1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Ooh, tough question. X Games in general, and X Games Rally in particular. Um... Can't really think of anything else
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make resolutions, but I still missed the big thing that's bugging me: get a new job. One that I like more than I hate.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year, thank heavens.
5. What countries did you visit?
Japan and Mexico. Same as last year.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2005?
More peace of mind. Stability. A job that I like. (I almost wonder what the point of putting down that last one is, since I've been saying that for as long as I've been doing this annual meme.)
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Huh. Not really sure the dates remain etched. Events: Rally Mexico (man, we had some awesome times there), and X Games Rally: hopefully a moment to remember in US rallying history.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not really sure no this. "Survived" comes to mind. I can't really think of any major achievements this year.
I was really honored to be able to help out in my own little way with X Games rally. That... It was really important to me to be there, and I'm glad I was able to go.
9. What was your biggest failure?
The same thing every year: Job, job, job. Though I'm starting to reach the point where I'm not sure if it is so much a failure as just not achieving what I want. There is a difference, though I'm pressed to say exactly what it is.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane tickets to Mexico.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
This is the part where I say a big THANK YOU to all my friends who have been so helpful and supportive through the year. You may not realize how much it helps, but it does.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Best not discussed in public.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage? Spare money went largely to pulling my computers into the age of usefulness, trips, and some DVDs.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Ultraman Moebius, and geeking with my fellow fangirls.
Upcoming Japan trip. It will rock beyond the describing.
X Games Rally! X Games Rally!!! Colin McRae at X Games Rally!!!!
... And did I mention Mexico?
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
"Move Along", by The All-American Rejects
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? About the same? Better able to cope, I think
ii. thinner or fatter? Working on the thinner.
iii. richer or poorer? About the same.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Driving! I don't think I did a single autocross this year, and the one rallycross I got to I only took pictures and didn't do any driving. I am about to gnaw my own limbs off I want to go driving so badly now.
I wish that there was a lot less stress in my life. Yes, I suppose that it's all up to me whether I feel stressed or not. But at this point I'm inclined to whine that honestly, I've had enough Major Life Problems that anyone would be feeling stressed if they were in my shoes.
I want to hang with my friends more, and just generally enjoy life. And watch more toku. Since, really, there is some nice stuff out there that I haven't seen enough of.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I just want this phase of my life to be over so I can move on to something new. I really want to stop hurting all the time.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Woke up at 4 AM and couldn't get back to sleep, in part because fanfic was poking at me to get up and write. Parents came over and we did a bunch of little tasks around the house. All in all, a very mellow holiday.
22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
No, not really. I aquired a new hero in Travis Pastrana, which feels a little odd. He's so young! And yet, really seems to have his stuff together.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Heros is shaping up nicely. And I am enjoying Veronica Mars more this year than last. Dr Who persists in being excellent, though I think I still like the Ninth Doctor better. Can't really say why.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope. I'm not big on the hating.
26. What was the best book you read?
I can't remember a single book I read this year. More of the Mirage series, which is always crackstastic.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
New Evanescence is nice. Not a lot new otherwise.
28. What did you want and get?
Go to Rally Mexico. Go somewhere nice for my birthday.
29. What did you want and not get?
A job I like. More stability and less uncertainty in my life.
And for the fourth year running, that is the same answer to this question. Feh.
WRC TV coverage.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Ultraman Moebius & Ultra Kyoudai? No, wait. I haven't actually seen that yet, so it probably doesn't count.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to Japan! ^__^ Specifically, I went to Kurama-dera, then soaked in an onsen, followed by having tasty Italian food.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Order. A sense of financial security -- which is included under the "order" category in my mind. I want to have life be "normal", rather than all up in the air and changing all the time.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
I've actually started dressing a bit more nicely recently, thanks to being a contractor. And I've rather been liking it. Same as last year.
34. What kept you sane?
Hanging with friends, particularly the Mebi fangirls and the ConOps crew. Still loving the WRR. Having it gone for a year makes me treasure it each event. And now it's on all the time!
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Can't remember at the moment.
37. Who did you miss?
Still missing Beef and Richard. Yes, I suppose that's a little silly after all this time, but there you go.
Still wishing that llamabitchyo and the Tom Kyoudai lived closer, so we could get together and exchange snarky comments more easily.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
*guilty fangirl look* And Travis. Because I am now such the fangirl.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
When something is good, enjoy the moment. It won't last, but that isn't what's important. What is important is that right at that moment, it's good. Forget all the rest. If it's important, it will wait.
I'm going to leave in last year's little lesson, because it relates to so many things I'm trying to process through (again?) right now:
I like this statement: "If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking enough risks." I'm working on allowing myself to make mistakes. Or to quote Lois, "I've always thought - tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune." Misfortune is, well, unfortunate. But it's not the end of the universe. Sort of like failure. It's not the end of the universe either. If you don't make mistakes -- if you don't risk failure -- then you aren't changing and you are stuck, static. So in a way failing is something to be proud of. It's a sign that you're willing to grow, even if it may not all turn out the way you want it to.
What really made this year was the people. Many thanks to everyone who shared it with me!