best of 2010.

It’s that time of year again! Year end reviews and lists!

I don’t know about you, but I was not too impressed with 2010. No extraordinary music or movies, no huge events in my personal life. The daily grind wasted this year away. I hope to change things up in 2011 – be more creative, take on more hobbies and activities, become a better runner. All good goals to aim for.

The Best of 2010
In my very opinionated fashion.


  1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  2. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
  3. Minus the Bear – OMNI
  4. Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
  5. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
  6. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  7. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  8. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
  9. The National – High Violet
  10. Beach House – Zebra


  1. Toy Story 3
  2. Going the Distance
  3. Hot Tub Time Machine
  4. Temple Grandin
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


  1. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (1997)
  2. Eight White Nights by Andre Aciman (2010)
  3. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield (2010)
  4. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson (2010)
  5. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)

Live Performances
(Ended up all being bands, saw a couple musicals that made me continue to hate musicals)

  1. Local Natives (Beachland Ballroom)
  2. Phantogram (Musica – Akron)
  3. Minus the Bear (House of Blues)
  4. Sufjan Stevens (Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI)
  5. Aloha (Grog Shop)

and finally, my 10 favorite moments/adventures/experiences of 2010…

  • Spending my birthday/New Years in Chicago. Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright homes and churches, drooling over my favorite architect.
  • Getting hooked on Mad Men. Looooove.
  • Visiting Whole Foods and farmers’ markets. Learning all about food, nutrition, and cooking in a technical sense.
  • Spending evenings in the Metroparks biking or running.
  • Fun summer/fall weddings with friends.
  • Traipsing around the art museum at 2am during the Summer Solstice Party.
  • Running the Cleveland Turkey Trot. Overcame body/leg issues to finish the race strong.
  • Experiencing Cleveland and learning how great it really is.
  • Welcoming my new nephew into the world.
  • Having my dad’s bum heart fixed. One of the scariest things I’ve been through, but extremely thankful and happy all is well again.

here’s to a happy and healthy new year.



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2 responses to “best of 2010.

  1. yes! probably 2 of my favorite songs from 2010 are definitely ambling alp & sprawl ii. no contest.

  2. nice! i really have to listen to yeasayer now.

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