T'eyla Minh (teylaminh) wrote,
T'eyla Minh

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2007 in Review

Stolen from everyone everywhere, and I've done this before.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
I managed to visit the Palais Garnier in Paris, which was quite a significant experience. That's about all I can think of off the top of my head.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
In a sense, yes. I only made three and they were all achievable, and I partially succeeded. I have made more, which are equally achievable; see previous entry. I also have a resolution for work, which is to remember to organise going to see a Court case, as it's been on my PDR for months.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No again.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, in September.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Mental stability, for the love of anything. I almost hit a complete meltdown in late November for no apparent reason except that I was vaguely stressed, and I can't be dealing with those kind of feelings again.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
10-12 September, as that's when I was on holiday. Those are the only specific dates I can remember, really. Oh, 23 June was quite memorable for the concert at Tewkesbury and almost getting stranded in Cheltenham... Mostly I can just remember certain moments in various months - my mum's barbecue(s) in August, for example, or that day in February when it snowed and it took me three hours to get home. I've tried to block most of last year from my memory, to be honest.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Bah. I don't think I achieved anything. I fail at 2007.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Still not figuring out what to do with my life, and havnig too many interests / options to choose from. And also, money.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
General mental anguish, as ever, plus a cold and a bad back, within a month of each other. The cold kept me off work for a week and resulted in missing a concert I was looking forward to doing, and the back saw me in A&E. Also my stomach was consistently unwell for about five months solid and only recently sorted itself out.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Bought? You think I can afford to buy things? Meh.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Paul's for putting up with me for another difficult year...

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? worried?
I can't think of anyone, really... Except possibly that Paul got stressed at work and started smoking again, because he was doing quite well until that point.

Oh, and the stupid bloody Council and their stupid bloody Single Status bollocks, because it's caused all kinds of unwarranted stress for the entire workforce and also directly affected the above. Bastards.

AND! Virgin Media, for getting rid of Sky One without consulting its customers, moaning about it like an old woman and then subsequently selling Virgin 1 to Sky! It defies belief...

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, bills, more food and bills, and the rest I have no idea. If anyone finds out, let me know. I think there's a hole in my bank account.
Oh, and quite a bit of it went on an MP3 player which doesn't work and a computer, bought to help said player to work, which now also doesn't work properly. So that didn't exactly help.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
France, and that's about it. I don't seem to have it in me to be excited about anything any more.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Given I don't listen to the radio, like, ever, I can't answer this question, and also my general music-listening has been a bit shit because the PC is in a different room to the stereo. I suppose, um, anything from The Killers' Sam's Town...

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?A bit of both, really. I am somewhat more content with my surroundings, but this year has been mostly horrible.
ii. thinner or fatter? I seem to have evened out at 11st, so am more than likely fatter.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, obviously.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Found more good series to watch (not helped by Virgin Media killing off Sky One and lots of good series) other than Ugly Betty, and seen more films at the cinema, because - as usual - when I finally pluck up the energy / time to do so, most of what I want to see has finished playing. And I wish I'd had the money to see more musicals.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Stressing out. It's not an easy thing to control, but my job is stress-free now and my brain does not seem to be content unless I find something to stress out over. Which can't be healthy, really... I've found in the past that I tend to work much better under stress than when laid back, though.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With Paul, in our flat, with functional heating - it made all the difference. I also saw friends and family as appropriate.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Bit of a redundant question. I gained a new celebrity crush. ;)

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Ugly Betty and QI, that I can really remember, although the third series of The Mighty Boosh was also very cool. I would have liked to have watched a lot more, but for lack of remembering and the knock-on effect of not getting to watch anything when I was living 'at home'...

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
'Hate' is a bit of a strong word. My paranoia this year has made me like a few people less, which is something of a shame, and through no fault of their own. I think, sometimes, that absence (plus paranoia) breeds contempt...

26. What was the best book you read?
Can't remember. My reading habits are still recovering from doing an English degree, and I read more sporadically than I would like.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Killers, I think.

28. What did you want and get?
New MP3 player, for what that was worth. A few luxuries like frivolous new shoes. I got to see inside the Palais Garnier, which I suppose made up for not being able to afford to see Phantom for my birthday.

29. What did you want and not get?
Stability in my general existence, and supportive friendships (note the plural - some people have been wonderful; others have most emphatically not). Also, some semblance of controlled / controllable emotions would have been nice.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The films I've seen have started to merge - Pirates 3 was pretty cool. I think Pan's Labyrinth was the end of 2006 but that was the most amazing thing I've seen at the cinema for a while. NBC3D was also good.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 26. On the actual day, I was at work (though I skipped choir). I had the rest of the week off work (Wednesday to Friday), and Eni came for my Briar Rose drinkathon and the weekend, which was nice.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
MONEY. Also, not being too exhausted to even contemplate going to pubs with people other than Paul. I've become a bit of a hermit.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
At work it's trousers, shirts, jumpers, and occasional shirts, with comfy shoes, for the most part. The rest of the time it's jeans and whatever's comfortable. And pointy red pixie boots, because they are the win.

34. What kept you sane?
Work, bizarrely. When I'm in work real life can't get at me, which is a bit ironic. And also LJ, as a venting space.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Noel Fielding. And (a bit) Eric Mabius. And the usuals.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Education, as it always does.

37. Who did you miss?
Several people, for various reasons. Especially, as I've only seen her twice this year, Naomi - it seems a lifetime ago that we wrote the pantsfic and geeked out over Farscape. Eve, Sweet, Katie, lots of other online people. Anyone with whom I once had an unbreakable connection over any form of messenger. When life gets in the way, there's not much you can do. We've moved on, moved around, grown up, got jobs, and 'virtual' friendships can never be properly maintained.
But having said that, I did a fairly botched job of maintaining my RL friendships, too. I fail at life, I think.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't think I met anyone new, really...

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Never take anything or anyone for granted. I learn this more the older I get, and it sounds trite, but it's true.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

And sometimes you close your eyes
And you see the place where you used to live
When you were young...

From When You Were Young by the Killers. At the time I first heard this it reminded me inexplicably of Sunset Boulevard (Norma/Joe, I should say) but it's quite apt in and of itself.

That's about it. 2007 was horrible. 2008 will be better.

In other news: I am still skint, but can make bloody marvellous roast potatoes. Goose fat FTW. Our kitchen light has finally given up so we need to go to Homebase and are currently trying to cook by the light of a reading lamp. That's about it.
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