Saturday, 20 December 2008

And so, the end is near...




I still have the dreaded lurg and am not capable of forming coherent thoughts so I present to you 'that survey that everyone does at this time of year'. 2008 kicked my ass. I intend to kick 2009's ass as payback.


1) Was 2008 a good year for you?

Yes and no. I had some of the happiest times of my life but also some of the saddest.

2) What were your favourite moments of the year?
So many! Seeing Sasha and Booka Shade at Warehouse Project was epic, camping in the Lake District in June, seeing the Editors in Blackpool, many many days spent beneath a duvet laughing till I cried, mainly just being with someone I was completely comfortable with.

3) What was your least favourite moment of the year?
September 14th, about 4pm. My world came crashing down around me.

4) Where were you when 2008 began?
At Chibuku in Liverpool at an 80s themed night. Drunk. Happy. Amazed by the fact you really can get exactly what you want. Usually when you're least expecting it.

5) Who were you with?
The man and his housemates.

6) Where will you be when 2008 ends?
No plans as yet. Either at home on my own or out with the gays. I have no desire to do anything really. Just want to try and forget the bad things that happened this year and brace myself for 2009. Last year was the best NYE I've ever had and I fear going out would only be an anti climax.

7) Who will you be with when 2008 ends?
Myself. Or a big bunch of trannies. I'm not sure which is worse.

8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2008?
I think they were to lose weight, go to the gym more, be happier. I have achieved precisely none. Marvellous work, Helen.

9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2009?
Find out who I am and how to make myself happy. I'm well on my way.

10) Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yes. Very much so.

11) If yes, with who?
I really don't think I need to elaborate.

12) If yes, do they know?
Yep.

13) Are you still in love with them?:
Relentlessly.

14) You regret it?
Not for one second. I regret many things I said and did but not the falling in love part. Love is wonderful.

15) Did you breakup with anyone in 2008?
I got broken up with. As it ever was. Always the dumpee.

16) Did you make any new friends in 2008?
Yes!

17) Who are your favourite new friends?
G and Tasha. Both make me chuckle incessantly.

18) What was your favourite month of 2008?
May or August. May because there were lots of good nights outs and a moment when I honestly thought I was set for life. August because there was a fantastic holiday, 3 festivals and a lot of cider-ific times.

19) Did you travel outside of your country of residence in 2008?
I did! Ireland and Greece. Dublin was rainy and expensive. Greece was hot, foody, drunken and wonderful.

20) How many different states/provinces did you travel to in 2008?
I AM NOT AMERICAN.

21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2008?
Lose as in die? No. Lose as in lose? Yes. I hope to find them soon. And put them in my pocket for keeps.

22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
My Nottingham friends always. And, for the last 3 months, someone else. I always miss the people I'm not with.

23) What was your favourite movie that you saw in 2008?
Juno I think. Or The Orphanage. Teenage pregnancy and terrifying children with sack heads. Tremendous.

24) What was your favourite song from 2008?
Breaking It Up - Lykke Li, A Thousand Nights - Gregor Tresher, You Know Me Better - Roisin Murphy, Moving To New York - The Wombats, Fidelity - Regina Spektor, Intermission - Plump DJs, Racing Rats - Editors, When You Were Young - The Killers. I like lots of songs.

25) What was your favourite record from 2008?
Youth Novels - Lykke Li, Stainless Style - Neon Neon, Headthrash - Plump DJs, Overpowered - Roisin Murphy.

26) How many concerts did you see in 2008?
Not enough. Editors, Guillemots, Roisin Murphy, The Whip, Simian Mobile Disco, Hot Chip, Girls Aloud, The Wombats + 4 festivals.

27) Did you have a favourite concert in 2008?
Editors at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom. It was breathtaking. The setting, the music and the company were all perfect. Plus the 11pm fish and chips.

28) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2008?
No. I'm lying though. Wine, cider and gin were my tipples of choice this year (when are they not). I drank a lot of wine in bed this year. Boxes of the stuff. Quite difficult to aim the spout I find. Usually resulted in wine covered sheets.

29) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2008?
Love is my drug.

30) How many people did you sleep with in 2008?
I don't sleep. I'm an insomniac.

31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
Many many many things. Some alcohol related, some mania related. I am not proud of a lot of the things I did this year. I only hope I get a chance to put them right in 2009.

32) Where did most of your money go?
Gigs, clothes, hair straighteners (I trod on 3 pairs. Stupid cow), meals, drinks, a summer of unrivalled decadence, t-shirts.

33) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2008?

I couldn't possibly publish that here.

34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2008?
Regretfully, yes. But it was wholly unintentional.

35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2008?
No. Nothing I didn't deserve anyway.

36) How much money did you spend in 2008?
HA! Thousands. The phrase 'living beyond your means' took on a whole new meaning for me this year. I don't regret a penny though. Happy days. Although spending £300 on a pair of shoes possibly wasn't the most intelligent thing I've ever done. They are pretty though.

37) What was your proudest moment of 2008?
Getting a Distinction in my Legal Practice Course. And finally getting a job that I love.

38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2008?
Any night out involving alcohol.

39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2008 and change something, what would it be?
I would go back to the very beginning of the year. To 3am on New Years Day. And change the way I behaved. Because that was the moment he lost faith in me.

40) What are your plans for 2009?
To lose weight, go to the gym, get happy, work hard, sleep more, laugh more, love more, dance more, be thankful more, like myself more...

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