2009 In Review

2009 in Review

A heads up: I started this post before giftmas and coming back to finish it found I had to change it. A lot. Prior to giftmas day, 2009 was the best year of my life. I met so many amazing people, had the best fun, started my own business, had fun blogging, and was very much in love. Unfortunately giftmas day saw my Grandads health take a nose dive, boxing day saw him pass away, and the 27th left me alone for the first time since I was 15 when Sol decided to leave me because I want to get married and he doesn’t. Yeah. Lame.

  1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
    Chose to rock a fringe, worked for myself, sold jewellery, travelled overseas with friends, got a tattoo. Yay, yay, and yay.
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    My 101 in 1001 list started on the 1st of January and I’ve managed to tick quite a few things off it. Including the one that was most important to me at the start of the year – quitting my job.
    There will be many more for next year. Including sorting out my relationship/lack of relationship and learning to be strong and happy however the situation turns out.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Benhi had beautiful little Abigail on the 26th of November
    Shonali had cuteness Charlie in August
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    Yes :[ My very sick Grandad died on Boxing Day. I got to see him one last time on Christmas day and it was horrible to see him so frail and in pain.
  5. What countries did you visit?
    Australia (Gold Coast)
  6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
    A kitty, a thriving business that pays my bills, a DSLR camera.
  7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    May – Trip to Oz
    June 3 – Last day of work at Standards
    November 26 – Abby is born
    December 26 – Grandad Dies
    December 27 – Sol leaves me
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Quitting my sucky job to work for myself.
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    Not working hard enough on my relationship, losing control of the situation, becoming financially dependant.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Usual colitis symptoms, broken heart.
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    Tattoos, trip to Oz, 3 pairs of prescription glasses.
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    All of my new twitter friends – For being awesome and helping me have some fun
    My family – For looking after me and giving me space when I need it when it feels like my world is falling apart
    All the people that have tried to keep me distracted this past week
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Sol’s, all the people that want to be able to beat their kids legally, all the haters that think gay people and atheists don’t deserve the same rights as them.
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    Food. Always. May seem like a waste but it is one of my favourite things in the world.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Leaving my job, seeing my family, holidaying.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
    Anything by Sonata Arctica, or from Glee.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    • Happier or sadder?
    • Thinner or fatter?
      Potentially fatter, but definitely more comfortable with my body.
    • Richer or poorer?
      I have more money in my savings account, but less regular income.
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Cleaning, writing.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Wasting time online unnecessarily.
  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    I spent the morning at Mums opening presents before getting a call to say Grandad had taken a turn for the worst and wouldn’t be able to spend the day out of hospital after all.
    Followed by food.
    Followed by a trip to the hospital to see my Dad’s side of the family and Grandad looking frail and struggling for breath.
    Night time was spent getting drunk at my Aunties house across the road from Mum’s. Siblings, cousins, Mum, Step Dad, Aunty and Uncle did a good job of distracting me from Grandads expected passing by singing, dancing, and laughing.
    4.30am bought a phone call from Dad’s wife to say Grandad had passed.
  21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
    I fall in love/obsession with things all the time, so yes. Most recently it’s been Alan Rickman/Severus Snape, Emma Watson, Harry Potter (the stories not the boy), Glee, and Sonata Arctica. I stayed very much in love with Sol.
  22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Glee, House, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, True Blood, Dexter, Shortland Street. Don’t make me choose.
  23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    I hate NZ Post. Does that count?
  24. What was the best book you read?
  25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Sonata Arctica. I heard them last year but listened to everything and became obsessed this year!
  26. What did you want and get?
    Some wholesale orders, awesome new friends, laser cutter, new job, tattoos.
  27. What did you want and not get?
    A proper commitment from Sol
  28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Inglourious Basterds, though I watched Love Actually most.
  29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 24 and celebrated with dinner and drinks at Japanese Restaurant Arashi. Then I got to meet Laura, Stacey, and Sarah from twitter at Hooch. I love those ladies!
  30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Getting engaged. Or even not being dumped, I would settle for that.
  31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
    “I don’t give a fuck how you expect me to dress”
    It involves a lot of t shirts, sneakers, tights, and skirts.
  32. What kept you sane?
  33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Severus Snape. lol.
  34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Religion in government, homophobia in society. The usual stuff.
  35. Who did you miss?
    My mum. And I’ve missed Sol for a couple of days now.
  36. Who was the best new person you met?
    I can’t just choose one! Everyone from twitter I now see regularly. You have made the last few months amazing – Jo, Stacey, Laura, Amie, Lisa.
  37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009
    No matter how much love someone they can still be an absolute dickhead and abandon you right when you really need them.
    Or how about – you don’t have to work in a job you hate.
    Or maybe – good friends are worth their weight in gold.
  38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it”

If I haven’t mentioned you by name it’s not that I don’t love and appreciate you, it’s that I have a pretty terrible memory unless things are written down. If you’re reading this I love you too!

