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30 December 2016 @ 08:23 am
New Year's Meme  
I really like filling out this meme and though I'm a day early on the 30th I want to do this now.

1. What did you do this past year that you have never done before?

Bought a new car. I bought my first used car last year in 2015 but this is the first time I have bought a new one. This year was a first for many things. Owned my own house so that makes two houses. Still need to sell that one. Also got my first cell phone. Though it took three attempts to find the right one for me and the right provider I am finally happy with my new Samsung Galaxy S7.

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

I think I sucked at resolutions this year. I am not happy about failing to finish Renegade so badly. One measly page at the end of the year. But it's not like things haven't been busy this year. Yes I will make some at the end of this.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No thank goodness.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

This year has been full of death for me it has been very bad. Started off by losing many of my hens to some dogs that broke into the yard. Found out an online friend was murdered that we had traded art with in the past. I miss her. Though it happened in 2015 I found out this year and I was very angry. And then my mother died in June. Though I am not upset about her passing as we had not spoken in 14 years inheriting all her problems has turned my life upside down and really screwed everything up for the last half of this year. That issue has been non stop and very tiring for me and will still go on into the new year but hopefully not very long.

5. What new states or countries did you visit. If not new did you travel for fun?

Puerto Rico. Though I have been to Puerto Rico before on a cruise with my mother that cruise sucked. We only stopped there for a few hours and my only memory is annoying shopping and McDonalds. So I was happy to go back and see the real Puerto Rico even if I only had a few hours again. I did it right this time and loved it. This cruise was very nice though I don't have too many memories of it because of all the problems going on. It was right back to work after I got home so I never was able to solidify the memories. I need to upload the photos. That will help me. Went back to St. Maarten and did a private bird watching tour. That was worth every penny. Picked up new birds for the life list there. Then we went to Fort Louis which was wonderful being up high on that mountain. It was a beautiful trip and finally I feel like I have finished with that island. And went back to Labadee Haitii. I went off on my own bird watching. It was amazing. Every bird I saw was an endemic and new for the life list. That was amazing. I also visited my friend ACTipton in NC for my birthday in July but I'll talk about that in the birthday question. Also spent a couple of days in Bradenton for our 20th anniversary. That was a nice but cold trip.

6. What would you like to have in the new year that you lacked in this past year?

Peace and quiet would be nice.

7. What dates from this year remain etched in your mind and why?

It's been a hectic ride after my mother's death. Won't ever forget that.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I guess buying the Jeep. It's nice to have wheels again though I haven't used it for fun much.

9. What was your biggest failure?

It's been a bad year over all.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

This is the one thing I can be proud of I guess. I have had very few physical problems this year. Everything else has been bad but my health over all has been good. Very little fibro and back pains. I don't need it on top of everything. I think that would be too much so I'm happy I have been healthy. Only now this month am I getting some weakness and pain.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Jeep. I haven't driven in four years. I have my wings back.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My friends online of course have been awesome. In real life my realator has gone above and beyond the call of duty. She's been awesome though all of this mess.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled?

This is an easy one. Shychick on DA. I hate traitors and liars. She walked out on all of us without a work. Add coward to the list that she couldn't tell it to our faces what was up. Made all of us mad for it after we had accepted her and had let her join in on our fun. That's at least 10 if not more people pissed at her. Then she came back on another account negating that she was leaving. That's the short short version of what happened. I have the whole story of course in full detail. Others have been bad this year too but she takes the cake.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Unfortunately to my other house.

15. What did you get really excited about?

I was very excited about my trip to NC.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

The normal things I used to do in the past years. Relax, draw, write etc.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Work on this house and its other issues.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas was nice. Spent Christmas eve with Christ at home and had a very nice time. Though I hurt my eye that night and it is still bad. Christmas day we went to my inlaws and had Christmas lunch. I really enjoyed talking to my father in law about sharks and boats. We got some very nice gifts this year.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

I don't watch TV shows much but I did discover some nice documentaries I enjoyed. I liked Ray Mears Wild Australia and Wild France.

20. Did you make any enemies this year?

Yes and am very proud to have probably the record for accounts banned ever.

21. Did you read any new books. If so which did you like best?

I did read some books but nothing stood out worth mentioning. I read one on economics that was interesting and just confirmed that the way I am saving is the right way so no need to change what I am doing.

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Was this the year I discovered Viktorius? If so then that would be it. I'm not so sure. I don't think any bands this year but individual songs that I have related to Scary Fear were great. Songs like Divine by Dionysis, Tetrastructural Minds by Vektor, Stormcrow by Cain's Offering and a few others I can't remember at the moment that I just love.

