Jan. 1st, 2015

it's that time again. it's my favorite of all posts.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?

bought a bike. made scones. won a national grant. wore a habit. present a show to the playwright that wrote it. had my own plays directed by other directors. ate fois gras. performed shakespeare in the park. triple whammy of performing with TLA/at the southern/in the horror fest all in one show. bought a smart phone. learned how to be a comptroller and work the quickbooks. scored a job i'm proud of and don't know how i deserve.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

i didn't make any. i probably won't make any this year. i can already see what my life holds in store for the next few months....possibly into the summer. just accomplishing those things in way that i can be proud of myself will be good enough.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

noe and ben made evie, steph and ryan made gemma. there were a few more in outer circles as well.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

no. thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?

england and scotland. kind of. i mean we went to universal studios and rode the train from kings cross to hogsmede... i say that counts.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

i would like a cuddle date with a red panda, same as last year. this answer refuses to change until i get one. i would like to be debt free and am super close--i know i said that last year, but i am closer now. i would also like more free time (which i'll probably get) and the opportunity to travel (also most likely to get, since my job allows for it).

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

elephant's graveyard. marie-jeanne winning the encore. winning the knight challenge grant. the night jeff offered me the job at fringe. walking into diagon alley.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

elephant's graveyard, marie-jeanne, knight grant, new job.

9. What was your biggest failure?

my bad attitude got me into a couple of uncomfortable situations this year. it may have hurt some chances of working with some artists i respect. i worry.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

i was downed by viruses 7 times this year. my birth control was giving me aura migraines and put me at risk for stroke or blindness, so it was switched out. in the hormonal flip, i lost a lot of hair and gained some acne. it may also have been responsible for the aforementioned attitude...i'm monitoring that.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

kantele. touchscreen laptop. smartphone. bike.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

my parents. i will never be the daughter they really deserve. derek, for being more wonderful than he lets on and loving me more than i deserve.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

i will not mention names, but there's a theater maker in town that is making some choices that make me want to tear my hair out. and then there's my own behavior. i can be a little bitchy. just a little.

14. Where did most of your money go?

paying off debts. and harry potter vacation. and parking at my old job.

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

elephant's graveyard. silkworms. marie-jeanne. solitaire. knight grant. new job. harry potter vacation. new bike.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

anything from the chvches album. and pharell's "happy."

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? sadder.
b) thinner or fatter? a little fatter.
c) richer or poorer? a little bit richer all the time.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

working out. reading. spending time with friends. learning to cook.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

procrastinating. seeking isolation.

20. How will you be spending Christmas 2014?

i was able to be home with my family. all the boys. and some of my aunts and uncles and cousins i haven't seen in a while.

21. How will you be spending New Years 2014?

derek picked sarah and i up from the airport after our orlando adventure. then we went to ikea for meatballs and kitchen hardware before going to a private dinner party and having home-made french foods. we wrote down the things we were saying goodbye to on flash paper and burned them away.

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?

i stayed in love. i fell in love with a new doctor. i fell in love with a new form of butterbeer. i fell in love with a new instrument. and i stayed in love with lev grossman.

23. How many one-night stands?

same answer every year: zero.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

doctor who. adventure time. master chef. venture brothers. clone wars.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

no. i added people to "i'll never direct that person" list. but no hatred.

26. What was the best book you read?

the magician's land by lev grossman. i re-read the first two books in the series as well, so really, the full trilogy wins this year.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

i didn't really get into much new music this year. just "the bones of what you believe" by chvrches.

28. What did you want and get?

kantele. smartphone. bike. new job. harry potter vacation. to work with certain people.

29. What did you want and not get?

red panda. hurdy gurdy.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

probably interstellar. followed by guardians of the galaxy and how to train your dragon 2.

31. What did you do on your birthday?

i took the day off work and derek and i went first to stillwater. the people who run music makers gave me a tour of their workshop while my new kantele was being strung, and i got to play a hurdy gurdy. then we went to the zoo. we probably went out for a nice meal too...i'm not sure.

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

i'm not sure. it was pretty good. perhaps not being sick as often?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

skirts with tights. boots. color play.

34. What kept you sane?

pinterest. quitting my old job. not having to commute anymore.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

luke evans is very pretty. and peter capaldi is my new favorite doctor. i am still all about RDJ and ewan though.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

net neutrality?

37. Who did you miss?

brigid and jesse because they're gone. sarah and kris because they're here and i don't see them enough.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

it seems like i always meet a million people. this year's hall of fame: ethan bjelland, joy dolo, sarah broude, emily dussault, taous kazem, lyndsey harter, elliot drolet, and ann erikson.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

don't throw your hat in unless you really mean it...you just might win, and then you have to live up to it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through-ough-ough
all the awards come from what i experienced in the year, so if there are any movies, books or else that come from previous years, you can suck it, for the amber awards are about the things i experienced for the first time this year in top five form, alphabetical order.

Guardians of the Galaxy
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Wind Also Rises

Adventure Time: Seasons 3 &4
The Clone Wars
Doctor Who: Season 8
Sherlock: Season 3
Venture Brothers

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Vinter's Luck by Elizabeth Knox
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: a no-bullshit guide to mythology by Cory O'Brien

lack of itunes meant little downloading, so chvrches wins the day.

Crime and Punishment - Live Action Set
Edgar Allen - The Coldharts
Jumpin' Jack Kerouac - Electric Otter Productions
Littler Women - Bouyant Group
One Arm - Petrostroika

The Big Show - Theater Forever
Cartoon - Heart of the Beast
Mrs. Charles - Freshwater Theater
Nature - Tiger Lion Arts
Star City - Four Humors

Elephant's Graveyard
Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated la Bete du Gevaudan
Twelfth Night



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