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The Year That Was, Personal Edition

This is the time of year when, as per usual, I do an overview and summary of what happened to me in 2013, and how I feel about the year that has just passed. So below, I present the personal survey of my life for 2013.

1. Where did you begin 2013?
Living in Ottawa. As per usual. I had no plans to party or anything like that to start the last year, just stay at home and have a relatively quiet New Year's Eve. That's pretty much how things worked out all told, with one exception. Had an overnight visitor who made the coming in of the New Year somewhat better. All I'm going to say on the subject.

2. Was 2013 a good year for you?
I think the year was a mixed one in many ways, middling at best, with more health problems than anything else. There was certainly too much stress and the like over the course of the year. There were some terrific parts of the year - the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals concert, CanGames 2013, working on a few rpg projects, the trip to the Museum of Nature in February, and a couple of other things - but they were somewhat overwhelmed by some of the bad stuff this past year.

3. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I don't know whether I had a biggest achievement this year. The fact that I don't believe that my diabetes took a turn for the worse (though my readings aren't good at all right now) was good. It's always been tough for me to deal with the diabetes, and this past year was somewhat difficult health-wise, which made the control of the diabetes tougher.

4. What was your biggest failure?
Pretty much the same as it was the year before. Not being able to stay healthy this past year. And losing control of the lifestyle I really wanted to lead this year.

5. What was your status by Valentines Day?

6. Compared to this time last year are you:
a) Fatter or thinner? I've actually lost a couple of pounds overall this past year. The health problems I've had this year (notably with my ankle and poor immune system) prevented me from getting as much exercise as I would have liked. Some poor food choices at times (stress and depressed periods do that to me) contributed to that as well.
b) Happier or sadder? About the same.
c) Richer or poorer? Definitely a bit poorer. HammerCon drained the finances a bit more than I would have liked this past year, and once more I bought a few roleplaying games and a few other items that will never see use. Waste of finances, but same old, same old.

7. Were you in school anytime this year?
Nope. Not this past year.

8. Did you have to go to the hospital?
Unfortunately, yes. Once in March for the bronchitis issue. Several times for MRIs and appointments to see specialists. Lastly to have the ER folks look at my badly swollen ankle. There was also my regular Diabetes Clinic appointments, and a couple of other things. Oh, and there were times when I took my mom to the hospital for appointments and the like.

9. Did you have any encounters with the police?
Nope, thank Goddess.

10. Where did you go on vacation?
I didn't go on vacation this year, although I did go to two gaming conventions, CanGames (here in Ottawa) and HammerCon (in Hamilton, Ontario), but I don't know whether those count as a vacation. If I had gone on vacation somewhere, it would have been to some place warm this winter, where I could stretch myself and just ease some of the tensions. Or maybe to a bunch of dinosaur museums and the like. :)

11. What did you purchase that was over $100?
Hmm, let's see... I picked up comics every few months, so those purchases usually exceed $100 at a time. I didn't buy a lot of stuff at the two gaming conventions, CanGames and HammerCon, that I went to this year. However, the Kickstarters for Hillfolk and the two Atlantis: The Second Age RPG ones ran me a bundle. Some of which I regret. The China Beach DVD set. Which I do not regret. Not to mention the ductless air conditioning that I had put in this year, which was well over $100.

12. Did you know anybody who got married?

13. Did you know anybody who passed away?
I didn't know anyone personally who passed away this past year. There were a couple of other deaths among the many that saddened me this year, notably Annette Funicello, Christine Amphlett (of the Divinyls), and one of my favourite authors, Patricia Anthony.

14. Did you move anywhere?
Nope, I continue to live in the condo townhouse that I am in and have been for the last 17 years.

15. What sporting events did you attend?
Nada. Not a single one.

16. What concerts/shows did you go to?
The only concert I went to was to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Ottawa Bluesfest in July. It was a great show, and you can read my concert review here.

17. Describe your birthday.
Rather than describe my birthday here, I refer you to this journal entry. I had a pretty simple, but enjoyable, birthday this year.

18. What is the ONE thing you thought you would not do, but did, in 2013?
I definitely didn't expect to spend as much time in the hospital this past year. On the positive side, I hadn't planned to go to any other gaming conventions this year than CanGames, and going to Hamilton, Ontario for HammerCon was certainly fun and unexpected in its own way.

19. What have been your favourite moments?
Hearing the news that China Beach was finally coming out on DVD in 2013 (and getting the DVDs of course). Going to the Museum of Nature on Family Day in February, and spending the day roaming among the dinosaurs. Several of the game sessions I ran with my Friday night group of players. Eating a great hot pot dinner in Hamilton. The Grace Potter and the Nocturnals concert at Ottawa Bluesfest in July.

20. What was your favorite moment of the year?
Hmm... I don't think I actually have one this year, but two. The trip to the Museum of Nature and a personal moment and memory that I don't really want to share.

21. What was your least favorite moment of the year?
One night too many spent sick with some bug or other, and one night too many spent in the hospital in rather bad discomfort.

22. Any new additions to your family?

23. What was your best month?
I would say it was a toss-up between August and September. Those were the least problematic months of 2013.

24. What date in 2013 will remain etched in your memory?
There is no specific date from this past year.

25. Who has been your best drinking buddy?
Nobody. I don't drink alcohol these days. Well, other than the Bailey's Irish Cream that I had on my birthday. :)

26. Made new friends?
Yep, I made a couple of new friends this year. Several were folks at HammerCon in Hamilton, Ontario, and another was someone I met through mutual acquaintances.

27. Favourite night out?
The concert with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

28. Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
At work, doctors' offices (unfortunately), hospitals (ditto), and spent some time at Kathy's place.

