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New Years Survey

Every year since 2009 I've done this survey :)
It is interesting for me to look back and see what has changed, and what hasn't.


2014 Survey

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Saw wild iguanas. Ate filet mignon, fresh papaya, and jicama. Took a solo beach vacation. Saw a 12lb lobster. Found an owl pellet. Saw my first rock concert. Played Ingress. Made chicken tandoori. Saw a mantis shrimp up close. Went to a dog show. Saw a real mummy. Had a tarot reading from a "psychic". Saw The Lion King musical. And so much more :)

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
"RELAX and have more fun." Check!
"Complete at least two more bucket list activities." Hmmm...nope!
"Learn to conduct already!!" No dice!

For next year, how about these:
- Learn valves.
- ....I don't feel like resolving anything else :P

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several friends, no one super close though.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Unfortunately yes. I will miss you Slick.
In addition, many of my friends and some family had health issues this year.
Here's praying next year will be better for us all.

5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico again!

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
The neverending wish:
MORE TIME WITH FAMILY.

7. What event(s) from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Seeing a shooting star with Jameson.
The accident on the Legends show.
Slick's passing.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not being a total loser!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not learning to conduct. Again.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Got the stomach flu for the first time in forever.
Grateful for no major injuries.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Lots of tasty foods throughout the year!
Tickets to a CSO concert!!!
In general, allowed myself to spend more on fun events, and that was a good move :)

12. Where did most of your money go?
Even split between "fun stuff", "gifts", and "necessities".

13. Whose behavior merited celebration?
You know, although I didn't vote for him and don't always agree with him, I've got to admire Obama for all he's accomplished, for better or worse.

14. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Anyone who was fearmongering about Ebola.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing the Lion King!

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Probably "A Thousand Years"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Sadder, but there is good reason.
Older or wiser? Just older this time.
Thinner or fatter? About the same.
Richer or poorer? Richer in life.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Seeing family.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying about things.

20. How will you be spending Christmas/New Years?
Working! We open on New Year's Day!!!

21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
All over again! :D

22. How many one-night stands?
0

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Food Network, Game of Thrones.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I try not to hate.

25. What was the best book you read?
Finished Anathem, it was pretty awesome. Looooong but awesome.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Meh. That I need to buy some classical music.

27. What did you want and get?
Time with Jameson. A bit of a calmer mind.
Some nice foods <3

28. What did you want and not get?
Even MORE time with family and friends!

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
The LEGO movie!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Visited my Aunt in NC and had a wonderful dinner with her!
Shared a meal with Jameson at his brother's restaurant.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Much less anxiety.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Jeans + T or hoodie. Oh and those dinosaur onesies.

33. What kept you sane?
Jameson. And the great cast and crew we had this year. Thank you for being such a great goup of people :)

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Geez. I guess you could say the fearmongering made me angry.

36. Who did you miss?
Family and friends again.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmmm...met a lot of cool people! Selena, and Mike and Walt!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Just because you are definitely going to lose doesn't mean you should give up.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:



2013 Survey

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?

Learned to juggle! Saw much of California. Ate yucca root, raw persimmon, and many other new delicious foods!
Participated in elephant walks. Visited the 9/11 Memorial, St. Louis Arch, Alcatraz, and other monuments.
Saw the Big Apple Circus, and a Vegas show. Performed in a Yeshiva show. Participated in PR events.
Started a relationship. Paid off my car!!! And more :) Eventful year!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Kept most of them...I managed to notify MOST friends and family when I was around,
I do believe I did travel overland four times (at least three!), and overall I think I've maintained a healthy lifestyle, especially with the biking though I could have done more of that. I only completed one of my bucket list activities, but that's ok, I'll try again!
For 2014, I resolve to:
- RELAX and have more fun.
- Complete at least two more bucket list activities.
- Learn to conduct already!!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several friends, no one super close though.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Fortunately not...at least I can't think of anyone at this moment.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just this one :)

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
As per last year:
I’d like to spend more time with family.
I’d also like to learn about money management.
I'd like to spend more time playing orchestral music.

