2013 has come and, as of midnight, will have gone. It was a mixed year for most of us— lots of good, some bad, some indifferent. Things with me changed, some for the better, some for the worse, and some for the far, far worse… so c’mon, kids. Let’s keep the Year In Review tradition going: I’ve been doing it since the LiveJournal days, and there’s no point in stopping now.
It turns out that I did write more in 2013 than 2012. Mind you, I only posted three times in 2012, but still, progress is progress. I find myself growing further and further disillusioned by social media. A solid 80% of the crap that I see on Facebook I don’t care about, and none of my friends are particularly active on Twitter. Oh, and there’s Google Plus. I don’t really use it. Most of you don’t either. Still, I need somewhere to post what’s rattling around in my brain, so why not go back to the way I did things in the Good Old Days? I do, however, need to keep it a little bit more anonymous. I’ve discouraged Google’s spiders from doing their thang, but I’m going to run a few searches on my archive and try to alter certain key words— like the name of the company that I work for, which will hereafter be referred to as “Veridian Dynamics”. I may remove the photo sidebar, and I might go as far as changing references to both my name and the name of my long-suffering ladytype. Not sure.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I know that technically I’ve been in college before. But this was the first year that I really, truly, and honestly applied myself. That’s the biggest one. Other things: MARDI GRAS!!! I found out what those Food Exchange notations on food labels are. Played with the WiiU. Other things that are too personal for even this forum. Not a lot different. Tried knitting (not for me, not with these giant, sausagesque fingers). Tried origami (ditto).
2. Did you keep New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’ll admit that I did actually make some, even though I denied it before. And I… failed miserably at keeping them. This year I’m going to try very, very hard not to, but I’m sure that I’ll actually try to make changes to myself. That’s the nature of the New Year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of my friends produced a son. I’ve never met him, but he seems to be a happy lad.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Again, I dodged that bullet.
5. What countries did you visit?
I still haven’t left the US, and it’s getting goddamn depressing. I need to get my passport. I need to go SOMEWHERE, even Canada, that’s different.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Better health still wins this one, but it’s a matter of applying myself. That isn’t gonna be easy.
7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day that I received my final grades for Fall Term: December 17th. The first time that I’ve strung together two 4.0 terms of school since… like… elementary school. In fact, did I ever pull straight A’s in elementary school?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The two 4.0 terms.
9. What was your biggest failure?
This one is copied verbatim from 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012…
Not leaving this dead-end job. It may pay a lot of money, but I’m miserable here and the effects that it has on my emotions and physical health are showing more than they have before. I need a fresh start… and the balls to actually MAKE that fresh start.
Step one in changing that is in progress. The hope of a better future is what keeps me going.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yeah. Finding out that you have a lifelong chronic disease that, if not completely preventable, at least could have been staved off is not fun in the least. Still, I wasn’t hospitalized (knock on wood) and that’s A-OK with me.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I know it sounds materialistic, by my laptop. I loves it.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I am legally obligated to mention m’lady here.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Our nation’s government. The people holding the strings that control said government. The NSA. Big Business.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills. All of the bills.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The laptop. Dragon*Con (again). Christmas. Vacations. School, and shortly after, time off from school.
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Honestly, I can’t think of one particular song that will remind me of 2013. I didn’t listen to much new music.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- Happier or sadder? Surprisingly enough, we have an UPSWING this year. I’m happier. You can’t put a price on that.
- Thinner or fatter? Probably fatter, but to be honest, I haven’t bothered weighing myself in a while.
- Richer or poorer? Poorer, but not TERRIBLY poorer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spending time outside relaxing. Planning rather than reacting. Reading.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Arguing. Being angry at that which cannot be changed.
20. How (DID I) spend Christmas?
KLynne and I spent Christmas at home this year. I didn’t put on real pants all day. It was glorious.
21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I remain in love.
22. How many one-night stands?
What’s this year’s replacement question… hmm… how about…
22. What does the fox say?
I guess I just realized what song’s gonna remind me of 2013. Heh. I still think it’s funny.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Bob’s Burgers! I hated the pilot the first time we watched it, gave it another try, and it… was freaking awesome. Enough so that I’m considering cosplaying as Teddy for next Dragon*Con.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. Severely dislike, but it ain’t quite hate yet.
25. What was the best book you read?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was FANTASTIC. If you ever get the chance to listen to the audiobook, I suggest doing so- it’s a Wil Wheaton production.
26. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?
I actually can’t think of ANY musical growth that I’ve made with bands old or new.
27. What did you want and get?
Good grades, a new computer, damn near everything that I wanted for Christmas, and a good start for the Avalanche.
28. What did you want and not get?
One Christmas item, the inevitable health, new job, and to get up off of my ass and do more stuff.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmm… probably The Heat. Melissa McCarthy is funny.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 30(!). Went mini-golfing. It was a pretty chill birthday, to tell the truth.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A trip to foreign lands… or Colorado to see the Broncos or Avalanche.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
More Hawaiian shirts! More Columbia (or similar) fishing shirts! More polos! Same jeans! Oh, and I have started wearing sweaters now that it’s chilly-like… and THE BEARD RETURNED.
33. What kept you sane?
Sane is such a strong word. Probably long, deep breaths.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I still have my List of Five. I still fancy ’em.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The NSA spying “shocker”. I figured that we were being spied on, but it’s still infuriating to have that paranoid fear confirmed.
36. Who did you miss?
My people out West.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
My friend Andre wins this one.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Hey, applying yourself actually works! I should do it more often!
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story
In your head is the answer
Let it guide you along
Let your heart be the anchor
And the beat of your own song
—Rush, Something for Nothing