Saturday, January 03, 2009

2008: A Questionnaire

Was 2008 good for you? I wouldn’t call it great, but overall it was good.
What was your favorite moment of the year? Any time spent laughing with friends.
What was your worst moment of the year? Probably living in my old place. It wasn’t really a home…
Where were you when 2008 began? At the Cannery Ballroom watching the Guilty Pleasures
Who were you with? A great group of friends.
Where were you when 2008 ended? With the same group of friends (minus a few, plus some new additions) at the Cannery Ballroom watching the guilty pleasures
Did you keep your new years resolution of 2008? I didn’t make make one.
Do you have a new years resolution for 2009? No.
Did you fall in love in 2008? No
Did you breakup with anyone in 2008? No, but I went on a lot of first dates.
Did you make any new friends in 2008? A few in Nashville, and I did meet a lot of new people via the internet who I stay in pretty regular contact with.
What was your favorite month of 2008? August
Why this month? I saw a lot of great concerts that month and spent over a week in my beloved Seattle with friends and family.
Did you travel outside of the US (or your home country) in 2008? Yes, Bahamas.
How many different places did you travel to in 2008? Miami and the Bahamas, Charleston, WV x3, Louisville, KY x2, Minneapolis, MN, New York City, Indianapolis, IN, Atlanta x2, LA x2, New Orleans, Seattle.
Did you miss anybody in the past year? Lots of people. Mainly friends and family who live far, far away
What was your favorite song from 2008? 

How many concerts or plays did you see in 2008? A lot of concerts, no plays. A Band of Horses, Butterfly Boucher x2, Josh Ritter, the Weakerthans, John Mayer X6, Dave Matthews Band, Colbie Caillat x 4, John McLaughlin, MIA, The Swell Season x2, The Helio Sequence, The Kills, The Raconteurs, Iron and Wine, Sister Hazel, Andy Davis, The Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper, Bruce Springsteen, Low vs. Diamond, The Dynamites, Kings of Leon, SOOOOO many at Voodoo Fest, Matisyahu. I think that’s it…
Did you have a favorite concert in 2008? There are a couple for different reasons. John Mayer in NYC, Iron and Wine, and Kings of Leon.
What was your favorite book in 2008? The Twilight series
Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year? Gaining some weight back.
What was the biggest lie you told in 2008? It was to myself…
Did you treat somebody badly in 2008? Not intentionally.
Did somebody treat you badly in 2008? Let’s not go there.
What was your proudest moment of 2008? Graduating with my MBA.
What was your most embarrassing moment of 2008? I don’t embarrass easily.
If you could go back to any moment of 2008 and change something, what would it be? I don’t like to live like that.
Where did you work in 2008? Same place as 2007.

Favorite TV shows(s) of 2008? The Office.
Favorite Band(s) of 2008? The Helio Sequence and Kings of Leon
Favorite Food in 2008? I LOVE food!
Favorite Drink in 2008? Diet Coke
Favorite Place in 2008?

 My new place
Favorite person(s) to be with in 2008? Friends.
Favorite person(s) to talk to in 2008? Mom, Jewel, Jenny
Favorite trip in 2008? It’s hard to pick just one. With friends it would be the Mayercraft Carrier and with my mom it would be to Minnieapolis (but I got to see friends on this trip too!)
Favorite stores in 2008? Trader Joe’s.
Hardest thing you had to go through in 2008? Apartment getting broken into, coming to grips with some weight issues.
Most exciting moment(s) in 2008? Being asked to speak at a conference for my industry.
Funniest moment(s) in 2008? There are so many I don’t even know where to start ☺

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

I for one am very happy to see the New Year upon us. I have been reading everyones 2008 reviews and I plan to do one as well. Just not tonight. I rang in the new year with a great group of friends at The Guilty Pleasures show. They are a Nashville 80's cover band and they are just so much fun. I obviously know where all the hot shows are, because the drummer from Kings of Leon was there celebrating as well ;) This morning I prepared a brunch for some friends of fruit mimosas, fruit salad, Fisher Scones, and a potato/bacon/egg casserole.

I have had the ultimate lazy day today. I didn't go to the gym and I let myself eat what I wanted, but surprisingly I don't feel like I overdid it.

Here's to a wonderful 2009!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Music Monday- Menomena

So, the band that I really love right now is Menomena. Check out there Myspace and give them a listen. Wet and Rusting is one of my favs. I tried to find a Youtube, but their sound is very hard to duplicate (or so I have heard) live, and there just weren't many great videos.

Today I slept in, went to the gym, and met a friend for lunch at Tossed. I had never been and it was near her work. It was ok, nothing amazing. I got this Tossed Signature salad with chicken, goat cheese, toasted almonds, mango, and crasins. Hit up target, rei, and tj maxx and picked up some needed items. When I got home I started assembly a care package for a friend in Afghanistan. I also made my famous spicy almonds. My roommate asked if I would go to the gym with her, and of course since I have nothing else going on I went.

Nashville has such a nice Y system. The Y I go to all the time has really new equipment and lots of it. They just finished a remodel a few weeks ago and it was worth the inconvenience of the closure. Now when I was home in Charleston I went to the Y. They have not purchased new equipment in 5 years. And it is rusty. It was horrible. I couldn't imagine paying for that. I am so glad my parents switch gyms to the one that I lovr.

Dinner was the greek salad plate I had last night.

I have been writing down what I have been eating which I have found very helpful. I also have been drinking plenty of water. I have found that when I keep myself busy I have less time to think about food and don't really snack at all. I think one of the reasons I tend to eat is out of boredom. There are many more, but I know that is one.

Tomorrow will be more of the same except I won't be having lunch with a friend and shopping. I am going to *try* to paint my end tables.

Here's to Tuesday! It's almost 2009!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Way To My Heart...

is through my stomach...and also through music.

On Monday I received the best gift. A mix CD. In this case a mix DVD with about 4 gigs of music from the boy that I have been e-mailing for a month now. The only musical references he really had for me were DMB, Soulive, and John Mayer. He did meet me at Iron and Wine. And we had a very, very, very brief encounter at the Swell Season. All I have to say is he did a great job with his selections. He later told me he was a bit nervous and didn't want to scare me too much. Some highlights include in alphabetical order: The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Calexico, Fleet Foxes, M. Ward, Menomena (he put MENOMENA on the CD!!!!!), and so many more. Basically it is awesome and I am going to enjoy listening to all the new music I am not familiar with.

The holidays were nice. It took almost 10 hours (normal drive time is 6) to get home due to a bunch of accidents around Lexington and black ice. Wednesday I went to the gym with my brother. I ate entirely way too much on Christmas and had a bunch of sugar cookies and butter cream frosting. Friday my eating was much better and I went to the gym again in the morning. Saturday my eating was descent during the day. I made it to the gym. However, my parents had people over. Wile I didn't drink I did eat. I had some pie and pizza in addition to what I would have normally eaten. Today's eating has been pretty good considering I drove for half the day and usually eat crappy foods. I hit up trader joes and made a most delicious greek type salad with olives, peppered salami, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, french bread, and fage yogurt. Yum!

I am looking forward to having tomorrow and Tuesday off. I will go to the gym, just not at 5 AM ;)

I hope you all had a enjoyable holiday with your families!