7. What event(s) from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My first elephant walk. It was fun!
Starting a relationship. It was scary and exciting and I'll never regret it :)
Watching an old lady and a young man dance in a swing club in NYC. It was cute <3
Doing a PR at a home for children with cancer with the clowns.
Having panic attacks for almost the entire first half of the year :/
Performing for my family in Hershey.
Experiencing a dust storm in Arizona.
And more :)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting over the worst of the panic attacks. Setting new goals.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not learning to conduct.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really, just the panic attacks and usual sinus problems.
Oh, and hives in Wyoming, that was a new one :P

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Lots of tasty foods throughout the year!
Tickets to a CSO concert!!!
In general, allowed myself to spend more on fun events, and that was a good move :)

12. Where did most of your money go?
Groceries, car payments, bills, and some fun!

13. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The new Pope, Coca-Cola.

14. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The WHOLE US government. Democrats, Republicans, and Peanut Gallery. We're divided, we're a mess, we're broke.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra play Mahler 9.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Unfortunately Ke$ha's 'Take It Off' haha.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
About the same. A little toned down.
Older or wiser? Definitely both.
Thinner or fatter? About the same.
Richer or poorer? Richer in things besides money.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Relaxing (it's hard for me to do, ok?)

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying about things.
Trying to do what others expected of me and not succeeding because I was doing things for the wrong reason.

20. How will you be spending Christmas/New Years?
Christmas will be at home, spending time with both halves of the family.
New Years will be in North Carolina with relatives and friends :)

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I found someone for me. We've been careful not to use the word 'love' as we've only been dating for a few months.

22. How many one-night stands?
0

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Food Network stuff was fun to watch. Also caught up on Futurama and The Office.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I try not to hate.

25. What was the best book you read?
Ender's Game. It's a pretty intense read, for a YA series.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Jameson introduced me to Queen, Brian gave me some Charles Mingus, that was pretty cool too.

27. What did you want and get?
A relationship with a certain someone.
More time away from the train.
A completed Union contract.
Some nice foods <3

28. What did you want and not get?
Even MORE time with family and friends!

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Despicable Me 2, and Wolf Children.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Ate a cake that Cindy made for me! Hung out with some of my best friends from NC :)
I was 29!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less freaking out on my part. A stronger friendship with some people.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
The Usual, i.e. jeans and a shirt/hoodie.

33. What kept you sane?
Jameson. (the bf, not the drink.)

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Health care was a big one for many people this year.
Personally I struggled with how many homeless people we encountered on the road, and of those, how many were homeless by choice.

36. Who did you miss?
Family and friends again.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My sister's boyfriend, Skylar, and Jameson's Mom! They're both awesome :)

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
So much of how we perceive the world is in our own heads. Our imaginations, and our predispositions, influence how we see things. Sometimes you can't see certain things because you're in your own way, and you need someone else to clear things up for you. So don't be afraid to ask for help, or to get a different perspective from others' eyes.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:


You might put your love and trust on the line
It's risky, people love to tear that down
Let 'em try
Do it anyway
Risk it anyway

And if you're paralyzed by a voice in your head
It's the standing still that should be scaring you instead
Go on and
Do it anyway
Do it anyway

There will be times you might leap before you look
There'll be times you'll like the cover and that's precisely why you'll love the book
Do it anyway
Do it anyway

Tell me what I said I'd never do
Tell me what I said I'd never say
Read me off a list of the things I used to not like but now I think are ok

Sometimes it's not subjective: wrong and right
Deep down you know it's downright wrong but you're invincible tonight
So you
Do it anyway
It's done
You did it

Despite your grand attempts the chips are set to fall
And all the stories you might weave cannot negotiate them all
Do it anyway
Be honest, anyway

So tell me what I said I'd never do
Tell me what I said I'd never say
Read me off a list of the things I used to not like but now I think are OK

