Yearly Meme #5

Back from Yosemite, and time to do that meme I always do. Last year’s answers here. This year I’ve got some mushy stuff but it’s funny because it’s all really in retrospect! I don’t think about this all the time! I’ve moved on!!???

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Graduated college, went to Israel, lived outside of California, became financially independent, skied down black diamonds (yesterday!)

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yep. Last year’s was to get into grad school, and have a place of my own (well, with roommates). Next year, I want a full-time job.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Shiranne’s grandma died. I met her over the summer. :\

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A job. That’s the only thing I can think of having lacked.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The second half of July. Free time with Shiranne in Israel.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Graduating UCSC and getting accepted to UW.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t know. Breaking it off with Shiranne? I don’t know if that’s a failure.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Usual skin problems aside, this was the year of the ingrown toenail. I love my shoes but I really should look into getting ones that don’t scrunch my toes together, I guess…

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought an iPhone but it was paid back. Hopefully the >$10,000 I’ve spent on tuition already will be seen as “best” in retrospect.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My friends! So many different groups this year from all over the place. I wanted to (and did) celebrate with all of them.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
No one really appalled me. What made me depressed was the breakup between Shiranne and me, but it wasn’t really her fault.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Tuition by far.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Israel. Couldn’t sleep for a few nights beforehand.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Lemon Jelly – ’75 AKA Stay With You

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
A little sadder. Breakup got me a little depressed for a while, but I’m totally improving.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner! Amazingly I lost 10 pounds after moving to Seattle.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, but not as much as I thought I’d be. Thanks Fidelity Investments!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Been productive, again. This year I designed a site, but that’s it. Work got the better of me.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastination, as usual. But I was a lot better this year.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it at home with Dad, Betty, Lily, and Jason.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Avatar: The Last Airbender.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lemon Jelly.

27. What did you want and get?
iPhone, grad school.

28. What did you want and not get?
Free time.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 22. A few days before my birthday I had a blast of a party with friends ranging from elementary school to grad school. On my birthday I took a train to Yosemite with my mom!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to have kept the relationship with Shiranne alive, somehow.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Jeans, t-shirts. I think I went this entire year without wearing shorts. But at the end of the year I got some kickin’ winter wear. Expect to see me next year with this fancy winter jacket that looks like two jackets attached to each other when it’s unzipped!

33. What kept you sane?
RSS. If it wasn’t for the Internet constantly tapping me on the shoulder, headed phrase-structure grammar would have made me go insane.

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

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
2008 elections. I flip-flopped a few times. But I certainly gave Ron Paul a large dose of Haterade. That guy is fuckin’ DUMB ARGGHGHH

36. Who did you miss?
Shiranne, and my UCSC homies.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My new apartment mates and Seattle BEMANI buds.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Try not to judge.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Lemon Jelly – ’79 AKA The Shouty Track


So here I am in the new studio room of my Dad’s house! His house has a room under the garage and it’s been in a state of disrepair (and mildew) since we moved in 12 years ago. The room was completely demolished and rebuilt into a great Feldenkrais studio for my stepmom, and a guest room when all the other guest rooms (soon to be 2 when my sister moves to NYU) are taken.

The first few days were spent with my Mom! We went movie watching and late Hanukkah celebrating and I even sat in on one of my mom’s middle school classes full of horrible 8th graders. I got to teach basic linguistic syntax to the few who paid a semblance of attention! For my sister and my birthday, she brought us to Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZÅ, which was ASTOUNDING. For seriously. Cirque does not disappoint.

Next up was a quick stop off at a LAN party at the house of my friends from elementary school, Simeon and Jeff. A lot of old-timey friends were there, and it was great to see them. Got to stay there overnight, so I could pick up a few people for

My birthday party! As expected, it rocked the house. I didn’t expect everyone who RSVP’d to come, but they all did, plus a few special guests. Exciting! Most of the party was spent cooking, which was the plan. Paolo and Beau helped out tremendously in the food department. Dishes served were baked ziti, meatballs, fried chicken, garden salad by Beau, and crème brûlée. Plus appetizers and many a drank. Toppped off with some Mario Galaxy and Portal on the big screen. Enjoyment was had by all! I am glad everyone could come.

And finally today is Christmas! I got a modest haul – waterproof hiking boots, rain jacket, some moneys (to offset just a bit of tuition spending on my part), ganache from my sister, and my BA diploma all framed up! (This is my first time home since it was sent to my Dad’s, so it was a good gift!) Tonight we’re having our annual Christmas dinner with some family friends, and then Mom picks me up so we can

Go to Yosemite tomorrow! We’re taking a bus and staying there for three days. Snow shoeing, sightseeing, etc. It should be fun; I haven’t been there in a few years. We’ll be back on the 29th.

Oh also tomorrow is my birthday! I changed my birthdate on Facebook to see who would actually remember instead of just being reminded! That sounds kind of sort of mean to “test” my friends but hey it’s not a big deal. I won’t be around until a few days later to receive the birthday wishes and I’ve already had my birthday, sooo yeah!

Heading back to Seattle on the 4th. Between that all I’ve got planned is going to a New Year’s party with James and Paolo and the gang. Let’s hang out?!

Kennedy Technology Group live

Check out the site I’ve been working on! It’s for an IT firm in Oakland. I coded the site from the ground up – made a PHP backend to keep the design constant on all pages while allowing for a whole lot of freedom about what shows up on each page. The design was done by Katherine J. Falk, and I spliced up the design mockups and turned it into an interactive piece.

Poke around, tell me what you think. Been working on this for a month or two now.

Oh also, it’s valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional! Also doesn’t use tables except for where tables should be used (you know, like, with tables). Boy does it feel good to be compliant.

DECEMBER 21 no i mean 22

Step 2: Decide on a date.

My birthday party. Friday Saturday, December 21 22. Saturday the 22nd!!! I don’t want to conflict with people’s New Year’s plans or anywhere near that, so I’m having it before Christmas.

Very cool? Yes? Awesome! You are coming. Any conflicts? By all means, please!!! This is a tentative date unless anyone objects.