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02 January 2006 @ 01:33 am
Janus: two 2005 memes, goals for 2005, books to be read in 2006, goals for 2006  
Year End Meme

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Got married. Got planning permission. Got pregnant. Miscarried :-( Lived north of the Grand Canal.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Interestingly, I managed the ones I recorded in livejournal and not others. More talk about them further down.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Hmmm.... someone very, very close, but I'm not sure if that counts.

5. What countries did you visit?
Iceland for our honeymoon. It was wonderful! See some photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mollydot/tags/iceland/ More to come. Perhaps I should make that a resolution? Nah.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Energy. Pregnancy.

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14th May - our wedding.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting married.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Staying pregnant.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
See above.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Wedding related stuff. House plans.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Lovely Man.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
On a personal level, I'd rather not say. Not sure who to pick from public life.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Wedding. House is gaining though!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Wedding. Pregnancy. Lovely Man.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. Don't know it's name, don't even like it, but it was the song for our first dance.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?
About the same I think. Which is pretty good for a year containing a wedding. That can't be right. I should examine my finances!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Being pregnant.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying, stressing. Paying attention to certain people. Procrastinating. Eating chocolate.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Just the two of us. I pestered Lovely Man by being a child about Santa coming. Mean old Santa filled Lovely Man's stocking, but not mine. We cooked dinner - turkey fillets in a marinade of cranberry juice, orange juice, cinnamon and butter; boiled ham; lovely golden roast potatoes; a chiffonade of brussel sprouts, ie, chopped finely, stir-fried & sprinkled with nutmeg; carrots & peas; steamed asparagus with nutmeg and parmesan. Then champage and gorgeous chocolate coated cherries with armagnac. Forgot to light candles, forgot to put out and pull crackers, but enjoyed it greatly.

21. What was your favourite month in 2005?
May. February was good for other people's weddings - niallm & radegund's and our best man's.

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?

23. How many one night stands?
None. And I'm stealing radegund's parenthesis: (It wouldn't be enormously classy to have a one-night stand within a year of marrying one's long-term monogamous partner.)

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
We no longer have a tv signal, but I very much enjoyed videos/dvds of Dr Who and Firefly. I can't particularly remember what I watched when we did have tv. Desperate Housewives, perhaps. Firefly would be the favourite. Many thanks to innanajones for the loan. Got my own copy for my birthday. Yay!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
So many! First one that comes to mind is Shadow of the Wind. I now have a copy in Spanish, together with a CD of music the author composed while writing the book, a birthday present from my sister. It'll be quite some time until I'm finished this one! I still have another Spanish book to read that I bought 2/3 years ago (La Vida de Una Geisha - I think it's Geisha: A Life in English)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Emiliana Torrini.

28. What did you want and get?

29. What did you want and not get?

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Recovered from miroza_cat's Yule party. Went for dinner in Coopers with Lovely Man. Had really nice venison. I ate so much I had difficulty walking back to the car.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
No miscarriage.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?

34. What kept you sane?
Lovely Man.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Um.... I don't tend to go for fancying celebrities. Can't think of anyone.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I'm not terribly political. Irish Ferries perhaps.

37. Whom did you miss?
Friends in other countries.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Can't choose. Especially as there's some people that I can't remember if I met them in the past year or the year before.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
I need home interbets.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
1st half: Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
2nd half: All that she wants is another baby

2005 redux

The first sentence from my journal each month.
Jan: Some people are arranging for a shipping container to take clothes, toiletries and non-perishable food to areas affected by the tidal wave.
Feb: I'm gradually editing it so the icons link to the journals.
Mar: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7085
Apr: The newest offering from Google
May: Original HHGTTG on BBC2 right now.
Jun: In aid of Habitat Ireland in Doheny and Nesbitt on Baggot Street (upstairs) at 8pm.
Jul: From lots of people:
Aug: http://www.bigad.com.au/
Sep: Thank you all for the hugs and support.
Oct: Oops, think I had one too many lattes with gizmopuddy
Nov: So, I went to Fibbers on Friday, but it didn't make me feel old.
Dec: I'm being taken out to dinner for my birthday on Sunday, but I don't want to pass up an opportunity for birthday drinks, so please come for drinkies in Fibber's on Saturday 10th.

