Monday, February 15, 2010

2009: The Year in Review

Going back through the archives, I discovered an old meme, which I think it might be interesting to repeat.

Lots of changes in that time. Which is great, because if there weren't, I'd probably have to go and top myself. And then I'd miss out on so many wonderful things.

Anyway, let's get stuck into it, shall we?

1. What did you do in 2009 that you hadn't done before?

Moved to Melbourne would be the major thing.

2. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Sadly, the answer to this one is the same as it was back in 2005.

For those who don't remember that answer (or choose not to link back), the answer then (as it is now) was:

I think the question should be “Did anyone close to you
NOT give birth?”. Would make for a shorter answer that way.

All I will add to that is that in April/May this year, I have no less than 10 friends giving birth. TEN. Fucking ridiculous, if you'll excuse my French. I might as well go and take out shares in Hallmark.

3. Did anyone close to you die?

Trying to think back, but no. No one did. A couple of distant relatives and friends of my parents, but no one I was close to.

4. Did you travel? Where did you go? Best holiday memory?

Europe was the biggie in 2009 - London for Ems wedding (and a week of shopping and drinking with loads of UK mates), followed by Sweden with the lovely Charlotte & co, followed by Belgium for Ems wedding (part deux). Short trips to Sydney and Adelaide were also undertaken.

Best holiday memory is of cycling along the Thames with my friend Alina, stopping off in various pubs for Pimms and Pear Cider. Oh how I miss London.

5. Best thing you bought?

French Sole shoes. I'm getting quite the collection.
The fact they deliver to Australia has not helped my bank balance any.

6. Where did most of your money go?

Travel, living expenses (rent, phone, utilities, etc) and French Sole shoes. Pretty much in that order.

7. What do you wish you had done more of?

Writing. And getting out and seeing the sights of my new home town.

8. What do you wish you had done less of?

Same answer as 2005. Procrastinating. I’m the world’s best procrastinator.

9. What kept you sane?

Same answer as 2005. Music. Music always keeps me sane.

10. What drove you mad?

Not a lot really. I've become rather zen in my old age.

11. What made you celebrate?

Moving to Melbourne, Obama's inauguration, getting work, Ems' wedding, Brutha's 40th birthday... there were lots of celebrations in 2009.

12. What made you sad?

Not being able to stay in the UK longer.

13. How was your birthday this year?

Pretty good. My flatmates spoiled me and I had a quiet, but happy, day.

14. What political issue stirred you the most this year?

Tony Abbott. Douchebag. Fucktart. He's a total political issue on his own. Don't even get me started.

15. Were you in love in 2009?

I decided in 2009 that I would fall in love with myself. It's a slow process, but it seems to be going ok.

16. What would you like to have in 2010 that you didn't have this year?

A pretty new Schwinn Debutante. How cute is that cup holder?

17. What date from 2009 will be etched in your memory and why?

31 January. The day I left my life in Sydney and drove to Melbourne to start a new one.

18. What song will remind you of 2009?

Probably 'Empire State of Mind' by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (which my flatmate adored and played constantly) and anything by the cast of Glee.

19. Compared to this time last year are you happier?

Much. I've accepted things about myself that I couldn't before and I'm re-thinking how I'm choosing to live my life. I've also stopped putting so much pressure on myself and am learning to go with the flow.

20. Biggest achievement this year?

Moving cities. And managing to scrape together enough money (and credit!) to attend Ems' wedding in Europe.

21. Biggest disappointment this year?

Leaving the UK. It really is the one thing that makes life difficult for me... knowing I can't ever live permanently there.

22. What is the one thing that would have made you more satisfied?

Being able to afford a place of my own.

23. Best new person you met this year?

Can't really narrow it down to one - I've met so many amazing new people in Melbourne, who have welcomed me to their wonderful city with open arms.

24. A valuable life lesson you learnt this year?

If you apply the Yazz principle to life, you'll be a lot less stressed. I've had to use it at least twice in 2009 and both those times it worked rather well.

25. A question you made up yourself?

Bevis made that one up back in 2005. So I don't think it's right to try and change it, even if he's not in the blogosphere anymore. Besides which I still don’t think I can make up a better one.

And that's it bar the tagging. Which is sooooo 2005, so I've decided I'm not going to do it. If anyone wants to have a go, feel free.

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