23. What did you want and get?

A new Jeep. GoPro Hero 5 Black. Coins. I've gotten some very nice stuff this year.

24. What did you want and not get?

For all the legal stuff to be over.

25. Did you see any new movies this year? And if so which did you like best?

Nothing stuck out much this year. Didn't go to the theater much. No amazing new discoveries that I can remember of old movies either.

26. What did you do on your birthday?

My birthday was wonderful. Probably the best thing this year. Chris came with me on my trip to NC to visit ACTipton and got to rid the train for the first time. That was a fun adventure. We rented a funny little car and went to so many cool places like the raptor center, botanical gardens and other places. My actual birthday was nice. The trip itself was the gift for me. It was the last super fun thing I did before the really bad problems began.

27. What is one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

For the legal issues to have ended sooner and in the most ideal way possible.

28. Did you meet anyone new you became good friends with?

Yes in both online and real life. Online I'm very happy to have met Rahula on DA. We've had a lot of fun talking and she's proven herself loyal to me and my friends which is highly important to me in a friendship. She's very creative and smart. I like her ideas and stories as well and she's also a good artist so great qualities all around.

In real life I made friends with a jeweler that I met. A fellow INTJ I have also enjoyed talking to him.

29. What video game obsessions did you have this year if any?

Doom. I really enjoyed that game so much I ended up creating new characters and stories for it. Unfortunately that was around the same time the whole legal stuff and mother stuff happened so that project was put on hold. I want to get back to it and keep drawing. Pyranax has a neat story that needs to be told.

30. Was your online time good, bad , same compared to last year?

Bad. There were way more jerks this year in than in previous years but I'm glad to have defeated the main ones and they have been banned. But the new people I have met always out do the bad stuff that happens on DA.

31. What hobbies did you improve, start or work more on this year? Basically how was your creativity this year?

This part was excellent. I produced some amazing art. Some of my best ever. I love my new Fear character and love that he has a nice sized fan following too. He is amazing and I have something very special with him. My Pyranax story is the same just so neat and I've made some very cool art for it. And it's not over yet. I have so many ideas for those two as well as George. Plus there are project I haven't even started yet that are just in my head so far. Like I want to do work with Jurassic Park and some dinosaur art not related to JP. Creativity has not been a problem this year. Time has been the problem.

32. Which holiday did you enjoy most this year?

My birthday. It was awesome. Chris's birthday. I got him some very cool things. I loved buying him so much neat stuff and am thankful I had the money to do it this year. And Halloween. Though we didn't really go all out on the decorations we did dress up and I carved an awesome Fear pumpkin. But I feel like I have missed out on every holiday since my birthday because of all the stuff that happened. The house is still decorated for 4th of July. I only started to take that down yesterday and will skip straight to putting up Valentine's soon since I like a full month for each holiday so I should get those up by Jan 14.

33. If there's something not by covered by the questions you would like to add about this past year you may do so here. Happy New Year

I have a good feeling about 2017 though things might not improve until Feb. One way or another I'm determined to get this whole house and legal stuff done by then. So time for resolutions now. I won't make many this year. I need to recover from 2016.

Resolutions for 2017

* Finish Renegade (Gosh can I actually do it finally? It needs to be finished. It's not even a long comic.
* Start and finish Dawn of Fear
* Try to get to chapter 3 in color of FBTF
* Travel to some new countries
* Meet some online friends in real life (this is optional but it would be nice)
* Garden more. It's been way too long since I properly tended to my plants. I'd love to get back into growing veggies again and getting the yard around this house nice.

That's all. Don't want to over do it this year but these are all possible and worth trying for.
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Des: Travelthagirion on December 30th, 2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yes I think it was the highlight of the year for me. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed showing Chris something new. Oh that totally makes sense though. Three over seas trips is a lot. Oh that sounds awesome. I'm happy for you. Please share pics when you return. I'd love to see beautiful landscapes out west or of different birds. Always great to pick up new states. Hum, if I do a road trip to Canada next year I was wondering if I could stop one night at your place as a rest over. I just don't know when or if I will do this. Depends on if I get rid of this house and how much money I'll have in 2017. But I am hoping for Spring. Otherwise no prob I'll find motels to stop at over night.
actipton80actipton80 on December 30th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
You are always welcome to stop over at my house if you take a road trip.

Our out West trip is going to be to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. Mom has been to that area and she really wanted to take me.
Desthagirion on December 31st, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Aw thank you.
Oh that will be so cool.