1.What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Bought a musical instrument, a ukulele; was in therapy; bought, read and highlighted a self-help book; saw Radiohead; started running for exercise; played laser tag; attended a same-sex wedding; dyed my hair bright purple; owned a gaming console; ate steak tartare (and enjoyed it).
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I made many and I barely kept any. People seem divided on the use of resolutions. I figure they can’t hurt, even if they are just a guide to the goals you’re working towards. I have a list for 2013 because I think it’s productive for me to have structure in my life , whether it be bettering myself (working up to running 5ks, losing weight, learning to touch type), or keeping track of things I want to do that will bring me happiness that I might forget in harder times (learning to play my uke, travel). I also need to start pushing myself more, so I also have career and research objectives.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of my closest friends from high school, Lauren, had a beautiful baby daughter, Bonnie.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Better mental health and self-esteem; spare time better spent; savings; being more organised in general; a good sleep pattern.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don’t even know what day of the week it is, dates are not my forte! I will always remember Amy and Nic’s wedding; the day I discovered black beans; seeing Radiohead and the night I meet Ant from Atmosphere. One of the most moving days this year was the day Steph and I went to the funeral of my friend Pete, a day a lot of people I know still think about a lot.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Keeping my head above water; a promotion at work.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I stopped trusting and believing in myself.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was diagnosed with a form of hyperparathyroidism, which caused me a lot of stress and angst, CAT scans, blood tests, ultrasounds and all which ended with a very expensive specialist telling me to take vitamin D. I hope she has a great Christmas skiing the French Alps on my dime.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My hot pink Frank Kozik Ronald Regan bust!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Michelle and Fiona for talking me down out of an entire forest of trees and being really nonjudgmental about it.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled?
My own. I had a really hard year and I won’t be too tough on myself about a lot of that stuff; however, I did buy into so much bullshit this year. One of my biggest regrets is listening to people’s opinions about people I’d never met or didn’t know particularly well. I’m learning to hold a mirror up to myself and see what it is about me that affects how I act and being unsure of myself and comparing myself to other people led to some pretty gross behaviour, if only in my own head.
In 2013 I want positive people in my life, I’m tired of drama and bitchiness and judgemental people, but I also owe it to the people I am friends with to act the way I would want them to.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Mostly on lunch, snacks and Red Bull. And New Zealand.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Bruce Springsteen tickets; the new P.O.S album, We Don’t Even Live Here; the new Why? album, Mumps, etc; my Ronald Reagan head; New Zealand.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Ryan Adams’s album Ashes & Fire.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
(a) about the same;
(c) … about the same.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Laughing and appreciating what I had, when I had it.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
I am going to Diamond Beach with my parents and a smattering of aunts and uncles, some lobsters and champagne.
21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
22. What was your favourite TV program?
Friday Night Lights.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. I really dislike this question. This year I made a comfortable peace with someone and would much prefer to think about that.
24. What was the best book you read?
It would have to be This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz or Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
2012 was the year when I finally clicked with Ryan Adams. Solange Knowles’s song, ‘Losing You’ was definitely the best pop song of the year, and I discovered Moonface and The War on Drugs, but mostly I was listening to new albums by artists I already loved.
26. What did you want and get?
Time with my nerdphew; time with Mum and Dad; the trip to New Zealand; my Ronald Reagan bust; enough spare time to read my goal of 52 books; my promotion at work; an Adidas Santiago XL watch in green; tickets to Bruce Springsteen and the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival next year; renewed friendships and new friendships.
27. What did you want and not get?
Control over anxiety when I badly needed it.
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
29. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My friends and family; my housemate, Katie; mint M&Ms; losing weight.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
2012 was “This is what I rolled out of bed in” but 2013 is going to be “Why do I suddenly crave dressing as though I own a yatch?”.
31. What kept you sane?
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ryan Gosling or Jeremy Renner.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Same-sex marriage, or the lack there of.
34. Who did you miss?
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
I will always need to take care of my mental health, it’s just who I am.
36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.