1.What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Jumped without a net.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t keep them but I will make more for 2015, in part because for B and I, 2015 is going to be a year of preparing for some changes and I think it’s an excellent idea to spend some time getting healthier and fitter and more rested and organised and more careful with money. Which makes it sound like we’re having a baby. We are definitely not doing that. Unless it has fluffy ears and a tail.
I don’t have the best track record with resolutions but I want to try.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! My older sister Mary. We welcomed Lexi into the family in January.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but there was a lot of grief for lives lost this year, particularly in recent weeks.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. B and I are meant to be in Japan right now, but changing jobs meant delaying the holiday and then cancelling it completely.
Next year we want to visit Hobart and Queensland to see B’s parents and there’s some talk of spending some time lying on a beach in Asia somewhere and escaping winter for a bit.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Energy. Plain and simple.
I want to be more proactive and positive about all kinds of things: my guitar playing, being a more reliable friend, saying yes to more things and pushing through the exhaustion.
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
31st of May, when the sweetest puppy in the kingdom came to live with us. We love you Lilie!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I left a job I’d had for six years and I didn’t have another job lined up. It taught me a lot about myself. I feel more comfortable with change, I realised life doesn’t work to a linear plan or look a particular way and I learnt to trust my instinct about what makes me happy.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I didn’t always do things with as much grace as I should have and I wasn’t always as reliable a friend as I would have liked to have been.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
December last year, my thyroid shut down. I’m still coping with the fallout from that.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Wuz for putting up with Delilah.
Honestly, I know a lot of people who voiced their opinion on contentious issues which made life harder for them and they did it anyway.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled?
I can’t even begin to list them all. It was not a year you would hold up as an example of one where humankind flourished.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Delilah and moving to a better house, both of which turned out to be two of the most stressful but excellent decisions ever.
16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
“Back to Your Heart” – a seven year old Dinosaur Jr. song.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
(a) I’m not sadder, life just got a bit harder.
(c) Poorer, but doing okay with it.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Swimming in the ocean.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sitting around feeling sorry for myself and eating my feelings.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Mum and Dad are coming down and we’re having lunch, then a couple of B’s siblings are coming over in the evening.
21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Nah, I just stayed in love 🙂
22. What was your favourite TV program?
Broad City, The Mindy Project.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
This question always troubles me. I don’t like to hate people, because mostly those people just aren’t worth the time and effort.
I will say that there are several people from my past who I will be making every effort to leave behind because there’s no point in continuing to be angry at them, nor do I want to resolve any issues.
24. What was the best book you read?
I read a lot this year, so I’ll go with the books I most recommended to others:
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Gift of Fear – Gavin de Becker
Telegraph Avenue – Michale Chabon
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I still mostly like the same music I have for the past five or six years?
Besides great new albums from old favourites, Young Fathers are amazing.
26. What did you want and get?
Haha! A corgi puppy.
27. What did you want and not get?
Materialistically: a car.
Travel-wise: a trip to Japan.
Life in general: energy.
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
I honestly can’t recall a single movie I saw this year.
29. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
B, books, basketball, the greatest housemate known to man, Anna.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Ha. How To Dress A Woman Who Gains Weight Fast … And Then Some.
31. What kept you sane?
Anna. I cried the night she moved out. We had good times and she is someone I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of next year because I am going to be that person who catches up with friends.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Racism: institutionalised, personal, shared on social media, played out in the courts. All of it.
34. Who did you miss?
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
If you think the ship is sinking, it probably is. So jump!
36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
Breathe your air
Cut my teeth
Bones of a hypocrite that look like me
Punk rock dream in a dimebag world
Free your family
Lose your mind
Think about the valley from time to time
Bittersweet things I’ve never been
Happy that we left but i would leave again for you