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END OF YEAR SURVEY: YEAR 2015 (FOR THE 11TH YEAR!)

It's so crazy to realize my journal is fourteen years old this year (fifteen next month), and that this survey is now ringing in a full flush decade of me doing this at the end of each year. I feel kind of amazed, all over! So here we go, the end of a decade of this. (Look for the Media Consumed Master Post and Top 10's of every genre to come later tonight!)

End of Year Survey
1. What did you do this year that you'd never done before?
2009: On January 4th I moved to South Korea....everything after that?
2010: Came back to America. Moved in with Earl.
2011: Paid my own way to family Christmas.
2012: A New York to Kansas road trip.
2013: Millirodeo! Got a real job.

2015: Deadlifted above my body weight! Got Frozen in over 2014 New Year!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
2009: I did pretty well with the ones from this year.
2010: Ditto to the ones from 2009.
2011: I didn't make a resolution, but I did make an oath. And I kept it.
2012: Iffy! I did well on this one, but I'm repeating thisone for 2013.</small>
2013: I didn't remember having one. But I did really good on comics and movies. Not so much documentaries.

2015: I didn't make any last year, though I went into it trying to be a good teacher and read 100 books, and accomplished both.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
2009: Eryn gave birth to an adorable baby girl.
2010: No new babies this year that I can think of.
2011: Jo, Rachel and one Cousin all had beautiful babies.
2012: Not that I can remember.
2013: My cousin's wife got pregnant and is the first one of the kids on this side.

2015: Both my sister, Jennifer, and my ex-sister-in-law, Jessica.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
2009: My childhood dog, Holly.
2010: Thankfully, no.
2011: Yes, the youngest friend in my college circle, Andrew.
2012: Morgana. My grandfather. Both of My Girls' bunnies cats.
2013: Thankfully, no.

2015: My father died of throat cancer, COPD, and smoking in April.

5. What countries did you visit?
2009: South Korea. A few feet into North Korea. Dokdo/Lincourt Islands.
2010: Lots of South Korea still. Then just states in the US.
2011: I didn't visit any new countries. I stayed in Kansas?
2012: Lots of new states, no new countries.
2013: I didn't do a lot of traveling while unemployed this year.

2015: I didn't go to another country this year.

6. What would you like to have next year that you lacked this year?
2009: Community. Family. Hugs.
2010: A steady job.
2011: A steady job, and good relationship.
2012: A steady career, and good relationship.
2013: More travel, more family, and maybe a relationship.

2015: New trips, being good at budgeting, working out more long term planning for my life.

7. What date from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2009:
January 3: Moved to Korea & met Sarah.
January 5: I started teaching.
May 14: Traveled in Korea with my parents.
December 21-31: Celebrated Twelve Days of Koreamas.
2010:
January: Biggest snow storm of my life (and 103 years in Korea)
March 7: Moved in with Earl
April: Helping Gordon with his recovery.
April 22: Met Steph in person for the first time.
May 23: Dedicated to Air
June 18: Met Li in person
October 3: Hope told me she loved me.
November 18: Joined RCG Council
2011:
January 1-2: Mini-Christmas Fiasco
May 1: Dedicated to Fire
Sept 1-5: Met Gabby & Lynn in person
September: Met Debi in person
October 1: Taught my First RCG Class
October 6: Broke up with Hope
November: Shatter-Milli-Order of the Hats Thanksgiving
December 22-27: Family Christmas Up North

2012:
Jan/Feb: Milliways Mass-Exodus to Dreamwidth
Jan 22: Tour de Nerdfighting w/Kat
Jan 29: The Great Adventure was born
May 1st: Twitter Fic was Born
May 19: Ran Beltane/Aphrodite Ritual
June 14-17: Midsummer Faeriie Celebration
June 20: Boy's Started
Sept 21-Oct 7: Weavesapalooza
2013:
Jan: Found my brain in an app form.
Jan: The great Meetup.Com Revolution started.
Feb 1st: I became unemployed.
Feb 20-25: The 1st Milli-Rodeo!
April-May: Michelle Borth, of H50, decided to go crazy on me.
May 3rd: I got a Vitamix, and Green Smoothies took over my world.
June 29th: I marched with "It Get's Better" in the SA Pride Parade.
Nov 11: Blue Moon Meets....that helped me in so many ways.
Dec 19: I got the promise of a real job!