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  1. I’m sorry you had your heart broken. I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened this time last year for me (end result = broken heart as a start to the new year). It’s tough, but you’ll find yourself catapulted into places you never could have expected. I hope you enjoy your new years and are able to smile.

  2. Delurking to send you e-hugs and comfort during this terrible time. My 2009 has ended on a bad note as well (but career-wise, at the opposite end of the spectrum to your troubles) – but at least we can look back at what we’ve learned and earned from both the good and the bad of ’09, and take strength from those things to make next year the best one yet… :)


  3. My year ended on a shit note too, but your last answer made me laugh out loud! I hope you can laugh through the pain – it’s the only thing that will get you through!

  4. I’m sorry your year has ended so badly! We’ve had a not so great rest of the year, but it’s been looking up lately. I wish you were closer, I’d totally bake you cookies and bring over my kitty (Giles LOOOOVES to snuggle. he is the snugglinest cat ever).

    <3 Keep you chin up dear!!

  5. I think you’ve done a fantastic job at everything! Your blog is in my top three, I <3 your tweets and I think you're one of those people that grabs life by the balls.

    Email me if you need a hug across the pond. Or if you want an exotic getaway to the political hotspot of the States, ha ha.

    P.S Love this questionnaire, may I steal it for LF?

  6. Bah. Just deleted comment.

    I think this year has been amazing for you. You’re in my top three fave blogs of all time. Your jewellery rocks and I love your honesty in your writing.

    Send me an email over the pond or let me know if you want an exotic holiday to the political hot spot of the States. lol.


    P.S Love the questionnaire, may I steal it for LF?

  7. Hey Miss

    Thinking of you and your family during this tough time.


    Hope things are looking brighter for you and all the yucky horrible feelings have floated away, 2010 gal – New year, new life, new experiences – Very exicited for you :)

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss, and that a a great year ended so badly. Sending love and wishes that from these endings come amazing new beginnings. The new year is young and promise still abounds!

    “The bravest sight in the world is to see a great [wo]man struggling against adversity.” (Seneca)

  9. Hey sorry to hear the sad news and the bad news.
    Get the feeling from your blog you are a pretty strong & resourceful chick though.
    You’ll get through the tough bits.
    hugs from Oz

  10. Oh crap. :( You’re probably sick of HUGS by now, but I’m sending a HUUUUGE cyber hug to you right now anyway! *HUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGS*

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss to you and your family, and the shitty behaviour of your boyf. I’m shocked. I know there is nothing I can say or do to ease the pain, but do know I’m thinking of you, and sending healing vibes your way girl <3
    May your year improve radically from now, and your business KICK ASS !

  11. i’m so angry at Sol for hurting you. especially at this time of year and even more so because of your grandpa. Brings back painful memories of my ex leaving me a few years ago in december too.

    Wish i could give you more than words. May 2010 bring you the best joy ever ever ever! xxx

  12. Coming out of lurkdom to say big, big hugs. I love coming here. Your site is so inspiring and uplifting to me. I wish I could do or say something to make you feel better right now. =(

  13. You had a huge year – ups and downs. Your still standing a strong and brilliant woman – Big props to you and I admire you so much (just wanted to let you know :))

  14. Sweetheart I’m so sorry the end of the year turned out to be so crap. I hope the beginning of 2010 brings happier times and you have an absolutely wonderful year

  15. Aww doll! You’re a tough cookie and I hope things work out for the best <3 these times are character building and they will strengthen you, even though you might feel weak right now you will be happy again and you deserve to be. I'm so sorry about how the year ended. Big hugs. If you ever want to have a coffee or bitch about boys or go for walk or just get out of the house or ANYTHING hit me up. I'm in Lyall Bay x

  16. OK that was kind of a test. Here’s another comment then. The original has been LOST!

    It went something like.. you’re a tough cookie and these tough times are character building. I’m so sorry the end of year ended so badly for you! I’m glad you got some time with your Grandad before he passed. Still, it’s never a nice topic *tear*.

    Let me know if you ever want to go out grab a coffee, bitch about boys, go for a walk or just get out of the house. I’m in Lyall Bay x

  17. I’m sorry I’m only reading this now. My heart breaks for you, I know 2009 did not end well for you at all – I can’t even feeling all those emotions in just a few days. I know 2010 has good things in store for you, I just hope it hurries up and gives them to you already.

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