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The traditional year in review meme

I know I already did a year-end post, but I dug this meme up from the archives. I haven't done it since 2005, so I thought what the hell, let's dust it off and start doing it again. It's fun to compare the different answers from year to year.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Went to grad school. That's definitely a new one. Got published in a professional publication. Wrote a query letter to an agent. Taught a class. Taught many classes, in fact. Took a photomicrograph that didn't look like shit. Got married. Learned how to pronounce "Bacigalupi." Discovered that I really do not like pork pies. Practiced on a wooden training dummy. Been friends with someone from Venezuela. Eaten tostones. Judged for a science fair.

2. Did you meet any of your important goals this year? What are your goals for next year?
I got accepted in to grad school, and offered enough funding that I could actually do it - that's a huge thing. The other big goals that I met this year were most of my writing goals - getting a story published, built up my rejection callouses, things like that. Also, getting back to kung fu. It's unusual for me to be that dedicated to anything that has to do with physical fitness, but there you go. I also mostly kept up with my two journal article per week goal/assignment from my advisor, which is definitely a good thing.

Goals for next year:
Be a better teacher. I spent a lot of time in Mineralogy feeling like I was a bit crap.
Get a thesis topic hammered out. Hopefully something that involves thin sections, but I'll take what I can get.
Find an agent for Throne of Nightmares.
Repeat the lightning strike of getting published at a pro rate. Twice more so I can be a full member of the SFWA would be unimaginably spiffy.
Get myself back down to a more healthy weight, which really means keeping a better handle on what I eat. I'm thirty, I need to stop fucking around with my health.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not that I can think of off the top of my head.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Financial security. An agent. Dental insurance.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
4/20 - The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which started the three month disaster of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico
5/22 - I got married! ZOMG
8/12 - The Book of Autumn was plublished in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting married, I think. Or more accurately, putting a wedding together for something like one hundred quests and not going insane, even when I felt like my family members were dropping like flies and had mono and an extreme bout of full body covering hives. And I think I did a pretty good job with it too.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Definitely my failure to line up a job for next summer. That's going to leave us hurting financially, and isn't going to look that great on my resume either, I think.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not much in the way of injury, but OH GOD MONO. The most miserable three weeks of my life, right there. I felt horrible, couldn't stay awake, and then it gave me hives all over my entire body. Hives that lasted for nearly TWO WEEKS. I think I single-handedly generated the profits for the makers of antihistamines. As a sort of insult to injury, I spent my time watching episode after episode of Bones on Netflix, and about the time I got hit by the hives was when the seasons got so ridiculously stupid I had to stop watching.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
An awesome wedding cake. ^_^

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Every single one of my friends who has helped me stay sane through a wedding, and through the whole start of grad school thing. The voters of Colorado for keeping our state together for another year, and voting in the most awesomely-named governor in the history of the United States: Hickenlooper! My advisor, Mary, who never ceases to amaze me.

Special shout-outs for:
Mike - because he's Mike, and that's all that really needs to be said.
Kat - was an absolute ANGEL during the entire wedding thing. And helped me send out my first query letters to agents, which was a scary experience. And is generally awesome.
David - calm and cheerful, 'nuff said.
Isaac - who read Throne of Nightmares twice and is still my friend. (And made me watch The Last Airbender, but I'm still his friend.)
Sin - Proofreading, hair dyeing, and movie nights.
chibifrieza - Another amazing proofreader
Gaby - kept me sane throughout the horrible group project from HELL
Evan - adopted the stray kitty I found and is adorable.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
All of the apologetics for Julian Assange who can't seem to handle the fact that the man is quite possibly a scumbag and a perpetrator of sexual assault, no matter what you can say about him in regards to freedom of information. (Kudos to Michael Moore for recently removing himself from the aforementioned group.) Every Republican senator who voted to keep a constant filibuster going. Joe Barton for apologizing to BP. Sarah Palin for failing to shut the fuck up yet again. Sharron Angle, who I still loathe to an unhealthy degree. Michael Vick. Quite a few commentors on Phil Plait's blog during his super controversial suggestion that maybe it's better to not be a dick to people.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The wedding. *Cheer* The furnace. *SOB*
All in all, I think the wedding cost a little more than the furnace, but only a little.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting married. Getting accepted in to grad school. Getting published. That pretty much covers it.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Probably Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. Since this is the year I really started listening to her music, and I love it even though I probably shouldn't. Kind of like jelly babies.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
I'd say I'm about the same. This time last year I was coming off of the high of having just graduated with a BA. This year is more of a continuing effort sort of year, but it's been a pretty amazing one. It'd be easy to let the whole furnace-eating-my-bank-account thing get me down, but it's genuinely been a fantastic year.

b) thinner or fatter?
Thinner, at least before I started this vacation. Now? I don't really want to think about it.

c) richer or poorer?

