Best of 2009 – Challenge, Album, Place, Food

It’s that time again. A bit of Best of 2009 batching coming up…

December 9 Challenge

Something that really made you grow this year. That made you go to your edge and then some. What made it the best challenge of the year for you?

See “New Food” entry below.

December 10 Album of the year.

What’s rocking your world?

I discovered “The Flight of the Concords” this year and I can’t get enough of their albums. They make me laugh out loud every time. A spin off from this is that I also discovered David Bowie, which I wrote about here.  

The old school Bowie songs that are rocking my world (for all those closet Bowie groupies out there) are “Boys Keep Swinging” , “Alabama Song”, and “Ashes to Ashes”.

I’m really going to geek out now and list the often cheeky sometimes torrid lyrics that make his music so deliciously freaky:

“Life’s a pop of the cherry when you’re a boy”… “When you’re a boy you can wear a uniform, when you’re a boy other boys check you out, when you’re a boy you can learn to drive and everything”.

~ Boys Keep Swinging

“We must find our way to the next whiskey bar or I tell you we must die”… “Oh show us the way to the next little girl. Oh don’t ask why, no don’t ask why. We must find the next little girl for if we don’t find the next little girl I tell you we must die”. [creepy, no?]

~ Alabama Song

“Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, we know Major Tom’s a junky”.

~ Ashes to Ashes

December 11 The best place.

A coffee shop? A pub? A retreat center? A cubicle? A nook?

It’s a tie:






They’re so different they’re the proverbial apples and oranges so I can’t decide between the two. The photo of Ireland is of the Dingle Peninsula. It’s a place that could make you believe in faeries and magik. The photo of Sicily was taken on a hike in the Mt Etna national park. I remarked to my partner Mike on our hike that just when I think I’ve seen a place so beautiful nothing could ever compare we travel somewhere new and see something even more beautiful. However, Sicily stole my heart not for it’s beautiful scenery but for it’s beautiful people. I honestly never knew that people could be so kind and open and genuinely friendly. We were treated like family by complete strangers. We were invited to stay at people’s homes, join their celebrations and were taken on personal guided tours that lasted all day and all night and then invited to do it all again.

December 12 New food.

You’re now in love with Lebanese food and you didn’t even know what it was in January of this year.

I well and truly conquered my seafood phobia this year, which I wrote about here. I’m still not a seafood lover but I do salivate over a nice fresh piece of pesce spada (a Sicilian favourite – sword fish) and I know I can eat texture challenging jiblets like oysters and tentacles if I must.

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