there’s a tradition in my family that dates back further than i can remember most likely because it started way before i was a glimmer of an idea. whenever we go on a vacation, at our very last meal, we create a “best of” list. best hotel, best activity, best sight seeing, best meal…you get the idea. it’s a tradition that ABN and i have continued as we’ve gone off on various adventures. i’m responsible for coming up with the categories. we then sit apart and fill in the blanks individually and then over our last dinner we compare answers. it’s a fun way to appreciate all that we have experienced and to review the time that was (in both of our cases, before we forget).
so i thought i’d put into practice a little “best of” over here at freckles in the fog. it’s been a banner year – full of food, books, crochet, ridiculous toddler antics and so much more. and so, without further ado
THE BEST OF 2012 – according to LBN:
movie seen in a movie theater: i think i saw 4 movies total (which is probably more than i saw in 2011 – here’s to conintuing the momentum in 2013!) and they were all winners. but my favorite, without a doubt was MOONRISE KINGDOM. it helps that i had zero expectation, that i saw it in great company (ABN), that we had a fab babysitter at home to watch EBN (DBN) and that the soundtrack was basically as good as the dialogue as good as the costumes as good as the quirk.
best netflix: we don’t do movies at home because i always fall asleep (fatal flaw) but we love to catch up on all the tv shows that everyone else is constantly talking about that we are late in the game to get to. best of the best, without a doubt, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. we started the series way back in january, finished it in june and there still isn’t a day that goes by that i don’t think about how great that show is. so great. i think one of the reasons i watch parenthood now (another great show) is because basically nothing makes me happier than a FNL guest-star. i just think it’s cruel that LUKE and VINCE couldn’t have appeared in the same season. we’re watching THE WIRE now and when VINCE was killed off at the end of season 1…well, it was just too much.
best book: the one goal i set for myself in 2012 was to read more. fine. then i went ahead and i set the completely ridiculous goal of reading 35 books. what the what? with people, vanity fair and the new yorker as well as, you know, raising a toddler, i quickly realized there was no way that was going to happen. according to my GOODREADS account, i read 16 books which i am going to take as acceptable. for 2013 i’ll aim for 20. looking back over the list there were a number of real winners. i’m not sure if it was my favorite (i had a run of really good fiction in the first quarter of the year) but AGE OF MIRACLES seems to have had the most lasting impact. i would give a very strong recommendation for sure.
best get-a-way: BIG SUR
best date night: i can only narrow it down as far as two, one LOCAL one IN THE DESERT
biggest adventure: DUH
best holiday: in the last year it’s become pretty clear that we do holidays pretty big in this house. from decorations to special menus there is a lot of attention paid to detail and it’s been fun to have EBN fully participate. whether we’re talking about our weekly lighting of shabbat candles or banging her tamborine at the passover seder, she’s an essential player. speaking of passover, that shindig holds the top spot.
best recipe night: there were so many good ones. i realize now that i haven’t updated since we started paleo which is a shame because so many of the recipes have been so delicious – i’ll be sure to get on that in the new year. but our meal from our backyard was a true highlight for sure.
best place to work: PROGRESSIVE GROUNDS
best discovery: without a doubt, WOODY’S in palm springs.
we just sort of happened upon this hamburger joint (it’s literally the front of an old grey hound station) that has live music every night. we went twice during our very short trip – the first night we heard jazz and the second time rockabilly. we can’t wait to go back. palm springs feels really far away.
best home improvement: my photo wall.
best crochet project: i really love the chunky circle scarves i’ve made. gotta get on one for myself.
best mama moment: it’s impossible to pick one. but enjoying FREE TO BE with EBN has been a really really good one.
best family adventure: packing up and heading to sacramento for father’s day was a true highlight of the year. from the time in the pool to the train museum to the hours spent at barnes and noble it was the perfect little get away. i think we need to make this an annual event (but maybe we’ll go for mother’s day in hopes that it won’t be 98 degrees!)
best EBN face: STINK
best video of 2012:
it’s been a truly spectacular year. thanks for sticking around, seeing us through and taking the ride!
wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2013
LBN, ABN and little miss EBN