1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Moved to a totally new place, a new country you could say and owned my own home.
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept about 6 out of 15. I always make resolutaions every year and 2009 will be no exception.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister in law did. I now have a little neice.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Scotland initially until I moved here in March.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Routine, financial security, normality, a nice new mobile phone.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Monday 17th March at 4:53am. I sat with my Mum as she passed away.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Just getting from one day to the next was a big achievment for me in the spring/summer of 2008 and FINALLY getting a job in early December was pretty special too.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I let myself down several times when I knew I was capable of better.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A Betty Jackson top worth £64 which I bought in a charity shop with the tags still attached for £6 and my two leather sofas which were both in the sale and a HUGE bargain.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My Dad for multiple trips to Scotlad over a very short period of time to help my Mum and support me, ceno for being my very best friend and Chrissy for leaving his life and family to move up here with me, asking me to marry him and buying me a beautiful diamond ring to seal the deal.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My Mum's so-called "friend", Penny whose actions have been nothing short of abhorant and my CUNT of an uncle who should be ashamed of himself every waking moment for the offensive shocking and appauling way he has behaved towards myself, my friends, my family, my Mum's friends and no doubt everyone he meets.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Supporting myself while grieving and out of work.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Wedding plans and Christmas.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
There are quite a few but "Say It Right" (the one that goes "you don't mean nothing at all to me") by Nelly Fertardo is a song that I heard a lot on the tv and radio, also "Return To Inneosence" by Enigma, it was played as we all filed out of the crematorium at my Mum's funeral and was intended up uplift people by sending the subtle message that it was just one stage of her being that had come to an end.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Sadder in certain respects
Thinner or fatter? About the same again now and still loosing weight
Richer or poorer? Much poorer, I have no income now.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Done more for my Mum, said so many things and spent more time with her. Also, I wish I had saved mire money.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Eating, getting haircuts and making an arse out of myself.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Here, at home in Scotland for the first time with my Dad and Chris.
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
We are leaving it stupidly late and have no plans as yet which means we will no doubt stay in and watch tv.
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Was in love already.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favourite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yes, my uncle.
26. What was the best book you read?
The Memory Keepers Daughter, I forget the author just now.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I have paid so little attention to music this year, perhaps that should be taken into account when I write my resolutions on new years eve.
28. What did you want and get?
To get engaged to my Chrissy, a job, my hair finally grew back, some lovely friends here in Callander.
29. What did you want and not get?
A hug from my Mum and to be rid of her husband (not my Dad) once and for all.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Either Sex and the City or Quantum of Solice.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 31 and I went to Bluewater for shopping then had dinner with my Dad and Chris, the waiters stuck a little candle in my tiramisu and sung happy birthday to me!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to find my job sooner I think so I had more money to put towards Christmas.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Avant-garde at times otherwise just colourful.
34. What kept you sane?
On those long nights during bouts of insomnia knitting, embroidery, the internet kept me sane and focused the rest of the time Chris, ceno and Cheryl were great.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The government fear mungering and control tactics - bunch of cunts.
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
My friend and Matron of honour, Cheryl.
39. Tell us a valuable life lessons you learned in 2008
Take nothing for granted, visit your friends to keep them and remind them how much they mean to you, be neighbourly and don't use words in job interviews when you don't not fully understand their meaning.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I will get back to this one.