some blockheaded bracegirdle from hardbottle (notemily) wrote,
some blockheaded bracegirdle from hardbottle

2011 year in review

Well, I took Pippin back to the Humane Society yesterday. They said he'd go for surgery that day and be up for adoption late today, but I didn't see him up on the website so I'm betting he'll have to wait until Tuesday (they're closed New Year's Day and there are no adoptions on Mondays). I hope he goes to a lovely home with people who will appreciate his rascally-yet-sweet personality! Preferably with another kitten or high-energy cat, since he really needs someone to wrassle.

I don't usually do year-in-review memes, but I feel like it right now. This year has been kind of depressing overall. Well, I shouldn't say that. The past few months have been really depressing. Before that it was going allright. But the stress of being poor and not having a real job has been overwhelming recently. And there's no end in sight. 2012, please be better.

Meme via [personal profile] newredshoes.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
I became an aunt! I became a moderator for my favorite webspace. I also fostered a nursing momcat with kittens for the first time.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really make New Year's resolutions last year, except to read 50 books, which I utterly failed at. I will make the same resolution this year! I AM UNDETERRED BY FAILURE.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister had the most adorable baby ever! I am already loving watching her grow.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandmother died just a week ago. She was 95, so it wasn't unexpected. Still, she was my last living grandparent and I'll miss her.

5. What countries did you visit?
THE COUNTRY OF PENNSYLVANIA. Yeah, I really didn't go anywhere this year. I learned not to drink the water in tiny middle-of-nowhere towns in PA, though. A valuable life lesson.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A fucking job. One that pays all of my bills and lets me support myself and maybe actually even save a little money. I know, how dare I expect such an extravagant lifestyle?! I'm obviously one of those public employees who is ruining the state of Wisconsin with my greedy, greedy desire for decent benefits.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched on your memory, and why?
May 26th is my niece Hannah's birthday! I will always remember driving to Madison with my dad to meet her, and holding an impossibly tiny newborn in my arms in my sister's swanky hospital room. Time seemed to slow down that day.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm... fostering ten more kitties? I fostered ten last year, too. Maybe I should make that a benchmark. I'm also pretty proud of being a mod over at Mark Reads/Mark Watches.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to support myself. That's a huge lead blanket of failure that's always present, making movement difficult.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the usual, the IBS, the depression, the anxiety, the ADHD. It's a regular merry-go-round of chronic conditions in here.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I'm quite fond of the MCM-looking three-drawer dresser I got on Craigslist for $25, even though it doesn't hold all of my clothes. It has cute little legs!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Occupiers. Seriously, I did NOT expect the Occupy movement to last as long, or have as much support, as it did. Please prove me wrong some more, USians.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Scott Walker supporters? People who insist they're not part of the 99%? People who use pepper spray on peaceful protesters? Oh, you get the idea.

14. Where did most of your money go?
INTO THE ABYSS. Rent, food, shrink visits, medication, bills, parking tickets, kitten food…

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My niece! The last Harry Potter movie coming out. Mark Watches Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Becoming a moderator for Mark's sites! The Doctor Who S6 finale!

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
That's the kind of thing you can't really know until it's ten years later and the song comes on the radio and you're instantly transported back in time. But I'd say strong contenders are "Pumped Up Kicks," "Super Bass," "Moves Like Jagger" and "Love on Top." (Or maybe that goddamned "Like a G6" song.) My music habits have become so mainstream, it's awful. I'll have to turn in my "I'm not a hipster, I just listen to music like one" card.

I like the trend (is it a trend? I have no idea really) of dance/club music making its way into mainstream hits. Like "Found Love" and "In the Dark" and everything Usher has been doing lately. I feel like there was a time when those songs would only be played in clubs, not topping radio charts.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? Oh, I don't know. Maybe about the same? I remember last Christmas being pretty depressing.
thinner or fatter? Same. I think.
richer or poorer? As broke as ever.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading. Hanging out with actual people.

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

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Nope. And I'm fine with that. (Art by Gingerhaze who is awesome.)

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who! Downton Abbey was pretty kickass as well.

24. Are you angry at anyone now that you weren't angry at this time last year?
I don't think so.

25. What were the best books you read?
I really liked Mastiff by Tamora Pierce and Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. The Gift of Fear was eye-opening. And I had a lot of fun with The Annotated Hobbit. I want everything to have annotations!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
A Very Potter Musical. I gotta get back to Hogwarts!

27. What did you want and get?
A new apartment.

28. What did you want and not get?
Gainful employment.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I didn't go to many movies this year. Probably Deathly Hallows 2. I did quite like Captain America when Kate showed it to me on DVD, too. The only thing it needed was a hilarious deleted scene of Cap and Thor trying to fit in to modern society together.

30. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I am depressingly 28 now. But I did go see X-Men: First Class with my friends, which was a lot of fun. I also got a haircut and wore a pretty dress. I remember it being a pretty chill day.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If someone had said "Hey, you know [thing you love to do]? How about we pay you a living wage for it?"

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Uh… shirts? I didn't have enough money to really go clothes shopping. I can't remember the last time I set foot in H&M. *gasp*

33. What kept you sane?
Sane? WHAT IS THIS CONCEPT. :P My shrink is pretty awesome and reminds me not to be so hard on myself. All of my kitties gave me wonderful purr therapy, although they also stressed me out to various degrees so that might be a wash. Mark's sites are something I looked forward to visiting every day, and still do.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Uh… I had a brief Nicki Minaj phase. That lasted about five minutes.

35. What political issue(s) stirred you the most?
The fucking economy.

36. Who did you miss?
Alan, especially after I visited him and then came home and there was no Alan. I missed hanging out with Nathan & Bridget regularly. And Duncan, damn him. Way too many things still remind me of him, because we had so many things in common.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I quite like Justin's friend Nellie. I'm too shy to really make friends, though. *hides*

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011?
Besides not drinking the water in Edinboro, PA? Well, I also learned that seven felines in one small apartment is way too many, even if five of them are tiny. Fostering Mamacat and her brood was a great experience, but I made sure to ask for smaller litters from then on.

Reading over this, I feel like I barely did anything this year. I didn't read very many books, see many movies, meet many people, discover much music. I just sort of existed and tried not to feel too hopeless and depressed. I did meet some lovely kitties, though, and they took up a lot of my free time, so maybe it's not so surprising. (Also, I had no money to do anything.) We'll see how 2012 goes. *side-eyes 2012*
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