the New Year’s tag {2015-2016}

(I’ve had this tag in my drafts for forever and I’ve forgotten where I originally copied it from.  So, just so you know, that’s why I’m not linking back to a blog/person, like I usually do.)

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

Watched a movie in a movie theater, learned to love the Western genre, and graduated from high school.

Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?

I don’t think I made any resolutions for 2015, and if I did they obviously didn’t stick around very long.  I do have some goals for next year, mainly to do with my writing.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Sadly, no.

Did anyone close to you die?

Happily, no.


What countries/states did you visit?

I went to Montreal (which is a PROVINCE, by the way) for a day with my dad and sister, but other than that I’ve stuck around in Ontario, Canada.  No exotic vacations for me this year, unfortunately. (Well, it’s not too unfortunate, because I really prefer staying at home for real comfort.)

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

A closer walk with God.  Also, a finished draft of The Bounty Hunter.

What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory?

June 29th.  For reasons which will be answered in the next question…

Did you move anywhere?

YES.  On June 29th, my family pulled up stakes and moved to a gorgeous home (that used to be a church – it was built in 1861!) and we’ve been living here for over six months.  There’s soooo much more space, my grandparents live with us (in a downstairs apartment of their own), we’ve been able to have pets again, and overall, it’s been great.  And my sisters and I have two rooms now instead of one.  WIN.  The only thing that took getting used is having only one bathroom (we used to have four).  But we’ve adjusted splendidly, if I do say so myself.


What was the best month?

December was awesome because it started off with house guests (who were super-duper amazing and I loved spending time with them) and good food and lots of laughter, and then there was Christmassssss and making presents and tons of Christmas music and packages in the mail and general amazingness.  So, December is the winner.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I graduated! *showers confetti over oneself*

What was your biggest failure?

Um…I didn’t learn to ride a bike?  That was one of my goals for 2015, but it didn’t happen.  That’s the worst thing I can think of, really.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope!  Maybe a cold here and there, but nothing major.


What was the best thing you bought?

Combat!, the full series.  Elisabeth and I saved up for that for months and bought it off Amazon, and now that streaming videos from Youtube doesn’t really work for us (’cause the internet situation out in the country is precarious), it’s been doubly helpful. (Plus, there are lots of cool bonus features.)  AND MY LAPTOP.  How could I have forgotten that???  I’ve called it ‘Hymie’ and it’s awesome-sauce.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

My sister, Elisabeth.  She’s been an amazing encouragement to me all year long about anything I happened to be having trouble with – especially my writing, and Certain People who tend to frustrate me.  When I was really, really depressed about not being able to work out the plot for The Bounty Hunter, she talked me through what kind of a story I had already, and then helped me figure out the rest of the plot.  She reads my writing and helps me pick out great clothes to wear (I have zero fashion sense, and she has tons) and I know she’ll always be there to help me.  She’s the best.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The Supreme Court’s.  And a few other people whose names I can’t mention because this is a Public Blog.

Where did most of your money go?

BOOKS.  Of course. 😉


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

The release of Go Set A Watchman.  Well, at least before I read all the critics’ bad reviews and my anticipation plummeted to an all-time low.  But all the hype was fun while it lasted, and I did enjoy the book in the end, so it wasn’t all that bad.

What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?

I didn’t go to a concert. *sad face*  There was a one-night-only Glenn Miller concert near where I live, but my family couldn’t afford to send me. *sadder face*  I also missed out on seeing Newsies and Cinderella live. *saddest face ever*

What song/album will always remind you of 2015?

Song: “Little Wonders” from Meet The Robinsons because that’s literally what heralded in the New Year.  My siblings and I were just finishing the film when midnight came.  Album: My lovely “Glenn Miller: Greatest Hits” CD, because I almost wore it out over this past year.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder?  Happier!  Though I don’t remember being all that sad last year.
2. thinner or fatter?  About the same.
3. richer or poorer?  I don’t have a cent on me right now.  Which is usually the case.

What do you wish you’d done more of?  

