn't say why they remind me so much of Brighton - oh, part of it may well be that I first discovered them while living there, but that doesn't explain why those two specifically and not anything else I first heard in those years. But anyway, my Brightonian albums are Moby's Play and Juno Reactor's Labyrinth. And out of those, the song which is Brighton for me more than any other is Moby's South Side.
And yes, I did make sure to copy those to my phone when I did the Brighton trip last month.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?
About the same.
b) Bigger or smaller?
About the same.
c) Richer or poorer?
Saved some more towards a house, so a bit richer.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
More exploring. And more actually finishing things.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
How did you spend Christmas?
Much the same as last year - Opa was off gallivanting in the Gambia, so it was just the parents and elemnar for Christmas day itself. This year none of us made it to midnight mass (partly because we actually got to Horsham quite late in the evening), but both elemnar and I came along to the Christmas day service itself.
What was your favourite month of 2019?
December was quite good. Hectic, but good.
What was your favourite TV programme?
The very silly Frankie Drake Mysteries.
How did you see in the New Year?
We once again went round the Poons for silly party games and plenty of food.
Do you dislike anyone now that you didn't this time last year?
Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. Not that I was a fan of either of them to begin with...
What was the best book you read?
Brandon Sanderson's Skyward. Oddly, it reminds me a bit of Garth Nix's Shade's Children despite the two being completely different in just about every way.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
I think it was elemnar who put me on to the soundtrack for Gris (which is an interesting-looking game that I must get one of these days). I'll call it a toss-up between that, and the soundtrack for Astral Chain which I've been listening to a lot recently.
I didn't actually find that much new music this year.
What did you want and get?
A kit to build! Actually two kits, one of which needs me to dig out the soldering iron.
What did you want and not get?
The latest xkcd book, how to. Though to be fair I forgot to put it on my Christmas list.
What was your favourite film of this year?
What did you do on your birthday?
Pasta night! Was it this year that spontaneous cookie baking happened?
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less procrastination and more accomplishing things.
What kept you sane?
Friends, family, chocolate, tea, and a well-stocked MP3 player. Though these days I use my phone as a MP3 player, or sometimes as a radio.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy/respect the most?
What political issue stirred you the most?
Brexit and the general election. Rant rant rant...
Who did you miss?
Who was the best new person you met?
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019.
Trying to achieve things doesn't work if you just procrastinate instead.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
It's another Julian of Norwich year:
But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.