David Brider (davidbrider) wrote,
David Brider

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The year in questions meme gacked from little_rainbow

1.What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Started learning to drive, reading the Harry Potter books, going to conventions that were more fun than just a few celebrities and autograph queues, going on a fairly regular basis to TV and radio show recordings (I'd been to a few of the former before, but this year it's started to become a habit...), taking anti-depressants, and taking driving lessons. And coming out as bisexual

2.Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Haven't really kept them, but this year's will be more of the same.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not this year, but Claire & Nick's firstborn is due at the end of March.

4.Did anyone close to you die?
My grandmother and Sarah's dad, and Rob Frost.

5.What countries did you visit?
Still in England at the moment, but the trip to Thailand starts in just over a week.

6.What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Better time management skills.

7.What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I think, all things considered, Saturday 15th December, as apart from being a fun day in its own right, it was the day that Sarah and I finally decided to set a wedding date.

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I think taking the anti-depressants and reaching the point where I felt confident enough to start talking with Sarah in terms of a date for the wedding.

9.What was your biggest failure?
Not making it to Oasis (my church) anywhere near often enough.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well, my depression hit a new low in June, and has been up and down since. Apart from that, no - the occasional sore throat that threatened to be, but never became, a full-blown cold, the odd headache here and there, but that's about it. No gout flare-ups either. Touch wood.

11.What was the best thing you bought?
Erm...dunno. I think possibly the Sectus registration, because that weekend was such a blast and introduced me to a load of really wonderful people.

12.Whose behavior merited celebration?
Sarah, of course - eternally patient with me, full of love and wisdom. My parents, who have been consistently wonderful. Many wonderful folks on my Flist who've been seriously wonderful at times of need, and words cannot express my undying love and gratitude to you.

13.Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I think there are two people in particular, both of whom are on my Flist still but I'm not on theirs but even so I'm mentioning no names, who have, in their own ways, treated me like dirt for no particularly good reason. Should they happen to be reading this: it's not big, it's not clever, grow up.

14.Where did most of your money go?
God knows.

15.What events did you get really, really, really excited about?
Sectus (attending). My wedding (date set, preparation still to do). Lots of other stuff, but those are the two that really stand out.

16.What song will always remind you of 2007?
The worship song The King of Love, and Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs.

17.Compared to this time last year, are you:
i.happier or sadder? Probably sadder, but happier than when I started on the anti-deps.
ii.thinner or fatter? Fatter, I suspect.
iii.richer or poorer? Poorer.

18.What do you wish you'd done more of?
Making it to Oasis of a Sunday morning. Spending more time in prayer and Bible study. And tidying up.

19.What do you wish you'd done less of?
Having inappropriate crushes and eating food wot is bad for me (see 17ii).

20.How will you be spending Christmas?
With Sarah at Claire & Nick's, also joined by Rita, and Sarah's aunt Alice.

21.Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Probably Sarah - we try to speak most evenings.

22.Did you fall in love in 2007?
Apart from inappropriate crushes, no. Well, I fell more and more in love with Sarah.

23. How many one-night stands?
*ahem* How many do you think? (None, for the record, as I'm not That Type.)

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who, obviously, but I totally fell for Heroes as well. And Supernatural too.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate people.

26. What was the best book you read?
I haven't read much since finishing the Harry Potter books in June. All things considered, I think I'd probably say one of them, but I'm not sure which - maybe just the whole series.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery or rediscovery?
Rediscovery, probably - transferring loads of my 12" vinyl to mp3, particularly Pet Shop Boys stuff, has helped me to fall in love with loads of the old stuff again (although I still think that some of the early '90s PSB remixes stank, mentioning no names but hello Liberation (E-Smoove mixes).

28. What did you want and get?
To love and be loved.

29. What did you want and not get?
To save money and get out of my overdraft, and to get up to date with my diary. And to tidy and clean the house.

30. What were your favorite films of this year?
Not seen many, but The Golden Compass rocked.

31.What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
That was, um, yesterday. Spent the day at work, came home late to find Tim had given me a present of Doctor Who Robot on DVD, and watched Spooks and some of series 2 of Heroes in which Milo Ventimiglia got naked and wet. Thanks. Nice birthday present. *g*

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Vis-a-vis question 13, I think if one of the people in particular had been a bit more reasonable and level-headed it could have saved me a lot of emotional sh*t.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
I want to say smart casual, but it's very much on the "casual" end of that spectrum, veering towards "scruffy".

34. What kept you sane?
Sarah. God. The Flist.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most/least?
Most: Milo Ventimiglia; Jared Padelacki; David Tennant; John Simm; Freema Agyeman; Kirsten Dunst; Charlotte Coleman, Jane Horrocks and Jodie Foster, of course, but they'll always be on my "most fancied" list. Least? I dunno, I tend not to think about that.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I guess homophobia, and particularly the more right-wing elements of American politics. Anything the Daily Mail disapproves of, I support, and vice versa - that's my usual political barometer.

37. Whom did you miss?
After she died, my gran. She's been a major part of my life, and there's a little chunk of it that seems so empty now - even thinking of Christmas shopping, and realising that I won't have to get her a box of Terry's All Gold Dark any more, just feels wrong.

38. Who were the best new people you met?
The t00bs and loads of folks through Sectus. I don't really want to choose any from them - they're all wonderful.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Cynical as it may seem: be careful who you trust.

40. What are your plans for 2008?:
Nothing really massive. Tidy and clean the house and keep it tidied and cleaned. Get up to date with my diary. Save money and get out of my overdraft. I'm tentatively going to America with Sarah in April, and I'm hoping to make it to BiCon and Connotations. Oh, and it'd be nice to make it with Sarah up to Yorkshire as there are a few Flisters up there whom I'd like to meet (either again or for the first time). More than that...nothing is planned for definite, so it's just a case of wait and see what life brings with it.


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