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1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Quit drum corps, worked at camp, had fun marching at school, read William James and Paul Tillich, realized that many of the things I'm good at are things that (much to my surprise) I have been doing for most of my life, attempted to write movie music, played Savage Worlds, went to the Broadway Diner, drew a hat, used a SLR camera for great pictures, started the Great American Novel, went to a LAN party. Among other things.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I've made resolutions since 2002. I think I decided a few weeks ago that resolutions were dumb, and if you only resolved to make yourself better once a year you were not liable to get very far. So inasmuch as every year is a new one I will probably resolve to do some things, though 'resolve' still sounds a lot more intentional and decisive than I usually am. But I will probably not spend much time tomorrow thinking about a list I can make of things to do that will definitely make my life better, y'know?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Mara, Mallory. (I think that was it.)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Marty, Fritz. And Julia Child, if she counts.

5. What countries did you visit?
Fayette, Branson, Texas. Y'know, compared to the amount of travelling I usually do, I've hardly even left the state this year.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
::sigh:: An idea of some sort of plan for my future? I'm not gonna get all hung up on any one I may come by, but I think it would make me feel better if I could at least pretend I knew where I was going. :P

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Er... of all the noteworthy things that happened this year, the moments that are etched into my memory, the only actual numeric dates I remember are May 22nd (when I went to camp) and August 15th (when I left.) Go figure.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
That I have done so much that cannot be easily qualified.
Well, and I think the Egg Feats were pretty cool, too ;)

9. What was your biggest failure?
I am hard put to think of any huge failures. There were things that didn't turn out the way I wanted them to, but there's probably a reason why they didn't - and they were pretty much beyond my power anyway.
Perhaps my failure to produce any viable or interesting New Year's Eve plans ... ;)
I wish I had put any effort at all into getting in some kind of shape, too.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The heinous ear infections of May and June come right to mind.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Maybe the glasses sets for Mum? Or The Jeans.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Two thirds of the theatre department. Sarah W. The staff crew.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The other third of the theatre department; about seventy percent of the citizenry of the USA.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Crap if I know. Probably school. And late-night diner excursions.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Food. Composition. Horn. Piano. Marching. Major Readings. Band. People. The things people do.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Again, crap if I know. I've spent an awful lot of time with Brothers Finn's Everyone Is Here stuck in my head, and I think it's appropriate to the events of the second half of the year. Though later, I doubt I'll remember what year that was exactly.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Probably happier. I can't recall exactly where I was at 11:31 last New Year's Eve, but in general, I'd say the trend has been good.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Slightly fatter. ::sigh::

iii. richer or poorer?
Poorer in terms of fiduciary assets. Richer in many other ways.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Saving money. Telling people just how much I love them. Sleeping. Creating. Not being afraid to claim time for myself.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending money. Wasting time. Being afraid of smothering people who are not easily smothered, I think.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas at my house, hanging with my fam and working on T3h Classic Rock Compendium.

21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
With alarming frequency.

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favourite TV program?
DS9 . As usual.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nah. Though I have met several more people who are unwitting recipients of much of my ire.

25. What was the best book you read?
In Sunshine and Shadow, a For Better or Worse collection.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Oooh. Herm. I dunno, myself? -- May or may not get back to you on this one. The third Worship Circle is probably CD o' the Year....

27. What did you want and get?
Better friends (not new ones but better relationships with the ones I have, though I did get some new ones as well). A good summer. A good fall.

28. What did you want and not get?
A camera. But I am glad I did not get one.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Emm... I saw both Shaun of the Dead and I, Robot this weekend and found them both highly entertaining. Incredibles was good. HP3 was infinitely better than 1 and 2.
And I think that may have been all the films I saw this year. All the new ones, anyway.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 22. I did jack squat played a concert band concert, ate a yummy dinner with my family, and fooled around on a computer for a really long time.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
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Erm, I have some guesses, but I really don't know. The year has really been pretty good.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Blah to homespun eclectic, with lots of help from black shirts and cool shoes.

33. What kept you sane?
Unashamed alone time. Unashamed with-people-I-like time. Actually kind of keeping up with my work for once.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Your mom It probably had something to do with school or church or something not terribly ... erm, national. ::shrug::

36. Who did you miss?
Everyone, at one time or another.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
T3h Barnabites, doubtless. They all rock.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
Life doesn't suck. See under #8.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Well, let them all laugh
I'll try not to mind,
For I have found something
That they'll never find!

There are secrets on a leaf,
In the water, in the air,
Hidden planets, tiny worlds,
All invisible!
Not a person seems to know.
Not a person seems to care.
There is no one who believes a thing I say...

Well, I'm fairly certain
At one time or other,
Great thinkers all feel this way! ...

... Yes, I have wings.
And I can fly
Around the moon
And far beyond the sky
You called my name
And you set me free...

From Seussical. Because if yu can take the wisdom of Dr. Seuss and stick it with music, obviously, astonishing things can happen.

Happy New Year, everyone. I have half a mind to get up in about 6.5 hours and see at least a bit of the sunrise, but I am afeard that if I do I will not be able to go back to sleep. Hrrrm. Decisions.