Jan. 3rd, 2017

2016 sum up

Jan. 3rd, 2017 06:33 pm
emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
1.What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Experienced a massive, global lurch to the right.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Ate a few more fruit and vegetables.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, because I am in my 40s.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Several friends' relatives, lots of celebrities.

5. What countries did you visit?
Nowhere, but I continue to slowly save for a holiday abroad with the children in a few years time. Yes, yes!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Balance. Money. Calm.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The election of Trump on 9/11.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Continuing to have a job amidst my terrible work situation. Steering Ruby through another year without contact with gluten. Soldiering on while my mother was in hospital and my dad was in hospital and my kids were sick.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Remaining calm. Disciplining my children.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Headaches due to stress.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Mr Gold the gold fish, I guess. First step towards getting a bunny

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My friends.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Jesus, the lurch to the right. In the past I had thought that perhaps some people might disagree with me for, you know, reasons LIke they wanted to reduce Government or be hawkish overseas. But Trump ran on a platform of naked racism and sexism with nothing else. And that was enough to get him the win. So now I know that that's what people mean when they are conservatives - naked racism, sexism and hatred.

It has caused me to actually re-evaluate my understanding of human nature. I know there have been periods when people have randomly leapt to the right, usually under economic stress, but I haven't had to live through Brexit and Trump before.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage. Food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Captain America was my escape from a tiresome reality.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2015?
Postmodern Jukebox.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Same.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter (comfort eating).
c) richer or poorer? Same.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Time alone.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Ridiculous stressing over work. Being ordered to do ridiculous things at work, in defiance of all sense or reason.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas with my family, enjoying the girls’ excitement.

21. Did you fall in love in 2015?
No-one new.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
I finished rewatching Highlander and I've started rewatching Andromeda.

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

25. What was the best book you read?
Something by EDEN Southwell.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Postmodern Jukebox.

27. What did you want and get?
Time to relax.

28. What did you want and not get?
I find being an introvert who is constantly surrounded by others very draining.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Sing! Zootopia.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
No celebrations as it came in the middle of virtually every member of my family being hospitalised.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Money.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Hahahahahaahaha. Weeps.

33. What kept you sane?
Fanfiction. Hugs from my kids. Necessity.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I genuinely liked Hilary Clinton, and I despise the way she is being blamed for the lose. I don't think Sanders could have won. I think that if Clinton was a man she would have had it in the bag, and that people are blaming her for the fact that so many folks are unwilling to vote for a well informed, intelligent, prepared woman.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Brexit. Trump.

36. Who did you miss?
Friends I didn’t spend enough time with.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Well, there's a lot of churn at work. Laughs hysterically.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
We must get through the rough patches as easily as possible.

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