2015:

Jan 30-Feb 2: Blue Moon Meets in the Sunshine House.
Mar 14: Finding my Harmony bear was still mine.
April 26: 60+ Free Arcs at the Texas Library Association Festival.
May 1: Started Manipura/Solar Chakra Year.
June 19: I held an originally Leave of Grass.
June 26: Gay marriage passed in America.
Sept 5: DragonCon w/ Anthy & Aeryn Sun
Sept: Geek Girl Brunch San Antonio started.
Nov 8: Started Rituals for Living DreamBook.
Dec 6: My mother was hospitalized.
Dec 23:</e> Scattering my fatherís ashes in The Great Lakes.


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
2009: Working, living and traveling in Korea for a whole year.
2010: Dedicating myself to RCG's Council.
2011: Walking away on my own terms.
2012: Laughing on nearly every day.
2013: Landing a real job.

2015: My teaching certificate.

9. What was your biggest failure?
2009: I had many ups and downs, but I didn't fail.
2010: Chosing my want over my knowledge in November.
2011: Letting things get so far and so bad, before acting.
2012: I don't think I had one this year.
2013: I don't think I had one.

2015: Not stepping down from RCG Council sooner.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
2009: All of February, then miraculously nothing else.
2010: I got sick in October, and had oral surgery in December.
2011: I fell down the stairs at my apartment.
2012: No more than normal.
2013: Nope. Not really even the normal.

2015: Not specifically, though I did get a primary and start dealing w/ my daily ailments more seriously.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
2009: My trust in my truest self to put myself, my sanity and my health first.
2010: My apartment with Earl.
2011: My iphone. Laptop screen. Tickets to Family Thanksgiving/Christmas.
2012: My iPad or MacBook Pro. Dragon*Con. Weavesapalooza.
2013: Cookbooks. Dragon*Con. My iPhone 5s. Plane ticket to Blue Moon Meets.

2015: Dragon*Con. Family Christmas.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
2009: My parents and Stephanie, Earl and Carrie. All for mostly different, truly great reasons.
2010: Earl, Carrie, Gordon, Stephanie, Li, and, quite rightly, my own.
2011: Earl, Carrie, Li. I'm still working on acknowledging I did good.
2012: Carrie, Li, Laura, my Mother, Gordon, myself.
2013: Mine. This was a horrible year, and I managed to come through in one (heroic?) piece.

2015: My little sister, Jennifer. Sheís really started to shine in all her amazingness.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
2009: Billy.
2010: Tony, and Alec.
2011: Alec.
2012: Stefani/Temp #2
2013: My own, but then being unemployed is hard.

2015:

14. Where did most of your money go?
2009: Traveling. School loans.
2010: My bills. Rent and bills and loans.
2011: My bills. Rent and bills and loans. Then, travel.
2012: My bills. Rent, loans. Then, travel, books, music, tea, tech toys.
2013: My bills. Rent, loans. Then travel, books, music, tea, tech toys and food.

2015: My bills. Rent, loans. Then travel, books, music, tea, tech toys and food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
2009: Everything. How could I not?
2010: Coming home to Earl. RCG. Hope.
2011: AU Hogwarts. Order of the Hats. Teaching. Family Christmas.
2012: TGA. Milliway's Once Group. Hawaii Five-0. Dragon*Con.
2013: Milli-Rodeo. Dragon*Con. My new job in early 2014.

2015: DragonCon. My teaching certificate. Visting my family & Laura.

16. What song will always remind you of this year?
2009: Extraordinary Ways by Conjure One
2010: Little Wonders by Rob Thomas
2011: What I Did for Love from Chorus Line
2012: Somebody That I Use To Know by Gotye, and Sugar We're Going Down by Jack Johnson
2013: Sara Barellli's See You Be Brave and Lorde's Royals.

2015: Taylor Swiftís Shake It Off and Sheeranís Photograph

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
2009
i. happier or sadder? Both in very large, drastic measures at different points.
ii. thinner or fatter? I gained weight in Korea.
iii. richer or poorer? Much more money, but a lot of it went to loans.
2010
i. happier or sadder? Much happier, no matter the complications.
ii. thinner or fatter? Definitely lost.
iii. richer or poorer? Much less money, and most to bills.

2011:
i. happier or sadder? Far less happy, but December is turning it around.
ii. thinner or fatter? Got down to pre-Korea number.
iii. richer or poorer? Much more money, and most it still to bills.

2012:
i. happier or sadder? Far happier than last year.
ii. thinner or fatter? This one didn't work out.
iii. richer or poorer? Same money, and most it still to bills.

