First of all: Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, everyone!
I can’t believe 2011 is winding to a close. What an incredible year it’s been! I started this website. I got pregnant. I traveled to: Austin; Chicago; London, Paris; Chicago (again); and St. Louis. I was hospitalized twice with kidney infections. And I had a baby (with no drugs). And in between all that, I baked some lemon bars, grew a porch garden, grew out my bangs, and went on the “Today Show” once. And since it was such a red-banner year, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of my favorites from 2011. So, without further ado, here’s my best of 2011 list:
Favorite Movie: “Midnight in Paris”
Favorite Song(s): “Marathon” by Tennis; “Cannons” by Youth Lagoon; “One Red Thread” by Blind Pilot
Favorite Book: I didn’t actually read any books that were published in 2011. Oh, wait. I read Tina Fey’s BossyPants. But my favorite book that I read this year was actually published last year and that was Just Kids.
Favorite Dear Wendy column: I like the ones when y’all get real crazy in the comments, but if I had to go with just the column alone, I don’t know … the one where the woman who ripped up her fiancé’s wedding photos always sticks out in my memory. And I like any bridezilla-themed letter because they’re fun to answer and generally make for popular columns.
Favorite moment: Holding Jackson for the first time is a no-duh answer to that, but watching my mom watch the “Million Dollar Quartet” on her 60th birthday in London was pretty good, too. And having a picnic with Drew along the Seine in Paris wasn’t too bad either.
Favorite TV show: This was the year I watched all four seasons of “Breaking Bad.” Holy shit, that’s good TV.
Favorite new thing: I finally got an iPhone — my first smart phone ever — a couple weeks ago, and all I have to say is: “What took me so long??”
Favorite discovery: I really don’t need to color my hair.
Favorite food: Ooey Gooey Butter Cake ice cream from Ample Hills ice cream shop in Brooklyn. Candy Cane ice cream is a close second. Hells yeah. Oh! And bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts. And when I was pregnant, anything lemon-y never tasted so good.
Favorite drink: Baileys and vodka martini.