Thursday, December 08, 2005

2005 in review as tagged by my favourite furry green friend, BEVIS

because most of my answers are going to be a little boring, i'm going to give two answers; one true, one false.

1. What did you do in 2005 that you hadn't done before?
heroin. studied methodology.

2. Did anyone close to you give birth?
no. yes, a good friend had her first child, a son, last friday.

3. Did anyone close to you die?
no. my bro's best friend. still feel numb.

4. Did you travel? Where did you go?
london, paris, new york, munich, everybody's singing mmm [fill in the blanks]
one good holiday was to sydney at the beginning of the year. it was a nice calm before the storm of my crazy busy year.

5. Best thing you bought?
a gorgeous black dress with white trim which makes me look nice.
a powered yacht.

6. Where did most of your money go?
into shares, diamonds and investment properties.
onto my mortgage and dog food.

FUCK!! how could i forget the gigi. as best purchase. put her in there at number 5. scrap the dress.

7. What do you wish you had done more of?
exercise. proper writing.

8. What do you wish you had done less of?
blogging. procrastinating about my thesis.

9. What kept you sane?
princess and my man and my mum and sister.

10. What drove you mad?
i can only say myself here. the brain that never stops. no lie.

11. What made you celebrate?
best celebration is coming in two days. another birthday for my mum. think of her on saturday, friends. this woman is a fighter. after that i am looking forward to waking up on christmas morning for the first time with my sweetie.

12. What made you sad?
fuck, you got an hour? it's like my sorrow-strings are connected to everything sad in the world. i'm trying to not feel it all so much. but just quickly, try tsunami, earthquakes, petrol-sniffing children here in australia, child abuse, even seeing saddam pulled out of a hole in the ground made me sad, to see him in those photos in his underwear. and the abu graib stuff, the hoods, the indignity.

closer to home the fact that my dad couldn't make princess' birthday made me sad. the fact that earlier in the year he failed to stick up for me in a fight with his partner over money, that made me sad too.

my princess missing her dad so much makes me sad. my mum never having had a remission makes me sad. seeing my brother's best friend's daughter at his wake made me really, really sad.

13. How was your birthday this year?
my birthday was excellent. the best i have ever ever had. and i don't say that lightly. so much care and thought went into the planning of it. just briefly, think romantic secluded cottage surrounded by flowers, birdsong and sweet sweet rain hitting the roof, pillows on a [machine-made] oriental carpet, huge spa bath with bubbles [both of the soap and drinking variety], chocolates, a special meal of oysters kilpatrick and whole baby snapper, a lovely and bonding walk through mud and ferns, lots of loving and being able to sleep in two days in a row without children telling us they need breakfast. it's really so annoying the way they do that.

14. What political issue stirred you the most this year?
oh, here we go again. ok, it was the whole bush-howard joint-leather-jacket thing continuing in iraq, "muslim terrorists are the new russians" thing, and now the anti-terror legislation. i think it's going to be bad, really bad, that people like you and me can possibly be "disappeared" because someone with some power thinks we might know something about something bad, and then we can't tell anyone, and the media can't report it. that is more scary than anything else that has happened this year. and "rendering"? bloody hell.

another thing, the whole indigenous issue, again being ignored and pushed to the backburner by our politicians. also, the ir thing, which i admittedly don't know much about but i can tell it's bad. what else. that's enough. more than.

15. Were you in love in 2005?
yes. oh yes.

16. What would you like to have in 2006 that you didn't have this year?
another birthday for my mum, next december. and a baby. ooops. back to the lying thing now.

17. What date from 2005 will be etched in your memory and why?
dec 2 for two reasons. one, a birthday and the other, an execution.

18. What song will remind you of 2005?
the channel 10 station promo in between simpsons and neighbours

19. Compared to this time last year are you happier?
yes, but just a matter of degrees of bliss. cloud nine this time last year. cloud ten now.

20. Biggest achievement this year?
turning our rascal chew-everything, bite-all-ankles, dig many, many holes puppy into a more socialised good girl.

21. Biggest disappointment this year?
not winning the mc-mansion house at mermaid beach, brisvegas that princess and i took out a lottery ticket on. i really thought we were in with a chance.

22. What is the one thing that would have made you more satisfied?
a serious fitness plan, and really getting around to buying a couple of canvasses and painting something. did you know i paint?

