1.What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I learnt to ice-skate, I began taking guitar lessons, I finished the Couch to 5kms program, I got a niece!
These weren’t entirely new, but I also finished a computer game (The Last Of Us) for the first time in probably 20 years and I re-taught myself how to reverse parallel park, having managed studiously to avoid doing one in the 13ish years since I got my licence. You can’t live in Newtown and not reverse parallel is the lesson here.
I overcame a lot of odd fears I had about trying new things, new things don’t seem to phase me so much anymore.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No I didn’t, but as always, I’ll have another crack at it in 2014.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! My younger sister, Steph had a gorgeous daughter, Cordelia. My older sister, Mary is due in December too!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
None, but I went to Western Australia and Queensland this year.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Energy, and with it motivation but that’s honestly it. 2013 has been a really fantastic year.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 18th: The First Annual Double Seafood Pizza Night!
March 18th: Bruce Springsteen Day!
July 6th: Meeting Juggernaut the Wonder Dog!
August 2nd: Feeding the goats!
September 7th: Kelly’s wedding!
September 13th: Meeting Thor Harris, the drummer from Swans, who I spent a few days with, just hanging out and getting to know one another!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I trusted my gut instinct that this year would be the perfect time to try all the things I’d been wanting to do for years and had always put off. I think of all of them, starting to learn guitar was probably the biggest. I’d been wanting to learn since I was 13 and suddenly I realised that nothing was actually stopping me. I have a great guitar teacher and I have a sneaking suspicion Father Christmas might be delivering me a gorgeous musical baby all of my own!
9. What was your biggest failure?
I forgot to log my tax … again.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes. *rolls eyes*.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Bruce Springsteen tickets were pretty amazing, it was a concert unlike anything else I’ve ever seen and it was fun to go with a group of friends from work and dress up and touch The Boss and run around like crazy with people we’d just met.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
B! He is actually the best. I was looking through my day planner earlier this week and reminiscing about all the amazing things we’ve done this year, from feeding goats in Queensland, to building tents out of bed sheets for Vincent, to gigs, to great meals, to trips away. He is probably the most thoughtful person I’ve ever met. The guitar I am learning on is one he lent me, the one his mother gave him for his 18th birthday. When we’re with my family he’s usually the one wrangling an impossibly energetic three-year-old, or organising dinner for the new parents, or hosting barbecues. He’s generous with his friends and with his family. I just feel happy whenever I see him.
Special mention must also go to my housemate, Anna. I’ve had many housemates over the years, but none I have clicked with like her. We just have the exact same introvert/extrovert time needs and get ridiculously excited by the same goofy stuff. There’s currently a glow-in-the-dark skeleton wearing a Christmas-themed sexy dress hanging from out lounge room wall, right next to a cat-sized reindeer outfit and it’s all Anna’s doing. She’s full of surprises and it just super ridiculously easy to live with. Even when she bleeds through the entire house.
Finally, my family who’ve kept checking in on my during the last month or so. It’s so nice to see all of them in such good places in their lives.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled?
Anyone and everyone who is in any way blocking the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Look, Rekorderlig winter cider is a delight. That’s all I have to say.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
OH MY GOD FEEDING THE GOATS!
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
‘Atlantic City’ by Bruce Springsteen, mostly because I’m learning to play it. Other honourable mentions must go to ‘8 Point Agenda’ by The Herbaliser and ‘Fuck Your Stuff’ by P.O.S.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
(a) so many, many, many times happier;
(c) … about the same.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Donating blood to science.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
This year B and I are heading to my parent’s farm, with V and Steph, Joel and Cordelia. I’m really looking forward to a few days of family and sun and doing absolutely nothing. The only downside is Mary and Drew not being there, because it will be too close to the due date of 2013 Niece Number Two!
21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
22. What was your favourite TV program?
Orange Is The New Black.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I have been angry at people and found behaviour abhorrent, but I don’t hate anyone.
24. What was the best book you read?
- ‘The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ – Junot Diaz
- ‘Fun Home’ – Alison Bechdel
- ‘2666’ – Roberto Bolaño
- ‘Pity The Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon’ – Robert Fisk
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Young Fathers who signed to Anticon this year. Their EP Tape Two was my favourite release this year, I think.
26. What did you want and get?
Happiness and calm.
27. What did you want and not get?
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
Probably Gravity I think. I’m a sucker for tears in space.
29. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Hmm. It wasn’t anything to write home about. I got big into linen this year and bought more dressy work clothes, but I don’t think I had a concept per say.
31. What kept you sane?
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This year lacked a good celebrity crush actually.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
34. Who did you miss?
My grandparents, so much.
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
I know when I’m healthy and I know when situations feel wrong and I need to trust that more in future.
Things I fear are rarely as scary as they seem, and not being good at something straight away isn’t embarrassing.
When life is good, it’s blissfully calm.
36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
You can’t start a fire, worryin’ about your little world falling apart / This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark