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Dec. 20th, 2006 | 02:50 pm
location: home
mood: squeaky-clean
music: David Bowie - Heroes

I know this is kind of silly and everyone does it, but here it is:



1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Worked full-time, went off to college, lived away from my parents.

2. Did you keep your new year resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think so. I'm usually smart enough not to.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but Steve and Sharyl are about to have a kid.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None! I will be visiting Canada in the new year, though.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A boy/girlfriend. <---- lame. Also, a work ethic and a creative genius.

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don't remember dates, you guys.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Um... all A's in my first semester of college, dressing as Morrissey for Halloween, watching the "November Spawned a Monster" video something like eight thousand times, making friends.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Can't think of any huge ones.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was sick twice this last semester, which was lame, and yesterday I fell down in a parking lot and skinned and bruised both knees, but that's about the extent of it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably my laptop, although I didn't actually pay for it.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Oh, God, certainly not mine. I was a whiny brat much of the time. My brother improved considerably, though. Stopped throwing tantrums and everything.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Whoever it is whose decision it was to cut Arthur out of the upcoming Mysteries of Pittsburgh movie.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Coffee, cigarettes, household items.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
College. Also, NaNoWriMo.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Anything Morrissey. Honestly, in future every time I hear Morrissey's voice I think I will be transported back to my youth.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? A little happier.
ii. Thinner or fatter? Fatter, but not by much. Maybe five pounds or so.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer. I worked all summer to build up a 'spending money for freshman year' fund, but my grandparents have been foiling that plan by sending me a hundred bucks every couple of months. I mean, I'm not complaining, but my bank account is mostly at a standstill.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I'm with Amy here: write.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Angsting.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
In Madisonville, with my parents, brother, uncle, and grandparents.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
A little bit.

23. How many one-night stands?
Zero. Are you kidding?

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
I enjoyed the Office. Really got into Queer as Folk. Oh, and the first part of Sopranos season six.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not particularly.

26. What was the best book you read?
Do NOT ask me to choose. Mysteries of Pittsburgh was technically a reread, but I really discovered how wonderful it is this year.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Everything Morrissey.

28. What did you want and get?
College friends.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I really liked Little Miss Sunshine. Also My Beautiful Laundrette. That movie is totally adorable.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my eighteenth birthday, I received a case of Dr. M from Amy, bought a pack of clove cigarettes, and went out for coffee with Amy and Molly.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I'm happy with it so far. I mean, so far I've spent three months of it not in Madisonville, so it's been a pretty good year.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
For the first few months, jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, as usual. I started wearing skirts and tank-tops occasionally in the summer, and in the fall have been wearing mostly jeans, boots, and t-shirts or sweaters.

34. What kept you sane?
Down-time. It's so important.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Morrissey, Stephen Colbert, Helena Bonham Carter.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't get stirred by political issues...

37. Who did you miss?
Noah.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Amy, Abe, Molly, and Chris. And I don't know if this counts, since I didn't exactly meet him, but Ralph G. Williams.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Sleep is reeeeeeeaaaaaaally important.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Hand in glove, we can go wherever we please, and everything depends upon how near you stand to me."

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Amy

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from: andhowever
date: Dec. 21st, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
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Oh, MAN, I cannot believe I forgot Ralph.

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from: europeancannon
date: Dec. 22nd, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I miss you too big guy

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some girls are bigger than others

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from: allforleyna
date: Dec. 22nd, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Now I'm 'big guy'? You're applying to me endearments previously reserved for the Dannys?

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Crow

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from: crowsensei108
date: Apr. 1st, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
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Hey there-- It's me, Rachel. You know, the shitty-friend Rachel who hasn't spoken to you since senior year?

Yeah.

Anyway, it sounds like you had a busy time since then. Catch up with me sometime?

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from: allforleyna
date: Apr. 1st, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Hey there! I don't update this thing much lately, but it is useful for keeping in touch with people.

