01. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
I saw the redwoods for the first time. They were absolutely glorious. I was also the Maid of Honor for my friend Mireille's wedding.
02. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any. I think this year I'll resolve to be happier and healthier.
03. Did anyone close to you give birth?
04. Did anyone close to you die?
Six. My advisor, Steve Brunsfeld, to cancer. Also lost another professor (Jeff Braatne) to cancer. Also lost four Forest Service friends in a helicopter accident...Lily Patten (lookout), Monica Zajanc and Mike Lewis (helitack) and Quinn Stone (pilot).
05. What countries did you visit?
England. Canadia. And some Haida reservations.
06. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
Mental health...less panicking and less of my work problems affecting my personal life and well-being. Fewer problems overall would be nice, actually.
07. What date(s) from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 11, the day that Steve died.
08. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finally sequencing the PSBA locus in red alders, a feat that took me about 9 months of troubleshooting, tears, inane questions, meetings, squinting, and panic attacks. And finding a 15 bp repeat insertion in half of them.
Also maintained my 4.00, which took no small amount of effort.
09. What was your biggest failure?
Having #8 take as long as it did, and finding the answer to my research question be found about four days after Steve became nonresponsive.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Mostly stress, and that brought me some of the worst headaches of my life (I get headaches very rarely, and they're never chronic) and some awful back and neckaches from tension. Oh, and this was great: I got in trouble for taking Christmas break off last year, so I decided to stay and work through Spring Break to make up for it. I was depressed I had to work at the lab during break. Instead, I wound up getting the worst food poisoning of my entire life on the second day of break...the lying on the floor, unable to move after 7 hours of on-again, off-again vomiting bouts I wrote about back in March. I was scared.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Some gifts for others. :)
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Tyler's, for supporting me throughout the entire year with hugs, meals, kind words, and hours of help in the lab and herbarium when I needed extra hands. And shaylith's, for braving Snakes on a Plane with me.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food. I try to help us eat well...I'm less depressed that way.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Visiting London with my Mom, and reserving a wedding site with Tyler.
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Healthier: Absolutely not.
Richer? Probably. I started my IRA's this year.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I'd had more time to detox from all the stress and fear.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I wish I'd freaked out less over lab problems, but I think I was justified in freaking.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home, with my parents, brother, and Tyler. :) We'll exchange gifts, play games, hang out and do our own things (no television allowed), and enjoy a nice dinner together.
21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Reading a book (or Fark.com)
22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
A little more every day.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I try not to hate people.
26. What was the best new book you read?
Dan Savage's The Commitment.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Watching/reading about shaylith turning into a band whore. :) ::hugs:: Oh, and The Weepies.
28. What did you want and get?
I wanted lab success, and got it.
29. What did you want and not get?
I wanted lab success in a timely manner, and did not get it. I wanted Steve to be happy with me, and I don't know if he was.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (I first saw it in 2006). I was looking forward to X3 more, but the plot disappointed me. The best anticipation, by far, was for SNAKES ON A PLANE!
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 24 on May 9th, my second day in London with my Mom (for the first time ever, I forgot it was my birthday and didn't realize it until I saw the date on some announcements in the tube station). We took the tubes to Kew Gardens and I got a fantastic personal tour of the herbarium, held specimens collected by Charles Darwin, and wandered the beautiful grounds. We tried to go to Westminster Abbey and missed it. Then we went to a delicious dinner at an Indian restaurant, with food served by the surliest waiters on the planet.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Sharing the results of my research with Steve before he died.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
My personal fashion concept was Laboratory Chic: long pants, closed-toe shoes, and shirts that it's okay to accidentally splash bleach on (hasn't happened yet). Also, latex gloves.
34. What kept you sane?
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Democrats winning control of Congress. Take that, Senator Frothy Mix.
37. Who did you miss?
Tyler, my family, my friends, and my normal life.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Jess, a fellow grad student and lab rat, who turned out to be a great person, and I would have discovered that a lot sooner if I'd taken the time to notice.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Get back to work.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.