The traditional end-of-year-survey, year 9

! This post was written long ago. What you're reading is not necessarily how I feel about things in 2017. This blog was started by an 18-year-old in 2001. Please, keep that in mind before you freak out.

I do these every year with my friend Jordi. The 2008 one was on Facebook (and I think I got rid of it or made it private because I hated some things I wrote), the old ones were on LJ, the 2009 one is on this blog. So, here goes my 2010, an item that would be more interesting if flushed, but there's no toilet big enough to flush such a huge pile of shit.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Let's see...cooked by myself a lot, started a blog in my native language, attended meetings of IT professionals and a bunch of traumatic things related to a person dying near me. I realised that I'm more of an extrovert than an introvert, too. In fact, I started accussing all introverts of being self-obsessed and of the Rhonda Byrne kind. Oh, I also drove a car. It's fun. Can't wait to get my licence.

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't even make them. New Year is like Russian roulette.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, three people, one of whom is a family member.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Sadly, yes. We lost my father on the 02nd October.
A neighbour dad liked a lot died in February.
A further family friend died on my birthday.
A friend lost her husband in August.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. In a situation like what we had in 2009 and this year, it would've been impossible to go anywhere. I have to make up for 2009 and 2010 in 2011. Definitely planning to go to Slovenia and Greece again, perhaps find a way to have a weekend in Italy and, of course, head towards Ukraine to see Kiev and that area a little more northern from it.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Money and good health, they usually go with each other anyway.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I think that one's obvious.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I didn't go completely nuts. I got some nice work opportunities. I refreshed my coding skills bigtime and stopped being afraid of CSS3.

Someone would probably care about meeting Dan Snaith of Caribou, shaking hands with Skin, dancing with Erlend Oye, being in the front row for Bob Dylan and Juliette Lewis etc...but I came to realise that such things matter only if you're not happy enough or not sad enough.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmmm...I didn't like the fact that a very opportunistic person and possibly a small idiot company scammed me into promoting something that I wouldn't really be promoting if I knew the whole story.

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
PMDD and probably post-traumatic stress waiting to explode.

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
I appreciate caring, not the gifts themselves. My friend Rebecca comforted me with random surprises a couple of times and I love her a lot for that.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My mother's. She could've gone crazy after this, but she didn't. Just a little bit.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
A guy whom I met last year told me a bunch of horrible, horrible things about my work experience, habits et cetera in November. He's a walking-taking marketing-embracing macho man cliché with a good job, passion for gym and sports and a pretty GF whom he likes to show off and it makes me sad that his kind of people does not accept my kind of people. If something of that kind really ruins my work opportunities someday, I swear I'll make an alliance of people belong to some sort of a counter-cliché! I tried to kill him with gamma rays from my eyes the other day, but I don't think he realised it.

14. Where did most of your money go? Concerts in June. New phone. Bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Taking Milica to the front row at the Bob Dylan concert and managing to actually take some photos and video for her.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Descendents' "One More Day"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder? I still don't know how to live after inevitable death of a beloved father, so no idea.
b) Fatter or skinnier? Gained a couple of kg in all this struggle after having been skinnier most of the year.
c) Richer or poorer? Much richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Pushing dad to be more serious early in the year. You know, when he had blood on handkerchieves, I should've been even more graphic about what could be the cause.

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

20. How do you plan to spend Christmas?
I think it's up to my aunt to organise that this time...we used to have a fish dinner at our home on Christmas Eve, now there's nobody to prepare fish.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I am a pessimist, I don't think anyone could be interested in me or that anyone ever was, for that matter.

22. How many one night stands?
YIKES. That stuff is just plain horrible, no thanks.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
The Simpsons.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Probably. But I tried not to hate them, I give people a chance nowadays only to end up fortifying my dislike.

25. What was the best book you read?
Svetlana Alexievich's "Voices From Chernobyl: An Oral History Of The Nuclear Disaster" deeply moved me.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery of the year?
Dum Dum Girls, though I first heard her/them in 2009. I also got into Descendents, but they're not a new band.

27. What did you want and get?
A good source of income. Inspiration. Some order.

28. What did you want and not get?
More order in life. Basic human decency from someone specific as they have taken things to a bizzare level and I don't know how many years of this they want to put me through.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
How To Train Your Dragon, Men Who Stared At Goats. I just saw Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, but it was a bit like a hipster art film compared to the book, not to mention that the scene of Dobby dying was actually funny and that Helena whatshername is sooo irritating.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
27, and I went to lunch with my parents, only to come back home and hear that a further family friend, a famous writer and painter, died that morning. I visited aunt and first cousin the next day. 3 days later, I had a couple friends over.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If my father was still alive, before anything else.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
If it doesn't rip when I put it on, it's good.

33. What kept you sane?
If I knew, I'd want more of it.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Paul the Octopus. R.I.P.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I was shocked to see the Ukraine undo the Orange Revolution, for example. The Koreas being on the edge of war are super-scary, too.

36. Who do you miss?
I miss my daddy, obviously. 🙁 And I miss the person whom I estranged in May because I felt as if she were ashamed to be friends with someone who's not a part of the alternative-something that she's into.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a lot of nice people, mostly through Serbian twittersphere and blogosphere.

38. What was the best thing you ate?
I discovered an obsession for cheese macaroni.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010?
It can always be worse.

Now waiting for Jordi to do his part. 🙂

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