So everyone seems to be doing the New Years meme. I used to do this years ago back in the days when I wrote on Livejournal and I’ve copied the questions directly from the last time I did it on there (2007), so if it is different to the version everyone else in the madosphere has done, then that will be why. It is a bit weird to see these questions again.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?:
Take Reboxetine, Go InterRailing, Learn to Knit.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?:
I don’t usually make any and I can’t remember if I did last year. It seems unlikely because I was planning to kill myself on 7th January and any more resolutions would have been pointless. I tried and failed at that one.
This year, I haven’t set any firm resolutions, but most of my hopes evolve around recovery. I hope to get back to work full time and stay out of hospital.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
Not that I’m aware of!
4. Did anyone close to you die?:
5. What countries did you visit?:
Oo. I went InterRailing so I have visited a few this year! I passed through France and visited Belgium, Germany, Poland and Austria.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?:
Proper recovery – I started to recover in 2010, but there’s still a long way to go. I want my life back.
I also want to move house, so a new home is pretty high on my list.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:
I don’t tend to remember dates very well and the only date that really comes to mind is the 7th Jan for the reason mentioned in answer to question 2.
I think the 29th July was the day that I set off for Europe, so that’s a good one too.
The week beginning the 15th November also sticks in my mind, as it was the week I started my phased return to work.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
Travelling around Europe for a couple of weeks on my own and getting back to work, albeit for only a few hours a week.
9. What was your biggest failure?:
I’m not sure it is a good thing that the first thing that comes to mind is my failed suicide attempt. Definitely a failure, but whether that is a good or a bad thing is up to debate depending on my mood.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:
Mental illness never really goes away. I also battled with side-effects and tummy troubles a lot. My jaw has continued to be a problem too – I have a visit to the Dental Hospital on Monday to see the Temporomandibular Joint specialist. I had a common cold over New Years at both the start of 2010 and 2011 too.
11. What was the best thing you bought?:
Either my InterRail pass or Glastonbury Tickets. My prescription pre-payment certificate should probably be considered too.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?:
Nikki dog’s behaviour merits celebration and reprehension on a daily basis!
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?:
Occasionally The Bloke’s, but like Nikki, he can merit celebration too.
Dr M made me pretty appalled at the start of the year, but I don’t mind her so much these days. I may even confess to liking her!
14. Where did most of your money go?:
The usual – rent, food etc. The dog spends a lot of it too!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:
I don’t tend to get really excited about anything when I’m feeling low. I was quite excited about the InterRail trip, although it was such a spur-of-the-moment thing that I didn’t have much time to get excited about it beforehand. I was quite excited about Glastonbury this year too – I actually felt able to enjoy it!
16. What songs will always remind you of 2010?:
Regina Spektor – Laughing With
Lady Gaga – Just Dance – especially reminds me of watching Dancing on Ice in hospital last January.
Laura Marling – Goodbye England (covered in snow)
The XX – Intro – reminds me of the General Election coverage on the BBC mainly, but also of the start of their set at Glasto.
Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions – and pretty much the whole album really. She was great live too.
KT Tunstall – Weirdo – and again the whole album and seeing her live.
Miike Snow – Animal – reminds me of InterRailing. They played it a lot in the hostel in Krakow.
Ellie Goulding – Your Song – and again pretty much her whole album.
It has been a good year for music. I’ve certainly listened to a lot more this year.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i) …happier or sadder?: I’m a million times happier than this time last year. I was on a psych ward having just failed to kill myself, so not exactly at my happiest! Compared to 6 months ago though I’d be sadder.
ii) thinner or fatter?: A lot thinner. I’ve lost over 3 stone since I came out of hospital last February.
iii) richer or poorer?: About the same I think.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?:
Working, writing, knitting, swimming, seeing friends… Lots of things really.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?:
Feeling sick, lying in bed with no motivation, seeing doctors and generally everything related to being ill. Arguing with the bloke comes a close second.
20. How will/did you spend Christmas?:
We spent it in Wolverhampton with the Bloke’s mum and sister. His aunt, uncle and cousin also came over for Christmas dinner. I saw my parents on 27th Dec and a load of friends came around for a big Christmas Dinner on 28th.
21. Has there ever been a question 21?!?
22. Did you fall in love in 2010?:
Nope. Not with anyone or anything new.
23. How many one night stands?:
Again none. A somewhat laughable question for me I think.
24. What were your favourite TV programmes?:
I’ve watched quite a lot of telly in the past year. I love Only Connect – a fiendishly hard quiz, although I have gotten more used to it over the years and it doesn’t seem quite as hard as it used to be.