2013:
i. happier or sadder? Happier now, but the year was very sad at times.
ii. thinner or fatter? Not far from where I started sadly.
iii. richer or poorer? Fine now, but I was broke for a lot of this year.


2015:
i. happier or sadder? So incredibly happy.
ii. thinner or fatter? Gaining weight, from food and weight building.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer in a lot of ways.


18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
2009: Communal worship.
2010: Feeling economically grounded.
2011: Feeling emotionally balance and respected.
2012: Juggling everything.
2013: Having a job. Not freaking out.

2015: Traveling. Minimalizing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
2009: Being alone.
2010:Wanting what I couldn't have.
2011: Justifying. Not Writing, or Talking.
2012: Missing her.
2013: Not freak out. Everything else...was okay.

2015: Waiting and having faith in broken systems.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
2009: I spent it having Koreamas from my parents, and in Daejeon with Denise.
2010: I spent Yule with RCG and Sacred Well, Mother's Night with that group, Christmas with Earl's family and mine, and the mini-Christmas with friends.
2011: I had one Yule with RCG, another with Earl, Mother Night with Oak Grove Tribe, Texas Christmas with my parents, and Up North Christmas with all my family, too.
2012:RCG's Yule. Oak Grove's Mother's Night. Earl. Earl's parent. Earl's extended family party. My parents. My extended family in Dallas (with horses and snow). Also writing Yuletide & 12 Days of Jersey.
2013: Hosting both the Scifi Group Christmas Social & White Elephant Exchange and the Cooking Groups' Cookie Exchange & White Elephant Gift. Sibling Yule. Volunteering at Haven for Hope. Earl's Family's Christmas. Earl & I's Christmas. Christmas breakfast & parade with my mother. Earl & Jason & I's Christmas. Then my parents Christmas. (And my last Christmas is in 1-2 weeks from now.)

2015: Took part in Yuletide and Yuletides Book/Candy/Drink swaps. Took part in a gift swap for the Sci-Fi Group, Chakra Group, Graphic Novel Group, Winter Solstice Group, and English Department. Went to Eclectic Traditions Yule. Had Christmas with the siblings. Flew to Michigan & had Christmas with my extended family. Then flew to Mass where I had Christmas with even more extended family & a week with Laura. Then came home and had Christmas with my parents the first Monday in January.

22. Did you fall in love this year?
2009: No, I didn't.
2010: Yes.
2011: With Hope, still.
2012: With a new-old friend and a brand new character, but romantic heart is still too caught up (/cut up?) for a new person.
2013: Nope, but I'm starting to look toward that world and the chances of it.

2015: No, though I am really wanting to.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
2009: Fringe, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Being Human
2010: Haven, Fringe, Warehouse 13, Caprica, Sanctuary
2011: Haven, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Sanctuary
2012: Once Upon a Time. Hawaii Five-0. Haven. Sanctuary. Fringe. Downton Abbey.
2013: Once Upon a Time. Haven. Downton Abbey. Orphan Black. Arrow. Person of Interest.

2015: Haven. Humans. Killjoys. Dark Matter. Expanse. Orphan Black. Sense8. Supergirl.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
2009: I don't hate anyone. I don't know how to and I don't want to learn to.
2010: I don't hate anyone. I don't know how to and I don't want to learn to.
2011: I don't hate anyone. I don't know how to and I don't want to learn to.
2012: I don't hate anyone. I don't know how to and I don't want to learn to.
2013: I don't hate anyone. I don't know how to and I don't want to learn to.

2015: I don't hate anyone. I don't know how to and I don't want to learn to.

26. What was the best book you read?
2009: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making. Reading Lolita in Tehran.
2010: The Ice Puzzle by Catherynne M. Valente and The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived by Allan Lazar
2011:If I Stay by Gayle Foreman. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Deathless by Cat Valente. Geektastic edited by Holly Black. Firelight by Sophie Jordan. The Drake Chronicles by Alexandra Harvey.
2012: The Fault in Our Stars. The Diviner's. Reached. Blood and Stardust. The Drake Chronicles. The Leviathan Trilogy. Food Lovers' Guide to San Antonio.
2013: Just One Day. The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves. Code Name Verity. Bitter Kingdom & The Mountain. Adulting.

2015: Winter. Blackveil. Illustrated Harry Potter. You're Never Weird on the Internet. The Silmarillion. Nemesis Games

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
2009: Dar Williams. Anberlin.
2010: Florence + The Machine. Colbie Caillat. Rob Thomas. [Title of Show]. Mumford & Sons.
2011: The Script. High Kings. Christina Peri. Adele. Taylor Swift. One Republic.
2012: The Once Upon a Time Score.
2013: Lorde. Sara Barellies. Florida Georgia Line. Imagine Dragons.

