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Year In Review

This is a meme about my year. I'm at work, I'm *really* bored.... there's nothing to do, and I'm alone. So, I will do this instead.

But I'll put *most* of it behind the extended entry.

1) Was 2005 a good year for you?

Oh yes. 2005 was the best year ever. Even the parts that sucked.

2) What was your favorite moment of the year?

That's a tough one. Seeing Cardiff Castle is rather high on the list. And no, nothing has really topped it since.

Getting to Scotland, of course. It wasn't really real until I touched down in Glasgow. Even getting on the plane it wasn't real. I think it wasn't real until I had that very odd conversation with the cab driver.

The Chthulu backpack for Christmas was nice, too.

3) What was your least favorite moment of the year?

Spending the day after my birthday in the hospital emergency room with a friend is rather high on the list.

Walking out on my job at the hotel we don't talk about anymore. Walking out was fine - it was realizing that I was so unhappy there I'd rather be unemployed than continue... that sucked.

4) Where were you when 2005 began?

Edmonton, of course. I was working (different hotel) that night. It was *awful*, but afterwards, everyone there was so stressed and exhausted we just kinda collapsed. Work did get done, though. The hotel hosts a party every year, and it's absolute chaos, and much drunken idiocy. They gave us each a bottle of wine afterwards. I went home and finished it all by myself.

5) Who were you with?

Coworkers and a whole bunch of drunken strangers. Sadly, no romantic tales of being swept off my feet, and no really good blackmail for my friends.

6) Where [were you] when 2005 [ended]?

Princes Street, of course. Having the time of my life. God, that was fun. Don't think I'll do it again, though.

7) Who [were] you with when 2005 ended?

Myles, and a street full of drunk partiers. I kissed many boys, shook many hands, and was squished many times. It was fun!

8) Did you keep your New Year's resolution of 2005?

*looks around* Yup. Made it to Scotland. That was all I wanted for 2005. I find giving yourself simple goals, like intercontinental moves, helps make it easier.

9) Do you have a New Year's resolution for 2006?

I should say "Make it to Australia", but that's so definately planned (Scotland was still up in the air) I think it would be cheating.

So I'll just go with "Have a great time turing 30".

And maybe remembering to send the Christmas presents to my parents.... hopefully sometimet his month. I am a lousy daughter. *grin*

10) Did you fall in love in 2005?

Once or twice. Or a million times, really. I'm in love every day, and it's wonderful.

11) If yes, with whom?

Edinburgh, which I think I've made more than obvious with this blog. Traveling and seeing the world.

I know, they want me to be in love with a person. Maybe I'll just say I fell in love with myself, because really? I'm kinda cool. *laugh*

12) If yes, do they know?

The entire city of Edinburgh? Not so much, no. I should get a t-shirt or something.

13) Are you still in love with them?

Do we ever fall out of love with someone? Some place? Some thing?

14) Do you regret it?

Only when I feel like I'm rubbing my happiness in other people's faces. That gets kinda worrying, and then I start to fret.

The rest of the time? Nah.

15) Did you breakup with anyone in 2005?

Yes. I ended my on-again, off-again affair with Edmonton. I was asked by the producers on the radio yesterday when I was coming "home", and I had to remind myself that they don't know that Edmonton and I aren't on speaking terms right now.

This will likely change when the summer comes around, and I kick myself because I can't go to festivals I never attended when I was in Edmonton anyway. It will also change if it actually snows. I'm fickle.

16) Did you make any new friends in 2005?

Yes. And they're wonderful people. But then, I've always been blessed in my friends.

17) Who are your favorite new friends?

Apparently I can't say No to anything Lucy asks, so maybe I should say her.

But really... how do you answer "Oh, my favorite friend is this!" Maybe I should just list BMIbaby, since they're my new best friend that lets me fly cheaply to London.

18) What was your favorite month of 2005?

Oh god, what was I thinking when I started this meme?

December was good. August was kinda nice, as I went to Paris then. Can't go wrong with Paris.

19) Did you travel outside of Canada in 2005?

Um... yes. Just a bit.

20) How many different provinces did you travel to in 2005?

I went to Nova Scotia, and I went to B.C.

21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2005?

Yes, but not in the way you mean. No one I know died this year.

22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?

Every day.

