What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Swam in the sea, properly, without armbands like I had when I was 9.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
There have been so many babies this year! But publicansdecoy n obsessive_katy's little one is the one that made me burst with happiness.
Did anyone close to you die?
My gran, at the end of February. She was 98 and a half. The funeral was a small affair, but it allowed a lot of us younger ones (under 65) to catch up and exchange Facebook addresses and so on, and we're still all in touch so a little good has come out of it. And Andrew's best friend Alison died in January, which devastated him. And there's no subtle way to put this, but she absolutely bloody hated me, which has made it more upsetting, because he was always convinced we'd manage to be friends one day.
Did you keep all of last year’s resolutions, and have you any resolutions for next year?
Nope. I'll make the same one again shall I? Get out more, see more people... From the life I had a few years ago, when I was out every single night and sometimes had to book myself a night in, I now have an almost pathological refusal to go out. Which I must change.
What countries did you visit?
Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, Cornwall and Jersey (yes the last two count.)
What would you like to have in 2013 that you didn't have in 2012?
Pet cows. A garden. Cats. An enormous kitchen.
7. What date in 2012 will remain etched in your memory?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not actually keeping up going swimming, other than at the seaside.
10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Nothing at all no.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I have no idea. Possibly a charity shop £3.25 Le Creuset pan that retails at £70. Or my nice shawl/scarf. (I didn't want a round-the-neck-only scarf, this is a proper shawl job.)
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Liz Jones, Jan Moir, Leo McKinstry, Frederick Forsyth, Richard Kay, and that fucking lunatic Melanie Phillips.
Where did most of your money go?
I don't even see money any more. It comes in on one day, and goes out on bills the next.
What did you get really really really excited about?
Christmas, I think. Andrew and I had our present opening and Christmas dinner alone for the first time, and I did allow myself to get a little excited in the run up to that.
What songs will always remind you of 2012?
Sausage Miba. (I dreamt I was the author of a series of successful children's books about a little bird called Sausage Miba. There's a theme tune.)
Compared to this time last year are you:
A. Fatter or thinner? Much bigger. Every single skirt I own is now far too small - skirts I've owned for ten years. I've put on enough that nothing fits, anyway.
B. Happier or sadder? Happier!
C. Richer or poorer? Bit of both; my pay has gone up, but Andy's had less work on. It all evens out over time.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Socialising, going abroad, reading. Although I always blame the internet for reducing my reading, and yet I got an internetted phone for Christmas, and read a whole book in one go yesterday - something I haven't done for years.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sleeping. Seriously. Get up and do something.
How did you spend Christmas?
With my lovely Andrew, at home, just us and a mountain of food.
Which LJ users did you meet for the first time?
(I'm keepin miss_newham's answer here)
None! I think this question may be a little out of date now...
Did you fall in love in 2012?
I am tremendously in love, still.
How many one night stands?
What was your favourite TV show?
Erm... Sherlock? The Thick Of It? Horrible Histories? I'm not very good at telly - I've never seen Homeland or The Walking Dead or all this other stuff that people go on about. Or 24 or Lost or The Wire or Game of Thrones. I'm not pretentiously trying to avoid anything, I have just genuinely missed the boat, every time. Actually, my favourite TV 'show' is probably Doctors. Cracking stuff.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
What was/were the best books you read?
I recently decided that I wanted to re-read all the Ed McBain 87th Precinct novels I read as a kid, and tried to find them in chazza shops. I found, coincidentally, the first and the last of them, but Andy sneakily got me the 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Christmas, and they are bloody ace
What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
It was an amazing surprise. Andrew told me we were doing 'something' and had to get up early. After four days of fear that I was being sent on an Outward Bound or Territorial Army assault course, we actually spent a hot day in Jersey. Oh me of little faith.
What one thing would have made your year more satisfying?
A much bigger kitchen. Or longer legs. (Those two aren't connected. Longer arms would actually help in a small kitchen.)
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Going down, down and down. Those who knew me 10,15 or 20 years ago would probably be baffled about the lack of high heels, heavy make-up and jewellery
What kept you sane?
Andy Barding, and regular visits to cows.