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1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Got totally spontaneous and booked a flight to New Zealand at the last minute and blew a bunch of money having the time of my life. I'm normally all about schedules and shit and it was equal parts scary and thrilling, not even knowing where I was going to sleep each night. Completely unlike me and completely freeing.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't make new year's resolutions. Never have. I got the "practice" from my dad, who never makes them. I decide to do things when I come to the point where I'm ready to do them--something as arbitrary as new year's day has no bearing on my resolutions, and would seem to be more of a hindrance than anything else.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Little Liz (she's a month older than me) and my cousin Tara (who's a year younger than me). Both of their pregnancies bothered me, strangely. I can't really articulate how. I'm proud of both of them, and I'm excited for them, but there's this feeling at the edge of my brain that keeps trying to tell me something important about timing and how I fear these are all things I will never experience....

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandfather and my hamster. And Jeff Sprouse.

5. What countries did you visit?
New Zealand, America. Living in another country is weird because you're only a visitor in your homeland. Watch out! I might be a tourist!

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
Free time and a couple of weekends.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
December 17th, since that's the day my body decided to fuck up my vacation, and it's still fresh in my [poor] memory.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably the organization of the trip my students took to USN/America. That was some crazy shit. And the package exchange my juniors did with USN. That was wild, too. Although, come to think of it, my biggest achievement was probably losing 25 lbs. That's something I'm really proud of--although I'm embarrassed I ever got that gross in the first place.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I try not to view my actions in terms of failures, but rather in terms of learning experiences. In that light, I learned a lot this year about teaching and what does and doesn't work in a classroom.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Gah, what did I NOT suffer? Lessee, cardiac arrhythmia, seizure, worsening of myopia and astigmatism, depression, anxiety, constipation...the list goes on and on.....

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Video games, golden poo, an orange umbrella to brighten my day.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Kio--for being as crazy a monkey as I am. (Kelsye got mad at us for running around and screaming....)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own. Always my own.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Date food, electric bill, Japanese CDs. And plane tickets, of course.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going out of my mind crazy and flying solo to NZ.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Anything by Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, or The Killers.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? waaaay happier
ii. thinner or fatter? a lot thinner
iii. richer or poorer? definitely richer, in spite of all the excessive spending

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Keeping my apartment clean, dating, getting my ass out of my nasty apartment and just GOING places, for crying out loud. That and drawing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drinking.

21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Not really. More in fun than in love.

23. How many one-night stands?
Depends on what you mean, I suppose. If you mean hooking up with some random person, then none.

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?
一万円生活. That or 黒革の手帳. Oh, wait, how could I forget! 24!!!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No. I hated him last year, too.

26. What was the best book you read?
Well, there were tons of books I started, but relatively few I finished....

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Killers.

28. What did you want and get?
Thinner?

29. What did you want and not get?
Beautiful?

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Napoleon Dynamite.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was a fun-filled day of meeting after meeting after meeting. After which I went home and promptly forgot it was my birthday. I was 24. Like the TV show.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Like I said before, more free time.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Casual business. I am a working woman, after all.

34. What kept you sane?
The drugs and the fact that this job is only temporary....

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Nobody in particular, really. I tend to obsess over 2D art more than people I don't know.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The jizz-smear, I mean, "war" in Iraq.

37. Who did you miss?
My family and friends in America.

38. Who was the best new person you met in 2004?
Kelsye Nelson. Although Matt and Kio run a close second.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
Nothing comes to mind....

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies....

Comments

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zachhobson
Jan. 6th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
I'm proud of you. This is your first LJ-Cut!

Seriously though, Amelia and I are both glad you made it back safely. Thanks again for the gifts from Japan.
alexakaruda
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Is that really my first LJ-cut? I'm sure I did one before....but it was while using an LJ client, so I didn't have to worry about the html (I'm so lazy).

Thanks! It was nice having you with us for Christmas. I'm glad you enjoyed your presents! (I don't really know you all that well, so I wasn't quite sure what to get you.) Hopefully you guys will get to visit Japan yourselves someday. ^_^

And thank you and Mia for the CDs! I'm listening to System of a Down right now! ^_^
oddball79
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you made it back to Japan without incedent. Maybe next time you're here, I'll actually be able to hang out with you without incedent. ;p

Two quick notes:
You are beautiful. Damnit.
Golden Poo?
alexakaruda
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
Two not-so-quick responses:

1) I was nappy-looking for so many years that I'm still not used to not being fugly anymore. (Was that a double-negative?) I catch people staring at me all the time and it weirds me out. Btw, "Beautiful?" was more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. I couldn't think of anything I wanted that I didn't get, since I don't ever really want much ('cept free time). But, to be honest, I don't feel beautiful much of the time. It's probably just because I so vividly remember being gross and having people make fun of my fugliness and avoiding me that it's odd now that people no longer run away screaming.

2) It's lucky golden poo. I was going to give you one, but I lost yours somewhere in the train wreck that was my room, and didn't find it until the night before I left for Japan. I'll give it to you the next time I see you, assuming I don't lose it for good....(You asked for something silly and not-pocky, so I thought it was perfect, seeing as how it's insanely silly and very much not-pocky.) I saw it at a tourist trap in Kyoto. It's perfectly swirled poop...and it's coated in gold. And it comes on a little red-velvet pillow. (The poo and the pillow are both really, really small.) I asked the lady in the store about it--it's a good luck charm--and she explained that the idea is that the bearer will be so rich that she or he will shit gold. Kinda like "money out the wazzoo" is for Americans. Sorta. Except their version is weirder.
lalenalefay
Jan. 6th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
glad you got back ok. Hey i love jem, i saw her live. And i love love love the golden poo (:
alexakaruda
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

My friend Kelsye introduced me to Jem's music. She (Jem, not Kelsye) kinda reminds me of Dido, except that she has a slightly darker edge than any of the Dido music I've heard. It's expertly eclectic, which I love.

Yay!!! I'm so glad you like the poo I got you!!! ^_^
liquidrunning
Jan. 7th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that you made it home safely! :)
alexakaruda
Jan. 8th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
Me, too! ^_^ It was good getting to see you over the break, even if we didn't really get to talk. (Seeing you with the alligator was priceless....!) ^_~
sapphire_hime
Jan. 8th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
Welcome home :)
Got totally spontaneous and booked a flight to New Zealand at the last minute and blew a bunch of money having the time of my life.

That's it. You're my new role model. I'm such a time control freak that I'm starting to forget what it's like to be spontaneous.
alexakaruda
Jan. 8th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome home :)
ありがとう〜! ^_^ Yeah, normally I'm all about control and planning and saving money, so it was probably desperation (I *needed* to get away from Nishinomiya for a while) and the need for excitement that drove me to just do something crazy/spontaneous like that! ^_^ And I ended up having the best time of my life. It was scary at times--I planned the majority of the trip on the plane ride over--since I'm helpless without a "plan," but I definitely recommend it for the excitement factor! ^_^
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