2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't make them.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? red_ervish and tinder had their second child. I was very excited about that and am looking forward to the day he says BAH! just like the shirt says. (:
4. Did anyone close to you die? My tio Alfonso Campa passed on in January. He'd been in bad shape for awhile so I hope it was easy for him to go. He was interred in the family crypt in Mexico City in April.
5. What countries did you visit? None this year. We have a tentatively planned roadtrip through Mexico in the next year or two, though.
6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003? Non-latex condoms.
7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 21 August, the last day I spent in
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Learning how to fire crackling balls with the slingshot. We stopped having dogs with inconsiderate owners pooping and being irritating in our yard when we went outside after that!
9. What was your biggest failure? Relying on the base clinic instead of healing myself. I don't think I'm too much worse for wear, but they won't release my medical records and I suspect they never did the lab workups they said they did -- and I'd like because I can't afford them out of pocket right now. A pox on them.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Aside from my chronic issues, my ovaries pulled a Harris and Klebold (read: they went batshit) this summer and caused me to have anovulatory bleeding every other week and a host of premenopausal symptoms for three months, at which point I wisely realized the base clinic didn't care and wasn't going to do anything until I camped out there daily or called in a Congressperson. 8000 IU of Vitamin A once daily slowly beat the hot flashes back from 2-3 times an hour to a few times a month and my menstrual cycle to within a few days of averaging 4.5 weeks.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Oooh, that's a tough one. It's a toss-up between my Diva Cup, a Fuji FinePix 2800 digital camera I scored on floor-model clearance, and a kiddie pressure tablet I scored for $10 at the local independent computer store in Goldsboro.
12. Where did most of your money go? Day-to-day living expenses -- rent, utilities, groceries.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Homemade fireworks, a buckwheat hull pillow, and hanging out with karaksindru and Da Guys again.
14. What song will always remind you of 2003? Frankie Laine's "Cry of the Wild Goose." If I'd known Public Radio East's Make-Believe Ballroom was going to play it the night we heard it, I would have put on anything else to avoid it because I _knew_ Himself would latch onto it. It's such an awful song I mentally file it alongside the film Human Hiway.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier. It's good to be back in civilization.
Older or wiser? Take your pick.
Thinner or fatter? About the same, though my legs are more toned.
Richer or poorer? Monetarily poorer, but it'll improve with time.
16. What do you wish you'd done more of? Eating for pleasure.
17. What do you wish you'd done less of? Suffering the bureaucracy of the base clinic. If I'd known it would take me six weeks just to get a freakin' Pap smear, I would have saved my marbles and gone to Planned Parenthood, which has the additional bonus of not treating patients like retarded cows.
18. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent it sleeping off a stomach bug.
19. Did you fall in love in 2003? Duh. I fall in love every time I watch She Spies.
20. How many one-night stands? None.
21. What was your favorite TV program? American Dreams or Mythbusters.
22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? People I don't like aren't worth spending the energy to hate.
23. What was the best book you read? Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery? Mat Callahan's post-Looters releases.
25. What did you want and get? The hell out of the South, for good this time.
26. What did you want and not get? Quality healthcare, but hey, it's Tricare. I shouldn't have expected it.
27. What was your favorite film of this year? Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns).
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Went up to Raleigh with Himself and Laurel and hung out with oxymoron02 and her kids; 23.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A handgun.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003? 'Eddie Bauer meets granola geek' for everyday dress, 'vintage couture for a song' for dressing up.
31. What kept you sane? Needlework.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Maria Echaveste. (She was Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff, but when I saw her on PBS' To The Contrary, I swooned. Repeatedly.)
33. What political issue stirred you the most? Immigration rights. If I ever come into a significant amount of money, I want to start a scholarship fund to provide students who are not yet American citizens but have promising academic/community service with partial or full-rides to the in-state public school of their choice. I should name it after Tom Tancredo while I'm at it.
34. Who did you miss? Mister Rogers.
35. Who was the best new person you met? vogonpoet.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003: Military clinic women's health care is a joke. Donate to Planned Parenthood.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "You're gonna pay: that's what I say to make myself feel better / I'm payin' now but my pain won't last forever." -- Laura Cantrell, "Churches Off The Interstate"