- We had some distant cousins over for New Years. My Nana's cousin's son Andy (who I hadn't seen since I was probably 6 and didn't remember) and his son Nate (who I had never met). I think they live in or near Cleveland, but they came to visit. I really maintained good self-control and didn't call Nate "Frodo" once (that's his name in my head), although I did cave in and asked to pet his fabulously curly hair before they left. I wish the mom and brother Alex came too, because I hear they're even more interesting, and Alex often gets mistaken for a girl (he has even LONGER curly hair). Yep. Jesse was over too, and we got some fun pictures of him and Katie switching clothing. It was awesome. I haven't heard my mom laugh so hard in a long time. Also, playing Cranium after midnight is fun, because some people get really loopy when they're tired. My mom was starting to act drunk after 1 am, even though none of us consumed any alcohol, which was quite amusing.
- During a conversation about Katie's project that somehow involves the battle of Okinawa, I asked her if she knew the capital of Japan. "Hong Kong," she said.
- I had a dream that Ben and I were standing on a sidewalk outside some buildings. I guess they were hotels, or at least one of them was. Some people (mostly old folks) walked out of one of the hotels, and I noticed that most of them were carrying pale yellow or yellow/blue striped umbrellas. I wondered why, but then I realized that they were the hotel's umbrellas. So I said to Ben, "We should start a hotel where everything is pink. But then the guests would just be old ladies and gay men." I don't know why I suggested that, since I hate pink and have no interest in hotel management, but I suddenly got this vivid mental image of a pink lobby with people carrying pink umbrellas. Then we went to get on a bus for some reason (it was a school bus, but I think it was somehow connected with the hotel). It was mostly full, but there were a few seats toward the back. Ben sat down, but on that side the seats only fit one person, so I decided to sit behind him and had to move someone else's stuff out of the way. And that was it. I can only assume that this dream means that Ben and I are going to own a horrifically pink hotel in a rainy location someday.
- Jiraiya seems to be adjusting all right, but he doesn't seem interested in fresh veggies or taking any treats from my hand. I also think I need to litter train him so he doesn't poop all over my room. Well he's only been here almost a week, and once he meets and lives with Squeekers, he'll learn that what I hand him is delicious and the cage makes a better toilet than the floor or me. And then he won't always run and hide when I try to pick him up, though he's getting used to me and is friendlier when I'm not reaching for him.
- I made raspberry cheesecake, and it actually turned out pretty good. Huzzah! Staying up until 3 am baking really paid off, I guess. Also, if you add liberal amounts of taco cheese and Frank's to an omelet, it tastes awesome.
- I did this last year, but I'll do it again, because sleep is for the weak...
1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
been to NYC
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make those, because I'd never keep them
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
my cousin Laura had Emily on May 16 (2 days before my birthday)
4. Did anyone close to you die?
my rats Dr. Faustus, Pee Wee, and Dante (all of various age-related health issues), and my Nana's cousin Whit died, but we weren't really close
5. What countries did you visit?
I just stayed in the USA this year... next year I'll probably at least hit Denmark and Sweden though
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
oh, let's see, maybe a JOB
7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
probably the day I moved out of the apartment, because by the end of the day I just wanted to stab several people for various reasons
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I didn't actually do much in 2006, but I guess becoming an editor of FNM was kinda big
9. What was your biggest failure?
probably not getting a job...
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I think I had a cold or two, but that was it
11. What was the best thing you bought?
probably my laptop
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
my neighbor Bonnie, for she is awesome beyond belief
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
nobody really made me depressed, but I guess a few people made me appalled... probably my sister, my dad, and Nick
14. Where did most of your money go?
boring stuff like bills, I guess
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
drag queen karaoke bar, baby!
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
oddly enough, two Bollywood songs: Mahi Mahi Mahi from Kismat (the Mahi Mahi Tuna song!) and Dhadak Dhadak from Bunty Aur Babli (it's a song about needing to go away)
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
meh, less happy but not really sad
ii. thinner or fatter?
about the same, I guess, I don't keep track of my weight
iii. richer or poorer?
I don't have as much money, but I'm not really poor
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
staying in my pjs until like 3 pm
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it being mostly bored... first we opened presents and Mom had Katie and I write those stupid "sister letters" again (She invented this ridiculous "tradition" a couple years ago, probably in a desparate effort to alleviate the animosity, and we just write random crap to each other to humor her - this year we both wrote about Iron Chef because we were watching us when she made us write the letters). Then we went over to someone's house where people kept talking loudly at the dinner table about things I have absolutely no interest in, and I started to feel annoyed from all the talking but didn't want to be rude and leave. Finally my mom noticed me squirming and excused me, so I went to another room where it was quieter. Then a few minutes later, all the loud talking people decided to flock to that room. Go figure, huh? Well, at least the cookies I baked were good.
22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
I'd have to say Hell's Kitchen, Kyle XY, and my discovery that the Food Network is the awesomest channel ever.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
maybe that one about the Canadian boy who liked making puppets
27. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?
Discovery: I think maybe the Rent soundtrack since I bought it early in the year
Rediscovery: maybe the Indigo Girls CD I dug up a few months ago and started listening to in the car
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
the ability to fly, and a stable living situation
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
SNAKES ON A PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Rose and Thom made me a cake that said "Happy popping out of your mom's gyn 23rd anniversary." It was awesome.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
getting together with friends more than just once a week or so, especially later in the year
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
pretty much the same it's been since high school: amusing t-shirts, sweatshirts, comfy pants, and sneakers, though this year I discovered that skate shoes are the comfiest shoes ever, and I bought several pairs
34. What kept you sane?
video games seem to be my outlet these days
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't know... Kyle XY?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't know, maybe how people like to make everything political and act like even the smallest things are a HUGE DEAL
37. Who did you miss?
people who left
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't know... some of the new Alphans, I guess
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
I can't really think of anything, aside from don't suddenly tell someone bad news when they're already in a highly stressful situation (actually, I hope someone else learned that), and Santoku knives are so much better at cutting food
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone."