1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Moved permanently, across the country, and started a permanent job. That's the big one. Also, earned a master's degree, broke off an engagement, started dating someone less than a year after the end of my previous relationship, seriously participated in (and finished!) National Novel Writing Month, and a bunch of other stuff, too. It's been a big year.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I rarely make them, but I might this year. More on that later.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not to my knowledge!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. I've always been remarkably lucky in that aspect.
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada, a few times - once over New Year's, once for a convention, once to help Josh and Cynthia move, once to Vancouver to see a friend.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
I don't know, actually. I feel remarkably fortunate anyway. Maybe, um, a cleaner apartment?
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 1st I moved to Seattle. November 12th, I started dating Sora. Those are definitely the big ones. (If breaking up with Shelly had occurred on a specific date, that'd be included, but it didn't really work that way.)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Starting work at Amazon. The job offer was the previous October, but I still think it counts.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Well, I don't count the end of my relationship with Shelly as a failure, even if some people might be inclined to. I would have to say failing to be in better shape right now.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing more than my constant low-level cold.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably my laptop. Whee!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I'd have to say mainly my family, for their continual support in the most turbulent, dynamic year of my life.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I'm going to have to expand Sora's answer here. Basically, the entire government. Fuckheads.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent and taxes.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The move to Seattle, and the new job. Of course.
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
Nice try. I can't even pick a favorite song most of the time. Especially since this was such a good year for me finding new music. If it helps, my favorite new musical discovery of the year was "Skullcrusher Mountain", but since I'm not an evil villain, it's not exactly a reminds-me-of-2005 song.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier, by far. This time last year, I was stressed from school and beginning to understand that maybe things weren't going to work out with Shelly.
ii. thinner or fatter?
Maybe a bit fatter. Still need to work out more.
iii. richer or poorer?
Richer! Helloooo, day job!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise, without a doubt. Second to that, I guess cleaning?
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Eating unhealthy food. Again, need to get healthier.
20. How will you be spending Christmas/New Year’s Eve?
Christmas was spent with the family. New Year's will be a party at a friend's house with a bunch of people I met through NaNoWriMo, including Sora. Yay!
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate is not something I engage in. Anything I would describe as hate, though, hasn't exactly changed in the last year - see question 13.
26. What was the best book you read?
Tough one, indeed. I can't even remember all the books I read this year. I just finished Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, though, and it was really damn good. Also, long.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Tough one, that. Jonathan Coulton, probably. I also acquired a few Eddie Izzard CDs, but he's not exactly musical. Nickel Creek, too, and oh, yeah, Tom Smith and David Craig Simpson. So, actually, I have no bloody idea. (I'd forgotten that those last two I only started listening to this year...)
28. What did you want and get?
A new job, a steady paycheck, and lots of random stuff. Oh, and a fantastic girlfriend.
29. What did you want and not get?
Healthier. Next year, dammit.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Difficult choice. Difficult choice indeed. Narnia was fantastic, Mirrormask was unlike anything I'd ever seen. Serenity was one of the best SF movies ever. So... difficult choice.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 22. My parents had a cake delivered to me. That was awesome.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing at all. There's a bunch of little stuff that could have been better, but all the big things are basically perfect.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Uh, t-shirt and pants? Also, black leather trenchcoat.
34. What kept you sane?
Friends. Art. Finally being relatively secure, financially.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hrm. Several of them are attractive, but I can't really say I particularly "fancied" any of them.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
How about "politics"? The continued erosion of our civil rights and the continued criminal activity of our government is a big one, followed by the political landscape as a whole, and particularly the right wing's duplicitous, disgraceful, and yet somehow incredibly effective political tactics. I don't know why anybody can still trust these assholes.
37. Who did you miss?
Shelly, for a little while. My family, for the second half of the year.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005?
Hard to say, really. The stuff I learned was mostly self-discovery.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Hellfire, I dunno. Again, I'm not good at picking specific songs. But okay, from Pink Floyd's "Learning To Fly":