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2009 Favorites

In case you are interested, here is my Best of 2006 list, here is my Best of 2007 list, and here is my Best of 2008 list.

We had dinner with our friend Trevor a few days ago.  As we got caught up with one another, he mentioned that he was currently at work on his soon-to-be-released "Best of the Decade" list.  This Bear of Very Little Brain is not so ambitious.  It's all I can do to record and recall what I've read, seen, and otherwise experienced in the past twelve months.  I'll leave the decade retrospectives to smarter people (like John Scalzi and Trevor).  Following is what I thought was most memorable about 2009.

Best Books (Read or Re-Read):

1. M. Catherine Thomas, Selected Writings
2. Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls
3. Ysabeau Wilce, Flora Segunda
4. Larry Brooks, Story Structure Demystified
5. Janet Soskice, The Sisters of Sinai
6. Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses
7. Tahmaseb/Vance, The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading
8. Herve This, Molecular Gastronomy
9. Kathryn Stockett, The Help
10. Neal Stephenson, Anathem

Worst Book of the Year: Nick McDonnell's An Expensive Education

Best Eating Experiences:

1. L'Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay
2. Chez Papa
3. Cafe Angelina
4. Every other meal we ate in France
5. JoJo
6. Shake Shack
7. Dovetail
8. London gastropub, the name of which escapes me
9. eighty-one
10. Ouest

Top Movies Seen (I haven't seen very many):

Food, Inc.
Star Trek
Where the Wild Things Are
Sherlock Holmes
Julie & Julia

Worst Movie of the Year: Year One (Please, oh please may I have that 97 minutes back?)

Top Music Downloads:

1. The Avett Brothers, "I and Love and You"
2. Great Big Sea, "When I'm Up"
3. Eddie Vedder, "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
4. Sting, "The Snow It Melts the Soonest"
5. Straight No Chaser, "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

Greatest Personal Accomplishments:

1. Planning, catering, and cheerleading our family's three-week trip to France
2. Helping friends in need
3. Breaking down a few genealogical brick walls on some of my family's lines
4. Not literally bursting with pride while watching my sons perform
5. Giving two successful lecture series on Family History and Temple Work
6. Producing some rocking-fun Sharing Times in Primary
7. Getting my short stories "Fugue" and "Truck Stop" published
8. Perservering in the novel submission process
9. Getting on the Clapotis bandwagon with great results
10. Making a successful Pandoro from scratch

It was a quiet but lovely year.  I feel like I'm slowly but surely achieving better balance in the various aspects of my life.  I have big plans for 2010, mostly having to do with more structure and consistency in my daily routines.  Here's to the year ahead!

Reader Comments (10)

I adore your lists! I'm not nearly as ambitious (which is why I did only books on mine). I haven't read any on your list, but my husband read Anathem and it sounded intriguing, and I just heard about The Help--I may have to check that out (and several others, after my Whitney reading is done).

Congratulations again on your publication successes--and may 2010 be wonderful in every way!

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Comfortably Yum made one of my favorites lists in a similar endeavor (as did Geek Girl's Guide). Lovely year for you and yours! Happy 2010.

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenofa2eatwrite

Happy New Year Luisa!

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeffalump

Your year was incredible. The trip to france was one of the highlights of MY year and I didn't even go! (BTW, your oldest son--you've got a heartbreaker on your hands! All those kids are beautiful. Are you worried yet?)

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL.T. Elliot

I'm going to head off and explore now.

I need to consider my year now.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEowyn

great family picture!
What's the name of your cat?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoofball

Goofball, her name is Goldberry, after Tom Bombadil's wife in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuisa Perkins

If only I had accomplished a third . . . Sting, The Snow It Melts The Soonest--I have the Loreena McKennit version which I adore but I will have to see if I can find the Sting version for a listen-to. Sounds intriguing (besides, I really like Sting).

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Ashworth

My mom would be thrilled to see herself on your list! But I didn't expect Selected Writings-- I expected Light In the Wilderness! How funny! I'll have her come look at this, though.

As for the rest of the list(s), brilliant as always. But can you believe I haven't yet seen Sherlock Holmes? No, I can't either. It just goes to show that I really need a date night. Soon.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrillig

If you want to buy real estate, you will have to receive the mortgage loans. Moreover, my sister usually uses a small business loan, which is the most useful.

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosalieRandolph29

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