Reading my Bible.  Spending quality time with my family.  Listening to Christmas music.


What do you wish you’d done less of? 

Crying. (Honestly, I get depressed soooo easily.)  Pinteresting.  Spending time online.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Glenn Miller FOR THE WIN.  Also, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra, and Jack Jones.  Love them all. 

How did you spend Christmas?

Like I’ve mentioned before on this blog, my family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, but we did do a few things.  On Christmas Eve, Dad and Mom gave each of my siblings (and me) a book, and on Christmas Day we had a delicious turkey dinner and sat around talking.  Oh, and I gave cookies to the neighbours.  Good times, guys.

How are you spending New Year’s?

Gifts.  Lots of gifts.  Eating tons of good stuff and having family time and going to visit a church member in the hospital.  It’ll be great.

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I don’t do phone calls, and I can’t remember the last time I talked with anyone for more than five minutes.  Emails and Skype are more my thing – I’ve sent LOTS of emails this year and chatted lots and lots with friends on Skype.  So that’s been fun.

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South...Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind...":

What was the best book you read?

GONE WITH THE WIND. (You can check out the list of that and nine other super-fantaz-cool-o-rama books I read this year.)

Did you fall in love in 2015?

Yes.  About twenty different times, with fictional characters and certain actors.  I fall in love/like pathetically easily.

What was your favorite TV show?

COMBAT! (Ya’ll knew that was coming, right?)  Monk, Get Smart, and The Big Valley are also contenders.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nooooo.  Definitely not.

What did you want and get?

Cool story, that: When my family drove over to the house we’re now living in to check it out before buying it, there was a lovely, vintage typewriter sitting out and I wanted it.  A lot.  Of course, the former residents took it with them when they left – or so I thought.  Actually, Dad bought it off them and gave it to me at my graduation.  SQUEEP.  It now sits on my dresser, and I love it.


What were your favorite films of this year?

I watched a TON of old movies this year, because I got obsessed with vintage stuff in general right around February and I couldn’t list them all.  But there were lots.  I also thoroughly enjoyed Cinderella (2015), True Grit (2010), Big Hero 6, The Bourne Identity, The Monuments Men, Mockingjay Part 1, and Saving Private Ryan.  I watched lots of good films this year.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Whatever was clean.  For real.

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

I was Seventeen.  Which means in less than a year, I’ll be EIGHTEEN.  What.  That’s pretty cool.  Anywayyy…for probably the first time in my life, I didn’t spend my birthday at home.  My entire family went on a mini-vacation, and we stayed at a hotel, and bought tons of books at a used bookstore, and it was great.  I was kind of not really okay with spending my birthday away from home, but Dad took me back to the used bookstore and I found a biography of Audrey Hepburn and a really old book about Casablanca (the movie, not the place), and we ended the day watching “The First Day” (C! episode), so it all worked out.  It was a good birthday.

What kept you sane?

Prayer.  My sister.  Other awesome friends.  And this blog.

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

Another sibling.  Preferably twin girls, because then there’d be five boys and five girls in our family. 🙂  Oh, and I’d really have liked to go to that Glenn Miller concert, but it was Not To Be. *sigh*


Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Matt Damon?  I don’t really fancy modern actors/actresses/public figures because of Reasons, but over the past several months I’ve developed quite a crush on Matt Damon, so he’d be my answer. (I feel like there’s someone I’m forgetting about, but for the life of me I can’t figure out who it is.)

What political issue stirred you the most?

The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage throughout the USA, the Paris attacks, and the Canadian election.

Who did you miss?

The Jacksons – they’re the house guests I talked about earlier.  We had ‘some lively times’ together, but they can’t come see my family too often because they travel a lot. (They’re missionaries.)  I miss them terribly.

Who was the best new person you met?

Naomi.  We’ve become great friends.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Eh.  I’m not one of those girls who have a song lyric for every single occasion, so I really don’t know what to say.  So, I’ll just leave this one unanswered.

