New Year Post – 2011

This is very late… but I’ve done this survey for the last ten years so it wouldn’t feel right if I avoided it.

Here we go- time to think about 2011

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
-published a book- not just any book- one with a spine
-co-ordinated a metric poop-ton of artists for a graphic novel
-moved to Scotland
-made my way to a supervisor position zing! And of course tried out self employment
-went to Orkney, through the Hebrides and all over Scotland- not to mention- Birmingham, Portmeirion and a load of other places in England.
-shook Taylor Hanson’s hand
-I cooked delicious stew and veggie lasagna
-tried loads of new food
-acquired stellar coffee making skillzzzz

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I of course did not keep my new years’ resolutions… well not all of them. And yes, I will continue to make them and not keep them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Loads surely- Facebook reminds me of this.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Luckily no. Although I feel like some of my guts did.

5. What countries did you visit?
England, Scotland, Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
… gaaahhh this is hard… motivation? Not that I wasn’t motivated in 2011… I guess I just lacked conviction.

7. What date(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
-the day I got my gig with Blank Slate- just so bloody excited
-TCAF and visiting my folks- happy travel family goodness
-my Scotland adventure- TRAVEL~ schwing!
-the whole process of moving to Edinburgh…
-My Haggis Christmas

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing Galavant, printing it and then selling out at TCAF.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Letting people down.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did but nothing to write home about-

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My trip to Scotland in September.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Behavior always seems so strange a word- but Adam Cadwell was my partner in crime for most of this and thus deserves celebration.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed?
We won’t go here. I do not call people out on the interweebs.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel, bills and rent weee!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting in to TCAF, seeing Galavant in print the first time, meeting Jeffrey Lewis, going to Portmeirion, travel in Scotland and exploring my new city.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2010?
Youth Lagoon tunes
Summer Camp
The Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
Florence’s Ceremonials
Caledonia- Dougie MacLean
A Little Piece- The Jezabels
Keep Yourself Warm- Frightened Rabbit
Flight 180- Bishop Allen
The Sean Is A Good Place …- Los Campesinos
Firework- Katy Perry
Mountains- Biffy Clyro
Somebody That I Used To Know- Gotye
212- Azealia Banks

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Quite a bit of time has passed since December but I’d have to say I was happier as last December I was stuck at Starbucks and entirely exasperated- this December I think I felt like I was sorting my life out- still kinda feel that way. Not to mention I’d just came back from spending my holidays in the highlands. Good times.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Tres thinner. Woo jogging.

iii. richer or poorer?
I’m definitely richer than I was last year. This is good.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I’m constantly frustrated with how little I’ve read over the last few years. It’s fucking appalling. Not to mention how much travel I feel like I’ve missed out on just due to circumstance. *grumble grumble*

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Apologizing – this one remains the same. I need to harden a bit. Not be an asshole… but just… y’know.. grrr

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent my Christmas on a Haggis Adventure in the highlands. On Christmas Day I climbed Ben Bhraggie and thus I shall brag about that. It was awesome. I legitimately had an epic time. It wasn’t as nice as it would have been to be hanging with my family but it was literally the best I coulda done.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
I did.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Ooooo got into Gossip Girl, The Wire, Community, 30 Rock, Bored to Death, hmmm yeah. True Blood…

23. What was the best book you read?
I fail. Nothing to report really. I read some things and they were good but shhh shh shhh fail.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
-Summer Camp
-Youth Lagoon
-The Head and the Heart
-Or, The Whale
Loads more surely… but yeah.. that’s the top

25. What did you want and get?
Argh – damn you survey damn you! … I dunno…

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

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
I really dug Black Swan and The King’s Speech… Crazy, Stupid, Love was ace too.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were ya?
I turned 27- I woke up in the morning iced my cake, opened presents and then ate some of that cake while watching Home Alone. Then I went to the airport to pick up my parents and my sister… had a bit of a rambling afternoon as hotel shenanigans got sorted but it all ended well with a meal at the Banyan Tree nom nom.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having a decent job. That would have made all the things better.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
All of the dresses with all of the black tights with cardigans and belts.

31. What kept you sane?
Mr. Arthur Dela Cruz and Mr. Scott Hunt. They are both legends.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Probably Ted Danson.

33. Who did you miss?
My familia and Arturo.

34. Who was the best new person you met?
Some of the Pat Val staff- Deb Hemer and Chris Rodwell.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011?
Good grief… humans really are- all too human. That I should allow myself a little more wiggle room for error… I dunno… bah so much.

K

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