I semi-fear I’m writing this end-o-year blog a bit too early, but it was on my mind, so I’ll amend it via comments if anything life-changing happens in the next 10 days. I wrote a very similar blog last year and had so much fun doing it that I wanted to continue the tradition. (Here’s the link to last year’s: https://southernaristocracy.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/the-bests-pests-of-09 ) I’m excited to jump right into the categories, so I’ll start with that and summarize this could’ve-been-much-better-but-I’m-just-glad-to’ve-survived-it year at the end.
Favourite film: The Extra Man. Much like last year’s Lymelife, this film will win no awards, but it’s everything a quirky indie comedy should be. A superb cast, great acting, good plot, and amazing soundtrack make this a movie I’d love to watch again and again, which is very rare for me. (I’d describe it more, but it really needs to be seen to be appreciated.)
Favourite song: David Nail’s “Turning Home.” I knew this song was special the first time I heard it on the radio, and the more I listen to it, the more it makes me appreciate where I’m from and the charmed life I had growing up. Nail has a great voice, and the song has a melody that I never get tired of. The song has garnered Nail his first Grammy nom as well. You can listen to it here:
Favourite Web site: Dlisted makes me laugh each and every day. I believe I’ve e-mailed Michael K. at least three times this year just to tell him how much he made me laugh at his descriptions of celebrity gossip. He’s admittedly an acquired taste, but he’s a great writer, in all honesty, and it’s obvious he loves what he’s doing.
Favourite new Web site: Crapatmyparentshouse.com This site is hit and miss, but when it hits, it’s a goldmine. I’ve submitted a couple of pics (not from my parents’ house, but from my landlord’s storage room) and had one published on there thus far. It’s reassuring, in a sordid sort of way, to see how many Americans actually do have…alot of crap in their houses.
Favourite comeback: I think this lady is tops on many people’s list, so I won’t elaborate: Betty White. What a sport!
Favourite TV show: With Party Down and The Hills having ended–and the brilliant Bored to Death and Curb Your Enthusiasm currently between seasons–I only have one show these days which is appointment viewing: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I should be ashamed to admit this, but the show is so
bad good it’s good! Let’s just call it what it really should’ve been titled in the first place: The Camille Grammer Show. Holla!
Bored to Death truly is amazing, and I just discovered that this season, so here’s it as well:
Favourite unearthed TV show: This one’s actually a toss-up, since Netflix has aided me in discovering sooooo many great shows. The ones that come to mind are Good Neighbours/The Good Life, The Catherine Tate Show, Gavin & Stacey, and 10 Items or Less. If I had to pick just one, I’d pick the last one, mainly because I feel bad for ignoring it completely when it was on the air, essentially just because it was on TBS. Let this be a lesson in less elitism to me.
Favourite memories: Looking back on this year, it’s easy for me to immediately see all the negative. And believe me, there was alot of it. Falling on the ice in the hotel parking lot, my month-long bout with insomnia, turning 30 (just kidding–that’s not been as tough as I anticipated), very trying times at work, and very challenging summer and fall semesters. But there’s also many, and many more, good memories: my trip to Nashville to see K-Pick sing at the Opry, my trip to the sanitarium in Milledgeville, meeting KC in NYC for our 30th burfdays, getting to spend lots of time with my Granny, shopping in Big Lots with my mom, going on walks with my dad (that’s our new thing every time I go home now), Cousin Kristy having a baby, finding out I’ll be an uncle, building up my writing portfolio thanks to my internship, getting As in both my fall classes, and skipping graduation to go on my “12.5-Year Plan” thesis tour to Las Vegas (and to Valdosta this weekend!). That’s alot to be thankful for, and so I am.
I think I’ll actually end here. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and safe holidays in general! 2011, here we come…