Friday Five:

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
Hmm, I don’t know that I had a really big standout achievement. It was kinda like the first year of normality after a couple years of transition. I had the same job all year and the Snook and I were finally able to stop draining our saved London funds and start living within our salaries. I ate sushi for the first time ever. We marched in the anti-war demonstration in February. I made a quilt, ran my second 5K race, knitted my first sweater ever, and went on to knit one for the Snook. We flew around the world on the most amazing holiday. I actually drove a vehicle on the left side of the road. We started a vegetable garden. We threw a Halloween party where I had the best costume thus far in my entire life. It was a good year.

2. What was your biggest disappointment?
Not getting the job with Kazaa. I had a great first interview and I was basically told that the position – which they were creating for me – was all but mine. I then had a fun second interview when I got to meet the rest of the team. It would’ve meant a raise, better working hours, fun co-workers, and a shorter commute. I would’ve actually looked forward to going to work. After a month of being dicked around by the recruitment agency though, they finally admitted that Kazaa had decided not to create the position after all. Jerks.

3. What do you hope the new year brings?
My permanent Australian residency. It’s weird to think that they could still kick me out after two years of living here. Once I have that, I’ve only got two years to go before I can take out citizenship. Then I’m pretty much clear to come and go as I please. That’ll be our cue to head to the US and try to do the same for the Snook…

4. Will you be making any New Year’s resolutions? If yes, what will they be?
Definitely. I resolve to stick to my diet and lose those last ten kilograms. I resolve to run the 10K at the Nike Women’s Classic this year. I resolve to get a job that pays better and that I actually enjoy.

5. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?
Currently nothing. The Snook and I have been having a very boring and restful holiday so far and I don’t imagine that will change.