Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best of 2009: Part 2.

So, it's about that time. I'm hanging out with a few friends and we are counting down the minutes until we get to dress up and go out. I have never celebrated New Years Eve downtown before, so I'm really excited!

If you're in Denver, remember that RTD is offering all of its services for free after 7pm. Don't be stupid. Don't drink and drive. Let RTD be your designated driver! If you're not in Denver, you might look around to see if some similar offer is being made in your city. If not, just remember: If you can afford to go out and drink, you can afford cab fare. :)

So! I wanted to wrap up the Best of 2009 Blog Challenge (#Best09) in a huge post here. Aaaaand, we're off!

Best Place: Hmm. Well, I guess it's Starbucks. I mean, this doesn't say best "new" place, so I'm going with my favorite place to hang, drink coffee, and write a shit ton. I love you, Starbucks.

New Food: I seriously don't think I tried any new foods this year. Dan and I started to do a ton of shish-kabobs, so maybe that can go here. :)

Best Change Made to the Place You Live: Well, I moved from Denver to Milwaukee at the end of 2008, but this year was the first full year I had in Milwaukee. It was good for business, it's a cool city and it was overall a positive thing. I miss my friends and family, but I'm excessively lucky that I get to go home as much as I do!

Best Rush: Printing off the first set of manuscript copies, and that was a few days ago. Of course there were a few amazing moments in my life this year, but that one definitely got my heart pumping.

Best Packaging: This one goes hands down to Mode Merr. They sent me my boutique dress and it was packaged so gorgeously, I was blown away!

Tea of the Year: Venti Starbucks Coffee.

Word or Phrase: 2009 was Obvi Totes McGotes. Yeah, I have no idea.

Shop: Umm, can I answer Starbucks to every question? 'Cause that's probably where I spent most of my money. In reality, I really love Old Navy... and I suck and don't shop any cool boutiques or vintagey places. I spend lots of money on coffee though. And on John Mayer tickets.

Car Ride: Hmm. When I was driving around LA with my fellow photogs, that was pretty awesome. Sweet weather, driving through a big city I didn't know... it was gorgeous.

New Person: Julia Goulia! I love her. She's my new BFF. She sort of saved my life. I'm really happy she's in my world now.

Project: Nanowrimo. Obvi.

Startup: Well, this is kind of a hard question. The only thing I can think of is Mode Merr. Though I found them late, I'll be buying from them often!

Web Tool: Twitter. I didn't really start using it until this year, and it's been awesome for the expansion and sharing of blogs as well as sharing some of my photography stuff!

Learning Experience: I don't know that I've fully learned any lesson. The ones I'm still working on are: Letting go, forgiveness for myself and for others, finding balance and being good to myself. I'm in repair.

Gift you gave yourself: The trust in myself to just DO what I need to do. Move, write, push myself... and also, permission to fuck up.

Insight or Aha! Moment: Coming back from vacation and finding myself immediately determined to lose the weight. It was all uphill from there, but it was damn worth it.

Social Web Moment: Finding out that Esther from Faint Starlite lived in Milwaukee, and getting to meet her, her husband and their baby.

Stationary: I honestly don't have a stationary find this year. I've never been much of a stationary type person. :)

Laugh: Aw man! I know I had some incredible ones, but I seriously can't figure out which one was the best one! I know that reading all of the TMI Thursdays is the best thing for my tummy laughin' and it is a blast.

Ad: Hmm. Apparently I suck at this because I can't remember one advertisement that stuck with me.

Resolution you wish you'd stuck with: I'm not one for making New Years Resolutions. I want to be on a constant journey of bettering myself and I don't want my resolutions to come only once a year. :)

SO! Here's to wishing you all a fabulous New Years! I'm gonna go get gussied up and hit the town. :)


Michelle Wells Grant said...

I dropped off the radar for a month but am back and so happy to see that you're doing so well with your diet! I was one lb. from goal before Thanksgiving but did a little backslide over the holidays. Not tooo bad though! Happy New Year to ya! Love your dress! Looking for fave stationery? Try mine ... handmade and upcycled.
Be safe!

carla said...

permission to fuck it is the best!gift!ever!

now, whats the story with the ms? :)
are you querying it now?
already agented??

all that...

Dana ( said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last year! Here is to a healthy and happy 2010! You inspire me!!


Natalie said...

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to read it. Love reading your blog. :) Happy New Year!

Dree said...

I hope that you had a great night! I think that Starbucks should be counted as a shop- their coffees top a nice outfit or two any day!

Claire Dawn said...

Seems it was a pretty awesome year all around.

Hope 2010 is just as great.

PS Julia is AWESOME!

Claire Dawn said...

PS. Congrats on the manuscript. I'd love to read it some day...

MB said...

I hope you had fun out on the town last night. I was in my warm bed watching the ball drop ... yeah, that's what happens when you get old, you'd rather be in bed than out on the town. ;)

Thanks for all the laughs in 2009. I'm looking forward to coming along for the ride of your life in 2010.


Julia said...

Yeah! What a great year - holy crap did you accomplish a lot!!!!!

Ha, thanks for making me your fav person of the year, you are my fav person of the year too!

Here's to us being happier and healthier (Oh, and laughing a lot more) in 2010!!!!!



Chuck said...

Jenn, the dress looked really hot on you...looks like you had a blast hobnobin' with the townies...looks like a scene from a Denver Friends episode!

Your writing and photography are great and keep me inspired on both fronts...

Between your blog and blackberriestoapples on blogger. I am covered

EMILY said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say congrats on all the weight you have lost so far! you are looking great!

I just started my own weight loss blog. I need to lose 70 pounds. i feel like an ex hot girl myself. i used to feel beautiful and sexy most of the time. now i feel disgusting. anyway, i am hosting a "get moving" challenge on my blog and am hoping to get some people moving along with me this new year. is where you can find me.

Anonymous said...

Hey I just found your blog - love fellow Milwaukee peeps!! :)

You look fabulous in your NY dress too!

rachaelgking said...

If you're not laughing when you read TMI Thursdays, you're a cylon. There, I said it. ;-)

So glad I found you this year!

M said...

Im a little late but I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this post! I have so missed your pictures! I feel like Ive been in zombieland for such a long time. And let me just say that you are BEAUTIFUL and you always have been!

Trooper Thorn said...

What about "Favorite Tiger Misstress"?