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Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

Between work and the rapidly approaching holidays, I’m finding it hard to blog everyday (or even every second day). I really want to keep up a good momentum and finish 2009 with a blast, so I’ve decided to do the Gwen Bell Best of 2009 Blog challenge. Click on the photo (left) to read all about it. Basically I’m going to answer a different question about 2009, every day for the rest of the month. This will definitely keep me writing. Worse case scenario, you might learn some new things about me.

Because its already the 9th today (oh god. how did that happen?). I’m going to consolidate the first seven days of December into one entry.

December 1 Trip. What was your best trip in 2009?

Sadly, I didn’t really do that much traveling in 2009. However, I really enjoyed going home to BC this May to be the maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding. The wedding was beautiful and I feel so honored that I got to be a part of her special day. It was also great just being home, hanging out with my family, my best friend & her family. Best of all I think it only rained once the whole three weeks I was there. Hot, Sunny & Clear weather in May-June on the West Coast =awesome.

December 2 Restaurant moment. Share the best restaurant experience you had this year. Who was there? What made it amazing? What taste stands out in your mind?

OMG. THE BURGER AT THE ROXTON. OMG, OMG I LOVE THIS BURGER. The Roxton is a little pub/restaurant at the base of our street. BF & I went there one night out of curiosity. I ended up having what is possibly the best burger of my life. The patty has this super soft texture and intense savory flavor. It actually tastes more like a gourmet slice of meat loaf than a mere patty. Its topped with caramelized onions and a thick slice of melted brie = heavenly. It was so delicious that I couldn’t stop thinking about this burger for days. I had a burger love hangover (and I didn’t need no cure!). I wanted to crawl inside the soft sesame seed bun, hug this burger, and possibly make sweet love to it. If I was a dude, I’d take it behind a middle school and give it the Tracy Jordon treatment. (in hopes that maybe it would give birth to a multitude of bite sized baby burgers. Mmm baby burgers). I realize how disturbing all of this sounds but, it really is that good.

December 3 Article. What’s an article that you read that blew you away? That you shared with all your friends. That you Delicious’d and referenced throughout the year.

Hmm, nothing really comes to mind right at this moment. I did really enjoy this video, – a humorous feminist critique of the Twilight movies. A must watch, if like me you’re NOT a Twilight fan.

December 4 Book. What book – fiction or non – touched you? Where were you when you read it? Have you bought and given away multiple copies?

Push by Sapphire. (the book the film “Precious” is based on). I’m not sure what to say about this book that hasn’t already been said. This book will haunt you. Its a disturbing story, but also a hopeful one. I read this book in one sitting while curled up on my couch (periodically wiping my eyes). Because of the subject matter (abuse, incest, etc) I haven’t given away any copies of the book because honestly, I don’t think most of my friends would enjoy reading it. I’ll leave that to Oprah (who apparently has been promoting the film/book in a big way since its success at Sundance)

(If you’re interested, I really enjoyed this blog entry about one person’s reaction to the book)

December 5 Night out. Did you have a night out with friends or a loved one that rocked your world? Who was there? What was the highlight of the night?

Dancing the night away to legendary house DJ Lil Louis with Melissa and John. I really had a good time that night and that party came at a time when I really, really just needed to get out & dance. And that we did! I danced until my feet hurt so bad I could barely walk. Definitely one of my favorite house sets I’ve seen in a really long time. Good music & Good friends.

December 6 Workshop or conference. Was there a conference or workshop you attended that was especially beneficial? Where was it? What did you learn?

In the Spring of 2009, I spent a week in Quebec City at a conference (for my old job). I had to use my French so much that by the end of the week, there was a noticeable improvement in how well I was able to speak. I even had a few dreams in French–something that hasn’t happened to me since I was a kid.

Other highlights included going on a bit of a shopping spree at Simon’s, eating tons of good food, going to a nightclub that seriously resembled the set of “A Night at the Roxbury” (think lots of neon lights and a general “trapped in the 90’s vibe”) & getting hit on by a creepy old guy who kept asking me if I wanted to “get natural with him”. I’m not sure what that means and I’m not sure I want to find out!

And lastly, coming home with the realization that English Canada is kind of boring.

December 7 Blog find of the year. That gem of a blog you can’t believe you didn’t know about until this year:

What I Wore & Makeunder My Life are two that I discovered this year. Both are stellar blogs written by creative ladies who are forging their own careers. Very inspiring!

(Stay tuned for December 8th and 9th!)

Is anyone else interested in joining the blog challenge with me?


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