How's everything? You're going to school in Portland, right? My best friend is from there.

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Crow

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from: crowsensei108
date: Apr. 14th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
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That's kind of funny. Practicaly everyone at my school is from everywhere BUT here. Anyway, Portland's just my style. It's big enough to be interesting, and small enough that it doesn't feel like a big huge industrial city, which was what really turned me off about Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. It's also full of trees and parks and fountains, and I even enjoy the rain, because it's watering all the green stuff. After San Diego, I'm a little starved for green. It's spring now, and I still can't get over how EVERYTHING is poking out flowers and stuff. It's my first real-feeling spring since Springfield, really.

Sadly, I'm spending the summer back in San Diego. There's a drought going on there, and I hope the dry doesn't kill me.

My school's cool. I get to start taking classes for my major next semester, and I feel like drooling. This semester wasn't really too bad, though. I got to take 2D and we're making our own books, and Time arts, which got me a little addicted to Muybridge.

So...yeah. You?

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from: allforleyna
date: Apr. 14th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
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See, I would not be annoyed about spending the summer in San Diego. And I'd kind of like to live in Pittsburgh at some point--probably just because I love the writer Michael Chabon, who sets everything in Pittsburgh.

UMich is pretty much the biggest school ever. But the college town around it, Ann Arbor, is a cute quirky hippie city with a lot of art galleries and used bookstores, and I really love it. I'm spending the summer here, working at Borders. It gets awfully cold, but other than that it's a nice place to be. Something like 40% of the people over 25 in Ann Arbor have MAs or PhDs.

I haven't declared yet, but I'm planning to double major in Creative Writing and ACABS (Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies), focusing in Ancient Egypt. Next year I'm taking two semesters of Akkadian, an ancient Mesopotamian language, which means I get to learn cuneiform. For some reason I find this really exciting.

What are you actually majoring in? Would I understand it? And what's the name of your school, anyway?

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 14th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
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My school's called PNCA-- pacific northwest college of art. I've started introducing it as 'the ninja art school', since the Art Institute is only a mile away, AND right next to a trolley stop, so when I tell people I go to the art school, they look blank, and then go, "...The AI?" and I have to explain that no, PNCA, the invisible hidden converted matress factory that is in fact much much cooler than AI. Of course, sometimes people had no idea that Portland HAS art schools.

I don't like the AI much, obviously.

I'm majoring in Illustration. Or at least, I will be. Every time I go to developmental advising I'm like, Can I declare my major yet and start taking specific classes? And they're like no, you're too early, this year is for exploration and deciding if you REALLY, REALLY, SUPER DUPER EXTRA SPECIAL want to take it. I guess a lot of kids go to PNCA without a really clear idea of what they want to do, and then find out in foundation year. Or they originaly wanted photography but decided printmaking was cooler. I don't really care for photography, printmaking, ceramics, or painting, so I still want to be an Illustrator. Ceramics is fun enough, but I couldn't make a living at it. Illustration is basicaly what it sounds like: you get something, and you draw a picture for it. Bonus points if the picture is clever, or funny, or pretty. So like, the work I'll be looking for will be editorials, magazine covers (if I end up really good), maybe posters and ads, books. I really want to illustrate books.

Remember when we were really little and we decided that you would be a famous writer and I would illustrate all of them? Maybe the books will be in Cuniform. The Akkadian Code, or something.

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from: allforleyna
date: Apr. 14th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I'll see if Amy (best friend from Portland) has heard of it.

It seems a little weird that we're both still interested in the things we were interested in when we were seven. I don't think that's true for everyone.

I'm going home to visit my family in a week, and there's this one photograph I want so badly to dig up: it's me, in the house in Springfield, dressed as a pharoah, false beard and all. I've decided that if I can find that picture, I definitely want to make it my author photo for my first book.

And I think a picture book in Akkadian would not find a wide audience. I like the idea, though!

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