1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
The news on KGO.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really do any. I tend to set them at the Jewish New Year, so that's when I assess them.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Depends upon what you call "close." Some long-distance friends have given birth this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I wasn't all that close to Davka, but close enough to be affected by his death.
5. What countries did you visit?
England -- for the first time ever.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
An engagement ring, a steady full-time job I like.
7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 8: I started The Day Job From Hell.
July 8: I got the thumbs-up from Metro Networks.
August 16th: I lost The Day Job From Hell.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting hired to do news on KGO by the San Francisco Metro Networks office.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing the privilege of getting to do news on KGO.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The usual viruses, sinus infections, GERDS, and what is either perimenopause or adrenal fatigue.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new laptop unit.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All my friends who have held me together through this craziness.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My ex-boss at The Day Job From Hell, the headhunter who really wanted to sell me a resume writing service, and another headhunter who lied to me about jobs.
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting to do news on KGO. (I think there's a trend here.)
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
I can't think of any offhand.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
Slightly lighter. I'd ballooned from the stress from The Day Job From Hell, then quickly that and a little more weight.
c) richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Hauling Warren to the emergency room. (I'd prefer that he not need to go...sigh.)
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Working in the morning, then hopefully at a Chinese dinner somewhere that night.
21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
I was already there (and am).
23. How many one-night stands?
Zero. I have never had a one-night stand.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
The South Park episode with the giant dancing douche bag. I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard at a TV show.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I can't think of anyone who's gone out of their way to merit that.
26. What was the best book you read?
Good question. I have been slogging away through All the Weyrs of Pern because I'm finding it tedious, but I want to finish it already.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
A San Francisco broadcasting job.
29. What did you want and not get?
An engagement ring (or at least a proposal) from Warren. :-(
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Shrek 2. I've hardly had time or $$$ to see movies.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was at Westercon. I managed to weasel two free desserts at two different places, sharing one with Elizabeth Burnham and another with my entire dinner party.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A permanent full-time shift at Metro Networks (or KGO -- I can dream, can't I?) at a rate of pay that would cover my overhead.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
Don't spend a lot of money if your figure is going to change.
34. What kept you sane?
Warren, friends, Lady.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't "fancy" celebrities; I interact with them. :-)
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The 2004 Presidential election in general.
37. Who did you miss?
My grandparents, Fuzzball, my friend Strypes.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Do I have to pick just one? I've met lots of really terrific people this year.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:
Follow your instincts.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I thought I was smart but I soon found out
I didn't know what life was all about
But then I learnt I must confess
That life is like a game of chess
It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it
It ain't what you do it's the time that you do it
It ain't what you do it's the place that you do it
And that's what gets results
You can try hard
Don't mean a thing
Take it easy
And then your jive will swing