11 December 2009

No List/ List/ Best of 2009 Friday

11 December: The best place. A coffee shop? A pub? A retreat center? A cubicle? A nook?

Nominees: (I am cheating a bit and going generic) bookstores, home, a view of the water, a dive bar

Winner: any place with a view of the water








  • When I was up at G.Mason, I would joke that I would go through 'water withdrawal'
  • ... and to some extent, having had the luxury of growing up near the water, it was true.
  • Whether it was reading at the Lion's Bridge, the James River, VA Beach, the Eastern Shore, the Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach, Boston, the Noland Trail, the views of the James River in Richmond during the Mud Run, anywhere between VA and FL, the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, heck - even the fountains at City Center in Newport News ... I could not get enough this year.
  • there is just something about being in the water/ seeing the water that gives me an instant calm ...
  • I believe one of the best places in the world is any place with a view of the water.

10 December 2009

Best of 2009: Album

10 December: Album of the year. What's rocking your world?



Nominees: MGMT, Kings of Leon, Third Eye Blind, Dave Matthews Band, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, O.A.R.

Winner: Kings of Leon
  • this one was so tough
  • there seemed to be so much new amazing music this year, it was difficult to choose just one album
  • but if I had to pick just one, I would go with Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
  • I admit, Use Somebody may be the most overplayed song, ever, but I am still sticking with this album
  • the music, the lyrics, the enthusiasm that they convey ... I enjoyed it all
  • ... and I loved listening to it: whether it was while I was driving, listening to my iPod, at the gym, or at the helm of the boat in November

04 December 2009

No List/ List/ Best of 2009 Friday



Best of 2009: Book


  • Nominees: The Time Traveler's Wife, Fahrenheit 451, Julie & Julia, Something Borrowed, Neither Here Nor There, The Great Wide Sea, On the Road

  • Winner: The Time Traveler's Wife
  • While it is not the "oh my gosh this is the best book I have ever read in my life" book ... it is the one I enjoyed the most this year.
  • I read it at the end of July when I was all bummed out about summer camp being over.
  • It even made the trek to Myrtle Beach, SC with me.
  • By the time I finished Time Traveler's there was a slight crease in the cover, and few pages were slightly crinkly, and there was some sand embedded in the spine, I also signed the inside cover as I do with almost all the books I read.
  • After I read the book, I went and saw the movie version with one of my friends.
  • When I headed to Knoxville this fall, I sold the book to the used bookstore there, hoping to pass on the pleasant time I shared with The Time Traveler's Wife to someone else.

03 December 2009

Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

Thanks to Rachel, I stumbled upon The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. Of course, I discover it 3 days late, but better late than never. This year has flown by, and for whatever reason, 2009 has been amazing. Recount it with me:
1 December: Best Trip

I was feeling part of the scenery; I walked right out of the machinery
... my heart going boom boom boom. - P.Gabriel

  • Nominees: DC, Knoxville, Boston, Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks, Las Vegas, Richmond Indy Race, Richmond NASCAR, Summer Camp, Obama's Inauguration, Sailing to Florida
  • Winner: Sailing to Florida

  • I absolutely loved spending November on a boat.
  • In many ways things were just easier and life was simplified on a boat.
  • Don't get me wrong, there was constantly work to be done, but I was exempt from the daily hassles ... and over stimulation of life on land.
  • I was able to exclude myself from: television, 24/7 news coverage, driving, traffic, crowds, waiting in lines, being on my cell phone constantly, Facebook, constant access to the internet, the list goes on ...
  • as cheesy as it sounds - there were multiple times when I would look out over the water, either towards the horizon, or towards the shoreline ... during the middle of the day, sunrise, sunset, in the middle of the night ... and I would think to myself, "you're probably never going to be able to re-create this moment" ... and I would enjoy it for all that it was worth.