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End of Year Quiz

In what is now an annual event, it’s about time I did the ‘End Of Year Quiz’. Read my answers from 2005, 2004 and 2003, or read on for this year’s answers.

1.What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

Drive a car. Under instruction of course, I’m still learning.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year’s resolutions were:

  1. Don’t binge drink. Yep, managed it. My overall alcohol consumption this year has been down overall, or at least much more spread out (so a glass of wine a few times a week rather than waiting until Friday to get totally sloshed off my face).
  2. Eat more healthily. A step back… I think my diet was worse this year than last year. Definitely going to do something about it this year.
  3. Do more work. Yep, still need to do that.
  4. Do more exercise. Some improvement again, but I’m not exactly in tip-top shape fitness-wise so more work to be done.

For 2007, I think I’ll carry on with 2,3 and 4 since binge drinking really doesn’t appeal to me anymore, and add ‘Keep my room tidy’ since that’s something I’ve really fallen back on this year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My cousin’s wife gave birth earlier this year – here’s a picture of the little bundle of joy from last week.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not exactly, but I ended up consoling someone who lost a close relative.

5. What countries did you visit?

Stayed firmly in England right the way through the year. I’ve neither had the time or the money, and Hari hasn’t had the money or passport.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

A car, a proper job, and a house with just me and Hari in it. We’re looking at renting together this summer, hopefully.

7. What date(s) from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Introducing Hari to almost everyone in my extended family, the beach party (again), visiting Howarth and getting stuck in the Lake District because of the snow.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Staying with Hari for a whole year.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Having to resit a lot of my exams.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Again, lots of colds. No physical injuries thankfully.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My MacBook. This is the third year in a row that something made by Apple has featured here.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Hari, for sticking with me, and my friends for being cool.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

I’ll let Mr Bush off this year because he hasn’t done anything much to make me hat him more, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, stays there, as does the Israeli government for invading Lebanon.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Once again, Apple Computer took a sizeable chunk of my cash, as did BSM for my driving lessons and the university for my tuition fees. I didn’t spend so much at the pub though.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Hari, the beach party and going to Cadbury World, thus revealing my inner 5 year old again.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

“Monster” by The Automatic.

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

happier or sadder?
Probably happier.
thinner or fatter?
About the same.
richer or poorer?
Quite a bit poorer 🙁 .

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Work on my dissertation…

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Playing World of Warcraft. Though I’ve only played it a bit these past two weeks.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Um, I spent it at home with my parents, and went to see the rest of my family.

21. Who deleted question 21?

The Penguin of Death.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006?

Was already in love. Thankfully I didn’t fall out if it.

23. How many one-night stands?


24. What was your favourite TV programme?

Doctor Who wins again, as does Family Guy. I haven’t been watching much TV this year, to be honest.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, not really.

26. What was the best book you read?

Me? Read a book? Nevah!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Yellowcard. Okay so most people probably discovered them about 3-4 years ago, but never mind.

28. What did you want and get?

My MacBook.

29. What did you want and not get?

I’m still waiting for that pony…

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

I actually enjoyed The Holiday even though some gave it lousy reviews. I also got to see Narnia which was thoroughly enjoyable.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 22 – we went out for dinner and had a few drinks.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not having to study so much.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?

Same as usual.

34. What kept you sane?

Hari and my friends.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Kirsten Dunst still.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I really haven’t been all that involved in politics this year, or at least not anything on a national scale.

37. Who did you miss?

A friend of mine from university who moved away to a new job when she finished her course.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Didn’t really meet that many new people this year so no-one sticks out.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.

Playing Solitaire does not boost your academic performance.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

That’s quite hard because to be honest this year hasn’t been hugely interesting – no big events or major crises. Unless anyone knows a song about life being normal, not particularly eventful and neither really great nor really bad.


  1. Wrong year in your questions 😛

  2. Copy+paste error 🙂 . Fixed.