2004 Year in Review

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  1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
    Met someone whose blog I read
  2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    This year I made up a Bible reading plan that I managed to stick to, for the first time ever. I read the entire New Testament and a third of the Old Testament. For next year I'll be continuing my effort to be more relaxed and happy
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Yep, Jodi at work
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
  5. What countries did you visit?
    USA and Canada
  6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
    A boyfriend
  7. What date(s) from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    Probably the 16th May, which was when we left for the USA (the day is also the anniversary of when I settled this place, and my friends got married, and I hooked up with Vic, and my brother moved into his place).
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Probably switching over to w2k3/active directory
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    File server disaster, with a corrupted file system and hours of down time
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    I got sick twice, once probably from some old cheese, not sure about the other time. No flus which was awesome. Only real injury was a snowboarder wiping me out at the snow
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    My Sony DSC-F828 camera
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Probably my father's
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    On the trip to the USA
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Probably the trip to the USA :)
  16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
    Double Trouble
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    Happier or Sadder? - happier I think
    Thinner or Fatter? - much the same, maybe slightly fatter
    Richer or Poorer? - much the same, the trip to the USA kept me fairly even
  18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
  19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    This year or next year? Silly question to ask for an end of year quiz
  21. Who deleted question 21?
    It wasn't me I didn't do it
  22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
    If you count crushes on Jason Isaacs and Dave.. otherwise no
  23. How many one-night stands?
  24. What was your favorite TV program?
    Survivor or ER
  25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
  26. What was the best book you read?
    Probably Prisoner of Azkaban, although I'd read that twice before
  27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Yvonne's keyboard
  28. What did you want and get?
    A new camera
  29. What did you want and not get?
    A dvd recorder
  30. What was your favorite film of this year?
    Peter Pan
  31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    Went down to me little brother's place for lunch, then went to a dance party in town. I turned 31
  32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    A boyfriend
  33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
    Jeans and a tshirt
  34. What kept you sane?
  35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Jason Isaacs
  36. What political issue stirred you the most?
    The US election.. even more than our own federal election, go figure :)
  37. Who did you miss?
    Dennis and JC, they don't post nearly as often as they used to :(
  38. Who was the best new person you met?
  39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
  40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    "Something gotta go wrong cause I'm feeling way too damn good" - story of my life - whenever I'm feeling happy something will come along to make me feel grumpy

So another year over. Another year older. I spent far too long rereading this years blog entries to get highlights and lowlights of the year. Strangely there were more highlights than lowlights. The lowlights tended to be just ordinary day-to-day rants. The only big disasters I had this year were the file server disaster, where we lost files and had daytime downtime for hours; and Faiele in Italy stole a big chunk of my money on ebay, and ebay refused to help.

At work, we upgraded our domain to windows 2003 with active directory, which we managed to acheive without too many dramas. I setup quite a few servers during the year, but my favourite was later in the year when I migrated our main production notes web server to new hardware in a total of an hour and a half from pulling out of the box to being live. We also got audited while I was overseas, and felt very happy that I'd done detailed documentation for all the servers before I left, which probably saved my boss. Lunches with Jim and John became the norm this year, as it was a lot easier to coordinate four people with Luc in our office than when he was elsewhere.

My cia work mostly dried up, after they hired Nhat to take care of Gamera. He had his trial by fire shortly after he started, having to rebuild the machine in the middle of the night when there was a multiple disk failure in the raid array. The relief of me not having to stress about the box anymore was enourmous.

My lego obsession kicked into high gear this year, with the completion of the classic space lego collection, all the Harry Potter sets, tonnes of plain bricks for making mosaics (of which I made four instructed ones and four of my own design), and later in the year getting Yoda and the Imperial Star Destroyer.

I had several fish losses during the year, but didn't really replace any. I did however get a tankful of baby kribs which was very exciting.

I saw David Bowie in concert which was phenomenal. Been waiting fourteen years for the chance, and it was very moving for me. Also saw the Lion King stage show which was fantastic. Quidam was good but not as good as Alegria.

Crushes included a massive one on Jason Isaacs, a little one on Dave, and the ongoing one on Jim. No prospects of any boyfriends tho.

Three decent trips this year - a short one at Easter to my uncle's wedding in Queensland, a six week adventure to the USA and Canada, and a three day skiing trip in September. The USA trip was amazing, probably the biggest highlight of my year. I took 3800 photos and movies on my wonderful new Sony camera, which I still haven't finished sorting out!!

The weather this year went Summer, Autumn, Autumn, skipped winter, went straight onto Summer, and now Spring.

And now I have to get ready for tonight's general partying. Happy new year to everyone!! :):)


Dave2 said:

Dave? That cheeky bastard is hardly worth the thought!! Oh, David BOWIE... yeah, he's pretty special. :-)

December 31, 2004 6:33 PM


soss said:

Jodi gave birth at work? ;)

January 1, 2005 11:50 PM


kazza said:

hehe not quite... ;)

January 2, 2005 8:44 AM


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