It's gonna be so very hard to say
And watch the trust and joy all drain from her innocent face
But you must
Do it anyway
It sucks but
Do it anyway

Call it surrender but you know that that's a joke
And the punchline is you were never actually in control
But still, surrender anyway

Tell me what you said you'd never do
Tell me what you said you'd never say
Read me off that list of things 'cause I used to not like you
But now I think you're OK

Everybody knows that you just gotta do it anyway

Cause you don't do nothing to avoid self punishment
You won't do nothing
You won't feel nothing
Gotta
Do it, do it, do it anyway
Ah
Do it anyway

2012 Survey

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?

Joined the circus,
lived on a train,
worked alongside elephants, horses, and tigers,
saw much of the United States, and Mexico for the first time,
participated in the world’s largest shaving cream pie fight …
The list goes on and on. Mostly, I got a full-time job doing what I love.
FINALLY!!!! YAAAAAY!!!!!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don’t think I had any from last year other than to save money. Semi-success!
Here will be my resolution attempts for 2013:
-    Notify friends/family when I am in a city near them.
-    Travel overland every four months.
-    Choose 3 activities from my bucket list and complete them.
-    Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several friends from high school.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Mrs. Hower/Bickford passed away this year of cancer.
She was my middle school chorus teacher, and was well loved by many generations of students.
Her influence will be felt long after the memory of her fades.

5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico! It was beautiful, and different and scary and wonderful!

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
I’d like to spend more time with family.
I’d also like to learn about money management.

7. What event(s) from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Rehearsing with the ‘Mix It Up’ cast at the beginning of this year and all the time thinking,
“Will I hear from the circus today?”
Getting called to join the circus…
and being in the right place, and with the right people, to celebrate.
The moment I saw the circus train for the first time.
The exhilaration of that first train run.
Experiencing the mysterious, exciting, fantastic circus world.
Seeing and experiencing the culture of Mexico city.
Being so sick that the spots swimming in front of my eyes hid my music from me for minutes at a time.
Playing a show in Pittsburgh and walking past the venue I’d played as a band geek in high school.
The first time I heard an elephant trumpeting.
Why will I remember these things? Because my job became my life became wonderful :)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Since ‘joining the circus’ isn’t really an achievement,
I’d say sticking to my guns long enough to make it to my destination haha.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being around for my family during crisis.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Got very sick in Mexico City (so did everyone else).
Fell on me bum on a slippery vestibule, had a purple butt for a week.
Chipped a tooth.
No serious injuries thankfully.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I got a handmade Mexican blanket, and some faux stained glass for my train room 
Oh, and that 5 lb cinnamon bun!

12. Where did most of your money go?
The bills! The bank!

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Everything! Freaking everything.

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
The Fully Charged theme song lol

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Infinitely happier.
Older or wiser? Definitely both.
Thinner or fatter? About the same.
Richer or poorer? Richer in things besides money.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
More sightseeing in each city. More visiting people I know.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying about health stuff.
Making mistakes in the music.

18. How will you be spending Christmas/New Years?
Rehearsing for the new show.

19. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Nope.

20. How many one-night stands?
0

21. What was your favorite TV program?
Dennou Coil is pretty good.
Got into classic movies…really enjoyed Lawrence of Arabia!

22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I try not to hate.

23. What was the best book you read?
More Neil Stephenson…Cryptonomicon this time.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Dave Steinmeyer. Embarrassed to say I’d never heard him.

25. What did you want and get?
Almost everything I’ve been trying so hard to get from day one.
A job in music.
I am very, very lucky.

26. What did you want and not get?
Time with people I love, again :/

27. What was your favorite film of this year?

Didn’t watch any notable 2012 movies.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went home I think…only for a day or two…? Or was I working…?
It feels like years since then.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing, this year was incredible. Seeing family, that’s all.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
“Work-related” lol.
Started off with the orange chef’s outfit for Busch Gardens,
Then got a spiffy lightning vest for Fully Charged.
On my own time I wear pjs or jeans and a t-shirt.

