Saturday, January 15, 2011
Mused by Heather at 11:54 a.m.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!
The New Year Meme: 2010
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I didn't make any last year, and while I have goals for 2011, somehow I don't quite like framing them in terms of "resolutions".
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A couple of friends, but no one with whom I'm very close.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I would like to have vision, which I struggled to find in the previous year.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 15th, the day that Granny died, and December 25th, the Christmas celebration with my family.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
This is a tough one for me. I have things from the last few years, like my album, and things that will be coming very soon, like my degree. This year specifically, though? Nothing comes to mind!
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not finishing my degree in 2010, I suppose.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing severe, thankfully. Um, last month I fell down the stairs and I was pretty colourful in the days to follow.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new zoom lens, I think, to replace one that broke. (From a 28-135 to 75-300mm). Also, the other day I picked up some more fuzzy socks. I love fuzzy socks.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Though I can think of one that would qualify that would have to be a private celebration.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one in my personal life. On a global scale there have been several instances, of course, and watching the news can be both appalling and depressing. (I never turn it on myself, but Grampy often has it on, and I end up "absorbing" more of it than I'd mean to).
14. Where did most of your money go?
Tuition and rent, debt repayment.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to see Tirzah in Washington, my post-grad road trip (which has been postponed, so I'm still excited about it!)
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
I can never tell this until the time has passed. The songs that will remind me of this year...well, I suppose September Song, by Frank Sinatra.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) both. b) "thinner" seems a funny word for me, but I do weigh a little less than this time last year. c) richer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Taken better care of myself financially and physically.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Feeling sorry for myself.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas was spent with my Mum, Grampy and sisters. (Oh, and my brother-in-law, but he sort of gets included in the 'sisters' grouping as an extension of big sis).
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Not in a romantic way, no. I'm learning to love the Island, here, appreciating the verdancy that the heavy rains allow, and learning to cherish the sunny days when they happen. Also, it's not as cold!
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
I have a few favourites but haven't watched in a while. The top of the list includes Glee, House and Chuck.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I try to avoid poison whenever possible.
25. What was the best book you read?
Oh man, I read so much fluff that this is actually a hard one to answer! I think that I may have listened to the audio book of 'The Kite Runner' this calendar year, so I'll go with that.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I wanted and got to spend time with my Granny in her last few weeks; I wanted to focus and to breathe.
28. What did you want and not get?
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I might just have to say Harry Potter 7. I had a great deal of fun at that one.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
If I appreciated it more!
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
'Fashion concept' sounds pretty far above my pay grade! I like simple, solid colours, and comfort.
33. What kept you sane?
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I think one of the issues I have found really interesting and for which my position has actually changed is that of same-sex marriage.
36. Who did you miss?
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
That life should be lived passionately, and that death is also a part of life.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Mused by Heather at 12:04 a.m.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Today's is yet another writing prompt that's tricky for me. Any question involving heroes has always been a tough one for me, because I'm not sure I've ever had one! Certainly there have been people who I've admired, but I'm not entirely sure I ever put someone on that kind of pedestal. I think that most likely I learned early on in life that everyone is fallible. This doesn't mean cynicism, understand - just reality. I honestly can not remember a childhood hero or heroine, though at age 4, in DisneyWorld, I apparently asked (the young woman playing) Cinderella if I could come to the castle for a sleepover. All my pre-schooler dreams were crushed, of course, when she kindly told me that at least that night, it wasn't possible.
Mused by Heather at 5:13 p.m.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I could choose any number of songs and bands here, I know.
Mused by Heather at 11:14 p.m.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Something on which people never compliment me. Well, I can't say I have any brilliant responses to this one, perhaps because I don't hear that which no one says ;-)
Mused by Heather at 11:07 p.m.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The thing on which people compliment me most often is my voice. It used to fluster me terribly, but after years and years of playing in front of a couple hundred people a couple times a month, I got used to it! One of the many things being a church musician taught me was how to graciously accept a compliment - at least the first few times. One can only say 'thank you' so many times!
Mused by Heather at 8:57 p.m.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
...or wish I didn't know.
Mused by Heather at 11:22 p.m.