Joyful, joyful, we adore thee.

Ah, 2007, we hardly knew ya.

I have a secret love of all the year-end recap stuff – best movies and music, people of the year, and, especially, the remembrances. I guess that last one is for the same reason I love reading obituaries – people are so interesting! And so much of real life, you couldn’t make up, and if you did, no one would believe it.


So, here are my personal year-end picks.

Best movie
I saw exactly three movies this year, which is humbling and mostly embarrassing. Knocked Up, Superbad and Dan in Real Life were all good flicks. However, I have to give the crown to Superbad. This movie made me giddy and was the first flick to which I’ve ever snuck in beer.

Juror’s Award goes to Once, which is actually making many year-end lists. I didn’t actually see this film, but my periodontist talked about it for an hour and a half while I was supposed to be knocked out during a very painful gingival graft.

Best music
In 2007, my iTunes list continued to bring me joy and embarrassment. I don’t think Gino Vanelli is going to make anyone else’s Best of 2007 list. However, my brother saved me and got me James Taylor’s One Man Band for Christmas. I’ve yet to watch the DVD, but the audio CD is amazing. Sweet Baby James is still the man. Mad props to his tricked-out version of Slap Leather.

Best book
Oh, so many to choose from! Seeing as how I have no energy for keeping up with the latest releases, this is a new-to-me category. However, I loved Pontoon by Garrison Keillor, which is actually new this year. And I discovered that, err, mass production chick lit on CD is a great way to pass the commute. Jennifer Cruisie, Janet Evanovich and Mary Kay Andrews, you have my ear. And my gratitude.

Best discovery
Roasted Garlic Triscuits. Need I say more?

Best realization
This one comes courtesy of my coworker Dorothy, who, in an inebriated moment of clarity, proclaimed, “I’m obsessive. But you’re a workaholic.”

Holy shit.

She’s right.

And it’s not funny. I’m concerned about what food I put in my body and what chemicals I rub on my face, but I’m actually poisoning my body with stress and tainting my life with a skewed sense of reality. This brings us to …

Best resolution for 2008
I’m going to remember what’s truly important. I’m going to see Corporate Behemoth as a means to an end, not a source of identity. I’m going to relax, and let go of the fear that keeps me stressed. I’m going to focus on joy.

And, of course, I’m going to eat more Roasted Garlic Triscuits.

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