31. What kept you sane?
There’s no need for sanity in the circus :P

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gackt (as always)

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Political issues don’t ‘stir’ me. The gay marriage issue stood out in particular this year.
Also just the fact that our government is driving us into ruin. BOTH sides of our government.

34. Who did you miss?
Family and friends again.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Lots of new people! I can’t say anyone is ‘best’. My coworkers/neighbors/friends in the circus.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
If I had given up last year when things were at their worst,
I never would have gotten to where I am now.
If there is something you want and there’s a chance you can still get it,
don’t EVER give up, because your dream could be just a moment away.
Struggle until it’s impossible to go one step further.
Also…the world is very big…life is too short to spend so much of it in one place.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm
for love is strong as death.
2011 Survey

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Drove cross country twice,
lived on both coasts,
held four jobs at once.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
The 2010 survey says I should have tried to save money. So I guess you could say I was 70% successful.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not that I know.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I know…

5. What countries did you visit?
This here one.


6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Most of all next year, I want to find a support group or at least have time to hang out with friends. Otherwise same as last year: I want to spend time with Jeremy and Charlie. I want to have more practice discipline. I really want to find a job that will allow me to continue playing music without issue.

7. What event(s) from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I’ll never forget driving alone across the country in the dead of winter: watching the sun evaporate the morning fog; the mountains looming ahead; the emptiness, tiredness, exhilaration, openness and clarity of everything. My fish in a Tupperware container on the passenger seat.
The first day of rehearsal at Busch Gardens, and not knowing anything. The days that we laughed so hard during shows that we cried, and the days we barely said two words we were so sick of being in the same place every day.
Spending weeks freaking out over being offered an audition with Synergy Brass, then not taking it because I was unprepared/afraid I would lose my job over it.
Not being able to swallow or talk after two weekends doing Howl O Scream.
The day I worked in the Wythe candy factory on the assembly line, and nearly cried because I hated my life so much.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finding work in music.

9. What was your biggest failure?
To quote a note on facebook:
“This year...has been hell. My idea of hell is letting myself down. Failing at everything I do. Declining in every way.”

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Got either food poisoning or made myself sick with stress three times this year, to the point where I was thinking of having myself checked for some form of cancer.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing, but Jer and Char bought me a computer with my deposit money so I guess that counts!

12. Where did most of your money go?
Gas, rent, car, school. The usual.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Driving cross country. Apparently this was the best part of my year!
I am pretty proud of myself for doing it alone, twice, in 3.5 days each way.

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
It wasn’t a year for songs.



15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Much sadder lately.
Older or wiser? Just older.
Thinner or fatter? About the same.
Richer or poorer? Money’s not everything, let’s say.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Getting motivated. Finding people to love.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sitting around at Busch during the down time. Stressing.

18. How will you be spending Christmas/New Years?
Christmas: alone, for the first time in my life. There’s a first for everything I guess.
New Years: with Jeremy and Charlie! Thank heavens.

19. Did you fall in love in 2011?
Nope

20. How many one-night stands?
0

21. What was your favorite TV program?
Natsume Yuujinchou was pretty good, but once again, nothing in particular stood out for me.

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

23. What was the best book you read?
Lots of Neil Stephenson this year…Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, The Baroque Cycle, etc.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Rediscovered the Lion King soundtrack. It used to inspire me when I was younger.

25. What did you want and get?
A new computer. More free time/me time.

26. What did you want and not get?
Less of a struggle. Time with people I love.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
All the animated movies that came out this year were pretty damned good.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Don’t remember don’t care.


29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
6 more months on tour or more music work.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Early 2011: “When you work for Busch Gardens Entertainment, there’s just no reason to get dressed at all”
Late 2011: "From PJs to business casual to stage makeup/plastic maggots to polo&slacks to apron and hat all in the same day”

31. What kept you sane?
My work friends…having work at all…

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gackt (as usual)

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
*shrug* It's all an awful mess. I can't even look.

