1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Redecorated a room with Paul. I'd done bits of decorating with other people before, but in May we tackled our lounge and put up a border all by ourselves (though David helped with the wallpapering).
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any other than the usual ones of learning to drive and/or losing weight. The former was scuppered by a lack of funds (again) though epic public transport fail for much of the year has put the idea more firmly into my head that I need to learn to drive, like, yesterday for the sake of my own sanity. As for losing weight? Well, all my good intentions there were scuppered by being unwell for over half the year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?0
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
None; we ventured to Stratford-upon-Avon and Brighton this year and that was it.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More money, again. Better health now that I know vaguely what's going on. (I think I might still need to update about the Kidney Situation...)
7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14th November, when Paul and I went to see Alan Davies at Symphony Hall courtesy of commoncomitatus. Alan was hilarious, though perhaps made funnier because for basically all the jokes about his kids I was imagining ALTAF-verse. ;)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I actually can't think of anything... Decorating the lounge? IDK.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing weight - admittedly because illness put paid to any form of exercise from about May onwards, but it still feels like a failure on my part.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I might as well use this opportunity to do a health update. I had another urology appointment come through for 16th December which I actually managed to attend. Long story short, the urologist thought it might actually be a cyst rather than a stone, which might have been picked up on an ultrasound I had back in 2002 when I had my very first kidney infection. If it is, that would explain the recurrent infections both this time around and previously (I tend to get them every 3-4 years or so). The next thing is another CT scan with some dye injected so they can see a bit better, and we'll take it from there.
Knowing vaguely what's going on in there is such a massive relief, even if it's not entirely sorted yet.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our lovely new wallpaper and TV units in the living room. Other than that, not sure. I suspect my ongoing brain freeze at the moment is just frying my memory, though.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My line manager for being really supportive over the whole long-term sick debacle. I was off for 6-and-a-half weeks in the end and not once did I feel any pressure to come back to work prematurely (I thnk I still did but it was of my own volition rather than being pushed into it by work).
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The Government's (as ever) but also the stupid frelling locum who refused to refer me to hospital in August when I asked and resulted in the aforesaid 6.5 weeks of sick leave. :P
14. Where did most of your money go?
This year? Prescriptions. SO MANY PRESCRIPTIONS.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Alan Davies in November. Also the new series of Jonathan Creek at the very start even though it was predictably disappointing in the event...
16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
I have no idea. I'm always terrible at this question; I did get new music this year but they all blur together.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) happier or sadder? Hard to tell through the tiredness, TBH.
(b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, though I did lose a bit between September and December, enough to fit into a pair of jeans...
(c) richer or poorer? Poorer - I didn't spend much money whilst being off sick but then got over-confident in November and spent all my spare money again...
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercising, in any form. Other than walking when at work I have failed epically at keeping fit.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Cared so much about trying to improve the situation at work - we are stuck in an impossible scenario of snap decision-making, lack of communication and people not listening to anything we say. Everyone is in the same boat and there's nothing we can do to change it, except rant on a daily basis to let off steam. Given my kidney infections are stress-related, I can only imagine all the work-related nonsense was a contributing factor...
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
The usual, just me and Paul. Christmas Eve at the pub, and family on 23rd December - this year mum and David brought a load of food with them in lieu of being able to host, which was nice. :)
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Bad movies at Lloyd's again.
22. Did you fall in love in 2014?
23. How many one-night stands?
I think we're past the point of that, heh.
24. What was your favourite TV program?
Frasier, for the most part. The Jonathan Creek rewatch has been on semi-permanent hiatus lately so with any luck we can resurrect it in 2015. I am also determined to get through season 1 of Farscape before the year ends but we haven't managed it so far. :P
In terms of new TV: American Horror Story, amongst others, though we have so many boxsets racked up on Sky+ it's getting silly again.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not that I can think of...
26. What was the best book you read?
No idea as I've done shamefully little reading again...
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nobody new this year...
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I think I've only seen three films this year at the cinema, which were The Book Thief, Maleficent and the new Tim Burton (on Saturday), Big Eyes. Of those three I think The Book Thief wins.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 33 and I was still off sick at the time, but Paul and I went out for a meal at Fiesta del Asado, an Argentinean restaurant on Hagley Road. Other than that I did nothing.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
NOT. BEING. ILL.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
The usual "whatever still fits me" array of clothing.
34. What kept you sane?
Gaming on the PS3. GTA V at the start of the year (until the X-Box broke) and then the various other games I've played this year - Tomb Raider was awesome.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't think there's been much change, to be honest.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The mind-boggling popularity of UKIP. I just... WHY. They are clearly batshit insane, every last one of them. WHYYYYY.
37. Who did you miss?
Legal Services peeps, as it's been over a year since I saw any of them (other than running into someone at Woodcock Street leisure centre when I went to play badminton with Paul). commoncomitatus. Several other friends too. I did a Facebook f-list purge whilst I was off sick because being off work gives me too much time to think, and also one of my old school friends got married without even telling me, which just kind of... I dunno, made me miss everyone I used to know, and made me question my own worth to others.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Not sure I've met anyone new TBH; we've had a few new people start at work very recently but I don't know them well enough to judge yet. :P
39. Did you meet anyone you only knew online?
40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Locum GP's are either shit or excellent and it's a gamble which you'll get. If I hadn't been ill I might have had something more insightful to say here, sorry.
41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I hate this question, too. :P