1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Wrote 50,000 words in one month.
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can't remember what they were, and I suspect if I did I'd likely find they'd become irrelevant.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ha. Ha. But in the sense this question asks, yes.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
This is again an odd one, but no.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
I have no idea how to answer this. I had fulfilling employment, a satisfying personal relationship, creative outlets. I'm pretty high up on that Maslow's hierarchy of needs thing, you know? I can't think of anything I lacked.
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 29. Miscarriage day.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Writing & shipping the mp3 player for our device. When a review called it "slick", I was in heaven for days.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Tempting to mention the miscarriage, but that's an odd one because the failure doesn't seem related to any choices I made. It was unknown biological fu, not "I tried something and screwed up". Failure... I never did manage to get my motorcycles running again.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What were the best things you bought?
The complete Buffy on DVD. Lush. BPAL.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, new car for my husband.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Um, sadder, probably. Yeah.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.
15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
17. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home with my husband and pets.
18. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Unless the Kitten counts, no.
19. How many one-night stands?
No. Marriage is like that, ya know?
20. What was your favorite TV program?
21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate? Do I hate anyone at all? I mean, other than the odd politician? No.
22. What was the best book you read?
Hmm. I didn't do a lot of published-fiction-reading this year, oddly. I spent that time writing instead. Probably the best book I read, though, was Dan Simmons' Ilium.
23. What did you want and get?
My trip to London.
24. What did you want and not get?
Ha, ha. Beyond two healthy baby boys? Nothing. I spent the year not wanting all that much beyond the usual stuff like books & music.
25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
41. I went out to dinner with my husband.
26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
27. What kept you sane?
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What political issue stirred you the most?
29. Who did you miss?
Many people; the team I've worked with for the last six years quit almost en masse last fall, leaving behind me & one other person. I missed most of them rather badly.
30. Who was the best new person you met?
Wow, hard one, because I met a lot of new people right here. Ranking them seems impossible.
31. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Beyond I hate character-building experiences? How about: sucky things happen even in otherwise great lives.
32. Whose behavior merited celebration?
33. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
34. What songs will always remind you of 2006?
Snow Patrol, "Chasing Cars".
35. How will you be spending New Years?
At the home of friends T&S, drinking champagne. And probably watching a movie in which things explode while people make witty comments.
36. What was your favorite film of this year?
Little Miss Sunshine.
37. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Life carries on
In the people I meet
In everyone that's out on the street
In all the dogs and cats
In the flies and rats
In the rot and the rust
In the ashes and the dust
Life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on