Friday, December 31, 2010

2010, you bitch

Have you heard? 2011 is just around the corner. You haven't heard? Well you might want to consider leaving the house more.

This is the time of year where people make New Years resolutions. Which I just plain flat-out refuse to do. It's dumb. If I want to make changes, I try to do it all year round. But, you know, whatever floats your canoe.

But, I love New Years. It's about celebrating newness. About saying peace the fuck out to the shitty last year and saying hello, gorgeous to the new one. What's not to love about that?

So I want to write a New Years post. But about what? Clearly not including resolutions. I just explained why. Please try to keep up. Last year I did a list of the best and worst of the year.

Yeah. That works. I'll do that again. Enjoy!

(in no particular order)

Best moments of 2010:
  •  Giving my heart away just when I'd vowed not to ever again
  • Returning to New Orleans to build houses
  • Becoming apart of a nurturing and loyal blogging community
  • Saying goodbye forever to Douchey McDoucherson
  • Quitting my cushy (yet stressful) job and moving to Portland
  • Leaving the 110 degree summer of inland So Cal
  • Living with my best friend who I hadn't even lived in the same state as since 1998
  • Discovering a new and interesting and quirky and vibrant city
  • Visiting old friends I missed very, very much
  • Hearing about friends' happiness: pregnancies and engagements and jobs and joys
  • Making new friends
  • Growing as a writer and photographer
  • Turning 30
 Scariest moments of 2010:
  • Giving my heart away just when I'd vowed not to ever again
  • Quitting my cushy (yet stressful) job and moving to Portland
  • Cat cancer
  • Stopping therapy
  • Psycho stalker guy
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family (however temporarily)
Worst moments of 2010:
  •  Cat cancer
  • Getting my heart broken. Again.
  • Psycho stalker guy
  • Not finding more work
  • Incessant migraines
  • Incessant computer issues
  • Sleeping on the floor
  • Learning I'm not as appreciated or loved by some people as I'd thought
  • Learning what a treacherous place the Internet can truly be
  • My camera dying
Best books I read in 2010:
  • The Book Thief
  • Jitterbug Perfume
  • Peony in Love
  • The Lacuna
  • High Tide in Tuscon
  • Brave New World
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • A Lesson Before Dying
  • Blackbird: a Childhood Lost and Found
  • Stubborn Twig
  • Sand in my Bra and other misadventures
  • Fool

Best films I saw in 2010:
  • Mother and Child
  • The Invention of Lying
  • Whip It
  • Peacock
  • Up in the Air
  • TIMER
  • Creation
  • Precious
  • Shutter Island
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • An Education
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Easy
  • Phoebe in Wonderland
  • The Men who Stare at Goats
I'm sure there are more for these lists and more lists I could make. But my brain is fried remembering. I don't even want to remember the worst books and films. I hated them whilst I was reading/watching. Why would I bring those up again?

What are your bests and worsts?

Now some videos of the year in review and some good advice.

Happy New Year, everyone! See you on the other side.

Top 10 YouTube videos of 2010:


JibJab- So Long To Ya, 2010


Top events of 2010


And a lesson from Bertrand Russell:

21 comments mean you love me:

Nush said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

New Years posts are fun. I did one myself yesterday, it is on ivyblaise.wordpress.com, my space for ramblings. :) It has been an interesting year. Lots of new things happening. Looking forward to 2011, even though I had hoped to start a new year without a cold.... sigh.

Here's to many more great things to happen and less scary/worst things!

Liz said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i really love the idea of your moments lists, even though some are bad, sad and scary.

and i'm totally intrigued and impressed by you going to build houses in NO! go you!

Heather (aka Sugar Free) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I agree totally with you about the resolution thing. I'll make changes on my schedule, I don't need ONE day to tell me it's time to do anything. Just like I don't need Christmas and buying a bunch of gifts to let my family and friends know I love them; I love them all year long.

Happy New Year to you lady!!

Cheers!

Simone Says... said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

great post!

worst moment for me in 2010: my 14 -year old doggie dying.

best moment for me in 2010: last day of my horrible job.

best movie: black swan or shutter island

worst movie: i don't know - i love all movies.

Happy New Year, my dear. Thanks for all of your words and photos. You're a jewel.

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nush- feel better! and cheers!

Liz- thanks. and it is the most amazing experience. you should try it!

Heather- you so get me. cheers!

Simone- Black Swan was so-so for me, but I loved the ballet. Shutter Island was awesome! sorry about your dog. :(

happy new years, all!

Poppy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Best New Years post I've read yet. My 30 year old self wishes I had balls as big as yours. I mean that in the nicest possible way. I admire you a great deal. Happy New Years my friend.

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

my gosh that was a lovely compliment. thanks so much, lady! I admire you a great deal too. Happy New Year!

Kimber Leszczuk. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like your best lists! Some of the movies on there were great. I also love the book list - Fool is by one of my favorite authors. :)

I am with you on the make changes all year don't just wait for the New Year to do it!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks! I love Christopher Moore. one of my faves too. :)

and exactly!

amydpp said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Best moment: Finding this blog.

I also loved Inglourious Bastards, too.

And you.

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

AWWWW! thank you! so sweet! <3

Angela @ Nine More Months said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I didn't know you used to live in SoCal. I don't blame you for getting out of here. My camera died this year too, I FINALLY got a new one for Christmas. Hope it lasts longer than the last.

Here's to a brand new year!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

yup. So Cal born and raised.

cheers!

Reckless Sarcasm said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mother BLEEP! I posted and then Blogger crapped out.
Basically, I said I liked your post.

Hogmanay!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

blogger fail. <3 you!

The Barreness said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loving loving LOVING The Book Thief.

And a firm seconding on the resolutionf front.

Happy New Year, sweetness.

- B x

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

happy new year to you too, doll!

we hate you. love, us said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your lists. I've been asked far too many times what my resolutions are this year and I always stare blankly and say "um...yea, no." I think it's much better to just reflect on the year and say peace out and look forward to the new year. And I am MORE than ready for a new year :)

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

totally! :) happy new year!

Lizzy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Dude, I loved this post!
Happy New Year woman! I hope things go smoothly for you this year! You deserve a break from the shit!! xoxo

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks, lovely! you do too! xoxo

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