Re-visiting last year's goals

Last year I set the following goals:
Big things:
Get married
Start building house

Bookcrossing things:
Read all my current to be read pile
Release (wild or controlled) all my current availables. And send out all the promised ones!

And a bunch of usual goals/resolutions...

I did get married. Hurray!
How do you define start? We have planning permission and they started digging in on Friday. We took photos today that I'll upload to flickr when I get a round tuit.
Read my BC TBR pile. Managed to create a bigger one though :-) See further down.
Released my BC availables. I sent the Lovely Bones out as a ring and it's come back, but I'm still counting it.

Usual goals including losing weight. That went in the opposite direction. I'm applying the brakes, but they seem to be broken :-)

Mount TBR

obtained in 2005:
Diamond Mask (want to re-read Pliocene Exile series first)
Absolution by Murder
The Meme Machine (reserved)
The Mirror of her Dreams
"X-files": Ground Zero
Anno Dracula
Anno Dracula- In Japanese
The Bloody Red Baron- In Spanish
The Blind Assassin
The Witch of Edmonton (started & put down again)
Consciousness (reserved for glitzfrau)
The Joy Luck Club
Investigate world history
Zen Garden
Full Tilt: From Dublin to Delhi with a Bicycle
Iceland's Bell
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Ash (requested)
Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle
The Confession of Brother Haluin
The Blind Assassin
American Gods
The Map of Love
Unnatural Exposure
The Fresco
Full Tilt: From Dublin to Delhi with a Bicycle (reserved for glitzfrau)
Other People: A Mystery Story (reserved for glitzfrau)
The Fire in the Equations
Kampung Boy
Ruled Britannia

That's 33. Plan to have all except the three non-English ones read by then end of this year.

I also have a hankering to read all the Discworld novels in order. I've read all the adult ones before, but none of the children's ones. I'll need to find where they fit in.

And I have rings due, and BCie books to read (must get a hold of My Forbidden Face), a couple of borrowed ones and a few I've bought or been given.

If you want any of those books, just ask (except the already reserved ones)

obtained 2004, resolved to be read by end of 2005:
all done!

Goals for 2006

Read Mount TBR as listed above. I'm not aiming to release all availables, simply because I couldn't be arsed making a list of them. We'll see if I get round to listing them later this month.

Inspired by isisinator, I'm going to start a 52-week plan. That is, add a new habitty-goal thing each week for the year. I say plan, but I haven't actually come up with 52 goaly-habits. I have the first one though - no reading in bed on school nights. I tried that a couple of weeks ago - didn't fully succeed, but enough to know that it's something I have to do. So a weekly task will be to clear books from easy reach of bed each Sunday. That'll be starting tomorrow.

I'm not sure how much I'll be talking about this on LJ, but judging from my success last year with LJ-noted goals vs not-LJ-noted ones, it'd probably be a good idea :-) I imagine they'll mostly be weight-loss/food/health related ones, so I think I'll weightloss filter them. Just ask if you want to be in that filter. It's dormant now, but later 52-week plan habits will include journalling food.

Oh, I've just remembered about 43things. Here's my page on it. I haven't touched it in a while.
Current Mood: thoughtfulintrospective
Current Music: Genome: The autobiography of a species in 23 chapters
the femme dandy highwaymanglitzfrau on January 2nd, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
I love new year's recaps. They're a sudden window into intimacy, and it's wonderful, if heartbreaking, to read how you reflect on your year.

Can I put in for books, please? Can I? And we could combine that with that meetup we've been planning for ages! I would LOVE Other People, Full Tilt and Consciousness... if you wouldn't mind? I could release them after!
a very caring potato: nutmollydot on January 2nd, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
Course you can!
Probably best not to combine handing them over with meeting up though, as I don't know how long it'll be until I get them read and I'd like to meet sooner than that. Take a look at my bookshelf though, and see if there's any I have available that you'd like. They'll be the ones with staus available, but not set by somebody else. I'll make an easier to browse list at some stage.

Would you be available for drink, coffee or meal, say, next week?