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Well, I never managed to post in 2012. This year has been the most insane roller coaster of my life thus far I think, but in a good way. Compared to my last few entries, life couldn't really be much more different; to say things have taken a u-turn would be a huge understatement. I'm going to do one of those 2012 meme things and hopefully things will become a bit clearer for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about...

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?

Got divorced, lived with someone that wasn't a boyfriend but not being a student, started a long-distance relationship

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

I never bother really, it depresses me if I can't keep them

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully

5. What countries did you visit?

Scotland, Portugal, Germany

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

A boyfriend in the same time zone

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The 11th May is when I met Andy damnspynovels for the first time, after about 7 years of being friends from LJ and several months of intense emailing and whatsapping (oh and twitter DMing, which we actually broke once). So this all started when he found out I'd split up with Jim and emailed me some words of support having been in the same position himself some years earlier, which I distinctly remember. It really helped because truly, with the best will in the world if you haven't been through it yourself you can't fully understand it. Anyway, somehow from those initial emails things snowballed and we realized we had a hell of a lot in common and were totally on the same page. So fast forward to May, and he came over to England (from Canada) because he planned to move back here, so we met up in that week. The time we spent together was awkward, nervous, fun, exciting, terrifying and amazing all at once. Even then we knew this was going to be a big deal.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Probably moving on with my life. At the start of the year things looked pretty bleak and the first few months were tough. But things started looking a lot brighter around March.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Probably managing my money. I spent a lot this year on moving, going on holidays, going to London loads over the summer etc, and could have poured that money into my debts. I guess at least I had fun with it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The last couple of months I've been plagued with ear problems that I can't seem to get rid of and it's driving me NUTS.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My spotify subscription

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Andy, obviously. I have a hard time processing how amazing he is. There were a few shitty moments of 2012 and he was right there supporting me the whole time. Also Bethany; in 2012 I feel like our friendship hit another level and we had so much fun, many many laughs and stupid moments, and she inspired me so much, I'm so proud to call her my bro.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

At times, Pete (my housemate). I guess I could say Jim; I got some pretty bad emails from him, but I don't think they really made me feel appalled or depressed, just, I dunno, emotionless I suppose.

14. Where did most of your money go?

See question 9

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Every visit that Andy made here. And each one was better than the last.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Omg loads but I suppose I should say Kiss Me by Stephen Duffy since its now my most played song EVER.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

Happier or sadder? Immeasurably happier

Fatter or thinner? Dunno, the same? Maybe a bit thinner

Richer or poorer? Poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Making more effort to see friends that live further away

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Staying up really late and going to work on 5 or 6 hours sleep

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent Christmas with Andy and my parents. We went out for dinner (the first time I've ever done that!) and then went home and played games whilst Andy got steadily more drunk and hilarious.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?


22. How many one-night stands?


23. What was your favourite TV program?


24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I don't think so

25. What was the best book you read?

2012 wasn't a good reading year for me. My books and kindle were packed away for half the year. This year was more about music.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Oh god this is hard. I don't think I got REALLY into just one band or artist this year, but liked a lot of stuff by lots of different people. Probably Kindness, Friends, Cable

27. What did you want and get?

A fun year with lots of stuff happening. A happy relationship. Sex.

28. What did you want and not get?

Always want to clear my debts but still working on it...

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Skyfall probably

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 27. I went out for dinner and drinks with some pals and had a transatlantic birthday party of sorts with Andy (we share the same birthday). This was when we started to realise shit was getting real.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

As I already said, having a boyfriend in this country. Kinda wish I'd lived alone too but not sure if I'd have been lonely.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

2012 has been all about buttoned up blouses

33. What kept you sane?

In depth chats with Bethany and Andy

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Terry Hall, obviously

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Oh god, lots. Probably the whole legitimate rape/abortion stuff.

36. Who did you miss?

Andy, obviously. I haven't seen Bethany in months and I miss her terribly. I have other friends I haven't seen since the start of the year and I have no idea how it's been that long.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I guess it's only on a technicality that we MET this year, but it was a good year for meeting the internet. I met Andy, Lol, Bee, Kirsteen, Lindsay, Colin, Harriet, Rachael, Emily, Lee and probably more that I've forgotten. You are all AMAZING.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:

Shit things might happen to you, but it will get better in time, and then something will come along and make you realise it was all worthwhile.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Love's such a delicate thing that we do/ with nothing to prove/ which I never knew (The Shins - Simple Song)

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( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Charlotte, you genuinely don't know how happy reading the above has made me!

Really glad to hear about you and Andy - you both sound amazing together and it's the very least you deserve after what I can imagine must have been a really tough time x
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jaqui :) xx
Jan. 5th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Yay! I wondered how you'd been getting on (wow I'm a weirdo lurker sorry!) but yay for internet buddies, internet boyfs and everything :)
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Not weird at all! I still read LJ but yeah,just never managed to post. Maybe a 2013 revival is on the cards?! x
Jan. 5th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
aw I'm so happy for you charlotte! I had been wondering what was going on with your life. you give me hope, haha as cheesy as that sounds! xx
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Oh Jackie I really hope 2013 holds good things for you! I didn't think it would happen to me so anything is possible...! x
Jan. 5th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, Charlotte! I'm so happy to hear from you and that all is well! Fabulous news all round. Stay in touch!
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks Suz! Sorry to hear you're not enjoying London anymore tho :( xx
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yasssss such a year for the bro!
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC)
AND for the bro! <3 <3 <3
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
<3 It was awesome to meet you too! And I only worked out that Andy was your boyfriend last week, duhhhh x
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
Oh don't feel out of the loop, for a bunch of complicated reasons we had to keep everything quiet until very recently! x
Jan. 7th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
I'm late as hell but yay, good stuff!
Jan. 13th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
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