The Year In Review – Part 3

By December 28, 2004memories, year in review

I filled this questionnaire out last year, too!

What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? Signed a lease

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept a lot of them and I will definitely make more

Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes – Lauren gave birth to Caelin in October

Did anyone close to you die? No

What countries did you visit? A lot of this one

What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? A new boyfriend (a nice one!)

What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory? August 18th

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing an 8K race in under 50 minutes

What was your biggest failure? Not getting into Navy OCS

Did you suffer illness or injury? A few bruises, a burn on my arm over the summer, and I was sick for Christmas with a bad cough

What was the best thing you bought? Diesel jeans

Whose behavior merited celebration? My parents for helping me move all over the damn country

Where did most of your money go? Clothes

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Driving cross-country to Las Vegas, moving into my new apartment in Virginia Beach

What song will always remind you of 2004? Everything Sucks When You’re Gone – MxPx

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier

Thinner or fatter? Thinner

Richer or poorer? Poorer

What do you wish you’d done more of? Flirting

What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying

How will you be spending Christmas? I flew home on Christmas Eve and hung out with my cousin Joelle all afternoon.  I went to my grandmother’s for dinner and presents.  I was sick on Christmas Day.  I watched movies and changed the layout of my LiveJournal and talked to Rich and Robbie on the phone for a little while.

Did you fall in love in 2004? No

How many one-night stands? 1? 2 maybe? Nothing major happened, so I don’t know if they count.

Who were your best friends? Rob, Kristy, my little cousins, Andrea, Robbie, and Allison

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? Donated nine garbage bags full of clothes to DYFS in Asbury Park, volunteered for the USO

What was your favorite TV program? American Dreams, JAG, The OC, Las Vegas, NCIS

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No

What was the best book you read? Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

What was your greatest musical discovery? Death Cab For Cutie

What did you want and get? A digital camera, a laptop, a job

What did you want and not get? A trip to Hawaii

What was your favorite film of this year? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 23, went to the Fashion Show Mall, got my hair cut at Toxicity, ate dinner at the Claim Jumper in Vegas w/my parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins, and won a little money playing blackjack at the Gold Coast

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Making out with [someone whose name I removed years after posting this] (yes, this is a joke)

What kept you sane? Running and beer

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Catherine Bell, Kate Bosworth

What political issue stirred you the most? I hate political issues

Who did you miss? Mike (but then I got over it) and my little cousins after I left Vegas

Who was the best new person you met this year? Robbie Roommate and Allison

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:  Everything happens for a reason.

Quote that sums up your year:  Here’s my favorite at the moment: “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!  The world forgetting, by the world forgot.  Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!  Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.” ~Alexander Pope

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  • Anonymous says:

    I think I have to post this in two parts. So here is part one:
    What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? I left the country.
    Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept most of them, I think. And yes.
    Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.
    Did anyone close to you die? Nope.
    What countries did you visit? Just Japan.
    What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? Direction.
    What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory? April 9th, I think.
    What was your biggest achievement of the year? Selling my car felt pretty good, for some reason.
    What was your biggest failure? Not making better use of ALL THE FREE TIME I had in Virginia.
    Did you suffer illness or injury? Nah.
    What was the best thing you bought? My old roommate and I each bought a really comfortable, and pretty expensive, jock strap from the sporting goods store at Henderson Hall in the spring. It’s one of the only things I bought this year that made the trip out here to Japan with me. So that, I guess.
    Whose behavior merited celebration? I think there comes a time in every person’s life when he must toot his own personal horn, and I’ve got to say that I think my decision to come out here — although very stupid — was gutsy and commendable. My roommate’s decision to go to MSG School was just stupid.
    Where did most of your money go? Ultimately, I’d like to think that it went toward supporting some noble socioeconomic venture, like hunger or Celebrity Mole Hawaii.
    What did you get really, really, really excited about? It was pretty awesome when my grandparents paid off my car. And I remember being pretty excited when I found out that Jamie and I were going to be home at the same time. (I know; I’m pretty boring.)
    What song will always remind you of 2004? I don’t know about a memorable song, but I’m pretty sure that 2004 birthed at least one artist that just about every red-blooded American will be talking about for many, many years to come. That artist is: Lil’ Flip.
    Compared to this time last year, are you:
    Happier or sadder? Happier.
    Thinner or fatter? Thinner.
    Richer or poorer? Richer.
    I think I aced all of those, at least!
    What do you wish you’d done more of? Reading.
    What do you wish you’d done less of? Cleaning. (We clean stuff WAY TOO MUCH in the military.)
    How will you be spending Christmas? I had a pretty nice Christmas. I called my dad’s cell phone while my parents were at the family Christmas party, and I got passed around to most of my relatives, including Uncle Albert, who was able to make the trip out from Wyoming and spend Christmas with the family this year. I ate breakfast with my neighbor, PFC Salazar, and flashed him while he was talking to his mom in the next phone booth. I went on an hour-or-so-long run (probably about 6 or 7 miles), and I called Lisa and aggravated her upper-respiratory system for about 45 minutes.
    Did you fall in love in 2004? I don’t think so.
    How many one-night stands? Har!
    Who were your best friends? Kyzer.

    • Anonymous says:

      And here’s part two:
      What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? I volunteered a lot in Virginia, especially with the Arlington Food Assistance Center. I hope I had a positive effect.
      What was your favorite TV program? I didn’t follow any TV shows in 2004, but lately I’ve been pretty faithful to The West Wing.
      Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No.
      What was the best book you read? I really liked Catch-22. (I read it after Lisa put those couple of passages from it in her journal. I never read it, or anything else for that matter, in high school.)
      What was your greatest musical discovery? Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch. And Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus.
      What did you want and get? Orders to Okinawa.
      What did you want and not get? Orders to Iraq.
      What was your favorite film of this year? Mel Gibson’s movie was amazing, of course. I liked DodgeBall and Van Helsing, too.
      What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Nothing special. I was home on leave prior to coming here. It was a rainy day, I think. I probably went to the beach in the morning. I turned 20.
      What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More satisfying? Ehhh . . . I didn’t kiss ANYBODY in 2004, and I kinda wanted to kiss one or two people at certain times. But then again, I don’t really think I was ever even in a situation that could have warranted a kiss. So, first, I guess being in one of those situations, and then second, the kiss.
      What kept you sane? I really got into running when I was feeling stressed out.
      Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I fancied Kate Beckinsale’s figure in Van Helsing.
      What political issue stirred you the most? The gay-marriage thing kind of annoyed me. But I got over it as soon as I realized that people like Britney Spears and Mike Tyson were in heterosexual relationships.
      Who did you miss? Jamie, and Kyzer.
      Who was the best new person you met this year? CWO B. I met him before this year, but it wasn’t until this year that I really got to know him.
      Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: Oh boy . . . Well, I guess the obvious is the “be careful what you wish for” thing.
      Quote that sums up your year: I’m not sure about this one either, but one of my favorite quotes, that I’m sure I’ll always remember, is when Kyzer and I used to wake up on any day of the week, and he’d walk over to the window and pull open one of the curtains just a little and then look outside and look back at me and say, “Hicks . . . Just another day in paradise.”

  • i watched eternal sunshine for the first time yesterday…what an awesome movie!

  • Anonymous says:

    Actually, the driving cross country and back again were probably my favorite times this year. What a beautiful country. Of course, being on the road with Lisa made it lots of fun, too! We stopped to take a picture of Lisa with a tumbleweed in New Mexico and we thought the transmission was broken when the Malibu couldn’t get past 45 mph at 9000 feet above sea level in Colorado! Good times!

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