Favorites of 2009

“We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.” -Jeremy Irons

2009 has come and gone in a blur. In this past year I turned 27 and learned that this is the age I’m truly feeling old and “adult” for the first time. I’ve settled down much more, I enjoy being home, and a movie night or get-together at a friend’s house often sounds more appealing than a night at the bar. In 2009, I finally made my much-anticipated trip to Italy, which in turn has completely changed my priorities, passions, and released the addictive travel bug in me. I started really learning Spanish (polishing off some of my old high school Spanish) and continued to be an avid travel blog reader and book junkie. I still live in the same apartment, have the same job, and live in the same city.

So…what were some of my favorites in 2009?

Favorite Moments/Events

  • *Backpacking Europe!! Too many to mention, but I have highlighted my favorites.
  • *4th of July – Great relaxing weekend with the family and my mom’s new neighbor with kids the same age as mine. Good times, good company, good weather, good wine and a great view of the fireworks.
  • *The day I convinced my boss to let me have another month off for travel next year!
  • *Roadtripping with the family in July
  • *Justin Nozuka concert. Great outdoor, intimate venue…perfect for acoustic wonderfulness. 😉

  • Favorite books read in 2009

    • An Italian Affair” by Laura Frasier – This book captured everything I love about Italy, traveling, European men, and California.
    • The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – These are the books the show True Blood is based on. I can’t decide which I like better the show or the books. Both are fantastic. I’ve become a fan girl.
    • Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen – Long overdue reading this and it is worthy of the praise it receives.
    • Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette” by Sena Jeter Naslund – Wonderful story told from the perspective of Marie herself.
    • “The Memoirs of Cleopatra” by Margaret George – She is my favorite author for a reason!

    Movies

    • Vicky Cristina BarcelonaI could relate big time to Cristina. This flick is a great depiction of human nature and love, plus it is filmed in Spain…which I love.
    • Public Enemies – good flick. Johnny Depp did a great job.
    • The Edge of Love – random “artsy” flick I insta-viewed on Netflix. I really ‘get’ the characters somehow. Relationships are never black and white, both romantic and friendly ones.

    TV Shows

    • True Blood – I don’t think I have ever loved a show as much as I love this vampire goodness. Keep Twilight…just give me Eric and Bill.
    • The Office – Michael’s awkwardness seems to never peak and how can you not love Jim and Pam.
    • Gossip GirlStill, my ultimate guilty pleasure
    • The Tudors – King Henry VIII and his scandalous court. Season III and going strong. Poor Jane Seymour.
    • So You Think You Can Dance – The dancers get better and better every year, plus they are letting my new favorite choreographer, Sonya, participate more.

    Music Most Played in iPod

    • Damien Rice – “Cannonball” and “The Blower’s Daughter”I fell in love with this artist after hearing these.
    • Justin Nozuka – “After Tonight”love the acoustic guitar and the way he really gets into the song!
    • Ray LaMontagne – “Trouble” , “Let It Be Me” and “Hold You In My Arms”I adore his vocals and again..the acoustic sound.
    • The Ting Tings – “That’s Not My Name” catchy little song that I can’t sit still too.
    • John Mayer –  “Gravity” , “I’m Gonna Find Another You” , and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”melt.
    • Juan Serrano – “Gorrion” – Spanish guitar…transports me somewhere else.
    • Ingrid Michaelson – “Empty Bottle” – Brilliant song. Lovely vocals, but not obvious. The nuances and instruments seal the deal. Piano, strings, bass guitar…what more could one need?
    • A Fine Frenzy – “Almost Lover”beautiful vocals and piano.
    • Kid Cudi – “Day N Nite (Crookers Remix)”this song immediately pumps me up. It was my go to song often in Europe.
    • Florence & the Machine – “Bird Song”this song makes me smile because it makes me want to do this crazy dance. I love the up tempos and sudden down tempos. Add to that, the fact I hate birds and in this song the bird gets his due. Genius.

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