2003 in review
December 28, 2003 11:42 AM

1.What did you do in 2003 that you'd never done before?
Got promoted. Talked seriously about buying a house. Considered having kids. Said goodbye to friends moving cross-country. Made a movie. Wore a corset as outerwear, in public. Took a belly dance class. Painted on canvas for art, not theatrical scenery.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No. And no.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but someone will soon - next week probably!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, but I'm going to Canada in 2004.

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
George Bush on the way out of office.

7. What date(s) from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Surprisingly none, when I think about it.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably the promotion.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I didn't meet the goal I set out mid-year in terms of money I'd save. But then, I didn't fuck up financially, either, so it wasn't that huge a failure.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I kept getting the flu over and over starting some time in October and ending around Christmas. That blew. And I don't remember if this was 2003 or 2002, but some time last winter I sprained my knee. It was one of those injuries you don't realize you have until you're suddenly immobilized a day later. That also blew.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
This is dorky, but probably Dance Dance Revolution and the accompanying pad. That game is addictive and good for me.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My best friend left grad school early and applied to the Peace Corps. It's damn brave to suddenly steer your life in a wholly new direction.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The Bush administration, without doubt. And I have another friend who isn't appalling, but whose tendency not to take action kind of makes me sad.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Clothes. Shoes. Books. A little travel. Basically, it was frittered.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Belly dance. Hamlet. Painting. New job. Money (sad to say). Grandma Layton.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2003?
Er. Um. Huh.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? The same.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Dancing. Art. Exercise.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sitting on my ass.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With family.

22. Did you fall in love in 2003?
No.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Probably Carnivale. Ed. Perplexingly, the final Dawson's Creek episode.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Er, no. I don't think so.

26. What was the best book you read?
Dude, Where's My Country?
Bodies Out of BoundsThe End of Gay
Yoshi Oida's "Actor Adrift"
Subway Series

27. What was your greatest musical discoveries?
Eleni Mandell. Rhett Miller.

28. What did you want and get?
To travel more. To get a new job. A better camera.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Return of the King.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
28. On the day of, I don't recall. I know I worked, and I think we went for sushi. My parents took us out for fondue, and we had a big party the weekend after.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I'd started my exercise plan earlier. And followed it.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?
Multiple personality. The gap between work and play clothes keeps widening, even though my office is business casual. Lots of polka dots on my play clothes. Lots of stripes on my work clothes. Metaphorically speaking.

34. What kept you sane?
Huh? This is a silly question.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
The "fat" Renee Zellwegger is yummy. So is Colin Firth. So looking forward to another Bridget Jones installment.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Abortion, abortion, abortion. I'm more than stirred, I'm pissed.

37. Who did you miss?
I miss having Cz and Jess in town. About a week after the Dawson Creek thing, I missed my high school friends a ton. I kinda miss them still.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a bunch of new people, mostly at work, this year. But I think the coolest new person might be Kim's boyfriend Jack. That's odd, as I've really only talked to him for like an hour, ever. Or maybe my belly dance teacher.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003:
You're supposed to suck at new things. That's why you keep doing them.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Now is the time to invent"

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