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End Of Year Quiz

Neil does this “end of the year” quiz…sounds like a good idea to me. (Least it did before it took me almost two hours to write it up!)


  1. What did you do in 2004 that you�d never done before?
    Participated and finished the long-form (30 mile) Saint Paul Bike Classic.
    I’d also have to include rebuilding the engine in Twinkie.
  2. Did you keep your new year�s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I didn’t scribble down any of my resolutions…but they generally were:
    • Continue biking, become more physically fit, drop weight
      I did do this to my satisfaction. I not only met the mileage I did last year but exceeded it. My waist is at least as small as it was this time last year - indeed, I’m guessing it is actually an inch or two smaller. I’ve been flirting with the 300-pound mark now for many moons, but have yet to drop below it on a constant basis.
    • Become happier and more comfortable with myself
      I was not only blessed with an abundance of completely new relationships this year, but I re-established a number of old relationships which I had let become stale, unmaintained or had outright rejected for, in retrospect, poor reasons. Through these relationships, I obtained more insight into myself, the way I relate to others and the world around me. I’m certainly happier with the way I handled the relationships I share with others this year. However, there is still work to do.

      For next year, I’ll add the following:
    • Regain my pre-marriage, strong financial footing
      Before I got married, bought a house, paid for a wedding/honeymoon, etcetera I was very responsible when it came to money, savings, etc. Not that the surface responsibilities have faltered - I still pay all my bills on time, retirement savings are still being accumulated - but the transition to bi-weekly paychecks instead of semi-monthly paychecks took me the better part of the year to get used to and work with effectively. I look forward to resuming the more responsible lifestyle I used to follow.
    • Finish unpacking, so the apartment feels like home!
      Just when I got most of my boxes unpacked and the items within those boxes put away in their place I brought in even more boxes from Twinkie. Most of it is old computer hardware, which I need to find a place for in my apartment or get recycled.
    • Reduce procrastination
      I think we all can make this resolution, can’t we?
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    My ex-co-worker Jodi gave birth to Nahlah in June.
    My friend Julie (a.k.a. Goddess) out in Michigan gave birth to Lara in November.
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No, for which I’m very, very grateful!
  5. What countries did you visit?
    This year I didn’t leave the country. Well, long as you don’t count Texas. (They really do act as if it were another country down there!)
  6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
    A shower at work! The lack of shower facilities really cut back on the amount of biking I’d do to/from work…luckily I made up for it by just going out after work on longer routes.
  7. What date(s) from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    “Etched on your memory” is such a strong phrase. While it may not be “etched”, there are certainly events which will remain in my memory connected with 2004:
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Professionally: 2 projects at work that I cannot go over with too much detail. We’ll continue to call the first “The Project”, while the second is suitably code-named “Fishwalls”.
    Personally: Starting up Damon’s Daemon and sticking with it.
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    The rise of procrastination throughout my life, which I thought I had under control, blossomed this year into something I certainly am not proud of nor do I wish to continue.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Quite a bit more this year than in years past. ER in January for a stone (who knew someone my age could get a stone!), serious cold/the flu 4 times and a root canal in November. Hopefully next year I can get back to my normal, uber-healthy self!
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    My iPod, purchased in February, completely changed my music world. Music has gone from being a background in my life to something I actively pursue and enjoy.
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    Everyone in the world who worked towards peace and understanding.
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    The executive branch of our government.
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    Eating out. For as much as I love cooking, I ate out WAY too much this year.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    My iPod and the general elections.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
    I posted the full list here. If I had to pick one, I’d choose “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    • happier or sadder?
    • thinner or fatter?
    • richer or poorer?
  18. What do you wish you�d done more of?
    Telling those around me how much I loved and cared for them.
  19. What do you wish you�d done less of?
    Just-In-Time Laundry
  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    I spent it over at my aunt’s house with my Grandpa, Aunt, Mom & Dad.
  21. Who deleted question 21?
    Karl Rove
  22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
  23. How many one-night stands?
  24. What was your favorite TV program?
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was the only way I survived the election.
  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn�t hate this time last year?
    Yes…the person I was talking to here.
  26. What was the best book you read?
    My favorite book of the year was “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene. Not only is it a great book on the current state of string theory, accessible to the masses, but it helped remind me of the importance of “Why” rather than “How”.
  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Has to be Carbon Leaf. I’ve enjoyed their music, both recorded and live, so much this year I can’t express how much joy it’s brought me.
  28. What did you want and get?
    For your review, an updated Christmas List
  29. What did you want and not get?
    World Peace.
  30. What was your favorite film of this year?
    I’d have to say my favorite film of the year was Big Fish, although if you ask me what my favorite movie I saw this year it would be Donnie Darko.
  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    Met my parents for dinner, I was 28.
  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A child.
  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
    A move away from a straight button down shirt wardrobe into more exotic styles…and an emphasis on ORANGE!
  34. What kept you sane?
  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    It is a toss up between Camryn Manheim and Janeane Garofalo.
  36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Privacy and intellectual property issues.
  37. Who did you miss?
  38. Who was the best new person you met?
    I can’t single just one out.
  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
    You can be compassionate without taking responsibility.
  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    Live a life less ordinary
    Live a life extraordinary with me
    Live a life less sedentary
    Live a life evolutionary with me
      -Carbon Leaf, “Life Less Ordinary”


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