2009- New Year Survey

Here we go- time to think about 2009

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
-started drawin’ comics thus inking and the like- learnin’ Photoshop
-I went to London, UK (then decided to live there for a while)
-flew somewhere for a weekend
-got my G2 driving license
-chose unemployment
-went on a wine tour
-was a bridesmaid in a wedding
-I saw The Decemberists, Florence and the Machine, Fuck Buttons, La Roux, Bishop Allen etc live- all bands I had never seen in concert before
-I cooked a bunch of new stuff
-tried some food I’d never had before

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept most of my resolutions, or at least gave ’em a good go. The problem here is that as the year goes on things happen, priorities change- blah blah blah. But yes, I will be making more for 2010.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I feel like a ton of people had kids but it’s hard to keep track of all the new babies. Thank you Facebook.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Grandpa O’Malley.

5. What countries did you visit?
The UK.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Oh God, loaded question. I guess I’m gonna go with- a little more focus. I would like to get more done- Haha. Thus, more time.
2009 was pretty rough truth be told- so perhaps just a bit more fun. Less stress and brain melting.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hmmm not sure about specific dates, but some months with particular events stand out:
Apr- Hardest month at work in the history of life. I didn’t get a lunch break for over 3 weeks.
May- TCAF! HURRAH!
Sept- Going to London, Dan and I ending our relationship
Oct- Dan’s sister Michelle’s wedding, my grandfather passing and the funeral, going to London on a whim
Nov- Going to London again, my extreme emo-ness to the power of 17 and Bevan & Arthur’s epic friendship pullin’ me out of it, moving out of my apartment and throwing my stuff into storage, and finishing NaNoWriMo again
Dec- Hangin’ with a new friend, time at home with my folks, my Grandma O’Malley fainting at church, movin’ to London
(basically the last four months have been just… :O)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Doin’ NaNoWriMo and pullin’ out 12,000 words in one night. Also, some of the drawings I’ve done have startled me. I think in my head, I’m shittier than I really am.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Oh Christ, I guess I didn’t fail, just learned a few lessons is all. But I don’t exactly feel liker a winner this year…

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
*knocks on wood* nothing really. I think I may have got the common cold and that’s about it. WIN!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Laptop! So awesome. I love this little guy. My plane tickets as well as concert tickets.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Hmmm not sure.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed?
Meh, not important. I’m the one who let them make me feel that way.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Savings, rent, travel, books, dvds, cds, comics, food…

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Trips to London- god I sound like a broken record. Also TCAF. I friggen love TCAF. Ooo! And concerts.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Elastica “Connection”
Silver Mt. Zion “Blind, Blind, Blind”
Kate Nash “Nicest Thing”
Florence and the Machine “Dog Days”, “Between Two Lungs”
La Roux “Bulletproof”
The XX “Fantasy” and “Shelter”
Fuck Buttons “Surf Solar”
Barcelona “Please Don’t Go”
Sufjan Stevens the entire Seven Swans album
Lots of Malcolm Middleton
Tegan and Sarah all of Sainthood
The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love
Beyonce- Single Ladies

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Aww shit. I guess sadder. But I’m on the way up suckers.

ii. thinner or fatter?
I’m losing weight- but we’ll see what the beer has to say about that

iii. richer or poorer?
I’m richer but soon to be much poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d drawn a bit more- read too. Wish I’d actually recorded some music. Damn the man.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Apologizing

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Went to my mum and dad’s and just hung out for a few days. My grandma O’Malley and my Uncle Pat joined us and later my sister and her boyfriend Erik. A few bumps in the road but it was good. I lacked the spirit this year though.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Noooo… no I don’t think I did. A hesitant no.

22. How many one-night stands?
Zero because I’m a hero.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
LOST! Arrested Development

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not really a hater.

25. What was the best book you read?
Robert Louis Stevenson- Kidnapped
Ann Brashares- 3 Willows
Pattie Boyd- Wonderful Tonight-George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me
Jonathan Safran Foer- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Fyodor Dostoyevsky- Crime and Punishment
Haruki Murakami- South of the Border, West of the Sun
Carlos Ruiz Zafon- Angel’s Game, The

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Holy shit- where do I start? Quite a bit of this gaaaahh
Florence and the Machine
The XX
Friendly Fires
Silver Mt. Zion
Malcolm Middleton
Fever Ray
Fuck Buttons
Herman Dune
Low
Zoey Van Goey
La Roux
and a MILLION others. Such a fantastic year for tunes *brain breaks* God I know I’m missing so many…

27. What did you want and get?
Well, um… I wanted to travel. Did that. Oh god… I don’t know. Stupid survey.

28. What did you want and not get?
To answer this I’d have to know what I want.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmmm haven’t watched too too many sadly.
So far I dug all the cheesy ones I saw- 500 Day of Summer and Paper Heart. Don’t laugh at me, I’ll cut you.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were ya?
I turned 25 and I was at Dan’s sister Michelle’s wedding rehearsal and dinner. So I drank a bit, spent some time with Michelle in her hotel room then chatted a wee online & went to bed.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Geeeeezus why is this survey so hard this year? Fuck you survey!! Um, god. I have no regrets but this year wasn’t easy. But it was necessary. So what would have made this year more satisfying is if it could have ended much quicker.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Saying no to pants. “NO PANTS NO!”- so lots of tights/ leggins- dresses, belts, scarves, boots, cords, long necklaces….cardigans, bigger glasses.

33. What kept you sane?
I’m gonna echo what I said last year “My own stubborn determination”.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Colin Meloy because he woo’d me

35. Who did you miss?
My parents and friends throughout the year

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Julia! Sarah! Howard, Nevs, Del, Mark, Phil, etc etc lots of London people.
Dave! I know I’m missing some people… met many lovely people this year.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?
I’m tempted to say “shit or get off the pot”- so there we have it folks.
Shit. Or get off the pot.

That’s it.
Happy New Year!
-K

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