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My 2009 Favorites List

in London (photo by Chris Dent)
in London (photo by Chris Dent)

On this eve of a new decade / year, here’s a retrospective of 2009 with some of my favorite things. (This is a personal post; check out this blog post for our 2009 biz/Juxtaprose thanks!)

places visited:

  • Myvatn Nature Baths, Myvatn, Iceland
  • the chocolate stores, galleries, and museums of Paris, France
  • wandering through London on a beautiful fall day

concerts / live performances:

  • Leonard Cohen (Coachella)
  • The Flaming Lips (Marymoor Park)
  • Akron/Family (Bumbershoot)

album(s) (in no particular order):

  • The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
  • Bill Callahan: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
  • Amadou & Miriam: Welcome to Mali
  • Built to Spill: There Is No Enemy
  • Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs
  • Wilco: Wilco
  • The Flaming Lips: Embryonic
  • St. Vincent: Actor
  • Rodrigo y Gabriel: 11:11
  • Mr. Smolin: Bring Back the Real Don Steele
  • Akron/Family: Set ‘em Wild, Set ‘em Free
  • Taken By Trees: East of Eden
  • Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • Neko Case: Middle Cyclone
  • Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
  • Leonard Cohen: Live in London

movies (note: I didn’t check the dates; I think these were all 2009; or at least I saw them in 2009):

  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Man on Wire
  • Up
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Extract (just saw this last night; so funny!)

tv (basically didn’t watch any live tv this year; all tv shows were via web streaming / DVD; we’re still 1-2 seasons behind on some of these; shhh):

  • Dollhouse
  • Damages
  • Mad Men
  • Battlestar Gallactica (maybe not the ending, but the rest of it was very enjoyable)

books I read this year (not all from 2009; I rarely read books when they first come out):

  • Revenge of the Spellmans: Lisa Lutz (the exception to the 2009 pub date; I also read the first draft of The Spellmans Strike Again (coming March 2010!)
  • The Girl who Fell from the Sky: Heidi W. Durrow (one of our clients, I got a manuscript version of her book, coming February 2010—definitely keep an eye out)
  • What the Dead Know: Laura Lippman
  • The Maisie Dobbs series: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Innocent Blood: P.D. James (I picked this up at an “English Pub” in Paris, where they had a wall full of English language books)
  • The Road: Cormac McCarthy (I don’t think I’m going to ruin the book by seeing the movie)

food / dining:

  • Chez Omar, Paris
  • all the fresh food from our garden!
  • weekly fresh salmon from the Farmer’s Market during the summer, grilled on our grill with freshly picked corn, and a bottle of wine
  • John Henry’s, Palm Springs

chocolate (yes, it gets its own category):

  • La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin, Paris (no website, but check out this article)
  • Chocolate Mussy, Paris (8 rue du Bourg Tibourg, Marais)

art:

chance meeting:

  • meeting and talking with the fine art photographer Tim Rudman and his wife, Ingrid Rudman, at Lake Myvatn in Iceland; then running into them again, two days later, in a totally different part of Iceland and having another great conversation

spa experience(s):

  • Olympus Spa (Lynnwood, WA) – where I spent 6 hours of my 38th birthday!
  • all the hot pools of Iceland: Myvatn Nature Baths and the “swimming pools” of Husavik and Reykjavik

None of these things would have been the same had I not shared them with friends, family, a cranky cat, and “strangers” met along the way. Mostly none would have been the same without Jay (I love you!). Looking forward to more adventures in 2010 and beyond.