Originally posted on LiveJournal.

Posting privately to look back on at a later date…

1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before? Graduated, got a fulltime job, managed people at work, dealt with the loss of a loved one — in this case my mom, my closest family member, supported a family member going through a similar loss — my dad after losing Cass, dealt with legal issues, dealing with an estate, managing two peoples accounts, booking flights on my own, first business trip, started falling for an amazing, mature girl

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No, none of them. My goal setting was awful last year. I need to make monthly goals this year, in addition to long term goals.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope, no one.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My mom. Died of “Complications due to diabetes” on 7/(30-31), Found 8/8. Cass. Died of liver failure and complications due to surgery on 10/15.

5. What countries did you visit? Stayed in the US the whole time. Only traveled to Boston for Thanksgiving, St. Pete a load of times and Gainsville once to see Crystal.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? Time and motivation to work on websites of my own. I feel like I didn’t get much of anything done in that respect during the past year.

7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  1. First day of work as a fulltime employee. I got completely drunk, more than i have in years, with Nate, Ryan and Bekah. Great night just playing board games and drinking.
  2. The birthday/graduation party my mom threw for me. Not really a party, just the two of us hanging out for a weekend, but it was great to spend that much time with her.
  3. 8/8. Until the night this was one of the best days of my year. A huge project i’d spent 3 months on went live and everything worked fine. My bosses congratualted me for a job well done. Frisbee that night where we won — the ONLY game of the season in which we won actually. After dinner grabbed some great vietnamese food with Matt. Drove home and on the way got a call from my dad who said the St. Pete police dept was trying to contact me. Went home and eventually a police officer showed up at me door with a number to call — my uncle Robs. I give him a call and he breaks the bad news that my mom passed away. I cry, a lot, call my dad, basically just break down for the rest of the night.
  4. Going to Gainsville to see Crystal.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Graduating, getting fulltime job, finalizing moms estate.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not meeting any of my new years resolutions. I feel like I’ve grown a lot this year; just not in the ways I planned a year ago.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Stuuuupid asthma. I’m alergic to being outside of Orlando.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Cobalt Flux ddr pads probably. My laptop is up there, as without i’d have gone insane when i was back in St. Pete.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My moms. She was laid off her job back in March and said she was the happiest she’d ever been. She had a load of inheritence from her mom, so she was able to live it up in her last months. New car, lots and lots of great food and hotels. Vacations in Orlando with me. I’m glad she was able to enjoy herself.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? No one comes to mind.

14. Where did most of your money go? Bills, gas for all the drives to St. Pete, tons and tons of electronics as usual.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Ruby on Rails, Ajax, Del.icio.us, Digg, Newsbin, Giganews, Newsleecher, ITG2, Fusebox and Frameworks Convention, ultimate frisbee, script.aculo.us, google maps, RO, Flickr, Graduating, working fulltime, investing, traveling to boston, skiing, certain new people,

16. What song will always remind you of 2004? Eros’ Entropic Tundra

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • a) happier or sadder? I’d say I get happier and sadder than last year.
  • b) thinner or fatter? A little fatter. I’m about the same weight, just a little pudgier.
  • c) richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Working on websites, worked on St. Pete house.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Watching TV, LJ.

20. How did you spend Christmas? I hung out here in Orlando alone.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004? Hmm, there’s someone i’m interested in now. Far from love; but she is amazing.

23. How many one-night stands? Same amount as last year. I’m consistent.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Lots of great shows this year. 24, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, ST: Enterprise.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate? I can’t remember hating anyone.

26. What was the best book you read? Agile Web development using rails and Bulletproof web design.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Of Montreal, MC Frontalot, The Aquabats, Tenacious D

28. What did you want and get? Nothing comes to mind.

29. What did you want and not get? A website that makes enough money for me to retire. ;p 30. What was your favorite film of this year? 3-iron and oldboy. In the US maybe Batman Begins.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Star Wars ep 3. Was going to see it with friends but they couldn’t get more tickets so I went alone.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Meeting Crystal. Even though i don’t know if we’ll be more than friends, just meeting her has lifted my spirits.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? Same as usual. Maybe a few more dress shirts and new clothes and left thrift clothes.

34. What kept you sane? Exercise, wasting time online, talking to people on AIM, reading Digg.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? No one really stands out.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Teaching inteligent design in schools.

37. Who did you miss? Mom, Cass, people i don’t see enough.

38. Who was the best new person you met? Crystal.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: Not to come on to girls too strong. Try to resolve only a few problems at a time.

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