1.What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I was proposed to on a dark and stormy night and I accepted!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I probably did, but I don’t remember what they were. If I think about the most obvious resolutions I could’ve made, I definitely didn’t keep them. I was a total flake on a lot of things this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Anne and Gleb welcomed baby Aurora, who is gorgeous and who already has a selfie pout to die for!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
None, I took a huge pay cut when I switched jobs and spent a lot of the year housebound as a result.
We did have an excellent holiday in Queensland and a lovely long weekend in the Blue Mountains.
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Good deeds, not just good intentions.
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 25th. B and I went up to a lookout after a heavy storm and he proposed and I refused to let him get down on one knee because the ground was sopping wet!
Afterwards we called all our loved ones and went home to his parents’ place and I got to see his dad in a sleeping cap, tehehe!
July 21st. We went on an epic date night that culminated in a surprise Ryan Adams gig. The show was so good that I did something I’d never done before and scoured Gumtree until I found tickets for his gig the next night as well, which was just as amazing!
October 5th. We spend the morning of my birthday watching the sun rise over Waverley Cemetary, one of my favourite places.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
It wasn’t a really big year for achievements. I spent a lot of the year running at about 60% energy and feel like I probably spent more time stressing about what I wasn’t achieving than I did actually doing anything about it.
I did pass my first psychology subject though. I’m kinda amazed I had the time and energy.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Knowing there were lifestyle choices affecting my mood and productivity and not doing anything about them.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Uh, I have, count ’em, three chronic illnesses so…(interesting point my GP cheerfully told me: with that many chronic illnesses you can get all kinds of mental and diet plan rebates, so yay, I guess?)
I also fell in a hole this horse dug:
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My bud, Stevie, who’s life changed incredibly this year on so many fronts and they handled all of it with such calm and dignity.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled?
We live in violent times. In homes, in acts of terror or war. It was hard to escape tragedy this year.
14. Where did most of your money go?
It’s been a long time since I’ve owned a car and apparently I have a thing for small, blue second-hand cars.
It’s been excellent for my weird work shifts and catching up on podcasts.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The second night of Ryan Adams!
(I may have even dressed like him)
16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
Oh god. Ok, it’s Harley and Rose by the Black Sorrows, shut up.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
(a) Probably about the same. I’m stressed, but not anxious.
(c) Richer! Thank you new role at work!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Celebrating the wins.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Social media. That’s probably a rant for another day, but nothing affected my mood more, negatively, than social media.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We went to my parents’ farm with all my siblings and their husbands and kids!
21. Did you fall in love in 2015?
I didn’t, because I already loved a man.
My ideas about love changed in 2015.
It’s not about overwhelming passion all the time, it’s about kindness and being a supportive partner and making a decision together that this is something we would like to turn into a marriage. It’s a considered decision to choose a person and work to make them comfortable and secure in your life.
22. What was your favourite TV program?
It definitely was not Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Yes, it definitely was.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No-one. I actually reestablished a relationship recently that I thought was irretrievable and it was quite a powerful thing to do and I actually look forward to having aspects of that relationship back in my life.
How can I not like a person who refers to me as Morticia Addams?
24. What was the best book you read?
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Jason Isbell, hands down.
I was driving home from work at about 2:00am a few weeks ago and I heard one of his songs and had to pull over, it was so emotional.
And this never happens to me, but it turns out he’s touring soon and I got us excellent tickets.
26. What did you want and get?
A second dog.
A new job!
27. What did you want and not get?
A house. I really, really wanted to buy a house this year and it didn’t happen.
Then I wanted to rent a new house and that didn’t happen either.
2016, maybe we will move!
28. What was your favourite film of this year?
Black Mass! It ticked all my movie boxes: mob, Boston accents, scary dudes.
29. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Epic Kollection of Klothes With Kim Kardashian’s Face on Them.
31. What kept you sane?
All of my medication? No, it was B. He’s very good at being like, “Whoa. Nope, reel it in and see how small the problem really is”.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t think I had any great celebrity crushes this year, which is very unusual for me.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
The plight of refugees.
34. Who did you miss?
All my friends. I was really, really absent this year and I really regret not being able to spend more time with people I was super close to.
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Drop dead weights. And never skip your meds.
36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
“So cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good…”
Cover Me Up – Jason Isbell.