I'd like to say "getting married," but as Sarah's my second wife, that wouldn't really work. Getting married and still being happily married after 3 months, that counts? Also, passing my driving test and visiting America. And I discovered Sky+.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don't think I made any. I'm not really terribly big on new year's resolutions. I just make them when I feel like it.
However, this year - I think I'll make the following resolutions:
1.) Lose weight
2.) Save money
3.) Move house
4.) Write a novel
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, not this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, not this year.
5. What countries did you visit?
The USA, specifically Pasadena, for BotCon. That was fun.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Well, September the 19th was pretty significant, for obvious reasons.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
On the not unreasonable grounds that getting married doesn't really count as an achievement per se, I'll say passing my driving test.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not having stuck to any passing attempt at a diet.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
None that I can think of.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Off the top of my head, tickets to last night's Pet Shop Boys concert at the O2, which was just marvellous.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Sarah's, and my friends and family in general.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I've severed ties with most of the people whose behaviour has upset me in the past. Although I occasionally think of them and it gets me down. :o(
14. Where did most of your money go?
Dunno, but I managed to fritter it away.
15. What are you really, really, really excited about?
At some point, when we can find a buyer for Sarah's house in Barking (preferably one who doesn't pull out at the last minute), we'll be moving house.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
It's a toss-up between various songs on Pet Shop Boys' Yes album, and Matt Redman's We shall not be shaken
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier, easily.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, no doubt.
c) richer or poorer? Individually, about the same. Between myself and Sarah, we've spent a fair bit funding the wedding, which we'll have to pay off eventually.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Dieting, writing fic/novels, relaxing at weekends.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Pigging out, spending money on chocolates and crisps.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas Day will be at Bishop's Stortford with Sarah, just the two of us. The plan at the moment involves watching the three Transformers films (TFTM and the two live action ones) during the day, and Doctor Who in the evening. And cooking a turkey crown together. Then we'll be spending Boxing Day with my dad's family in Witham, resting on Sunday 27th, and going to see mum and Malcolm and Antonia & Richard and the kids on the Bank Holiday.
21. What was your favourite month of 2009?
September, for the wedding itself, and also for the minimoon in Swanage, when we were blessed with some lovely weather and had a lovely first week of wedded bliss.
22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
No. I was already in love with Sarah.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favourite TV program?
Hmm. Difficult one, that. Always, historically, Doctor Who, but as there's been so little of it this year...tough call, but I'm torn between Supernatural (although I've not really caught up with season 5), FlashForward (okay, early days, but it's a fascinating programme and I hope to God it doesn't end up being scuppered by network shenanigans), Dollhouse (loved the first season but I've not yet watched the second; speaking of network shenanigans...), V (a pointless remake, IMO, but not at all bad), and Merlin (despite there being room for some sort of ongoing arc but the reset switch keeps being pressed at the end of every darned episode), but really, I think Chuck is my favourite ongoing series. I'm so glad it's been renewed for a third season...
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?
The really bad thing is, I'm struggling to remember any. Unseen Academicals (which I finished recently) wasn't (IMO) the best Pratchett I've ever read, and And Another Thing... is, 100 pages in, rather a disappointment - Eoin Colfer's approach to writing a H2G2 book seems to consist of giving people OOC dialogue (since when does Zaphod refer to Arthur as "Arty"?) and using lots and lots of silly names (which Adams was never immune to, but his silly names had a certain logic to them, as opposed to being just syllables slung together in a way that sounds funny).
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Well, hardly a discovery, but Yes was the first PSB album since Bilingual that I got into straight away - the others since 1996 (Nightlife, Release, and Fundamental were all rather slow burns for me...)
Also, early Beatles, thanks to borrowing my mum's copies of their first five albums and putting them onto CD for her.
28. What did you want and get?
A wonderful wife.
29. What did you want and not get?
I was rather hoping that my mum, having asked what I'd like to do for my birthday, would have picked up on the hint (as she did for Spamalot last year) that I'd really really love to go and see Wicked. Still, looks like we'll be seeing it in the new year.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Dunno. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, whilst not bad - and a definite improvement over the 07 film - wasn't really my cup of tea (give me TFA...), and I can't think of anything else I saw at the cinema. Loved Coraline when I saw it at Becky's, though, so I think I'll say that.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 40, and I spent it having a romantic meal with Sarah.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
On the whole, I think this year's been pretty satisfying as it is. Although it would have been good to have made it to a few more of the Merlin London meets, as well as to Redemption. Hoping that Sarah and I will make it to EasterCon, but who knows?)
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Scruffy chic. (This entry, like a couple of others, remains unchanged since last year. Although I'm not sure about the "chic" part...)
34. What kept you sane?
Sarah. (As does this.)
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Despite her not being with us since 2001, Charlotte Coleman. (As does this. Although Jane Horrocks comes a very close second.)
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay rights. Seriously folks - letting gay (or if we're being pedantically accurate, same-gender) couples marry doesn't threaten "straight" (for which read, opposite-gender) marriage.
37. Who did you miss?
My gran. She died back in April 2007, but every so often I found myself thinking of her and just wishing she could still be with us.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Several folks at Botcon, the wedding, and the various London Merlin meetups.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
That Sky+ is really addictive...
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"That song you sing means everything to me/I'm living in ecstasy/The stars and the sun dance to your drum/And now it's pandemonium". From Pandemonium by Pet Shop Boys.
41. What was your favorite moment of the year?
Getting married, without a doubt. Followed by passing my driving test.
42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Well, there have been some moments of spectacular driverly ineptitude, some on my part (and some on the part of other road users). Like the moment when, having managed to hit a very large branch when I was in Sarah's car, thus creating a hole in the bumper, and the car was in for repair, and I was driving the replacement car and I ran over a fox (it darted out in front of me way too fast for me to actually do anything - although as it never showed up, I suspect it may have survived the impact), causing about £600:00 of damage to the replacement car.
Driving through increasingly heavy snow to last night's Pet Shop Boys gig was also rather unnerving...
43. Where were you when 2009 began?
I think I was in bed. I don't often see in the new year, if I'm honest.
44. Who were you with?
I would have been all on me todlet.
45. Where will you be when 2009 ends?
Again, most likely in bed.
46. Who will you be with when 2009 ends?
47. What was your favourite month of 2009?
September - see previous comments about the wedding. It was also just a very happy month.
48. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2009?
No, but then I don't drink alcohol.
49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2009?
50. How many people did you sleep with in 2009?
And my teddy bear.
51. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
*thinks*. No, not really.
52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2009?
If I find out someone's lied to me, I'll let you know.
53. Did you treat somebody badly in 2009?
I hope not. I try to be nice to people on principle.
54. Did somebody treat you badly in 2009?
There were a couple. Not going into detail.
56. How much money did you spend in 2009?
Pass. A lot.
57. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2009 and change what?
I wouldn't, really. Some things didn't quite go to plan, but heck, compared to previous years 2009 was really positive.
58. What are your plans for 2010?
Move house at some point. Have a housewarming party with lots of the wonderfully geeky folk who helped our wedding go so wonderfully well (multiclassgeek, blazingskies, cath, __wilderness__ and The A, we're looking at you..!) Just generally have a good year, I hope. Oh, and there's the honeymoon to look forward to, as well.