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Best of 2009: The Best-of Ketchup Edition. Yes, already.

Uh. As might be painfully evident to the naked eye, I’m woefully behind on the blog challenge.

I have a defense, though, I swear.

Well, you see, there was this beautiful, raven-haired fairy – she kinda looked like pre-Whenever Wherever Shakira, truth be told.  She fluttered up to my earlobe, her hair falling over her delicate little face, and whispered in my ear, “If you eat this cube of cheese-flavored sugar, all your dreams will come true.”  I know there’s no such thing, and it was really mean of her to taunt me like that.

I said, “Listen, lady, your hips may not lie, but your mouth does.  Sugar never tastes like cheese.  And I certainly don’t need any sugar, anyway.”  She took one look at me, buzzing steadily and glowing merrily. Then she pulled this amazingly iridescent sparkling bat from behind her tiny wings, and clubbed me right over the damn head.

You wouldn’t think something so miniscule would cause so much agony, and yet, there you have it (that’s what she said).

It happened that way.  I kid you not.

December 4. Book. What book – fiction or non – touched you? Where were you when you read it? Have you bought and given away multiple copies?

I would generally call myself quite derelict in the “touching reading” department this year.  I spent too much time doing other things that made curling up with a book a luxury for which I longed much more than engaged in.  With that said, I can’t recall any books better than White Teeth and The Princess Bride.  And yes, I read Twilight.  Okay, half of it.  That was all that necessitated my attention.

December 5. Night out. Did you have a night out with friends or a loved one that rocked your world? Who was there? What was the highlight of the night?

Ah yes, there were a few good, good times.

December 6.
Workshop or conference. Was there a conference or workshop you attended that was especially beneficial? Where was it? What did you learn?

While I loveloveloved NTEN, and I learned oodles and oodles and gobs of practical, useful, invaluable information, there truly was nothing that quite compared to or paralleled SXSWi.

December 7. Blog find of the year. That gem of a blog you can’t believe you didn’t know about until this year.

If you are gainfully employed at all (hey, stay-at-home-moms, that includes you, too!), and if you count your lucky stars for the black bean burritos at Taco Cabana, you should all be reading and taking notes from Dr. Miggy’s Healthy Blog for Busy Folks on Tight Budgets.  Of all the blogs that pass by my peepers, Dr. Miggy’s blog is the one that I want to bookmark most, and actually try the recipes that she artfully depicts.  She happens to be one of my dearest, most valued friends on this earth, so there’s your disclaimer.  I’m clearly biased in favor of a really effing rad blog.  Sue me.

December 8. Moment of peace. An hour or a day or a week of solitude. What was the quality of your breath? The state of your mind? How did you get there?

Striking this one.  It’s way too hokey for me.

December 9. Challenge. Something that really made you grow this year. That made you go to your edge and then some. What made it the best challenge of the year for you?

Adventure racing.  And events associated.  Hands fucking down.

What made it the best challenge of the year for me?  You be the judge.

Call it like you see it.  I’m a badass.

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Best of 2009: Best Article

December 3. Article. What’s an article that you read that blew you away? That you shared with all your friends. That you Delicious’d and reference throughout the year.

Before I answer this question, there is  a huge list (yes, a list; I cannot avoid lists for the life of me, my friends) of disclaimers that I must promulgate and publish.  Because I am really unable to answer this question simply.  That’d be too easy.

  1. I work and practically live in the Internet industry (yeah, you ever heard of “the Internet”?  It’s all the rage these days).  Therefore – a conclusion you really should be able to draw yourself, but okay, I’ll help – I come across amazing content all day long.  Like, it blows my socks off how good some of the stuff is that I read. So, you’re really asking me to narrow it down to one, single, solitary article?  I can’t do that.
  2. Enumerated List Item #2 is also going to be a spirited discourse on why I simply cannot tell you what article was the absolute best of the best that I’ve read in 2009.  But I was only going to say that I really don’t use Delicious (or Reddit, or Digg…you get the point), and it was going to end there.

So, now that you’re convinced that I should not be obligated to dive so deeply in order to narrow down all the brilliant content I’ve read in 2009 and deem one and only one THE BEST, I’m merely going to share with you something awesome that I saw today.  Oh, and to add more fuel to the fire, it’s not even an article.  It’s a video.  Suck it; that’s how I roll.

Now that’s what I call “righteous.”  You go, lady.

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This is me, chasing away the regular onset of “Bah humbug.”

Look. Your friend (or frenemy, whatever you refer to me as) Fayza here is an incredibly busy girl. Uh, really, I am, and she is, too. But because she nor I can never ever seem to say no to any project that appears even remotely shiny or sparkly from a distance, here we are. This is both her downfall, as well as mine. And by golly, she can’t say no to blogging. Like, ever. Again, that’s why we’re here today.

More specifically, when Gwen Bell tempted me with a writing/photography/brain dump project called The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge, hell, I took the bait and gulped it down with glee (and with a hefty sprinkling of Tony Chachere’s, of course). Besides, I have every reason in the world to reminisce on the tumult (did I say that? I meant joy!) that was 2009. After all, it was the final year of my twenties, and a lot of, well, things happened. You know, thing things. I may or may not share them all with you. I will probably be elusive with most of the details. You’ll just have to live ’til the end of December to find out.

Every day this month (okay, if I’m being perfectly honest, when I remember or properly allocate my time away from Facebook), I will write or post photos about something that I’d dub “the best” of the year that’s going, going, gone by. And you, in turn, will or won’t like it. I’m not really doing this for you, I suppose (sorry)(I’m not really sorry). But you are welcome to come along for the ride. I require that all riders buckle up and use the cup holders for open beverages, thank you.

Man, I just realized that I really didn’t take enough photos in 2009. I’m already starting my Best Of with a Worst Of moment. Pffft.

Without further ado, let’s begin at the beginning, shall we?

December 1. Trip. What was your best trip in 2009?

Okay, this is a sore spot. I never left the country in 2009, so, I’m salty about it. That American obligation dubbed “work” and, similarly, “ambition” really get in the way of vacation time methinks. But that doesn’t mean that I sat on my arse in Houston all year long. If that’d been the case, well, you might as well pronounce me dead. Clinically, not metaphorically.

All the photos aren’t quite uploaded yet (and maybe they never will be…?), but I spent a lot of time in the glorious outdoors in 2009. And there’s nothing quite like it.

December 2. Restaurant moment. Share the best restaurant experience you had this year. Who was there? What made it amazing? What taste stands out in your mind?

I’m somewhat of a restaurant snob, but only because I once had this job that exposed me to the very best culinary delights that Houston has to offer. But the best restaurant experience I had in 2009 really didn’t have to do with the food at all. It had everything to do with the people, the occasion, and the fact that I had no idea it was coming.


Yes, it was an evening, all about me. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy that? The rules don’t say that it had to be a completely altruistic event. So whatever. It was an incredible, best-of experience indeed.

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