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I found this over at Starship Tim and filed it away for one of those moments when I’d be sitting at the table waiting for the next thing to do. Seems like this is one of those moments, so –

What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before?

Shopped for diapers. Adult diapers. We won’t get in to what that also means I did this year that I’ve never done before.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

Nizzibet and I get together on New Year’s Day to go over how the previous year had gone, look at what we need and want in the coming year and then make plans for how to support each other in getting those needs and wants met.

We did fairly well last year. Most of what we’re trying to accomplish has long term goals. We did our planning again on the first and are making adjustments for the coming year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Apparently Cherie did. Which gives me a sense of how far away I am from those I consider close.

Did anyone close to you die?

Pam Chappell. Marcus Chappell. Scott Tolson.

What countries did you visit?

Nizzibet and I went up to Canada soon after we got our new car. Big ol’ exciting day trip. Got rained on.

What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?

Much more time with old friends. More completed creative projects. Travel.

What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 1st – Aged Mother arrived from California. The screaming starts.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Doing more illustrations this year than in the previous two.

What was your biggest failure?

Getting The Cauldron completed for launch. Getting stalled on Miracle Max.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing unusual.

What was the best thing you bought?

The car. I don’t get terribly excited about cars but having it has made our lives much easier.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Hmm. Jaydogg kept up on dishes and cleaning even after AM moved in?

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

No one I know personally.

Where did most of your money go?

Rent. Insurance. Medicine. Food. Gas. Electric. Water. Garbage removal. Only a very tiny percentage went to anything in the arts and leisure food group.

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

Not one darn thing. Not that it was a bad year. I just don’t do really, really, really excited much anymore.

What song will always remind you of 2003?

I so don’t pay attention to music. Love it. Just don’t pay that much attention.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. Happier or sadder? Don’t remember honestly.

ii. thinner or fatter? Don’t know. I don’t think I weighed myself last year.

iii. richer or poorer? I might be richer. But it would be to such a tiny degree that I wouldn’t bother trying to measure it.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

More art, always. Spent more time with friends. Gotten more letters written.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Don’t know that there was much that I wish I’d done less of. Though there’s plenty that I wish I hadn’t had to do as much of. There is a slight distinction.

How will you be spending Christmas?

With the Nizz of course.

Did you fall in love in 2003?

Every day.

How many one-night stands?

What are those again?

What was your favorite TV program?

Firefly. Seen on DVD so that probably doesn’t count.

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

My hate is pretty stable and predictable. No need to add any new objects of disgust and loathing to any already long list.

What was the best book you read?

Best? I don’t do best declarations very well. Too much relativity in my thinking.

What was your greatest musical discovery of 2003?

Pink. That was 2003 wasn’t it? And I can hardly claim to have discovered her. Or, really, paid very much attention once I did. I am so not a music person.

What did you want and get?

Some books. Too many to mention at the moment.

What did you want and not get?

See answer above. Regular art time.

What was your favorite film of 2003?

I can’t remember what came out in 2003. At the moment I’m not too sure what movies have come out in the last few months.

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

I had a birthday?

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

Having the time and focus to make significant progess on some of the creative projects that have occupied my imagination the last few years.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?

Wear clean clothes. Only buy and wear clothes I like.

What kept you sane?

I’m sane?

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I doubt that any celeb occupied my thoughts long enough to grow into a full blown fancy.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Stirred? Sorry. Pretty numb. I vote. I think about the best choices to make. Otherwise fundamentally cynical. Today. The sun isn’t up yet.

Who did you miss?

See list on December 24th. And me. I missed me a lot this year.

Who was the best new person you met?

I met a few good people through the Church. Can’t say I really got out much though.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003:

Patience and more patience. How to generate it on the spot. Again and again.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

There’s an old Pink Floyd song called, I think, “Several Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict”. Any 30 seconds out of that song would sum things up.