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2006: A brief review


2006: A slightly less brief review

Good riddance.

2006: An even less brief review

Well that sucked

2006: A still less brief review

Thank moo that's over.

2006: A not-really-very-brief-at-all review

Tempting though it is to carry on you probably get the idea. 2006 was not the best year ever, for me. My depression came back in a big way, and left me fairly incapacitated for most of the year. Not so much with the fun.

There were a few good bits though, so I'd like to try to concentrate on them. For one thing, another year gone by and I'm still not dead. That's always a plus, and is a good starting point for everything else.

I also think I'm in a better mental state now than I was this time 12 months ago. This puts 2006 as an overall pus, I suppose. I crashed near the end of 2005, burned throughout 2006, and seem to be starting to pick myself up again. The past month has been generally pretty good for me, and while I'm not feeling at my best right this very second, my outlook on life is still fairly positive. I've sorted out the Open University stuff, and the seeing someone about my gender crap stuff, which should both start to bear fruit in early 2007. So that's good.

Then there are people. Looking through joule, it seems that I first (online) met these people in 2006: jennyemily, matgb, doseybat, faeriecween, shehops, draconid, lydiabutterfly, jvvw, ball_slap, amyty, raegun, catamorphism, bloodbeauty, reiko_j, auntysarah, and onemoreargument. Some I've got to know well; some I haven't. All are good people, though, and my life is richer for their inclusion in it, to whatever extent.

I should also like to give a shout out to the following people, who have been stalwarts in the "keeping rho sane" front this year. In no particular order: shehops, emmavescence, sarianna, oscarhocklee, phoenixdreaming, fraught, kamara. (Actually, I lied. That is a particular order. It's sorted by reverse alphabetical order of prepenultimate letter of LJ username.) And there are probably other people too, but I am a bear of very little brains, and cannot think of anyone else at this time. My apologies to anyone Iv'e forgotten.

Major or significant events of 2006 were few and far between, due to the depression-related lack of venturing beyond my flat, but a few things do stand out.
  • New furniture for my flat. This means I finally have enough storage space for everything, so have a chance of getting this place tidy, which will be good for the getting my life in order thing.
  • My first exposure to the Tao Te Ching, which speaks to me more than any other religious work I've ever read, with the possible exception of the Principia Discordia, next to which it now sits on my bookshelves.
  • I seem to be feeding myself better. I eat breakfast sometimes. And actually cook things fairly frequently. That's definitely a step up.
  • Again, there's probably other stuff that I'm just failing to think of.
Notable books I've read this year: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke), Wintersmith (Terry Pratchett), Hello, Cruel World (Kate Bornstein), The Ancestor's Tale(Richard Dawkins).

Notable computer games played this year: Guild Wars, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.

Notable TV shows watched this year: Dr. Who, Strictly Come Dancing, This Week, Stargate SG1 (on DVD).

Notable music of the year: Very little really. I've discovered a new fondness for a few CDs I already, I guess. Cathy Dennis, Bryan May, Eddy Grant.

Notable LJ entries from the past year: on the mass of a fart, on religion, this year's Valentine's Day poetry, on sport in schools, on suicide, on death on bacon sandwiches, on national coming out day, on coping mechanisms.

So there we go. Here's to hoping for a better 2007. I hope you all have a good one, too.

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Congratulations on being rather less of a cynical and misanthropic bastard than I am right now. That is indeed an achievement. I give a hearty "bah" to everything remotely happy and celebratory right now, and am looking forward to when I can be miserable more acceptably again. Seriously though, I am glad you've turned a corner and are doing all sorts of better at all sorts of things. A happy and bouncy rho is somewhat disturbing, but a happy and content rho is a good thing. I can definitely get behind the idea of 2007 being better. And you made my day at the 8 hour mark (approximately 8 more to go! Get your applications in now!) with the warm fuzzies and managing to be wonderfully geeky in just choosing how to order something. Less than three.

"It's sorted by reverse alphabetical order of prepenultimate letter of LJ username."

*pounce* Jiminy fucking cricket, I do like the way that you think!

"(Richard Dawkins)"

I just got given Unweaving the Rainbow the other month. It looks as if it's going to be a good read. Huzzah for a big pile of books to look forward to, that's what.

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