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posted by [personal profile] awahlbom at 06:08pm on 01/01/2010 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Another year over, and a new one just begun. It's getting to be a habit.

So, a short (at least by my standards) summary of 2009:

WORK:

Things, as always, go up and down. We've had some problems; due to a bad financial state (only partially related to the global crisis; much of it was a crisis we had engineered ourselves!) that is only now turning around, ten people were laid off, and along with that our co-worker Fredrik died in an accident. The period from mid-February to late June was actually rather stressful, not just in terms of workload; with everything else it was enough to make me question whether I wanted to stay. My holidays (more about that later) came at the right time.
It's less fun than it used to be, but I haven't decided to quit; things will have to get a good deal worse for that.


HOME:

Things are getting more organised all the time. The same day that I got my iPhone, I bought a very nice buffet from IKEA, which I assembled with the help of [livejournal.com profile] rosenmynta . It really helped get my kitchen into order.


FANDOM:

My fanac is picking up again. In April, I went to Gothenburg and AlcoCon III, which was a very pleasant experience, not least because I met and befriended the very splendid and worthwhile [livejournal.com profile] egghunter; unfortunately I had to skip Aplakonen for reasons of time and money, but in October, I visited Imagicon 2. I'm having fun in fandom again! :-D


GEAR:

March:
In the end, I couldn't fight the temptation, and went out and got an iPhone. It's worth a lot to have one device in my pocket rather than three (phone, iPod, Palm). I really, really like it.

April:
My trusty old Powershot A80 broke down during AlcoCon, and I had to make do with the phone camera.

June:
In short succession, I got a replacement camera (a PowerShot SX200 IS) and a netbook (Samsung N120). Very happy with both.

August:
When [livejournal.com profile] darnia and [livejournal.com profile] gloinul moved, [livejournal.com profile] darnia no longer wanted her old PC — which I gave to her when I moved. I took it back and am now using it as a makeshift entertainment centre (iTunes, movies, things like that).

September:
Finally gave in and bought a flat-screen TV to replace my old 28" Samsung, which I sold to [livejournal.com profile] sunjan 's brother. The PC I mentioned earlier is connected to it with a VGA cable, as I never got the DVI-to-HDMI connection to work properly.


BOOKS:

After last year's top notation for the decade, I lost interest and energy around midsummer and haven't finished a book since then, unfortunately.
  1. Damon Rasti & Gloria Hedman (editors): Tjuvlyssnat (2008)
  2. Brian Stableford: Rhapsody in Black (1973)
  3. William Emms: Galaxy 4 (audiobook; 1965)
  4. Terry Nation: Genesis of the Daleks/Bernard Venables: Exploration Earth (audiobook; 1976)
  5. Nicholas Briggs: The Sirens of Time (audiobook; 1999)
  6. Mark Gatiss: Phantasmagoria (audiobook; 1999)
  7. Brian Hayles: The Smugglers (audiobook; 1966)
  8. Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman: Bang-Bang-A-Boom! (audiobook; 2002)
  9. Donald Cotton: The Myth Makers (audiobook; 1965)
  10. Justin Richards: Whispers of Terror (audiobook; 1999)
  11. Stephen Cole: The Land of the Dead (audiobook; 2000)
  12. Jonathan Blum: The Fearmonger (audiobook; 2000)
  13. Jean-David Morvan & José-Luis Munuera: På uppdrag av Z (Aux sources du Z, 2008)


MUSIC:


New releases bought this year:
  • Depeche Mode: Sounds Of The Universe (the fricking huge box)
  • Depeche Mode: Wrong (single; CD and 7")
  • Esplendor Geométrico: Pulsion (CD)
  • Die Form: Noir Magnétique (download)
  • John Foxx: My Lost City (CD)
  • John Foxx & Robin Guthrie: Mirrorball (download)
  • John Foxx & The Maths: Destination (single, download)
  • Louis Gordon: EST/The Motion Picture Event Of The Year (2CD)
  • Louis Gordon: This Air (single; both download and limited edition vinyl 7")
  • Johan Kinde: Jag Hade Slutat Drömma Om Att Känna Så Här (single, download)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Christmas (CD single)
  • Rhea Tucanae & Pixyblink: Fungi From Yuggoth (download)

Concerts:

I have photos of nearly all these bands; just follow the links from the respective Last.fm events.

TRAVEL:

Not as much as 2008, but quite enough to go on with.

April:

AlcoCon III in Gothenburg.

June-July:
I had planned to go to the Arvika festival and see Depeche Mode, but in the end I found it easier to go to Copenhagen. First to Gothenburg to see [livejournal.com profile] egghunter (who, I confess, was my main reason for taking that route!), then down the E6 to Copenhagen, where I spent two days. From Copenhagen I took the train up to Elsinore, and then the ferry to Helsingborg, the train to Halmstad, the bus to Alvesta, and the train to Värnamo, where I visited [livejournal.com profile] thette, [livejournal.com profile] kjn and [livejournal.com profile] hulda for a couple of days before I went back home. A long but intensely fulfilling trip.

November:
A three-day trip to Gothenburg to see [info]egghunter and DJ with her.

And, once again, I never got around to visiting [livejournal.com profile] lundbomikent and Cirkux in Kent. I still have plans, and am aiming at this summer.


FAMILY:

No one else has died, and everyone is reasonably well. Our cat Lennart will most likely be put to sleep next week; he is nearly 17 years old and increasingly weak and tired. I'll miss him. :-(


LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP:

The limbo I spoke of last year quietly fizzled out to nothing. Too bad, but while she is a very nice woman (kind, intelligent, and quite beautiful), she doesn't have a geeky bone in her body. We're still friends, but after a certain point we didn't quite understand each other.
On the other hand, I met [livejournal.com profile] egghunter, who has very quickly become one of my closer friends and without whom 2009 would probably have been much crappier.

So, to summarise: it's been a pretty rough year with deaths and layoffs and things like that, but it could have been much, much worse.

Best wishes for 2010, everyone, and thanks for making 2009 a decent year against all odds!
location: Train 245 en route to Stockholm
Mood:: 'calm' calm
Music:: Muteual Mortuary: "Hateless Insanity"

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