23. Best new person you met this year?
i am tempted to say, all of you. i feel i have met you, so don't need to talk about virtual versus real friends. but i have to say in addition to all of you, the people i have been interviewing for my research are all fantastic and so interesting and i feel so privileged to have been allowed into their lives. they have opened up and really given me some wonderful stories.

i also have to say the optometrist specialist guy who helped me and princess with her learning stuff, so she could improve her spelling and writing. this. has. saved. us. both. from. despair. you cannot imagine the feeling of relief we have here.

24. A valuable life lesson you learnt this year?
to try to let go of things that don't matter, and to stop being a control-freak-bitch all the time. just choose your moments. (i don't say i can do all this yet. but i know it's important to get there somehow.)

i'm going to follow BEVIS' lead and make up my own question. because i want to leave on a high note, after all my sadness talk.

so, number 25. what made you happy this year?
getting a scholarship; deepening my love for mr oh-so-right; princess all of her, moods and smiles, each and every day; the gigi, she spreads her love like no other; this new house, it has a tennis court!; my mum and i being back to mother and daughter good times instead of me having to look after her and worry about her health; my sister and i, back on track with fun and love; a continuing good working relationship with my ex-husband; some good buddhist sessions which remind me of the true path; no major health problems for me or mine; some good times with my group of seven girls, the shazaamers; champagne; gardening; hot-action lurve; food.

notice how food came last. i surprise even myself sometimes.


Darcy said...

By the way, I did see the Christmas windows and what I found most disturbing was that Santa seemed to have given up on the children and resorted to a smack malaise.

I think he might be very long of cock and one of the naughty children was making a last ditch attempt at getting a present this year.

MelbourneGirl said...

oh my lord darcy. thank you for remembering and for checking him, er it, er out. yes, he was looking very out of it in the bed. not quite orgasmic.

Ant. said...


*Runs out onto the tennis court and serves down some thunderbolts.

MelbourneGirl said...

ha ha. put that in just to freak you out there. it worked.

i like to know that you read EVERYTHING. and you do.

Chai said...

You sound like a nice person.

BEVIS said...

Don't be deceived, Chai ... :)

MG, do you mean this song? :

"What I like, what I like, what I like about - what I like, what I like about you! (dom dom dom) What I like, what I like, what I like about you! (rirr-rirr, reir) That's what I like about you (rirr-rirr, reir) You do it, all night long (dom dom dom) What I like, what I like, what I like about - what I like, what I like about you! What I like, what I like, what I like about - what I like, what I like about you! What I like, what I like, what I like about - what I like, what I like about you!" ... and so on, world without end.

It kinda sticks in your head a little, doesn't it!

Anyway, I loved your answers; well done indeed. I especially loved the little fibs (when you remembered to include them), and the throw-away reference to a machine-made oriental rug was priceless. You forgot the VSU reforms, though. They may not bother you much now, but in 10 years when Princess is university age (or in 5 years, because I'm tipping she'll be a child genius - when are we going to see her guest post, btw?), it will matter to you greatly. Excuse me for getting on my soapbox for a moment there. Glad to hear your birthday was ace, and sorry to hear that stuff about your Dad in particular (and your brother's best friend and his family, too, of course). Congratulations on your recent pregnancy, as well. Congrats to you, too, Ant. :)

I must ask, though. With Question 1 ... which answer is the lie? ...

elaine said...

I don't think that the gigi counts as a purchase even if money did change hands. She is an addition to the family.

p.s. I'm going to steal this meme.

MelbourneGirl said...

thanks chai. i try.

BEVIS. yes THAT song. you got it down to the doms and the rirrs. very good.

i forgot a few things, yes the uni reforms, also the hurricaine katrina thing made me very sad. also lots of other stuff, but i was depressing myself.

princess guest post is mostly written, we are just so busy but stay tuned.

and aren't you funny about number 1? i will leave it a mystery. ha.

and elaine, feel free. i don't mind doing memes myself sometimes but i feel funny about passing them on.

although, i think the yuyu needs to get some momentum behind it.

[goes away to ponder]

Ant. said...

Thanks Bevis. If it's a boy, we'll name it after you :-)
What do you think Hon?

MelbourneGirl said...

hmmm, how does it sound "Master Bevis MG-Ant"?

but only if he comes out green.


sorry, it's late and i am tired.

Anonymous said...

hey bevis, what is that song called - do you know?!

MrMeh said...

:( what is the name of that song i have been looking for it everywhere, blah knowing my luck its probly an original made by channel 10 so i will never find it

Anonymous said...

I have to MrMeh.... its useless - ive never been serachin for a song this long. someone must know

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