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I'd made it to more science fairs. I'm going to see what I can do for the spring, but it's looking iffy just because grad school has made my schedule a lot less flexible. I wish that I'd gotten to spend more time with Mike, and my friends, and my kitties, but that's not really possible just because of the demands on my time right now. Likewise, I wish I'd gotten to do a bit more traveling, and gotten to see Michelle and Krista, but that's the same problem pretty much in the last half of the year and from here on out. I also wish I'd done a little better preparing for the Mineralogy labs I taught... there were times when I felt like I was really doing a disservice to my students.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
This year was the tail end of my efforts to try serious raiding in WoW. I had some fun with it, but after that it just got stupid and drama filled and when all is said and done, I wish I had used the time for something else. I wish I'd procrastinated less in general... while my year looks fantastically productive, I still spent countless hours just fucking around on the internet or playing computer games, more than I really needed to. I wish that I'd stressed less about the horrible project, and been a little more mature about dealing with the horrid people I was stuck with. You'd think by the ripe old age of thirty I could handle myself a little better, but if not by now, probably never.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Already done, spent it in the UK with Mike's family. Less drunk than I was two years ago, I'm happy to say.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I guess you could say I fell in love all over again. AWWWWW.

22. Read any good books?
This was a year for AMAZING books, if for no other reason than I made it my business to read through the Hugo nominees. These are the books that made enough of an impression on me that I just thought of them off the top of my head. I may add a few more to the list when I get home, since my memory is a little questionable at times.
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
Boneshaker - Cherie Priest
WWW:Wake - Robert J. Sawyer
Who Fears Death - Nnedi Okorafor
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War - Thomas G. Andrews
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition - Daniel Okrent
Terrier and Bloodhound - Tamora Pierce
The Hunger Games series - Suzanne Collins

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Kind of an unfair question since I don't really get to see television in real time. Of what I watched this year via Netflix, I think Avatar: The Last Airbender since Mike and I finally sat down and watched the whole thing. I really liked it!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle, just by grace of the fact that I had no idea who they were last year. I imagine if I'd known of them last year, I would have loathed them a lot then too. That's about it. I've got some new people I mildly dislike since entering in to grad school, but their names wouldn't mean much to most people.

25. What was the best movie you saw?
Inception. No question.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Finding out that Iris has several albums I didn't know about was a nice discovery. Other than that, I just fell in love with the compositions of Hans Zimmer all over again.

27. What did you want and get?
An android smartphone! :D Chocolate. Less knee pain. Books.

28. What did you want and not get?
A kindle/nook, but I wasn't really expecting that.

29. What did you do on your birthday?
Had a bunch of friends over to my parents' house to eat a ridiculous amount of food and play Things. Then I got seriously drunk. It was a lot of fun.

30.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A good job to look forward to this summer.

31. Who kept you sane?
Mike is always #1 on that list.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Eh, I didn't really have that much of a fancy for much of anyone this year. I guess Robert Downey Jr if I have to pick someone, because he is pretty fun.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
I had a lot of them that got me incredibly riled, starting with the proposed amendment 62 for the Colorado constitution (thank goodness that failed!) and moving down from there. I think the one that got the most emotion out of me was the maneuvering that surrounded the Deepwater Horizon explosion. I have a lot of strong feelings about that because I was in the petroleum industry and likely will be again some time in the near future. I think it was mishandled on all sides. And I think it should have been a time to reform regulation and take a step toward a future where petroleum is treated like the valuable limited resource it is, and instead the politicians basically fucked around until everyone except the people with oil-covered beaches forgot about it.

34. Who did you miss?
Michelle and Krista. I was happy to have Michelle around for the wedding craziness, but it wasn't quite the same as our normally peaceful week of hanging out, and then I didn't get to see her again this year.

35. Who was the best new person you met?
Gaby, definitely. We have been the inseperable grad student dynamic duo, it seems.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
I think it was really two lessons, the first of which being: Don't sweat the small stuff. Getting married really hammered that home. If I'd let myself freak out every time something went wrong, I never would have even made it through the month of April, let alone May. I still have to blow off my temper from time to time, but I'm slowly learning to take things in stride a little better, at least once I've had a chance to jump up and down and scream for five minutes.

Second, be the change that you want. There is a lot of change that I want to see in the world. And getting ranty about it only goes so far. If I'm serious about science and education, then I need to do things like get off my ass and volunteer for science fairs like I did this year. If I'm serious about marriage equality, I need to bring new vigor to the cause because I'm married now, and I think that might give my voice a little more authority when I say, "marriage equality doesn't threaten my marriage" or "I don't want to be married if you're trying to require it to be traditional, whatever that means." I get upset about things, and I rant. But I need to be more energetic about acting once I've blown off my temper. I feel like I really can make a difference, if just a small one.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
You old road is
Rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'

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