I enjoyed Sky1’s Must be The Music – it’s a blatant rip off of all TV talent shows, only the people involved had raw talent, write their own stuff and there is no stupid false drama involved. Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum judged it and were really good too. The girl that won – Emma’s Imagination was amazing.
I enjoyed Single Father, Lip Service, Mad Men and various other things this year too.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?:
No, not really. I don’t tend to “hate” anyone. I try to avoid people I don’t like.
26. What was the best book you read?:
I read a lot more in the summer than I had in the past few years, but it has tailed off again since autumn. I read 1984 for the first time (ridiculous I know) which was awesome. I enjoyed the Stieg Larsson books (me and everyone else, then!). A Woman in Berlin was interesting too – I picked it up in the airport at Krakow and it was weird to read it only a few days after being in Berlin.
27. What were your greatest musical discoveries?:
I have listened to a lot more music than in the last few years, but I’m not sure how many of those things were new discoveries as such. I’ve enjoyed a lot of female pop and singer/songwriters this year – Ellie Goulding, Marina & The Diamonds, Laura Marling, KT Tunstall, Little Boots, Regina Spektor – although the latter few are hardly new discoveries.
28. What did you want and get?:
I guess some improvement to my mental health is the obvious thing. Getting my drivers license back is pretty good too.
29. What did you want and not get?:
A magic wand? I try not to want too much so I don’t get disappointed.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?:
I saw quite a lot of good films this year. I probably enjoyed Scott Pilgrim most. The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest was good although I didn’t think The Girl who Played with Fire lived up to my expectations set by the book or the first film. Kick Ass, Toy Story 3 and Winters Bone are also contenders.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:
I was 24 this year. I had only just come out of hospital. A few of my friends and two of my aunts who live locally all went out for a meal. It was really tasty.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?:
Mental Stability? – I’m surprised that this was part of my answer in 2007, which was long before I was diagnosed with any mentalism. It seems strange to me that at the end of what was a great year, I was still wishing I’d been a bit more stable and spent less time feeling low. I guess I’d somewhat forgotten that I was hardly stable before things fell apart in 2008.
I do think that being more stable and less depressed would have helped, but at least 2010 was an improvement on 200
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?:
I am not sure I do fashion concepts. I tend to wear jeans and some form of longish top or dresses over leggings/bright coloured tights. Now I’m back at work a bit I’m definitely leaning towards the tailored dress look. My suits don’t fit properly any more – too big!
34. What kept you sane?:
I think what sanity I have can be mainly put it down to one thing – Reboxetine (plus Lamotrigine perhaps – I wonder what effect taking Reboxetine on its own would have).
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
This always seems like a bit of a silly question to me. I don’t tend to be attracted to celebrities because I tend to need to get to know someone before they become attractive.
I also have a pretty pathetic sex drive these days.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?:
I’ve tended to try and keep a distance from most political arguments of late, mainly because the amount of mindless Tory-bashing has wound me up quite a lot this year and a lot of my friends are raving lefties. I am neither a tory, nor a lefty, but I am getting fed up of the way that people seem to choose opposition for oppositions sake, rather than looking at what is right or wrong about a policy.
I do care a lot about welfare reform and the NHS, but I’m not opposed to changes in the system in the way that some people are. I think we have to face up to the fact that the current systems don’t work and something has to be done.
37. Who did you miss?:
I miss a lot of old friends. I have lost touch with quite a lot of people over the last few years and I’m not as close to others as I used to be. A lot of my uni friends have moved away since we graduated too, so although we still see them occasionally, it’s not the same any more.
38. Who were the ‘best’ new people you met?:
I’ve met some great new friends locally over the past year or so, but I probably couldn’t think of any one person.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Things can get better and depression may not last forever, yet recovery is not a smooth process either.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I can’t think of one in particular, especially as my year has been up and down. I may come back to this. I’m sure something will come to mind as I’m listening to music sometime this week.
Actually.. I heard You Say Party – There is XXXX (within my heart) the other day and those lyrics fit my mood over the last month or so.
When the morning comes
And the darkness presses on all sides
When the morning comes
I’ll have to fight
I will have a think to see if I can come up with anything more accurate.
So there we go. Another year, another meme. 2010 hasn’t been all that bad, although it started terribly and went down hill again a little during the last few months. 2011 hasn’t started too badly aside from the terrible cold over New Years, so fingers crossed it will be a good year.
A proper post is on its way. I am trying to get it written. Lots happening at the moment though and I can’t keep up!