You know, I was going to write a post revealing great ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve with little kids. But then I realized I don’t have any great ideas.
Stay home. Play a board game or two. Pop some popcorn. Maybe watch a movie and stay up a bit later than usual. Talk about your favorite moments of 2011.
That’s all I got. Not much of a post.
So instead, I thought I’d do something I don’t do often on this blog. Talk about me.
On Friday I’ll share my annual Reflection Questions download, where you can journal your answers solo or make it a game with your spouse or friends. It’s fun. It’s Simple Mom-ish. I think you’ll like it.
But in the meantime, I thought it’d be fun to share my favorites 0f 2011. I know you’re oh-so-excited, so I’ll get right to it—here they are.
You should know that I’m all messed up, trend-wise. Living overseas for three years really did a number on my head, so I have no idea when things actually released, what’s new and what’s old hat. I just like what I like. So when I share my favorites of 2011, they’re my 2011. These could have very well been released in 1986, I don’t know.
Some of you already know this… I’m a huge music fan. Huge. We have music piped at home most of the time, thanks to Pandora and Spotify. And my brother, who is cooler than me and has a better pulse on the newness of things. When I’m low on new music, or when I just need a pick-me-up, musically, I’ll ask Josh.
Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
This is a folksy rock band from Seattle, and when I listen, I sorta picture a modern day Peter, Paul, and Mary. Also, plaid shirts and not much soap. Amazing musicians and harmony…. love them and their new album that released this past summer.
The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow
Beautiful voices and haunting lyrics, this duet rocks my world. Apparently I was in a folksy mood this past year. Great album, especially the song Poison & Wine.
Other faves (and again, most didn’t actually release new music this year): Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Broken Bells, Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Florence + the Machine, Sufjan Stevens, Gungor, Coldplay, U2, and many others that elude me at the moment.
Movies and TV
Oh goodness… So very, very behind in this category. Kyle and I are just now watching Lost on Netflix. See? Living overseas can really toss you out of the loop.
Movie: The Big Year
There were lots of movies I wanted to see this year, but I think we went to the theater… three times? Can’t remember. I hope we go a few times over the next few weeks, but three kids plus expensive tickets equals not a lot of trips to the theater and plenty of escapes to the couch with Netflix.
I had a lot of fun watching The Big Year starring three of my favorite actors, Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. A quirky plot, beautiful cinematography, and CLEAN equals a win for me, no matter what the critics say.
TV: Modern Family
If I’m behind on movies, then I’m in a different era with TV. We haven’t had actual access to current television since 2006, before we left the country. I watch everything via Netflix or online, like Hulu. I’m totally okay with that.
Modern Family is one of the few shows I stay up to date with on Hulu (well, I like 30 Rock even more, but they haven’t had new stuff in quite awhile). Phil and Claire crack me up.
Now you’re talking my language. I do love having access to my local library, something I sorely missed while overseas (though with Kindle having a new borrowing program for Prime, it wouldn’t be a big problem now).
I mentioned that I’m behind on everything, right? Well, let’s just say I read the first Harry Potter back in 2006, the second earlier this year, and then the third through seventh from October to December.
I loved all of them, but my favorite was the third, Prisoner of Azkaban. Great story line, new characters, hilarious one-liners, and Harry matures a bit here. Oddly enough, I’ve found that my favorites of the series are (almost all) the odd numbered ones: 3, 7, 5, and 6, followed by 4, 1, and 2. Who knows why.
Like everyone and their dog this summer, I read The Help in a few days’ time. Totally sucked me in. Beautifully written in a setting I’d want to live in less than almost any other (except maybe Germany in the 40s): the deep south in the early 60s. Maddening characters and a heart-wrenching story equals a phenomenal read.
We moved, I traveled a ton, and we essentially started a new life this year… 2011 has been a great one for us. Lost of spiritual, professional, and relational growth, as well as lots of good memories. Things like music and movies pepper our days with soundtracks and a bit of escape… It’s fun.
How was 2011 for you? What were your favorite movies, TV shows, books, or music?