34. Who did you miss?
Family and friends

35. Who was the best new person you met?
The ‘Mix It Up!’ crew. Jamez and Calvin and Ellis and Jordan especially!

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Hard work only pays off if you work hard at the right things.
The world is very big…life is too short to spend so much of it in one place.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

This year was very difficult and painful for me. There was no time for fun or true relaxation; I feel like I spent all of 2011 strung tight like a piano wire.

There were no songs.


2010 Survey

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Got scammed, managed a retail store and went on tour.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Looks like last year I wanted to exercise 15 minutes per day. Totally didn't happen, but I wasn't a complete sloth either. For next year...maybe my resolution should be to save money!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not close. Some friends from high school had children.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Two people I knew pretty well. One was unexpected, and I still feel horrible for his family. The other was a cancer death.

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada...Mississauga.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I want to spend time with Jeremy and Charlie. I want to have more practice discipline. I really want to find a job that will allow me to continue playing music without issue.
Otherwise, I was very fortunate to have good health and my family as well, so am very grateful for that.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don't remember exact dates well. I'll remember that on my only day off from work, I got called for a two month tour, fired an employee and nearly fired another one, all while grocery shopping. I'll remember getting the call that my orchestra job was a scam while in a Hanes underwear store with my family. I'll remember the Messiah Rocks tour and everyone in it, and how enjoyable that was :)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Avoiding falling into total ruin/having a mental breakdown because of that job scam, and coming out on top. PWN.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Falling for the scam, and having a rather negative attitude at the worst of times.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the annual sinus infection luckily!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A gift for my roomies~

12. Where did most of your money go?
Gas, rent, car, school. The usual.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going on tour with Messiah Rocks! It was a big decision to make, and it screwed up my life again, but it was totally worth it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I made wonderful friends, and am excited to hit the road again and explore LA!

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Loggins & Messina: "Be Free" or MICA: "In Any Other World"

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Far less stressed, happiness level is probably about the same.
Older or wiser? Boooooth.
Thinner or fatter? About the same.
Richer or poorer? Hard to tell.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Saving money, taking auditions, and visiting family.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Griping, second-guessing

18. How will you be spending Christmas/New Years?
My Xmas plans were shot to hell this year. Spent it with immediate family. New Years, I'm not sure yet...that's tomorrow, dang!

19. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Nope

20. How many one-night stands?
0

21. What was your favorite TV program?
There were some good anime out this year, like Occult Academy and the FMA Brotherhood series. Nothing stood out particularly tho.

22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Don't think so...I'm impatient and get irritated with old people tho

23. What was the best book you read?
Nothin in particular. I had to rehash a lot of books this year :/

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Rediscovered Loggins and Messina, which I used to listen to when I was like 10. And between Marty Thomas and Lance Horne on the tour, I discovered lots of fun vocal stuff!

25. What did you want and get?
Out of Long Island.

26. What did you want and not get?
A job for when the tour was over :/

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
Summer Wars.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Meh, don't remember...nothing major.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
6 more months on tour, the promise of a job afterward, a better outlook at MAC, cheaper rent

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Early 2010: "MAC appropriate"
Late 2010: "When you live on a bus, there's no need to wear anything but pajamas and animal hats"

31. What kept you sane?
Making time to practice despite the excessively demanding job. The Breines side of my store. Evan, Jesse and Ken. My Aunt C. The very very little off time I had. Long walks.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gackt (as usual), then later Lance, Marty and Mike!

