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Last year
Sunday 6th January 2013 7:23 pm

I was thinking I should post some kind of round up of last year and resolutions for this year, but I can't remember much and don't have any in that order.

What I do remember about last year was being dizzy - and my progress on getting better is so slow that you can only compare it from one year to another. Last year started getting weird because instead of having good weeks and bad weeks I was mostly ok most of the time, except for a few times when I was so bad I was off work. Which started the second day back after Christmas, so I'm winning on that so far. This year I'd quite like the being mostly ok most of the time without the being really bad. Redemption will be interesting because I can compare how I felt to two years ago and see if I've made any progress - it will be my fourth anniversary of being dizzy.

There was one good thing I started doing last year and that was to write a to-do list of things I needed to do, rather than remember them. I've tried this in the past with all sorts of fancy websites and software, but they were always such a pain and involved having my computer on at the time. It turns out that what worked really well for me was a piece of paper. I could see really easily what I needed to and cross it off once I'd done it. I can't write deadlines into it or if I can't start it yet, but I can remember that much. So that I will carry on doing this year.


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End of year meme
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2008 year in review meme
Wednesday 31st December 2008 2:24 pm

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2007 review
Monday 31st December 2007 11:48 am

2007 Year in Review Meme
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2006 Review
Saturday 30th December 2006 10:27 pm

While I'm not too busy, a review of 2006:
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2005 Review
Sunday 1st January 2006 6:32 pm

Happy New Year to everyone reading this. May your 2006 be better than your 2005. Which probably won't be hard in my case.

Onto the review of 2005 and my new years resolutions from last year.
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New Year
Sunday 2nd January 2005 1:56 pm

A multi-part post. It's quite long, so it's interspersed with livejournal to make my life a bit easier.

Firstly, the New Years Resolutions.

2004 Resolutions

2005 Resolutions

Taggart

New Year

On an entirely different note, I have discovered how to make my friends pages have no cut tags (as long as I'm logged in). It makes other peoples friends pages do the same thing and it's great! I don't read my friends page very often, but I do read other peoples (mainly because I can't quite be bothered to put them on my list) but it means I can actually read them!

I'm writing this in Semagic, which is great (I especially like the quick links thing) but I'm still going to have to put it into Blogger to spell check it, send it to lj, then change the links from cut-tags to actually links.

Oh, and happy new year everyone - may your 2005 be better than your 2004.


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New Years Resolutions
Monday 9th August 2004 9:06 pm

I thought I would re-visit my new year's resolutions and see how they were going. Admittedly, I pretty much came up with them on the spur of the moment and haven't looked at them since. I was planning to do this a month ago, then it really would be the middle of the year but I forgot. Plus I didn't have July on my calendar (it was Denethor, so I had June twice instead).

Make sure 2004 is better than 2003 by:

Not sure yet - that's something I will decide at the end of the year

a. Keeping in contact with my friends - specially the ones I haven't seen for a while

Yes! I have done this one. Not enough but it really is as easy as just sending an e-mail, talking about meeting up etc.

b. Getting pissed more often

Don't think I've managed it this year actually. I know I was planning to at SG7 and Conference and didn't. I will definitely be getting pissed at SG8 though, since I have more time to recover.

c. Going out more often

Yes. I think. Pretty much courtesy of Rotaract.

d. Getting more snogs and generally flirting more often (see b and c)

No. Nothing at all, in fact. Possibly due to lack of alcohol.

e. Going to Tae Kwon Do at least once a week (I would say more often but that's the same thing at this stage)

Well, it's only on once a week at the moment. It didn't work so well back when I was too busy to do anything at all except work, then too ill to do anything. I'm quite annoyed that I managed to do my knee in just before a grading as well because I've been a yellow belt since June last year.

I'll add a sub-section to e - make green tag by the end of the year (which requires part e and me reading the book)

f. Going to fencing at least once a month

No. Although since dad told me I could have his car when he retires in two and a bit years I've pretty much given up on it until then. I've played tennis though instead.

g. Learning grammar - and more importantly how to apply it

I read Eats, Shoots and Leaves, so that probably counts. Might need to re-read it though.

g. Learning how to beta read

Yes! Well, ish. Courtesy of the 'Try Before You Buy' Forum at HASA. Soon as someone posts something else that interests me (or at least that I know something about) I'll have another go.

h. Learning french

Er, that would be another no. Since I'm going to Australia next year and will be needing driving lessons in 2006, I'm not going there for a bit anyway.

i. Keeping my computer tidy (already failed)

It's not bad. Although probably more due to my external hard drive failing than anything else.

