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the year of swimming

What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Swam a length! In fact, more than one, and quite literally jumped in at the deep end.

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No. I think I resolved to see friends more, and go out more, but probably went out less.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Loads of people! Not super close mates, but I seem to hear about a birth every month, and there are at least two pending, that I know of 

Did anyone close to you die?
No. 

What countries did you visit?
France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy (the last three for the first time, and we may have passed through Austria, not sure.) Oh,and Scotland, where it rained constantly, as usual.

What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A cat. An enormous living room and kitchen. (Not going to happen though.)

What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
24th April - I got engaged to a lovely man. He went down on one knee, and presented me with a ring in front of the cows! At the farm!Brilliant. He'd looked bloody shifty beforehand - obviously nerves, but the way he kept looking around, I thought he was preparing to rob the place, or at least have a big swear. Etched on my memory for other reasons 8th August, watching the riots, having to get up for the Eurostar early the next morning, and wondering what would be left when I got back.And the 13th August, the day after my birthday.(of which more later, as writers say.)

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Learning to swim! A slightly belated birthday present from Andy - ten lessons, and by the sixth we were actually diving in. All hail to Tamara, who is clearly a bloody amazing teacher. We were initially split into two groups, with us supposed to be a bit better, although still all non-swimmers. The other lot were still bobbing around with floats in the shallow end, while we were jumping in and backstroking a length.

What was your biggest failure?
Erm dunno. I've had a pretty good year really, although I haven't seen my family much. I saw my mum for the first time this year at Christmas, and didn't get to Manchester at all.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the usual drunken bumps and scrapes. Had a migraine that kept me off work in April, and a stomach bug that meant two days off in November (at which point I texted one of my managers to ask him to get ice cream, meaning to text Andy.)

What was the best thing you bought?
Bought for me -my potato ricer! Bloody marvellous. Bought for someone else - Andy's telescope, for his birthday. We bought it jointly (well he put some extra money towards buying a decent one) and I have honestly never bought anyone any present that's so well loved, and constantly used six months later.

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Well clearly I am going to say Mr Barding. He's so lovely, and will do anything to make me happy. I enjoyed the fact that he went on tour with MY friends (shewho and charleston) who he'd not met before and got on with so well. 

Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The rioters. Watching that made me genuinely sick. I did cry watching Hackney and Tottenham get smashed up, and Croydon burning.

Where did most of your money go?
Bills, petrol, oh ok, and shopping. And booze, but probably not as much as in other years. I only went after-work drinking once, all year, where I used to first in the pub, and last out.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My birthday week! Andy had already been away with the band for a few days, so I was looking forward to seeing him. See also, the Keith TotP tour, where he'd been away for even longer, with my friends!

What song will always remind you of 2011?
Anything by Crystal Stilts, I imagine. I saw them lots on their tour, and played the CD while driving to work a lot, but can't remember any titles. Also, Fuck You, I'm Keith Top Of The Pops, by, er, Keith. And probably Angela by the Blood Arm.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder? Happier. Life's pretty fine (don't jinx it Rhoda.)
ii. Thinner or fatter? About the same, I suppose. Well my clothes still fit.
iii. Richer or poorer? Poorer. Well I'm not, but we as a couple probably are.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing on Livejournal (I didn't even celebrate its tenth birthday!) Seeing people. Cleaning the floors. Reading! (I have become so lax at reading - see next answer)

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spider Solitaire. I have become bloody hooked, and I'm still losing much more than I win. All that time, wasted, when I have good books to read.

Did you fall in love in 2011?
Much more in love. Very much more. 

How many one-night stands?
None, duh.

What was your favorite TV programme?
Misfits, This Is England (although it's grim stuff - no one can say they 'enjoyed' it,) Erm...Doctor Who? (Good heavens, I just Googled to see if Sherlock was this year (no) and a trailer came on the TV saying it returns tonight!)

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, Although I have recently admitted to myself that I dislike someone (not on LJ, no.)

What was the best book you read?
Like I said, I have been rubbish with books lately. This has probably been my worst year for books ever. I did enjoy both Jay Rayner's and Anthony Bourdain's (quite similar) eating adventures though.  

What did you want and get?
A potato ricer! Gravy. A fishslice with no holes in it. Single serving casserole dishes. (Notice a theme?)

What did you want & not get?
To the end of this bloody questionnaire within a reasonable time.

What was your favorite film of this year?
I don't know, erm, The Kings Speech was bloody good. The film about Facebook was bloody awful though. I dozed off towards the end and woke up during the credits with a feeling of 'oh thank god it's over.' Of older films I liked Eden Lake and The Butterfly Effect.

What did you do on your birthday,?
I woke up in a dorm hotel room in Munich, with Andy and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Stilts">Crystal Stilts</a>*. It was a night off for the tour, so we drove to Switzerland, stopping in some little scenic town, because all the Americans wanted to see the castle. I can't remember the name of the town to save my life, and we didn't get to the castle, but the band treated me to a pig roast lunch. Then on to Switzerland, where it was drizzling, and we couldn't find anywhere to park, or get Swiss Francs to pay for the parking, etc etc. My god, I feel like I have been filling in this questionnaire for all of 2011. So I wrote about the whole tour <a href="http://missfrost.livejournal.com/869428.html"> here</a>. See Saturday for one of the most amazing days of my life - five star hotel, speedboat on the lake, ample food and drink, shooting stars...
(*I seem to have totally lost the ability to do html links, so I'm leaving them in that messy state in the hope that someone will tell me what I've done wrong, because I can't see it.)

1 thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying
More cash, is surely everyone's answer? More trips abroad? Yes I know I did plenty, but we couldn't go the St Omer Christmas market, as we'd wanted to. Erm, naturally straight hair, longer legs..? Oh and learning to swim before we went to Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) would have been fun - I just got to watch everyone else dive in while I sat on the boat.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
None. Jeans, shirt over a camisole top, T shirts? I just don't bother any more, I rarely wear skirts, or jewellery.

What kept you sane?
Andy Barding! He's always there to call me Grumpybollocks, or similar, if I'm having a bit of a mood. He can always make me feel good. (He also, of course, drives me mental with his non-stop talking, and his Stuff. Heaps of Stuff. Everywhere.)

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I never fancy anyone, other than the person I'm with. I know it sounds weird, and I have occasionally been worried about that. But I just don't.

Who did you miss?
My friends and family. I haven't even made the effort to see friends that now live in South London. I bought angel some presents in August and haven't given them to her, even though she lives near, and we have a bloody car!

Who was the best new person you met?
I would have to say the Crystal Stilts boys, and the Blood Arm (and Joel, who's not actually a Blood Arm, but gets categorised with them in my head.) And davidsmum.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Never, ever, fill in those end of year questionnaires on New Year's Day

quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Ooh la la la la, he's Keith Top of the Pops.
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