I will not get all sappy, but I miss people in Edmonton. Some I'm still talking to, chatting with through ICQ, reading their blogs. Some I'll never see again. I miss both sets of people, more than they'll know.

23) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2005?

I know I saw movies in 2005... But none of them are jumping out at me as amazingly super movies. I'm not sure I saw a movie that was released in 2005 though.

No, wait... I saw Episode III. Let's not talk about that.

24) What was your favorite song from 2005?

Walk the Walk, by Poe, really spoke to me a lot this year. (For the first time in your life you know your life is about to start, oh yeah, bring it on...)

For new music this year... Oh man... I can hear it in my head, and can't remember the words! Arg!

25) What was your favorite record from 2005?

Haunted, by Poe. Sorry, I don't listen to a lot of music anymore. I think I'm getting old.

26) Did you see any concerts this year?


Let's see... there was the live stages at the Street Party. The one group that was East Indian, playing their drums? Outstanding.

I can't really remember anything else...

27) Did you have a favorite concert in 2005?

Oh yeah. See above.

28) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2005?

I'm not really a heavy drinker. Myles tells me I'm a lightweight. I call myself a bottlecap drunk. It seems pointless to just keep drinking till I'm falling over, when I get tipsy and giddy after one bottle of beer and half a bottle of Mead.

29) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2005?

Nah. I don't even smoke. I suppose caffeine counts. I drink a lot of caffeine.

30) Did you hope for something you didn't get in 2005?

Oh god yes. Who wouldn't say that? I wanted to NOT have an election called during Christmas. I wanted to win an award for something. I wanted the job at the art gallery that I was turned down for. I wanted to win lots and lots of money so I could bum around Europe without having to work.

I wanted one of my ex boyfriends to have rocks fall on him so he died, but I've heard that didn't happen. I'm terribly disappointed, but I suppose it's better for the rocks that way.

31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

You know, I'm really thinking about this, looking back over the past year, and there's not a lot... I mean, I'm not sitting here thinking "Oh, I am perfect, all should love me and despair", but I don't really regret anything. (Not entirely true... there are people I hurt that I regret hurting, but I'm not ashamed of hurting them. I just wish there had been a better way. Sometimes there is not, and accepting that is important.)

32) What was the biggest lie you told in 2005?

"I'm so happy for you!"

No, wait...

"I don't care."

That's better. It would have been truer (is that a word?) to say "I wish I didn't care, and I'm going to say I don't until it's true."

33) What was the worst lie someone told you?

"I love you."

Wow, that's very angsty.

34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2005?

Yes. Sadly, it was quite deliberate, too.

Not always. There's definately people I treatly poorly by accident. But there were one or two I hurt on purpose. (Not necessarily with the intention of hurting them, but the actions I took were on purpose.)

35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2005?

Oh, yes. And I'm still angry about it. I'm trying to let it go, though. Watch, I'll try that lying things again: "I don't care, now."

36) How much money did you spend in 2005?

Millions and millions. Plane tickets, hotels, eating out, paying 6 months rent in advance, paper work, Christmas presents, postcards... I am a spending fiend. I have no idea how I ever have any money left over....

37) What was your proudest moment of 2005?

As cheesy at is sounds... getting on the plane to Vancouver. I was so afraid I'd chicken out at the last moment, that I'd just decide "Ah, screw it, I don't care", and stick in Edmonton and be miserable. It was such a struggle.

Getting on the plane to Scotland wasn't as hard.

38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2005?

As awful as this sounds... I can't think of anything. I'm sure someone will come along and remind me. Maybe I'll brood about it for a bit... I mean, I can still remember things from high school that embarrassed me.

39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2005 and change something, what would it be?

I'd have quit at the hotel that we don't talk about much sooner.

Actually, I don't think I would have taken that job at all, and just waited for the temp agencies to pan out. I got a call from them almost immediately after taking the job.

40) What are your plans for 2006?

Have a few friends visit over the course of the next few months.
Go to Singapore for about a week.
Move to Australia.
Fall in love with another country.
Learn Chinese. (All of it, twice.)
Go to my best friend's wedding and have a lovely time.
Turn 30 - and have a great party. Or maybe two.
Just simple things.
Enjoy every moment of it.

So far, it's working out pretty well.


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