I'll add a sub-section to this - back-up - little and often.

j. Making more time to play computer games

Yes. I'm still stuck right near the start of Fellowship but I have been playing some Civ 3. Only trouble is I lose track of time and end up playing all night. Which is fine if I have all night.

k. Seeing more films (even if they're last years I haven't got round to watching yet and involve going to the video shop for)

Yes. I think the only film I missed so far I'll have to go to the video shop for is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although I didn't decide I wanted to see it until they were taking it off. I did manage to see some films I'd missed a few years ago as well.

l. Booking trip to Australia

Well, I've booked the time off at work. I'll be booking the flights in the autumn when it is apparently cheaper.

I'll add another section - m. Learn guitar. I passed a guitar shop on the way to the doctors a while ago and discovered they do lessons. I'm just waiting for the new term to start in September. I've never played a string instrument before, so it'll be a new experience.

In summary, that's not bad. Except for the things that are quite pitifully never going to happen this year. And in the case of some of them, not ever.


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New Years Resolutions
Friday 9th January 2004 6:06 pm

Since everyone was talking about it at work today here are my New Years Resolutions: (technically I only have one but then I have ways to apply it)

Make sure 2004 is better than 2003 by:

a. Keeping in contact with my friends - specially the ones I haven't seen for a while

b. Getting pissed more often

c. Going out more often

d. Getting more snogs and generally flirting more often (see b and c)

e. Going to Tae Kwon Do at least once a week (I would say more often but that's the same thing at this stage)

f. Going to fencing at least once a month

g. Learning grammar - and more importantly how to apply it

g. Learning how to beta read

h. Learning french

i. Keeping my computer tidy (already failed)

j. Making more time to play computer games

k. Seeing more films (even if they're last years I haven't got round to watching yet and involve going to the video shop for)

l. Booking trip to Australia


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Writing meme
Monday 5th January 2004 8:18 pm

I read this in someone's journal a while ago and only just now realised I have answers to these questions!

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?

Definitely more. I think I wrote more in 2003 than I wrote ever. I'm still trying to decide whether to polish some of it or leave it along though.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2003?

Fandom - Lord of the Rings. I mean, where did that one come from? It's not a pairing, but Elrond and Aragorn. Before Aragorn opened the doors I practically had no idea who he was. He wasn't important in the books after all - he played no factor in the relationship between Frodo and Sam which is what the thing is all about after all. I should have read the Tale of A&A earlier. I can never resist the chance for a good dysfuctional family.

Also, writing some TPM, even if it only was a few drabbles for TPM100. I enjoyed getting back into Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan (not literally, take your mind out of the gutter).

I suppose technically I managed to write John/D'Argo (Farscape) and Daniel/Jonas (Stargate) as well.

What's your favourite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest.

I do have a soft spot for Servants because I had to create my own characters for that, which was both hard and fun.

Poetry-wise there's the one I wrote for fileg's birthday. It's not going outside of HASA but it was the first Faramir I'd written and the first terzanelle. I sweated blood over it but enjoyed every minute. I'm less worried about whether it was good - it fits the form and that's enough for me at the moment.

Did you take any writing risks this year? (See above for unexpected pairings, etc.) What did you learn from them?

I wrote poetry. I mean real stuff, not just limericks. And I liked it. *waves to fileg* It's all your fault, you know 🙂

Do you have any fanfic or pro-fic goals for the New Year?

I actually haven't attempted any poetry for a while. I'd like to write more for the drabble communities, especially TPM100. I'd like to write one of the long things currently in my head. I'd like to get back into Farscape. But if all I do is improve I'll be happy.

I have to say something about two lj communities I discovered recently but thought I wouldn't be that interested in. ewan_daily and orlando_daily. There I am, reading through my friends page and scattered through are pictures of good-looking blokes! To be fair, it does need adsl (I can read a whole page before the pictures load on dial-up). But still. These are pictures of Ewan McGregor and Orlando Bloom here. What more could you ask for? (Blogger to save my draft posts would be nice though)


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Happy New Year
Wednesday 31st December 2003 11:50 am

Just a quick post to say Happy New Year to everyone. It seems so close all of a sudden - or is that just because I seem to know quite a few Aussies? My news years resolution is to make 2004 better than 2003 and also to make sure I stay in contact with friends I haven't spoken to/e-mailed for ages.

For tonight though, I hoping for: a) lots of alcohol and b) some good-looking blokes. I'm taking a, so that's fine. b may well depend on how much of a I drink 🙂


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