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What did you do in 2010 that you have never done before?

Went to another country for fun, rather than because I was moving there! For my thirtieth birthday I was in Jerusalem and it was wonderful.

Did you keep all of last year's resolutions?

I didn't make any, I never do.

Have you any resolutions for next year?


What countries did you visit?

Israel, Scotland, Wales, England.

What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn't have in 2010?


What date in 2010 will remain etched in your memory?

My birthday, 14th of February, because I was in Jerusalem. Basically the whole ten days we were in Israel - I was home for the first time in 18 years and I did not want to leave.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE, AGAIN. No, it only felt like that. Quite a lot of people had more babies while I'm still waiting for my first. I felt very honoured to be talking to [ profile] ailbhe while she was in the timing-contractions stage of labour. I also felt very honoured that my friend Nicola called me the afternoon she had her second son to say she'd given birth at home that morning.

Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully not and DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, any of you.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I don't know. Doing six cycles of fertility treatment, so roughly a hundred injections, forty dildocam scans and fifty blood tests, and a load of hormone fuckery and not killing anyone.

What was your biggest failure?

Everything? I really don't know. I failed to...convince my brother not to vote Tory.

Did you suffer any illness or injury?

Only the usual. Made worse by all the fertility drugs.

What was the best thing you bought?

The trip to Israel!

Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My sister's, James' (always), that of my friends, who I will not name because I'm bound to forget someone and then there will be upset and woe and I don't want that. Also the cats, they always help.

Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

My mother's and her husband's and my brother's and my brother's wife's.

Where did most of your money go?

Mad luxuries like rent and food and bills. My sister Melissa, because we're supporting her while she does her MA (which, by the way people, she got accepted to do despite not having completed the application - they knew her from when she did her BA and liked her so much that two of her old tutors provided references without her even asking, and the admissions tutor called her to say they wanted to let her know before the official letters went out because they were so happy to have her back. IS MY SISTER NOT MIGHTY IN HER AWESOMENESS).

What did you get really really really excited about?


What have you been listening to in 2010?

A lot of Hadag Nahash.

What was your favourite TV show?

I don't have a telly but I did watch FlashForward and was really disappointed when it got cancelled.

What was the best film you discovered in 2010?

I don't really watch films much, so I have no answer for this.

What is the best book you've read this year?

Pass the Parcel by Delilah des Anges, and no, [ profile] apiphile, I am not just saying that. Had my budget complied with my wishes I would probably be adding more things by Del and also by Melanie Clegg, but in a competition between "awesome books written by my ridiculously talented friends" and "heating oil" I'm afraid the oil wins.

Compared to this time last year are you:
Fatter or thinner?

Fatter, of course, lipoedema would have seen to that even had I not gained a stone and a half in about three weeks thanks to fertility drugs.

Happier or sadder?

Sadder. I'm still stuck living in a country I don't want to live in, I still have no baby and am running out of options, my depression is worse, and I haven't been able to do any painting this year.

Richer or poorer?

In terms of actual income, exactly the same, as I have none of my own. In terms of household income, slightly richer. In terms of household income that gets spent on us, somewhat poorer.

What do you wish you'd done more of?

Being pregnant. Painting. Being in Israel. Sleeping at reasonable hours.

What do you wish you'd done less of?

Failed fertility treatment. Gaining unloseable weight for absolutely fuck-all good reason. Being in bloody Ireland.

Did you fall in love in 2010?

No, I continued to be in love with James, who must be some kind of masochist because he's still with me.

How many one night stands?


Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Not so much hate as loathe. Yes.

What did you want and get?

Another kitten (I got two). Awesome hair. A way for my sister to get the fuck away from my mother and her husband.

What did you want and not get?

Fertility treatment success.

How old were you on your birthday and what did you do to celebrate it?

I was thirty and I spent the day in Jerusalem's Old City, then I had a falafel for dinner :D.

What one thing would have made your year more satisfying?

I sound like a bloody broken record: a viable pregnancy that didn't end horribly

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Bigger. Again.

What kept you sane?

James. Melissa. Internet. Friends. Cats.

Which celebrity did you fancy the most?

I'm not really a celebrity-fancying type but I found John Cho most attractive.

Which political issue stirred you the most?

Oh god, loads, but mainly the way that the Con-Dem government seems absolutely determined to fuck over as many poor and vulnerable people as possible, while creating many new poor and vulnerable people. And the fact that police seem able to do exactly what they like without repercussions, to the extent of threatening a 12-year-old with arrest and implying that he might be attacked by armed police.

Who did you miss?

Almost everyone. I have no friends here but the Richardsons and they live on the other side of the country and we've only

managed to see each other once in the two years we've been here.

Who was the best new person you met?

Met in person or met on the internebs? I met [ profile] ailbhe in person for the first time after knowing her online for a few years, and that was pretty damn fantastic.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year?

Sometimes it is better to be happy than safe.

How will you be spending Christmas?

At home with James and our five cats. We aren't doing presents (more important uses for our money - we've bought for family and that's it) and we aren't even doing a Christmassy meal, because some thieving toerag used James' card so the bank stopped the card and we won't get the new one until after Christmas. It's bloody lucky I keep a lot of food in the house at all times, because we can't buy anything at all. It'll be just like any other weekend for us, except James is on call. BUT THEN Melissa is coming to stay on the 27th and she'll be here until the 8th of January, and that will be very good indeed.

How will you be spending New Year's Eve?

See above re: at home, no money, Melissa.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I can't think of one, and if I could I suspect it'd be hopelessly wanky.

Date: 2010-12-22 11:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ailbhe

Date: 2010-12-23 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cant do anything to alleviate all the real problems and stresses for you I'm afraid.
Instead sending you massive good wishes and hugs for a Very Happy Christmas at home with James and a simply wonderful New Year with your sister as well.
May all your cats be cute and furry, May the big fellow in red not get stuck in your chimney, May a ray of sunshine light up your life, and May all your illnesses abate for a while to leave you happy and contented (if only briefly)

Date: 2010-12-23 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
John Cho is indeed most delectable!

Date: 2010-12-23 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh, it's not like there's a good time to get your card stolen, but right before the holidays definitely isn't it.

It was most awesome to have you coming to visit en-route to your birthday trip :D

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