Monthly Archives: December 2009

Best of 2009: Resolution

The ongoing Gwen Bell “Best of 2009″ idea continues with: Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

gettin ish done.

I don’t really like making “resolutions” because they are pretty much destined to fail. Even a small thing like re-naming them “goals” helps a lot. I have found that maybe making a list with just “2010″ written across the top is a perfectly good start. I have found that by breaking it up into seasons, like with my drawing lists , it becomes more manageable and more doable.

But something I didn’t do this year that I wanted to was going to the lake at night. Midnight Tea Party, skipping stones, whatever, I just wanted to go this year and I failed at doing that. Ah well.

Best of 2009: Ad

The ongoing “Best of 2009″ idea continues with:  Ad. What advertisement made you think this year?

Besides wondering about the absurdity of this Cadbury chocolate commercial, the ad that most enraptured me was one I already posted about:

Not only did it make me want Adobe Photoshop CS4 more, but it made me fall into this dream world! I got so attached to this story I didn’t want it to end!

Best of 2009: Laugh

Laugh. What was your biggest belly laugh of the year?

  • My sister in law’s boob birthday cake (got for her by my mother) and my brother commenting when we all took our first bite,

“This doesn’t taste like boob…”

Almost every sketch on that mitchell and webb look season 1

“Are we the baddies?”

Those are just off the top of my head, but I always like to laugh incredibly hard at least once a day. Lightheardness is my main M.O.

Best of 2009: Stationery

The ongoing “Best of 2009″ idea continues with: Stationery. When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year?

Usually I want to write so I don’t forget things, so I just grab whatever I can get my hands on. I usually jazz it up by using aesthetically pleasure magazines pages and my typewriter, but the only stationery I have been dying to have is airmail. I love the airmail’s simple design, so i am constantly on the lookout for envelopes, pages and even labels. I also love all the correspondence on the Letter Writers Alliance/16 Sparrows website, but I usually don’t have the money to get some.

awesome 16 Sparrows telegraph stationery.

Best of 2009: Social Web Moment

The ongoing “Best of 2009″ idea continues with: Social web moment. Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter?

photo by deirdre hamill

Being featured in the Republic and on azcentral.com was pretty much the highlight of my social web year.

I started a photoblog of the city I love so much Glendale, AZ because I wanted to people who were thinking about visiting Phoenix to know they didn’t have to just stay in Phoenix to enjoy the valley.

I get very intimidated by the people with their fancy cameras and hours upon hours of free time to be able to post daily. I love when I am able to post pictures and get messages from all over the States (and even Paris!), commenting on how they remember that part of Glendale, or have a story to share. It’s beyond amazing.

I didn’t do it to try to garner press (even though i work for the city), I just love the town and think so many more people could too if they just knew about it.

But a reporter found it and wanted to interview me. Very cool.

I guess the other cool social web thing was Facebook. I had held off on FB for a LONG time because I didn’t want to deal with all that jazz. I had a Twitter account before a FB! But when I signed up, I was so incredibly pleased with how many of my good friends i could keep in touch with ease. I am definitely thankful for that aspect. I hate all the other stupid things about it (the time-suck, Farmville, people that don’t like me trying to friend me), but those are pretty easy to ignore.

Best of 2009: Insight

The ongoing “Best of 2009″ idea continues with: Insight or aha! moment. What was your epiphany of the year?

My aha! Moment was slow coming.

It happened a bunch of little times, but it only really dug home when I was checking in with my inside people (I love that phrase now, btw) Christmas Eve and realized The Universe has been telling me, little by little, one thing this year.

the travel bag of the century. le swoon.

Travel. Travel light, travel often, and travel with care. With so many people scared about the economy and how they are going to survive without money, us people with jobs have to take stock of what is important – truly important – in our lives. And everyone is different in what is important to them.

  • Cable? No, cable is not something I need in my life. Netflix is all I will ever need.
  • More “stuff?” Well, that is to be determined by how much old stuff I can get rid of; but probably not.

I have decided to be more active in pursuing…well, motion. Even if it is only across town, I want to travel and discover something new and magical. I am through with sitting idly by while my daydreams take up my whole day. I want to pick up and go. A weekend at a time.

p.s. Gwen Bell’s aha! moment is pretty comforting. I’m not the only one who ties her sense of self to piles. I also think it’s adorable she calls her piles “hutches.”

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