1.What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Attended my father's funeral, went jet boating in the ocean(awesome), celebrated 4th July in New York, met takahe for coffee, went on the London Eye, visited Munich, saw the Moody Blues in concert and lots of other things too...
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't really do New Year's resolutions, but I did decide that I wanted to move back to the UK about this time last year and I seem to have managed that!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? A friend from church had a little girl who is just beautiful
4. Did anyone close to you die? My mother-in-law died in January and my father died two weeks later. Our black cat Sooty also died.
5. What countries did you visit? New Zealand, Vanuatu, United States, United Kingdom, Germany
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Can't think of anything, though I'll be having my 40th birthday celebration, I didn't have one of those last year! Or maybe a holiday in Italy!!
7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 30th, it's Ian's birthday, so I'm sure to remember, it was also the day we left New Zealand. We celebrated Ian's birthday twice, once in NZ and once in the US!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving across the world was undoubtedly the biggest thing and encompassed so many other achievements along the way, though singing in the Carol Service probably gave me the greatest pleasure.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't recall much that I'd class as a failure, nothing important anyway!!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Boots, to keep my feet warm!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Everybody, all my wonderfully supportive friends both here and in New Zealand, and elsewhere, who in so many ways made what we did this year possible.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Lots of people, myself included, at times, but no one stands out!
14. Where did most of your money go?
Travel as always
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
In Christ Alone, by Stuart Townend, I sang it for the first time at Dad's funeral
17. Compared to this time last year, are you;
i happier or sadder?
Happier, though I was pretty happy then.
ii. thinner or fatter?
Thinner, a little bit.
iii. richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Painting, playing music, spending time with friends, I could always do more of these things!
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Throwing things away, it all needed to be done, but I didn't enjoy it at all.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With the family
21. Did you fall in love in 2005?
No but I'm still in love, I've been in love for twenty years now!
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favourite TV program?
Nothing stands out, though I'm really enjoying watching Morse on DVD if that counts.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I don't hate anyone
25. What was the best book you read?
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,possibly not the best but certainly the most anticipated, now I'm just waiting for the next one.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lots of new worship songs, to learn and play and sing.
27. What did you want and get?
A laptop was probably the most notable, but heaps of other things too, I am just so lucky. Trips to New York, Disneyland and Munich rate high too.
28. What did you want and not get?
Some cherry liqueur chocolates for Christmas, I wonder if there are some in the sales?!
29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Revenge of the Sith
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went out for a meal with my Mum and Ian's cousin, and I missed Ian and the boys because they were the other side of the world. I was 39.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
How could I be more satisfied? I really think I am very content. Though it would have been great if someone had invented a form of travel that was very fast and very cheap.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
I like brown and full skirts today, but the answer was different a month ago, and might be different again next week!!
33. What kept you sane?
Painting and music,family, friends and faith
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None, I've only ever fancied people I actually met!!
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Not sure, education in general probably is the thing I feel most strongly about, but the hysterical overreaction to terrorists worries me, as does mindless racism.
36. Who did you miss?
All my good friends in New Zealand, but Dad most of all.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
I've met lots of wonderful new people this year, they have been wonderfully welcoming.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
People are the most precious thing, not a new lesson but one which has been very important this year.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
After changes upon changes things are more or less the same