Jan. 1st, 2014

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Is not explained by anything other than a long and strange year.

Onto the 2013 annual recap!

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Hmmm... This was a long year of starting over and getting back on my feet. But I made a couple of significant charitable donations... and I helped place my eldest brother into a nursing home.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sort of! I dropped 20 pounds, and added walking to my summer lunches. I'd very much like to continue that trend.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my nephew had a baby girl in April of this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes, Marty Gear passed away in mid-July. He was like the father I never really had...
Sort of (not close emotionally)? The tenant that we evicted in January was murdered on my mother's birthday, August 31st.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. (sniffles)

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A tidier home. To be fair, we made big strides toward this in 2013! But I want to continue to declutter. I'd also like to spend more times with friends.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 31st (reasons above). May 10th - Nancy's second brain surgery.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Quitting EY early, and going to Dell to work. Sucking it up and repaving the driveway.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Money management.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, nothing special.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new driveway.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine. I stopped being a doormat for people who were using me.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My eldest brother, for letting his health deteriorate so badly that we had to send him to a nursing home before he even hit 60.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying down debt. Home renovations.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The new job!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
The "Journey" soundtrack.

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

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Art.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Traveling our traditional 500 miles around the families to see everyone.

21. What Journal users did you meet for the first time?
None.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
No, but I keep staying in love.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
BBC Sherlock. Hands down.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not worth the karma.

26. What was the best book you read?
Nothing comes to mind this year.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
EDIT: Zomg - how did I forget Pentatonix??? (Go look them up on you-tube. I'll wait.... SEE???!~)

28. What did you want and get?
Security and a roof over my head.

29. What did you want and not get?
Nothing comes to mind...

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Frozen, The Hobbit.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I bought a 3DS game system. Old enough to know better! XD

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I could be sure that the woman who robbed Mom's house was permanently out of our lives.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
"Is it clean?"

34. What kept you sane?
Friends, most especially G-cat and Soranokumo.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Still Rachel Maddow.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Marriage equality.

37. Who did you miss?
Marty.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My new co-workers.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Kindness is never wasted.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"You have to be your own Prince Charming"

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