Has it been a year? Or a nightmare? I’m not sure I have much to record, but what little I have shall be noted.
# What did you do in 2017 that you’ve never done before?
Um. Hmm. Attended job interviews via Skype? That was new. Sometimes disastrous but in some ways less stressful than attending in person. But really this year has been so much more of the same that it’s not even funny.
# Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
As recorded last year, I attempted to ” a) get a job, b) get a home, c) get a life”. I failed on all three accounts. I have slept better…occasionally.
I don’t know if resolutions are the thing when absolutely bloody everything in your life needs resolving. I’m full of good intentions but reluctant to enter into an unsustainable slump of self-enforced deprivation of any kind. I really do think that I should go vegan more often, though. My love of cheese is unjustifiable.
# Did anyone close to you give birth?
Close? No. One of my cousins did but I haven’t seen her in years.
# Did anyone close to you die?
No funerals to attend.
# What countries did you visit?
A couple of brief UK fly-bys for interviews, and courses in Italy and the Netherlands. It was a busy first half of the year.
# What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Last year’s response is still valid: “A home. Some income-generating work. Training opportunities. Meaning.”
# What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Long-term, none. A friend graduated on 2 December but I doubt the date will stay with me forever.
# What’s your biggest achievement of the year?
I mean, define achievement? I was third (?) choice for a job. Nothing to shout from the roof-tops.
# What was your biggest failure?
I’ve failed application after application after application to get a job. Or to identify a job I could get. My whole year has been a failure if you ask society in general.
# Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just a whole lot of neck pain and assorted aches. Laptops are the devil.
# What’s the best thing you bought?
The most used item (daily) has been the activity-tracking watch I got myself as a late graduation present. I also had to by shoes for all occasions because the soles of at least three old pairs chose this year to finally wear through. Got my first Joe Nimbles as well as Five Fingers; have been mostly happy with both.
# Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My mother hasn’t kicked me out yet. There should be a reward.
# Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Once again, just read the news.
# Where did most of your money go?
Shoes and further education (including travel to said education).
# What did you get really, really excited about?
Nothing much. I’ve really made a point of enjoying fairylights this Christmas season.
# What song will always remind you of 2017?
Oh dear. I seem to remember thinking at one point during the year that I’d found the answer to this question, but now I have no idea what it was. I’ll come back if I think of anything.
# Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Richer or poorer? Thinner or fatter?
- Possibly sadder. Or more resigned to sadness.
- About the same or a little poorer.
- Haven’t noticed any difference beyond my normal fluctuation.
# What do you wish you’d done more of?
Everything? I mean, it’s been such a non-year of nothingness.
# What do you wish you’d done less of?
I developed a new game addiction: Fishdom. I probably (definitely) could have spent less time staring at and poking a screen.
# How did you spend Christmas?
With Mum and, briefly, my brother. I made a monstrous amount of salad with broccoli, avocado and blood oranges.
# Did you fall in love in 2017?
Just with the idea of getting a cat.
# What was your favourite TV program?
I had a couple of Netflix binges: Grace & Frankie, Elementary, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Also enjoyed some Brooklyn 99. Plus the usual suspects. Doctor Who had rather a good season. Oh, and I developed a strange attachment to Master Chef Australia and Love It Or List It Vancouver. Wow, that’s a lot more telly than in previous years.
# Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
# What was the best book you read?
Apparently I have stopped reading. I finished one book and even forgot about that one until I checked my list just now. It was Barbara Pym’s An Unsuitable Attachment and if you like Pym, you’ll like it well enough.
# What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I hate, detest, despise, abhor a song that plays in an advertisement on TV every bloody time I open it and then over and over again during every commercial break. I won’t link to it because I can’t bear the thought of hearing it of my own volition.
# What did you want and get?
Some soft new sheets for Christmas.
# What did you want and not get?
# What was your favourite film of this year?
There’s a good few I haven’t managed to even see yet. I rather enjoyed Mr Gaga that only came to the cinema this year in Finland.
# What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I mostly worked on a translation. Had French toast for breakfast and lasagna for lunch. A long walk in the woods and sauna in the evening.
# What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Privacy. I need alone time like I need food. (Not like I need air – not all the time. But fairly regularly. I’m starving.)
# How would you describe your personal fashion concept for 2017?
Extreme Casual. It’s a thing. Trust me.
# What kept you sane?
Bloody-mindedness, if anything.
# What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well, I found certain Swedish actors in 1950s’ gear aesthetically rather pleasing.
# What political issue stirred you the most?
It’s been an interesting year to be unemployed. Next year will, no doubt, be even more interesting. Other than that, environment, equality, all that jazz.
# Who did you miss?
# Who was the best new person you met?
I met some nice movement folks…but I haven’t managed to stay in touch, exactly.
# Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
I need alone-time to function as a human being. Not enough and I get nothing done.
You know how “things can only get better”? I want to think so but I worry about the alternative.