2009 in pictures
Drinking Buddy of the Year: Brandon, actually. Surprise!Â The mister doesn’t usually party down, but he has taken up a beer here and there this past year, a stressful one for his work.Â So we had gone out for a beer together more than the year before.Â Cheers to you, honey bunny!
Bar of the Year: Hennessey’s Tavern and Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. These two places never fail to deliver cold pints and some great eats.Â They’re our go-to places when we want to run away from the daily life for a little while.
Sorry to disappoint y’all with the lack of Downtown LA’s bar feature this time around.Â I haven’t partied in town much at all.Â Climate change around the office will affect your happy hour weather, I tell ya.
Newcomer Award: Twitter Gang. I have grown to love folks I met at Tweet Ups especially @dananner, @anaperiodista, @fstop23, @davidmoyle, @sendchocolate, @joncruz, @vbesack, and the disappearing @phraktyl.Â We went shooting pictures.Â We played Rock Band.Â We got drunk.Â We had overall great times on and off line.Â Great year to make new friends!
High Point of the Year: Watch Thrill the World Los Angeles became the awesome success. From mere 100 last year grown into the thousands. It still blows my mind.
Low Point of the Year: The Christmas Flu and USC Football Rebuilding Year. Yep. Suckage.
Best Holiday: Halloween…again. I mean, prancing through Pine Street as Zombie Princess Leia, rocked that stage with my awesome crew of zombies?Â Best. Halloween. EVER!
Song of 2009: Glee soundtracks. I mean, I can barely pin it down to just ONE song!Â Almost everything from Glee I totally dig.Â I’m especially partial to Somebody to Love, Don’t Rain on My Parade, Defying Gravity (the duet), No Air, Sweet Caroline (Can I get a hell-yeah from Team Puck?), and this one I can’t stop singing.Â Lea Michele.Â What a revelation!
Movie of 2009: Avatar. I’m sorry, Star Trek and District 9!Â You came sooo close!
Surprise Movie of 2009: Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story – Rod Faifa Ma Ha Na Tuh – à¸£à¸–à¹„à¸Ÿà¸Ÿà¹‰à¸²..à¸¡à¸²à¸«à¸²à¸™à¸°à¹€à¸˜à¸.Â I’m soooo in love.
Restaurant of the Year: Bottega Louie. Great food and ambiance.Â Totally a favorite place to run away from work to for a long lunch.Â Okay it’s a little loud, but what an awesome place to be!Â Affordable awesomeness.
Book of the Year: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Seriously. Go read that.
TV Show of the Year: Glee. Duh.
2009 Goals Tally:Â 6 out of 10…kind of.
1. FAIL – Explore Kung-fu.Â HAH!Â I did not.
2. FAIL – Drink more water.Â Did okay for a couple of months before waking up to pee in the middle of the night got old.
3. FAIL -More guitar/piano/singing â€“ at least twice a week.Â I did try for once a month, but that didn’t happen since my office got so messy I can’t even get to the piano.
4. PARTIAL SUCCESS -Read more books â€“ One book a month at least.Â Actually did 10 out of 12.Â Not too bad!
- Water for Elephants, Sarah Gruen – Love it.
- Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, Lynne Truss – Learned all sorts of new things.
- Watchmen, Alan Moore – The movie ending makes a hell of a lot more sense than the book I tell ya.
- Turn Coat: The Dresden Files Book 11, Jim Butcher – Always love Jim.Â This is no exception.
- Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert – Definitely love the Eat/Pray part. I could do without the Bali experience.
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – Best. Book. EVER!
- Bad Things, Michael Marshall – I’m still scratching my head at that one. Whuh…?
- The Foodie Handbook, Pim Techamuanvivit – Totally enjoyable and awesome.Â She takes gorgeous pictures.
- Heat Wave, “Richard Castle” – Totally a fun read for us Castle fans.
5. FAIL – Add yoga to the routine â€“ at least once a week.Â Not so much.Â However, I ended up losing 6 lbs. from September through November with the Thriller work out and stress diet.Â Haven’t gotten any of it back…yet. 😉
6. SUCCESS – Take a language class.Â Buongiorno!Â 🙂
7. PARTIAL SUCCESS – Cook one new recipe a month.Â I went with a few new ones in a month and then go without cooking for weeks.Â But we did try new recipes.
8. SUCCESS – Fix them teeth.Â 5 more months!!!
9. SUCCESS – Fix them eyes. Well, I *did* decide on not getting LASIK done after extensive reserach and serious discussion with my optometrist.Â There’s a 50/50 chance I would come out normal or my dry eyes are going to get more severe to a level that’ll become problematic.Â I’ll stick with the glasses with that kind of odds, thanks.
10. SUCCESS – Keep up with whatever is working well.Â Still a latte a week here.