{A Year-End Review, The Best of 2008}

Monday, March 01, 2010

It's hard to describe (lists are easier sometimes) how magnificent the past 12 months have been. I know this year wouldn't have been as great had it not been for God's mercy and grace experienced best through the friends and family in my life. I have so many reasons to be thankful this year ...

So here are some highlights (in no particular order):

1. Learning more about square foot gardening from my dear friend Wendy Miller
2. Riding in the Shiner GASP & touring the brewery
3. Camping at Tyler State Park with Pellow, Wendle, and Tante
4. Having dinner with my Dad when he was in town
5. Spending countless laughable hours in the kitchen with Tim trying new recipes
6. Austin Muddy Buddy
7. Reconnecting with an old college friend (Thank you Molly Haverly, and thank you Facebook?)
8. Riding in the Collin Classic with Carissa & Helen
9. Picking blueberries and persimmons at Baily's Berry Farm
10. Road trippin’ it to Buena Vista, CO with two of my dearest friends
11. Hiking in Denver with the dogs and my dear old co-counselor, Amelia
12. Dehydrating, dehydrating, dehydrating
13. Tim finishing his first semester of PA school
14. Dallas Muddy Buddy
15. Painting with my Mom
16. Trips to Canton with Tim
17. My job – um, did I just say that? Yep. Wouldn’t want to be doing anything different.
18. Concerts, concerts, concerts (see below)
19. Tuesday morning staff prayer. It is like Christmas for me.
20. Spending 10 days with the beloved Twinner over the holidays!

People often ask me for music recommendations, and although not all of these songs were released in 2008, they will forever remind me of the last 12 months. Originally my list was 43 songs long ... I painfully narrowed it down to 20 for those of you who like round numbers.

Favorite Songs (in chronological order):

1. So Sorry - Feist
2. Boy With a Coin - Iron & Wine
3. Lullaby - Sia
4. Daffodils Charlene Soraia
5. Club Thing - Yoav
6. True North - Meg Hutchinson
7. Meet Me By the Water - Rachael Yamagata
8. Re: Stacks - Bon Iver
9. Skinny Love - Bon Iver
10. Letter to a Young Poet - Roma Di Luna
11. Hometown Glory - Adele
12. Don't Wait for Me - Josh Garrels
13. Strawberry Swing - Coldplay
14. I Have Loved You Wrong - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
15. Let Me Be - Xavier Rudd
16. Don't Use My Broken Heart - Leona Naess
17. A Falling Through - Ray LaMontagne
18. Curs In the Weeds - Horse Feathers
19. Don't Leave - Ane Brun
20. Winter Song - Sarah Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

Favorite Albums:
1. For Emma, Forever Ago - Bon Iver (this one will change your life)
2. Gossip In the Grain - Ray LaMontagne
3. House With No Home - Horse Feathers
4. Viva la Vida - Coldplay
5. Solace - Xavier Rudd

Favorite Concerts / Live Events:

1. Iron & Wine with Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
2. Savion Glover
2. Leona Naess with Ray LaMontagne
3. Coldplay
4. Horse Feathers
5. Lucy Kaplansky with Storyhill
6. Love, Janis

Favorite Movie(s):

1. Bella
2. The Lives of Others
3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4. Flight of the Conchords, Season 1
5. The Rape of Europa

Favorite Book(s):
1. A Grace Disguised, Gerald Sittser
2. Farewell My Subaru, Doug Fine
3. Sex God, Rob Bell
4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
5. Prayer, E.M. Bounds

Favorite Eats:

1. Spiral Diner's Vegan Chocolate Cake
2. True Thai's Tom Ka Gai Soup
3. Twisted Root's Cheddar Burger & Sweet Potato Fries
4. Birchwood's Granola
5. Cafe Brazil's Fruit Pancrapes

Favorite Websites:

1. Bread & Honey
2. Apartment Therapy
3. Design Sponge
4. Poppytalk
5. Austin ModHouse

Favorite Bargain:
Red metal stool I found at a garage sale for $4

Aaaaaand I think I’m about out of favorites ... Looking forward to 2009!


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