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2013 year-end summary
I decided to make a year-end post out of a Tumblr askmeme I reblogged!
1: What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Bought hip-hop albums, and more generally got into current hip-hop and pop music. I’d sort of been trying to make myself like hip-hop for years and I’m pretty sure that what happened is that I had to train my ear to appreciate the genre, that took time, and I kept giving up before I was done, but this summer it finally took. And I’m extremely glad because dance music and music that centers unashamed pride were two pretty essential needs for my
survival living at home this summer.
2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make new year's resolutions, and I normally don't.
3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
4: Did anyone close to you die?
5: What countries did you visit?
Canada, for Farthing Party.
6: What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A jooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooob
or a fellowship that would also work
7: What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There’s really no dates as in numbers I’ll remember. But I’ll always remember both performances of Sundown.
8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The week at the end of the spring semester when I finished my two junior papers and launched a very successful Kickstarter.
9: What was your biggest failure?
The general lack of doing things this summer.
10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
I certainly had plenty of colds and minor injuries, as I pretty much always do. I'm pretty sure I worsened my back significantly, but I'm not sure whether that counts as "injury".
11: What was the best thing you bought?
Pink hair dye.
12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
cosmicharuspex and heardofamiracle (neither of whom uses LJ much so they won't see me praising them :P). I have a lot of really lovely friends who have helped me in a lot of ways, but it's these two who really keep me whole.
13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?
The acquaintance who I finally decided to no longer speak to this winter.
14: Where did most of your money go?
Exploring femininity. It is kind of expensive. :<
15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Pacific Rim!
16: What song will always remind you of 2013?
Any of the songs on Sundown obviously will make me think of the process of rehearsing/performing/recording/etc. Also probably Summertime Sadness since it was this summer that I heard that song/realized that this thing where I feel depressed in the summer is a pattern. I encountered a lot more music this year that I like a lot better but I’m pretty sure I’m going to continue listening to all of that and form new associations with it all.
17: Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
(a): I think I'm sadder now than I was last year, because instead of having just finished a hard but successful semester in which I started to really understand how to approach theory, I've finished an exhausting semester in which I did too much and I'm looking forward to graduating with a lot of dread. But I don't think the difference in day-to-day emotional state is actually huge.
(b) About the same, physically? Maybe slightly heavier? I honestly don't know.
(c) Definitely poorer.
18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
Panicking about the future.
20: How did you spend Christmas?
At home with my immediate family, and also with visiting extended family who I hadn't seen in ages but ended up to like quite a bit.
21: Did you fall in love in 2013?
Not with anyone I wasn't already in love with.
22: What was your favourite TV program?
Either Adventure Time or Gravity Falls, hard to say.
23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
24: What was the best book you read?
I’ll go with Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? by Seo-Young Chu, an incredible work of sf theory that is forming a linchpin of my thesis.
25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
Kanye West.
26: What did you want and get?
Love from my friends and family. Physical safety. General physical health. Anxiety medication.
27: What did you want and not get?
Anxiety medication without objectionable side effects. Security about my future.
28: What was your favourite film of this year?
Pacific Rim, you guys!
29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Anxiety medication! Because it is hard to feel satisfied when you are always convinced that you're failing.
30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
I want to be a shiny colorful elegant creature. I want to look obviously unreal as often as possible.
31: What kept you sane?
Music and femme aesthetics that made me feel like a badass. Also, I mean, not to harp on this, but anxiety medication, in a very literal sense.
32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Probably Janelle Monae! But a lot of other amazing people could also go here. Rinko Kikuchi. Nicki Minaj. Tom Mison. I’m probably forgetting a ton.
33: What political issue stirred you the most?
Sexual harassment and safety in the communities that matter to me.
34: Who did you miss?
heardofamiracle, after May. cosmicharuspex, all summer long. storyspoiler and reversepolarity.
35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
DON'T TAKE FIVE COURSES. And don't try to get work done in your parents' house.
36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Am I weird to dance alone late at night? / And is it true we’re all insane? / And I just tell em no we ain’t and get down"

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Well-memed, well-answered. It scares me how few of the questions I could even begin to answer--guess it's for a younger audience. I wish you good fortune in the hunt for a jooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooob. What sort of fellowship are you seeking?

A Fulbright! Or other things.

aiee--I wish I'd been able to offer advice when you were in the application-writing stage--it's one of the areas where my advice has actually paid off. Every student I ever advised made it at least through the US Fulbright review, and five won the fellowship. Only a few more weeks of suspense, right--notification on Jan. 31 of the results of the US review process. Then an agonizing, long-drawn out wait for the in-country review. My winners heard the news anywhere from the end of March to the end of July.

Deep sympathies regarding effective anxiety medication. My medication does a good job for my depression and a somewhat worse one for my anxiety. I tried a different one briefly a few years ago and found the side effects very objectionable indeed.

Best wishes for closing out senior year!

Hi! I just added you; we met (briefly) at Farthing Party, and I saw your comment in mrissa's journal just now.

I'm amused that we both ended up doing variants of the same year-end question set, since I hadn't generally seen it going around much.

Also, yes very much this to "Because it is hard to feel satisfied when you are always convinced that you're failing" and "DON'T TAKE FIVE COURSES."

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