29. What songs will always remind you of 2013?
There are two songs that stand out. And I offer both videos. The first is Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, "The Lion The Beast The Beat":

The second song is Ylvis, and "What Does the Fox Say?":

30. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I had lost some weight, well more than I did lose. And I wish I'd stuck to a few more of the resolutions I made at the start of the year.

31. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I really wish that I'd gotten less sick and ill than I did, and that I hadn't stressed out so much this past year. I wish that I had been able to play more rather than GM so much when it comes to roleplaying. And that I'd bought less rpg and board game material that I'll never run or play.

32. Have you lost any friends this year?
Nope. Thank Goddess.

33. Change your hairstyle?
Nope. Still balding, and getting balder. Adding more grey to my hair (such as I have left!).

34. Have any car accidents?
Nope. Again, hank Goddess.

35. How old did you turn this year?

36. Do you have a New Year's resolution?
Oh, yes, definitely. I have a couple that I have made for this coming year. Hopefully I can keep them.

37. What countries did you visit?
I didn't get outside of Canada this past year at all.

38. Do anything embarrassing?
Other than being prone to stupid accidents this year? Nah... And if there were, I wouldn't even mention them here! :)

39. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Too many to mention here. Several Canadian politicians come to mind (Rob Ford, of course). And Miley Cyrus.

40. Where did most of your money go?
Bought the whole batch of the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG Kickstarter material (which isn't out yet). A ductless air conditioning/heating system for the house. Music CDs, Doctor Who DVDs, rpgs, a couple of board games, diabetes medication, and a few other things.

41. Buy anything from eBay?
Not a thing.

42. Get married or divorced?
Not that I know of. :) And if I did, please let me know. :)

43. Get hit on?
Yes, I did. Several times. However, I'm not going to share any more details on this stuff.

44. Been snowboarding?

45. Did you get sick this year?
Yes, I caught several bad colds this year, notably one late in February after the trip to the Museum of Nature (turned out to be bronchitis). This one left me sick pretty much for all of late February and all of March. Another one right after I came back from HammerCon at the beginning of November, though I have to wonder whether the flu shot that I had mid-October didn't start that (as I felt sick about two days after the flu shot). In addition, I sprained my left ankle at the beginning of February, and have to wonder whether that started the problems that I've had with the ankle starting at the beginning of October with it being badly swollen and painful.

46. Are you happy to see 2013 go?
Yeah, I pretty much think so. The illness and injury problems this past year made it a relatively uncomfortable year in so many ways. I'm also looking forward to a new year and a clean slate, so to speak.

47. Been naughty or nice?
Yes ;)

48. How will you be spending Christmas?
Next Christmas? No idea. Probably on my own, and then maybe dinner with friends and/or family. But who knows what the year will bring, so can't predict the end of the year.

49. Which LJ users did you meet for the first time?
I don't remember if I actually met any that I didn't know before, though I did meet some at CanGames and HammerCon that I had known and met before. Look forward to meeting a few more in 2014.

50. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Sadly, no.

51. How many one night stands?
None. Not really me.

52. What was your favorite TV show?
There wasn't a lot of stuff on tv this year that I really liked, and a lot of what I liked got cancelled. I enjoyed Emily Owens, M.D. and Primeval: New World, but those got cancelled. I also really enjoyed Monday Mornings (it got cancelled as well) and Defiance, which is going to a second season in 2014. I loved King & Maxwell, but it got cancelled, and also really liked Camp (which I think is cancelled). Bomb Girls ended its run as well, but I absolutely adored Broadchurch this past year. I can't wait for the second series of that to see what they do with it.

53. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I try not to hate people, as that's a very negative emotion, although there are a few people I dislike or who drive me crazy. Takes too much energy to hate someone, and not worth the time and effort.

54. What was/were the best books you read?
Several books that I read this past year were pretty good, but I enjoy pretty much most of the books that I read. (Otherwise, why read them, right?) Rather liked The Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, and enjoyed Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature by Brian Switek.

55. What was your greatest musical discovery?
New music, none? Re-discovery? Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

56. What was your favourite film this year?
I didn't see a lot of movies in the theatres. That said, I did like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and adored Epic.

57. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Business suits for work, t-shirts and slacks for home. Hoodies, when necessary. :)

58. What kept you sane?
Sometimes I wonder if I was sane this past year. :) But... my friends; the music of Thea Gilmore, Jethro Tull, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Renaissance; my goddaughter; Crystal; reading books; and several good games of Pandemic.

59. Which celebrity did you fancy the most?
Dana Delany. Ana Alexander.

60. Which political issue stirred you the most?
Enjoyed the business surrounding the birth of George over across the Pond. Appalled at much of the violence in the world these days. Definitely the attack at the Boston Marathon in this respect.

61. Did you treat somebody badly in 2013?
I hope not, but there are times when I'm not a nice person.

62. Did somebody treat you badly in 2013?
Oh, yes... But am so not going into this.

63. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year.
Two life lessons. First, be careful about karma. It has a way of coming around. Second, somewhat that Dr. Sidney Freedman from the old M.A.S.H. series said. I didn't take that to heart, and wish I had.

64. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Nothing comes to mind here.

65. What are your plans for 2014?
Trying to eat healthy, definitely lose some weight, and keep my diabetes under control. (Hopefully not go on insulin.) Deal with the back issues and the ankle problems I'm facing. Do a bit more fiction writing. Cut down on roleplaying game and board game purchases, and run only four (4) roleplaying games during the course of the year. Not stress out so much.

66. What are you looking forward to most in 2014?
Nothing comes to mind, other than a possible vacation in August or thereabouts.

As you can see, that was quite a long set of questions and answers. But a good indication of the basics of how 2013 went. Definitely ooking forward to 2014, for sure! :)
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