Um, okay, you can come out from behind the sofa. It’s not Poltergeist, y’know…
The Monday Meme is back! I’ve actually missed this, so I’m happy to see it return. This week, Berry is asking about New Year stuff.
How did you spend New Year’s Eve?
Sappily, cuddling Daros on a couch in Second Life. I’d far rather ring in the new year with my best friend than spend it crammed into a pub that has so many drunk people in it that you have to either keep your drink raised or lowered, because you simply can’t bloody move your arm or anything else. Been there, done that on many a NYE in the past. Maybe I’m getting old :p
We cuddled, and I watched the London fireworks, then switched channels to watch Jools Holland’s always-awesome Hootenanny. Tons of live acts playing, and it was as brilliant as it always is.
Did you keep any new years’ resolutions?
As I wrote in a comment on Berry’s blog a couple of weeks ago, I don’t make resolutions as such any more. I choose instead to focus on one aspect of myself that has been bugging me and that I feel I need to work on. Last year it was my constant physical tension and lack of spiritual direction. I took up meditation, and that’s helped me immensely with both of those things.
For 2014 my focus is my godawful habit of procrastination. I’ve stuck Post-it notes in various strategic places around the house, with things written on them like: DO IT NOW! and TAKE FIVE MINUTES AND DO THAT THING YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF! ;-)
What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Last year was kind of a flat one for me, to be honest. I don’t feel that I achieved anything that might be regarded as standing out. However, I stuck with the meditation and that’s still ongoing. To me, forging a new habit is an achievement.
Oh, and starting this blog! My Flickr posts were getting longer and longer, so I guess it was time I started rambling my nonsense in a venue that was more appropriate for it *g*
What was the best thing you bought?
The smallest thing, actually: an air purifier. It cost me about £20 and it’s been a godsend. It uses simple tap water to purify and ionise the air in the house, and I can add essential oils to it (or Olbas Oil when I’ve got a cold, so I can breathe at night). I’m asthmatic, so that £20 was a good investment.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Building in SL. I’ve let that slide over the past few months. I guess the well of inspiration ran dry and I had to refill it. In real life, I wish I’d slept more! My alarm clock, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, goes off at 4am. In order to get eight hours of sleep that means I should be in bed at 8pm. Yeah, it’s almost 9pm now, so… (Hey, that’s what I get for reloading the tabs on my browser one last time before bed!)
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Wasting time online! I’ve got a couple of personal projects that I really should be working on, but instead I find myself faffing around for hours on the internet. It’s a huge timesuck for me, but if I don’t start work on the projects the minute I get home, I’m doomed. If I open my browser, bang goes the project XD
What was your favorite movie you watched this year?
Y’know… I haven’t seen the inside of a cinema in several years. I don’t think I’ve even watched a current movie in 2013. Bad Skell! So instead I’ll talk about my favourite TV series (and I rarely watch TV either) which was Hannibal. I came to it after the series had finished. Some kind soul *cough* made available *cough* all the episodes for me, and I mainlined the entire series in one day. Talk about a shock to the system, but holy SHIT son, that series was mind-blowing. I fully intend to watch season 2 as it happens.
What did you do on your birthday this year?
I didn’t work. My god, I sound so fucking old and boring, but that’s exactly what I did. I managed to wangle the day off work, and that was enough for me. I lounged around the house in PJ bottoms all day, ate bad stuff, drank not-quite-so-bad stuff, worked my way through a couple of short ebooks on my Kindle, and generally chilled the fuck out. And it was fabulous :-)
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned.
To keep in touch with the elders in your life that you love. I lost my wonderful little Nan last year, at the grand old age of 96. I miss her like hell, but I have so many warm memories of her (and my Grandad, who passed away several years ago) and I’m glad that the very last thing I said to her was, “I love you.”
What does 2014 hold for you?
Less procrastination, continual decluttering of my home (multiple moves have left stuff in boxes in the loft, plus remaining detritus from my last relationship), those personal projects, continued meditation, lots of music and books. After that, I’ll let the Universe lead me where it will :-)
Um, and yeah. I’m going to bed now. I’m only an hour late! :p