Medicated for mental health, hiked the Incline, raised a puppy, waitressed, watched TV episodes before they were released, sold jewelry online.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Most years I make resolutions, but last year I didn't. I think this year I'll start doing it again, but I haven't quite decided what they are yet.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, I think everyone close to me is done with that.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
We lost a cat, Blackie.
5. What countries did you visit?
England, Germany, and Czechia (plus a rest stop in Wales).
6. What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019?
A daily routine that includes hiking, yoga, domestic engineering, study, and creative production time.
7. What date from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Dates never get etched upon my memory. I have to take a moment to think before I remember my own birthday sometimes.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
KonMari'ing the house, finding a job I enjoy, helping my parents move to Colorado, realizing how good I have it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Dropping the novel I was writing (again). Also, communication with certain family and friends. Not referring to bad blood or anything, just that I wish I had applied myself to correspondence with them.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Bronchitis topped with walking pneumonia.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
The VIP pass from work that got me into local attractions for free, and the birdhouse that became a home for a family of wrens.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I really have to say my husband. He's gone far with his career, picked up a great side gig in radio, and is just so much more relaxed and stable than he used to be.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Eh. Celebrities, politicians, the usual. Also a couple people in fandom (who aren't reading this).
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Adopting a pupper, Endgame, seeing Prague again, and hosting my family for Christmas.
16. What song will always remind you of 2019?
"Something for Your M.I.N.D." by Superorganism.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier.
Fatter or thinner? Fatter.
Richer or poorer? Probably neither, but I feel richer.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Art and writing -- I always say that, but this year I was particularly disappointed with my writing output. I hardly even produced any fanfiction, let alone original work. Art might have been a little better, but not if you knew the number and scope of the projects I had in mind which never got anywhere.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Driving. Yeah yeah I already avoid it whenever I can, but if I could just keep my bike in good condition I wouldn't have to use the car as much. Plus I had one nightmare of a drive back from Grand Junction that gave me the worst tension headache of my life.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Kicked it off with a visit to the local North Pole, a themed amusement park for kids, on the 23rd. At my parents' apartment we (me, parents, sister, brother-in-law, nephew and three nieces) had our traditional Christmas Eve fried fish and Czech potato salad dinner, played the walnut boat game, and sang carols around the tree. Then I went to Simon's late-night service with a friend from work, and the next morning met up with everyone for the Catholic mass. For Christmas Day I made a leg of lamb, some roasted veggies, and a sweet potato dish, and the family plus the same friend from work came to our house. In honor of Simon's traditions we watched the Queen's speech and each got a cracker. It was evening by the time we finally got a chance to open gifts (aside from the kids, who had gotten theirs at my parents' in the morning), but Simon received a BB gun so naturally we had to take it outside and aim at tin cans in the dark. I got an iPhone and a book about designing mythical animals. Later the kids watched Moana and the adults drank and played Ticket to Ride.
It was a good Christmas.
21. Did you fall in love in 2019?
Yes, with Kerensa.
22. How many one-night stands?
Who wants to stand up for a whole night?
23. What was your favorite TV program(s)?
Good Omens, and whatever else I mentioned in the fandom survey.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate means something different to everyone, I'm not touching anything with the word in it anymore.
25. What was the best book you read?
I didn't actually finish it until January but I was really very impressed and pleased with A Memory of Light.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That War of the Worlds musical, and "A Song About Birds" by Van Vuuren Bros.
27. What did you want and get?
I'm trying to not put Kerensa as every answer but how can I not say Kerensa here? I mean I wanted all kinds of things that I ultimately got, but it all pales in comparison to the best dog ever.
28. What did you want and not get?
Cat furniture and a Marvel Unlimited subscription.
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
It's all Endgame.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Wandered the streets of Prague with my husband. I've never revealed my age on LJ and I'm not about to start now.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting my foot in the door for wildlife rehab or glassblowing or horseback riding or galleries.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019?
Long skirts or leggings with long blouses, cowboy boots, eclectic jewelry, poncho. Also, not gonna lie, mom jeans.
33. What kept you sane?
My husband, my pets, the mountains, Marie Kondo, tea.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
You know, I think it might have been dark horse candidate Joe Manganiello.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Ha, good luck getting me to talk about that.
36. Who did you miss?
My sister and her kids.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Lots of fun people at work, but I haven't really gotten close to any of them until now, and it sounds like she's headed out of town soon. :/
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019:
Happiness is power. Peace of mind accomplishes more than outrage ever could.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.