2015: No one, maybe?

28. What did you want and get?
2009: Korea. A Kindle. A DS. A lot of traveling. My parents.
2010: To move in with Earl. To have my friends and religious communities.
2011: An iphone. The end of my relationship. Christmas with my Family up north.
2012: iPad. MacBook. Order of the Hats Road Trip. New writing inspiration. Back in the kitchen. Snow for Christmas. Kindle Paperwhite.
2013: Milli-Rodeo. Dragon*Con. Blue Moon Meets. A job.

2015: DragonCon. More Chakra girls. A Tarot class. Teaching certificate.

29. What did you want and not get?
2009: Romance. Community. Physical contact. My summer or winter trips.
2010: An easy relationship. A steady job.
2011: The same as 2011, but far more intensely on the first.
2012: To put it all behind me.
2013: A job earlier.

2015: To travel (but that is my fault not the worldís.)

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
2009: Star Trek and Speak.
2010: BBC Hamlet. Harry Potter 7.1. Cirque du Soleil. Easy A.
2011: Mistress of Spices. Tangled. Imagine Me & You.
2012: Brave. The Hobbit. Upside Down.
2013: Frozen. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Thor I & II.

2015: Star Wars. Inside Out.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
2009: Twenty six. After the internet outpouring of awe, I spent the following Saturday watching Twilight online with the Sparkle!Mafia.
2010 Twenty-seven. Opened presents, went to dinner with Earl, and had a really calm, nice day.
2011: Twenty-eight. Had a large tea party at Mad Hatters, where I gathered together many friends. I also had a Birthday Donation Station to get a harp for my birthday.
2012: Twenty-nine. Second party, late and last minute, at Mad Hatters. A very rushed, sort of sad birthday honestly.
2013: Thirty. I bought myself a chakra set of Glamourkins, and my mother & Gramma bought me a Vitamix.

2015: Thirty-Two. I had a tea party, and bought myself a set of Chakra stone necklaces.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
2009: A teleporter.
2010: A teleporter. And a steady job.
2011: A teleporter. (...my relationship being...something it wasn't.)
2012: A full-time non-contract job/career. (And a teleporter.)
2013: A full-time non-contract job/career. And a teleporter.

2015: A teleporter. Laura. Traveling.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
2009: Slacks, nice shirts, heels, blue jeans, flip flops.
2010: Jeans, shirts, flip-flops, low heels, skirts, button ups.
2011: Jeans, geeky girl cut shirts, low heels, high heels, buttons ups, skirts, sandals.
2012: Jeans, geeky girl cut shirts, low heels, high heels, buttons ups, skirts, sandals. Plus, cowboy boots.
2013: Jeans, geeky girl cut shirts, low heels, high heels, buttons ups, skirts, sandals. Plus, cowboy boots & pearls.

2015: Jeans, geeky girl cut shirts, low heels, high heels, buttons ups, skirts, sandals. Plus, cowboy boots & pearls.

34. What kept you sane?
2009: Edward, Carlisle, and [profile] neenie. After that, a whole lot of travel and Alice.
2010: Coming home. Living with Earl. My family, my groups, my best friends.
2011: Living with Earl. The Order of the Hats.
2012: Books. 'Boys.' Cooking.
2013: Books. 'Boys.' Cooking. Tumblr. Laura.

2015: Books. Teaching. Tea. Laura. Music.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
2009: This year it wasn't anyone.
2010: Uh. No one? At least no one I can remember.
2011: For person I looked at pictures of most? Alona Tal. But not in a crush way.
2012: Intellectual crush is still The Green brothers, most pictures on Tumblr: Steve & Danny. Both.
2013: No one especially largely this year. Still fangirl The Boys & The Greens.

2015: Emma Watson & Malala.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
2009: North Korea's threats to South Korea and the world.
2010: .....none of them really?
2011: Gay marriage being passed in many places. (Making it so friends of mine could marry!)
2012: Obama's re-election and Gay Rights.
2013: Wendy Davis, Gay Rights & Women's Rights in Texas.

2015: Gay Rights Passing. Muslim, Black and Womenís Rights.

37. Who did you miss?
2009: Everyone.
2010: Me. My kids from Korea. Denise.
2011: Stephanie.
2012: The same.
2013: No one really this year. Myself at times, maybe.

