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Saturday, January 03, 2009

What Was So Great In 2008?

This is my 'world according to me' best of list for 2008. I did something similar in 2007: two posts: part 1 and part 2.

I am picking one thing for each category. It is a pet peeve of mine when people can't make one in "it's a tie between..." I think you need to "man up" and make ONE choice for your best or worst lists...

Best Restaurant: this one is hard, not because there is a "tie" but because we have restricted our eating out tremendously. This will not change in the New Year *but* I will be targeting specific places for reviewing on my blog, and because they have been on my list of "to try" for a long time.

So my best restaurant of 2008 is Dos Taquitos. This is a favorite of mine since I first tried it, which was approximately 13 years ago. The atmosphere is wonderful and I look forward to supporting this local business in 2009.

Best Book: This has been an exceptional year for me with regards to reading a lot of great novels. But by far, my favorite book of the year is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The characters were amazing and I lived a life of these characters throughout this 973 tome was an incredible experience. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, PISSED, and absolutely fell in love with this novel. I get chills anytime I see it on store shelves...

Best Vacation: Our European trip to London and Amsterdam. It was my first time ever visiting Europe (I covered the East, as in Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Guam, etc.) and I was in awe the whole time. I wanted to pinch myself every second.

In Amsterdam, we rented a houseboat in a non-touristy part of Amsterdam, which was an even more indescribable experience. You can read about it by finding my "amsterdam" tags.

Favorite Movie Watched: Again, this is any movie I watched in 2007, not necessarily a movie that came out in 2007.

This would be "Becoming Jane" with Anne Hathaway. I watched this on the flight to or from Europe and it moved me so much. I cried and fell in love with Anne Hathaway. I plan to watch more of her in the next few weeks (Rachel Getting Married).

Best Movie Released This Year: Notice I don't have "Favorite" as I don't think anything I actually saw at a theater this year was a favorite. I just didn't go out to movies as much but this will change for 2009.

I did see quite a few but I have to say that I enjoyed "Baby Mama" most of all. I really wasn't interested in seeing it, finding the preview to be on the crude side. But in the end, the movie was hilarious and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are just amazing women actors. I was happy to support a movie starring women and contributing it to being number one, even for a week.

Best Reunion: This was meeting up with my BFF from elementary school. I was at a conference in San Diego in March and Maria came down to see me, flying from Scramento. We only spent an afternoon together, but it was amazing. We went out to Coronado and shared a great bottle of wine. She looks exactly the same. And the amazing thing is that we had kept in touch since the she left the Philippines, when we were in 5th grade.

And with Facebook, we are able to still keep in touch!!

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