01-27-07: 40 questions about 2006

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Went curling, sang a compline service, built a goofy sculpture thing out of metal for Burning Man, went house hunting, ate a meal comprised entirely of pork products.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept my resolutions, and it felt good. Now they're habits and I don't even think about them anymore. I'll probably make a few more for 2007.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Amy had a baby girl, Jhaleah.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Aunt Lil died in January of 2006. Star Foster died on December 10th, though I didn't know her that well.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, unfortunately.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2006?
A bonus structure that actually paid me something. (Though this was remedied in September, so I guess it's better than nothing.)

7. What date(s) from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • Feb 19: Spent the weekend with my maternal-side cousins, and we created an awesome cookbook of family recipes
  • March 29: I had my gall bladder out -- 'twas nada.
  • April 20: Introduced Matt to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
  • June 24: We did The Wall at the Northstar Bar in Philly
  • July 2: Watched Garrison Keillor at Tanglewood with Matt and my brother's awesome fam
  • July 6-9: The triumphant return to San Francisco and seeing John for the first time in a year
  • August 17-20: PAPA World Pinball Championships, good friends, awesome shirts, and happy spinny carpet
  • August 29 - September 5: The best Burning Man yet
  • October 20: Dress as your favorite 80s Pop Star Night at Sex Dwarf (Matt and I went as Hall and Oates and the Go-Gos)

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Earning my ITIL Practitioner's Certificate in Incident Management (lame!)

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Letting myself get so, so, so very anemic.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Had my gall bladder out, and my anemia got much worse (the two are not related). But I'm on the mend!

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    An orange comforter purchased on a whim for Burning Man. I brought it home and it has trumped all other comforters... even the super-pricey Ralph Lauren one.

    12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    Matt's, hands down. Matt changed his life in a single Friday afternoon by telling his thankless job to shove it, and then accepted a job in an entirely new field literally two minutes later. That weekend he said goodbye to his family and friends and moved to Wilmington. It was incredible, and we're all so proud of him... especially me.

    13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    George W. Bush's.

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    The usual: Credit cards, airline tickets, Burning Man and The Corner Bistro.

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Singing with the Industrial Jazz Group, hanging out with Matt and his family, visiting Patty and getting to know Gorm better, competing in the World Pinball Championships in Pittsburgh, the EL wire fish I made for Burning Man, finding a healthy rhythm to my friendship with John.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
    "Nothing Better" by The Postal Service, I guess.

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    i. happier or sadder? - happier
    ii. thinner or fatter? - the same, really
    iii. richer or poorer? - richer

    18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
    Relaxing, taking more time for me.

    19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
    Overthinking, talking myself out of simple joys

    20. How did you spend Christmas?
    Spent it with my folks' house. This will be the last Christmas in that house, which was both depressing and liberating. (Mostly depressing.) Also spent a good majority of the day in my car. :-)

    21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
    My mom, and probably John. (I don't talk on the phone that much.)

    22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
    As always.

    23. How many one-night stands?
    None, thankyouverymuch!

    24. What's your favorite TV program?
    I don't watch TV. But I've seen a couple episodes of Mythbusters, and that's always a good time.

    25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
    Nope. Hate is such a heavy word. I don't even really dislike anyone, particularly. I've got it good. :-)

    26. What was the best book you read in 2006?
    The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

    27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    The Postal Service.

    28. What did you want and get?
    I bought an iPod, and it's brought me tons and tons of joy. A happy, bi-directional, sincere friendship with someone I thought I'd lost. A mushball boy who makes me very happy.

    29. What did you want and not get?
    I wanted, and did not get, a winning lottery ticket.

    30. What was your favorite film of this year?
    Donnie Darko. While I know it's an older flick, I just got around to seeing it.

    31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 35. I suck, but I can't remember what I did. According to my calendar, I had dinner with Jerm, and my team bought me a binary birthday cake at work-- that rocked!

    32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A better and more consistent supply of excellent-quality ginger root. More thai food.

    33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
    I didn't do much clothes shopping this year, so I'm overdue. For work, it was the usual: some kind of khaki pant with some kind of marginally-funky button down shirt or sweater. On the weekends it was jeans with some kind of funky T-shirt or chunky sweater, and either wingtip shoes or boots. Not a very creative year.

    34. What kept you sane?
    Hanging at The Monkey with mah peeps, Wednesday night tea and boy-talk with Shelle.

    35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Alton Brown. :-)

    36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    I mean, the War in Iraq is so obvious. But personally, I found myself really saddened by the case of Genarlow Wilson. He was a high school kid who fooled around with his high-school girlfriend, and now he's in jail and will be permanently known as a child molester because there was a 2-year age difference.

    37. Who did you miss?
    I missed my folks a lot.

    38. Who was the best new person you met?
    Jenn Rice! She totally rocks it.

    39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
    1) If you take your iron, you will feel better. 2) Let yourself be loved; stop pushing it away, you idiot.

    40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
    Coffee, coffee: It's my favorite Colombian drug!