2015: Laura.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
2009: Sarah. Steph. Alice.
2010: Jennifer.
2011: Sam. Gabby. Lynn. Debi.
2012: Lori. My 'Shadow.' Hands down. (And Weaves, but only in person, as there has been knowing for years.)
2013: Everyone in my Meetup groups, especially Kollin, Robert, and Scott.

2015: Meg.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year:
2009: I can do this.
2010: Home will always be here waiting for you.
2011: When you escape the castle, don't go crawling back.
2012: It is what it is. That doesn't mean you can't laugh, dream, love, cook, travel and write a lot while it figures out when its going to heal.
2013: Just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming, swimming. Even when you can't see anymore.

2015: Joy comes to those who search, claim and fight for it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
2009.....
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
2010.....
let it go,
let it roll right off your shoulder
don't you know
the hardest part is over
let it in,
let your clarity define you
in the end
we will only just remember how it feels

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain
2011.....
Iím scared today, more than I told you I was yesterday
Give me a moment to catch my breath
And hold me every second left

Proud of me, thatís the only way I want you to be
Look at me and love what you see
I wonít make it alone, I need something to hold

Kiss me on my shoulder, and tell me itís not over
I promise to always come home to you
Remind me that Iím older to be brave, smart, sweet, and bolder
And donít give up on what weíre trying to do
Donít count the miles, count the ìI love you"s
2012.....
Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
2013:

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebodyís lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothingís gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ëneath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave


2015:
So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone


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Fanfic Inventory of the Year

Archive of Our Own: Wanderlustlover [Main Updating Location]
New Writing Journal: UtPicturePoesis[Unused in 2013-2015]
Fanfiction.Net: Wanderlustlover [Closed, and not updated]




2015 Word Count: 13,391

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End of The Year Writing Round-Up

Favorite(s) of the batch:
I am super hardcore on this one being Bénéficiaire this year. I had so much fun delving into the world of The Night Circus book, computer/internet game, and roleplaying book rules. I had so much fun making it appear just like the book.
Best of the batch:
I'm going to have to go with a toss up between 12 Days of Jersey III/12 Days of Jersey IV, my Yuletide, and like the meta's for Season 5 Extra: SEAL Teams & SEALs/The Thing About Charlie Edwards.
Most under appreciated by the universe:
....nothing, really?
Most fun to write:
Oh. Jeez. See this is hard, because so many of them are so fun. 12 Days of Jersey III/12 Days of Jersey IV is always a blast and I always look forward to writing it with Laura. But. Guys. Yuletide 2015 totally blew out the floor on getting to rock a new, deeply beloved, canon.
Sexiest fic:
You know I don't think I really have one of those entirely this year. There's one or two references in 12 Days of Jersey for sex, but they don't really
"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you" fic:
There really isn't one of these this year at all. I didn't write a lot this year, but I wrote pretty normal stuff, in all manner of topics but nothing too weird or dark or out there this year.
Fic that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
I don't really think changed at all.
Hardest fic to write:
Uh. None? This was a pretty awesome year for writing not I didn't like or find hard. I could list my Yuletide, due to the amount of research, but I didn't find the writing of it hard in the slightest though.
Biggest disappointment:
Nothing, thankfully!
Biggest surprise:
Echoing last year, this still has to be 12 Days of Jersey the first round, that ran through January 5th of the beginning of the year, because it was just an idea that hit me from left field. I never expected it to take off so fast, get so high hit wise, or have so many people commenting and loving it on A03 and Tumblr. This one this Christmas wasn't so surprising, but I never stopped being in awe of who, how many, omg squeezing adorable people last year.
Most telling fic:
Definitely my Yuletide 2015. This one was gorgeous, getting inside so very many different characters of the story I had so loved. Getting into each of their heads, as the story had happened and where it went from there.
What's next?
I don't know. I've definitely been asking myself that while working on this questionnaire this year, but honestly I'm very dedicated to getting back into writing in my journal more than writing fic this year. I would not mind having a deep love and creation of both if it can happen.


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None this year, due to not using my journal enough, but I am hoping to turn that around this year.

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Visited US States & World Wide Countries


visited 32 states (64%)
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(Which obviously means, when I'm visiting Massachussets I should find a way to mark Deleware and Connecticut off my list while I'm up there. Plus, I totally need a second road trip to hit West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and all of that side of it off the map.)


visited 7 states (3.11%)
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Year End's Past
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