2009 is over, and I for one say good riddance. It's not that it was an awful year, but I'm not sorry to see it go. Strangely, I feel really good about 2010. I don't normally feel so optimistic about a new year, but for whatever reason, I'm really looking forward to this year.
2009 did have it's moments though. Here are my top 10....
The Taco Supreme from La Taqueria in San Fransico. A soft tortilla spread with refried beans cradles a homemade crispy taco shell stuffed with carnitas, guacamole, cheese, salsa, sour cream, onion and cilantro. And I mean stuffed. This taco is the size of a toddler's head. It may not be the best thing I ate in 2009, but it was the only one I decided to take a picture of.
Tascosa High School's Ten Year Reunion. That's right, we went to our high school reunion. Let's be clear. In high school I played no sports. I joined no clubs. I in no way participated. And I liked it that way. Fucking joiners, screw them! So it was a bit of a surprise to find myself strangely excited about going to the reunion. Maybe it was wanting to re-connect with the past. Maybe I was eager to shed some of my past judgement about certain people. Maybe I wanted to embrace the idea of what high school meant and how it shaped the person I am today. Or maybe I just wanted to get wasted and tell everyone how I work at an abortion clinic and how I never liked them anyway....
It was actually a lot of fun. There were people I re-connected with that I'm glad I did. There were also people that hadn't changed at all. Also, I totally got to see who got fat....
Best Web Find
2009 was the year I started blogging. A huge part of that decision was because of these two sites.
The Bloggess is simply the funniest, craziest, most bestest blog EVER. My dream is that Jenny, the bloggess, will find my blog and like it so much she will invite me to Houston to have drinks and narcotic med with her. Then we will attend the annual Blogher blogging conference and be invited to the Sparklecorn Party by the writers of my next daily blogcrack addiction, the good people of mamapop.
Mamapop is technically a pop-culture blog for parents. But it's the best kind of "for parents" because the writers are profane, foul-mouthed and never talk about their children. Witty banter, celebrity trashing and general awesomeness abound.
Best Sports Moment
When Florida lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game.
The Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow, is known for being super-religious. He goes as far as displaying different Bible verses on his face every game. So Florida lost, and Tebow is on the sidelines crying. Full on crying in front of all the cameras. Chris is screaming, "Where's your JESUS NOW TEBOW?"
Best. Sports. Moment. EVER.
In 2009 I finally was able to see one of my all time favorite bands. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This was HUGE for me. I was like a middle aged woman at a Twilight convention. Could not be controlled. To top it off, they played my all time favorite song as the closer. Karen O, you rock my world.
I don't miss much about Texas. The rampant homophobia, the constant 90 mile an hour winds, the right-wing born-again craziness. All these things I can do without. But I do miss Palo Duro Canyon. The Lighthouse Trail is dusty, hot, and long; but, oh so worth it.
Mother-Daughter trip to NYC. Walking until we couldn't walk any more. Hotdogs, pizza, Korean BBQ. Broadway show. Bright lights, big city!
Ok, that's not actually ten things. More like seven. What can I say, I'm a lazy blogger. Also, my computer seems to be on the verge of complete failure and then where would we be? No blog at all, that's where.
Oh, one more best of 2009.