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Here's a meme I found on tumblr.

1:What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Went skinny dipping. In a pool.

2:Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My resolution last year was to be healthier, and I definitely accomplished that. This year my resolution is to GET INTO LAW SCHOOL, and if that happens TO DO WELL.

3:Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. Most of my friends are just getting engaged and no one in my family is old enough.

4:Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no.

5:What countries did you visit?
None : ( I didn't do any traveling this year.

6:What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013
Air conditioning, a dish washer, financial stability.

7:What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day my dad got home from Afghanistan and my twenty-first birthday.

8:What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I really don't know. Probably taking my LSATs and doing all my applications for school while making the Dean's List.

9:What was your biggest failure?
Not doing any better on my second LSAT : (

10:Did you suffer illness or injury?
No. I've never broken a bone, had a surgery, or stayed in a hospital. I don't remember the last time I had a fever. My eyes have bothered me more than usual this year, but I think that's just a gradual change that I have to expect with my condition.

11:What was the best thing you bought?
I haven't bought anything big or special this year. Although, tomorrow I'm buying an exercise bike, so I'd say that's my best purchase.

12:Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My friend A, who has lymphoma and has done great with her chemo and is still going to graduate on time despite starting radiation this coming spring.

13:Whose behaviour made you appalled?
The Boston Bombers. Adam Lanza. These ridiculous people who commit mass shootings. I feel like a large-scale, random acts of violence happen all the time here in the States.

14:Where did most of your money go?
Rent, groceries, dog food.

15:What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Christmas. I really got to celebrate the holidays this year. Everything seems ten times better because my dad is home this year and my sister is doing well in school.

16:What song will always remind you of 2013?
As much as I hate to say it, Blurred Lines.

17:Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
Happier, skinnier, and just as poor.

18:What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I'd had more time to write.

19:What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being/feeling lazy, sleeping in, not being productive. It adds up to a lot of wasted time.

20:How did you spend Christmas?
With my family, and with Ben and his family.

21:Did you fall in love in 2013?
I stayed in love in 2013.

22:What was your favourite TV program?
The only shows I followed this year from week to week were The Newsroom and America's Next Top Model. I was pretty disappointed with ANTM, so The Newsroom.

23:Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. I can't think of anyone I really hate.

24:What was the best book you read?
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston.

25:What was your greatest musical discovery?
This isn't really a discovery, but M.I.A.'s new album is my favorite album from this year.

26:What did you want and get?
I finally got a CCTV from Services for the Blind!! It's been a huge help with my school work.

27:What did you want and not get?
More money.

28:What was your favourite film of this year?
This is really hard for me to decide. I just watched Blackfish on netflix and liked it, I liked Star Trek: Into Darkness. I want to see the second Hunger Games movie, Twelve Years a Slave, and the Dallas Buyers Club.

29:What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having more time with Ben, having an awesome roommate, being able to buy beer in person.

30:How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Jewel tones, light makeup with an emphasis on lipsticks, hand-knitted scarves, floor-length skirts, crop tops with a bit of stomach showing.

31:What kept you sane?
Having nice friends. I've become really good friends with my roommate R and it has made such a big impact on my life.

32:Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This is hard to say. I've been following M.I.A. closely because I was pumped for her new music but I don't have a lot of celebrity crushes.

33:What political issue stirred you the most?
Rights for the disabled, and the fact that NO ONE CARES ABOUT THEM.

34:Who did you miss?
My grandma. She passed away in the spring of 2012 and it still feels really recent.

35:Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Always stay one step ahead of the game. Plan. Work hard.


Sounds like you had a pretty good year on the whole. Glad to hear it. :o)

I'm really loving the new MIA album too. I still haven't seen the documentary about her, got it cued up for the weekend. Really not on board with the Assange stuff but I love the stuff she says about people's personal experiences being dismissed in politics, the idea that unless you have a PhD in politics or whatever you should keep quiet. Definitely someone I fell a bit in love with in 2013, just sorry to be late to the party!

Hope you're enjoying the Christmas break xxx
hopefully the year has been more good than bad!

What is CCTV in this context and how does it help your work?
Oh yes, I'd definitely say this year has been good overall.

CCTVs are awesome, they're used all the time by people with residual vision who are still legally blind. I uploaded a pic and an explanation on my tumblr if you want to check out the post:
Always stay one step ahead of the game. Plan. Work hard. - This is sound advice. I think I only learned this year that I can work hard.

I hope your friend is okay!