I remember doing this last year. It was a fascinating experience, bringing up good memories and bad. I have a feeling that this year's will be a cynical experience, filled with much annoyance. Just for comparison.
1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
Bought a house. Went to Rim and Ramada Express.
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make resolutions, but rather, set goals. I had two primary goals, and one secondary goal. I achieved one of the primary goals (buy a house), and due to extenuating circumstances have not yet achieved the second one (get a new job). The secondary goal, to become more active in the CA and US rallying community, I think I achieved. Up until Ramada I wasn't so sure.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
The Princess, from work.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I think this year has mostly been a death-free year for me. After the hammering of the past few years, it's a bit of a relief.
5. What countries did you visit?
Japan. Did I go anywhere else? No, I don't think I did. Ah well.
6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A life that doesn't suck. A new job. Happiness.
7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 8. I got into contract on a house.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I achieved something this year? I guess buying a house counts. Moving definitely counts.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I am still at my place of employment. It's one of those silent failures that gnaws away your soul until, in the dead of the night, you realize that everything you value is gone because of that failure. So small, and yet so large.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My foot and I don't see eye-to-eye.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My camera. In my saner moments, I would say the house. (Those would be the moments when I don't think buying the house was the worst mistake I've made in my life.)
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I was again and again reminded of why I respect obsessivewoman so much.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Most of my coworkers.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Anyone wanna take a stab at this? (Hint: this was not the year of the Monkey, it was the year of the House.)
15. What did you get really excited about?
Some parts of buying the house were exciting. Other than that... I'd say it's not been a year with things to get excited about, but really, it's more that I've forgotten how to get excited.
Edit: While not as cool as last year's, this year's Wales Rally GB was totally awesome, and can still bring a smile to my face when I remember it.
16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
Probably "Hymn", by Tina Cousins, maybe "Despre Tine" (spacing on the artist's name.) There's a song by Abba that I can't remember the title of, but it will always remind me of Feb, 2004 whenever I hear it.
I think in general, there is much about this year I would like to forget.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
There are frequent days when jumping off a bridge seems like a logical solution, so I'd have to go with lots sadder.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Job hunting. Relaxing.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Dealing with work politics.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At a place that was in many regards my second childhood home, spent with my immediate family, my best friend and her mother (who are practically family), and a stranger who had an impressive vocabulary.
21. Did you fall in love in 2004?
Oh, absolutely not.
22. How many one-night stands?
Not my style.
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Stargate? That's almost more of last year. Justice League Unlimited - still wonderful, even in a truncated format. Fifth Gear: more car silliness than you can shake a spanner at.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Maybe not all the way into hate, but yeah, there are certainly people I dislike a lot more now than I did last year.
25. What was the best book you read?
I can't even remember what I read this year. The last few things I've read (Homeward Bounders and Bleach) have been quite good. Ditto for re-reading Howl's Moving Castle.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
4Strings (though I suppose I "discovered" them last year, I just didn't track their music down). My nifty Swedish radio station.
27. What did you want and get?
A house. A new camera.
28. What did you want and not get?
A new job. (Didn't I say this last year too??)
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
30. What did you do on your birthday?
What did I do? Ah, yes. Took the day off from work, loafed around, went to lunch with friends and dinner with friends and did some cool window-shopping and got a card to rent manga in the middle. It was nice.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
And about that new job...
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
White socks!! (Personal joke with The Princess.)
33. What kept you sane?
Alas, as the year drug on just about every thing that I had been using to keep myself sane left me. Hence, my current sad state. At the moment I distract myself with Bleach, and thoughts of Mexico and Japan. (Even though I know the latter is really just a pipe dream.)
Edit: Actually, listening Radio Seven has done a lot to keep me sane(er).
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I notice such things?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The issues did not stir me so much as the poor arguements that were made for and against. I mourn the loss of the art of debate.
36. Who do you miss?
Myself. Or rather, my self.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Did I meet new people? I did, though I think all of them are from the rallying community. (See secondary goal.) Lance, from Oregon trail. Brian Hudson and (arrgh!!! I forgot his name a-GAIN) from the rally school.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
When, after two or three months in a job, you decide that you don't like it, DON'T STAY FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!! (Le'DUH!)
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I'm sick and tired of always being sick and tired", from "Sick and Tired" by Anastasia.
Edit: Also, "Take away my pride/I will rise again", from "Take Away My Pride", by DJ Sammy.
Edit: Just for reference, here is last year's