Five things I want to do in 2016:

  1. Learn to ride a bike.
  2. Expand my bank robbery/hostage/western story.
  3. Revise The Bounty Hunter.
  4. Spend less time online.
  5. LIVE.


Feel free to borrow this tag, guys, because I’d love to see your answers. 🙂 (And thanks for reading right down to the end of this post!)



15 thoughts on “the New Year’s tag {2015-2016}

  1. “… and if I did they obviously didn’t stick around very long.” Hahaha – I love how honest you are, dear. 🙂

    December was my favourite month, too. 🙂
    Aww, it would be so nice if you had two more sisters – then we would have the exact same amount of brothers and sisters. (There was a time in our family when the boys doubled the girls. :-/ I remember it. :-P)
    “I fall in love/like pathetically easily.” SAME. 😀

    I’m sooo happy we’re friends, Eva. 🙂 Oh, and the pictures in this post… ON POINT. 😀

    ~ Naomi


  2. If I weren’t already writing a blog post for 2015, I’d tag myself in this one… but I am, sooooo… : P Great job! I loved all of your answers, especially the movies one! (Speaking of movies, you need to watch Enemy at the Gates with VidAngel, now that you have it. WWII AND JUDE LAW AND JOSEPH FIENNES AND FEEEEEEELS. Your brothers will love it, too.)

    (And I count myself as one of those people whose “behavior made you appalled and depressed,” and I’m sorry about that, but I hope we figured things out. So looking forward to continuing our friendship next year! I NEED SOMEONE TO FANGIRL WITH ABOUT CIVIL WAR!!!)

    Love ya bunches! ❤


    • I’ll ask about watching Enemy at the Gates, but it prooobably won’t happen anytime soon because it takes forever to get my parents to let me watch a new movie. 😛 But I *will* ask!

      Well, I’d be lying if I said you weren’t right about the ‘appalled and depressed’ thing, but I think we’ve moved at least a little beyond that. 🙂 I’m still super glad to call you my friend – and we’ll DEFINITELY be fangirling/crying about Civil War. 😉
      Love you, too!


      • Hahaha, that sounds SO familiar. : P Let me know if/when you watch it!

        I knew it. : D I’m really glad, too. You’ve blessed my life in so many ways and I’m so grateful for you. : )


  3. I know exactly what you mean–sisters are DA BEST. I don’t know what I’d do without my Rosie and my two other little sisters 🙂

    Ohhhhhhh . . . your new house sounds so cool! And your grandparents live with you? That must be lovely for your family!

    Yeah . . . I DO wish I had more little brothers and sisters–I mean, I have six already, but another baby would be FANTASTIC. I guess I’ll just have to wait till I get married and have babies of my own . . . 😉

    That old Supreme Court. I know just how you feel–I’m ashamed of them, too.


    • Yep, my grandparents live with us. It’s taken a little bit of adjusting, especially since my grandfather is almost fanatical about things being spotless – we’ve had to keep the house pretty much perpetually clean. 😀 But other than that, it’s been awesome.

      I’m not even American, and I still cried the day they made their decision. *sigh*


      • I know . . . I was especially upset because I’m a Roman Catholic and we (obviously!) don’t condone gay marriage, but there are some Catholics on the Supreme Court who I’m pretty sure voted on the wrong side. And I was like, “GUUUUUUUUYYYYYS!” It’s such a disappointment when you can’t even rely on somebody who CLAIMS to share your religion to do the right thing.


  4. Yes. SISTERS. What would we do without them? 🙂

    You graduated? That is so cool!! Congratulations! I graduate high school next year. One more semester to go . . .

    A typewriter! Wow, that’s neat 🙂 I just love that last picture, BTW 😀


    • So do I. It’s one of my favorite pictures of Audrey. 🙂 She got that fawn when she was doing a movie called Green Mansions, ’cause the fawn had to follow her around in the movie, and animal specialists said that it would only do that if it lived with her from infancy. So she named it Pippin (‘Ip’ for short) and they became bffs. ❤


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