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
*shrug*

34. Who did you miss?
Family and friends

35. Who was the best new person you met?
the 30 people on tour!

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Trust no one but yourself when it comes to your doings...it's ok to take advice, but you can't depend on people to give good info so research and look before you leap.
Don't sacrifice great relationships for exciting career choices.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

In any other world
You could tell the difference
And let it all unfurl
Into broken remnants

Smile like you mean it
And let yourself let go

'cause it's all in the hands of a bitter, bitter man
Say goodbye to the world you thought you lived in
Take a bow, play the part of a lonely lonely heart
Say goodbye to the world you thought you lived in
To the world you thought you lived in

I tried to live alone
But lonely is so lonely, alone
So human as I am
I had to give up my defences

So I smiled and tried to mean it
To let myself let go

Cos it's all in the hands of a bitter, bitter man
Say goodbye to the world you thought you lived in
Take a bow, play the part of a lonely lonely heart
Say goodbye to the world you thought you lived in
To the world you thought you lived in

Say goodbye

In any other world
You could tell the difference


2009 Survey

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Took eight orchestral auditions, financed a car, and completed Japanese 101.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't generally make them, but feel like it was a successful year overall. For this year, I've resolved to practice and exercise for at least 15 minutes every day, no matter what.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Probably, though I don't keep track of such things.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Fortunately, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
zip

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Less school, more work, and a minimum of four hours of 'me time' per week. That's not asking too much, right?



7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I am terrible with dates :( but I will remember Obama's election and Michael Jackson's death, among other things.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting over the majority of my stagefright.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Anger/Frustration issues, caused by time mismanagement, resulting from major shifts in personal priorities.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Fortunately no. One short 24 hour flu, that was it!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My '09 Corolla~

12. Where did most of your money go?
Gas, rent, car, school. The usual.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Japanese, definitely! I feel very passionate about it. And being able to practice, work and study regularly over the summer was fantastic as well.
I was also very excited and grateful to have wonderful friends who were able to tolerate my antisocial and shamefully neglectful behavior this year. Thank you :)

14. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Gackt: "Next Decade" or FACT: "Stretch My Arms"

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? More stressed, but happier.
Older or wiser? Haha, both.
Thinner or fatter? About the same I think.
Richer or poorer? Both!

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Telling people to suck it when they tried to impose upon my time. Or making just a little more alone time, which would have helped a great deal with everything.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sleeping, listening to people who don't understand why I do what I do

18. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it in thirds: NJ with my Aunt, PA with my fam, and GA with the grandparents.


19. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Nope

20. How many one-night stands?
0

21. What was your favorite TV program?
Did not have time for TV at all this year

22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Realized that I hate Andrew N., and have for some time.

23. What was the best book you read?
Steven Brust's 'Jhegaala', John Hershey's 'A Bell for Adano'

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
FACT was pretty cool to find. Still following Gackt and amazed by him just about every day, although I'm looking for new stuff now too.

25. What did you want and get?
Car!

26. What did you want and not get?
Time alone.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
Didn't have time for movies

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
25, the trombone studio was very sweet, they took me for Indian food :) And I repaid them by being an ass for the entire fall semester :(

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
in-state tuition, or a donation from a generous benefactor, or winning a job with an orchestra

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
"Don't you dare spend a dime on clothes"

31. What kept you sane?
My roomies, the little alone time I had, non-school-related ensembles

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Gackt (yes he's a celebrity)

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Meh.
34. Who did you miss?
Everyone.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
New roomate, Erika!

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
There isn't enough time in the day to accomplish everything you'd like to, no matter how you try. And just because this is frustrating doesn't give you license to take it out on others.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I stretch my arms
To a familiar space spreading in front of me
Then I draw and open my hands
In my hands, a tiny fire is flickering
Can you see it? Can you feel it?
I close my eyes
To the shining stars fading away from me
So I stop and change direction
In my life, the burning that begun is holding me
Can you see it? Can you feel it?
Even in a dying fire, it's comforting enough for me
The space is spreading out so far in front of me
I try to stretch my arms for a little bit
Light up like a growing fire
My heart is filled with change and darkness
So I come to see something I couldn't see before
I come to feel something I couldn't feel at all
Light up like a growing fire
And my heart is filled with the warmth and the brightness
I come to see something I couldn't see before
I come to feel something I couldn't feel at all