1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Extended trip to the Netherlands! Three whole weeks. The longest trip we've ever taken, I think.
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I had three sewing resolutions and did one (hand-sewing a dress from start to finish). Sew-lutions for next year are to make a pair of pants PANTS GODDAMMIT PANTS
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Do cats count? That sucked, incidentally.
5. What countries did you visit?
The Netherlands, Belgium, and Iceland (overnight on the way). I came around on Amsterdam -- wasn't thrilled with it the first time I went there, liked it a lot more this time.
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More trips. More non-computer time with my eyeballs. More money for #1 and #2. More pitches accepted (writing articles is fun!)
7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Three guesses. I remember the SO waking up at 2 a.m., checking his iPad in the dark, and going, "It's Trump."
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Aside from the dress (which took eight months), freelancing enough to pay the bills. (Including three nonfiction pieces!) Woo.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't know. Apparently I failed at social media at my day job, which is okay with me.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Aside from my eyes going way the fuck downhill, no.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
In Antwerp, at the best thrift store in the world, a Dries van Noten skirt. I just love looking at the construction of the thing. It's kind of amazing.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The Obummers. Really going to miss those guys.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage, credit card bills, and fabric. Possibly also beer.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Antwerp. I love that city so, so much. If I could choose a second city to live in, it would be that one.
16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
The Blue Aeroplanes' "Action Painting," even though it's from 1985.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Happier! Making enough to pay the bills, sleeping as much as I need to, eating what I want, not spending all day every day in a cubicle. Life is good. All I want is more trips. And to be able to contribute to a retirement fund again.
ii. thinner or fatter?
2 pounds up. Gonna fix that.
iii. richer or poorer?
Poorer, but it's ok. Except I want to pay off credit cards and buy more trips.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Travel. The lights, they're still goin' out.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending money (on fabric -- I should really watch that). And eating sugar. Found out my blood sugar levels are borderline. (Yes yes, I have a sweet tooth, so what.)
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home, in pajamas all day, except when we had friends over for dinner. It was great.
21. Did you fall in love in 2016?
Love remains the same!
22. How many one night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Supergirl. Shut up.
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
A certain president-elect, but I think that's about it.
26. What was the best book you read?
Roberto Bolaño's 2666.
Am I not allowed to talk about the bad stuff? Because seriously, some shit was horrible.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Them Are Us Too, because one of them died in the Oakland fire, dammit.
28. What did you want and get?
A trip! And books and DVDs and an Ex Officio wrap for Christmas.
29. What did you want and not get?
A trip to the Azores.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Kubo and the Two Strings, which (in addition to being jaw-droppingly beautiful) helped me deal with some grief-related stuff.
31. What did you do on your birthday?
Don't know what I did exactly on the day, but we took the usual weekend trip to western Mass to go to the Big E.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More trips. Less computer time. The return of my eyesight.
(Those are 3 things, so I'll take #3.)
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Hot Topic Goes to the Office, or Captain Picard's Personal Assistant.
34. What kept you sane?
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No idea. I'd say the kid who plays Rodrick in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, but I don't really fancy him. I just think his facial expressions are hi-lar-ee-ous.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I'm trying to avoid them at this point because everything's too depressing.
Oh, wait. The War on Cops. I mean The Non-War on Cops. The Please Stop Shooting All The Non-White People, Please.
That sucked, incidentally.
37. Whom did you miss?
My cat, every damn day.
And my friends in New York and Virginia. I miss those guys.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm. First thought was, "I didn't meet any new people." But I did finally meet someone in person whom I've known online for years when we went to Belgium. We had dinner and met his family. It was fun.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
When in doubt, Do The Thing.
40. BONUS QUESTION: What were your best meals of the year?
This isn't much of a meal, but: At the Big E, the Spencer Trappist monks had a tasting, and they gave us a piece of smoked Gouda and homemade peach chutney with paprika and raisins on a cracker. Honest to God, that was one of the best things I had all year.
41. Other new question: What are you looking forward to in 2017?
Honestly, writing more pitches (so far that whole process is really fun and seems to be working out, in general). And maybe a trip or two.