Friday Five, Best of 2011

I can’t believe tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. I figured out how I’m celebrating! My best friend and I are going to go see the Muppets movie tomorrow afternoon (Aidan: get your Rainbow Connection nail glitter ready!!). Tonight I’m going to see “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” so this will make 2 movies in 12 hours that I have been dying to finally see. I’m hoping to break out the sweatpants early tomorrow night and see how long I can stay awake. I’m definitely coming down with something (the flu? the plague? the black lung?) and last night I crashed at 8:30. You guys, that was so early even for me. I was pretty impressed with that, to be honest. I thought only toddlers and the elderly had that in them.

So since it is Friday, I’m bringing you one last Friday Five of 2011. This one is less of a list of things that interested me from the week, and more of my favorite things from the year. Narrowing this down was surprisingly easy, and I think if you’ve been following for a bit you could even figure these out. I’m not that complex, honestly. Maybe my New Year’s resolution should be to be more interesting. How does one accomplish this? Any pointers?

1. Midnight in Paris / 2. My favorite all-white bedroom / 3. Fitz! / 4. Macarons / 5. YOU

I don’t make a secret of my insane, all-consuming love of Paris. I have dreams of picking up and moving there and living like a total starving artist in a minuscule apartment with more light streaming in than I’d know what to do with. And I love  literature and art, so the entire crossover with the most beautiful city in the world chronicled in “Midnight in Paris” automatically makes it the best movie of the year. Maybe the best of the last several years. It is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time, and I’ve only seen it twice. I ended up buying myself a copy on Blu Ray after Christmas and watched it the day it arrived. All I want to do is watch it again and again. It’s quirky and sweet and the incredible of shots of Paris make my heart swell. If you haven’t seen this yet, go watch it immediately!

Of course, along with my “move-to-Paris” fantasy comes the fact that I would spend all of my money on macarons. This year was definitely the year of macarons for me, and I didn’t even have that many! Maybe somewhere around 30? Definitely not enough, but at what they cost (including getting to New York to buy them) perhaps I shouldn’t go overboard. Macarons are definitely my favorite food of 2011, and yes I said food not dessert because if given the opportunity, I would eat these for all 3 meals a day and find some way to puree them over ice and drink it as a smoothie. I got a rose scented hand lotion as a stocking stuffer for Christmas and the first thing I thought of was that it smells exactly like a rose macaron from Ladurée. I then proceeded to lick my hand. Can you imagine how obese I would be if I had the luxury of living in Paris and being near any one of the 3 Ladurée stores? My love (and slow descent into addiction) of macarons can be read here, here, and here.

And I wouldn’t want just any apartment in Paris. It must of course be entirely decked out in white. The more white, the better. If I feel like I’ve gone color blind, I’m on the right track. My love of all-white interiors made quite the appearance on this here blog over the course of 2011 (a few samples include here, here, here, here, here, and here. Oh my god). And in all of the scouring of the internet I’ve done for these amazing, bleached interiors, I think my favorite room of 2011 is that bedroom. I love literally everything about it. The multiple fluffy comforters, the gold frames on the dresser, the white orchid and lamp above the bed. This is what heaven looks like to me. A white apartment in Paris with a sheepskin throw on the floor. I can safely say there will be many, many more pictures of all-white rooms in 2012. Get excited!

Perhaps my most exciting purchase of 2011 wasn’t a macaron or a new laptop or new camera (or, ahem, two), but the adoption fee I paid to bring this insane puppy into my life. I have never met another living being in my entire life, animal or human, with as much energy as this little guy. Fitz has two speeds: asleep and running. And usually his “running” mode involves chewing something, which, if you get in his way, is usually a part of your body. But still, I’m totally supportive of shelter adoptions and think dogs are the greatest thing in the world. Fitz has been a hilarious and happy dog so far and will turn a year old on January 6th. 2012 will be a big year for him. I’m excited to fall more in love with him, my main man.

And of course, I couldn’t do a “Best of 2011” round-up without including the biggest contributor to this whole blog thing: you guys. All of you amazing readers and fellow bloggers, from all over the world (I think I have Sweden, the UK, and various parts of the US represented!), who stop by and read my drivel and pad my ego and make me genuinely excited to post new things everyday and read all the fabulous things you have to say. I love waking up to email notifications on my phone that say “A New Comment from…” and you all inspire me to be a better, more consistent blogger. I couldn’t do any of this without you, my wonderful little audience. You were one of the best things about my year. I hope I get to keep all of your for a lot longer.

So I’d like to try something for 2012 (aside from learning to be more interesting and staying up past 9pm). I’ve always wanted to do the 365 Project, when you take a picture everyday and post it. There seems to be no better time to start than January 1st. I’m not sure if I have the stamina to keep it up past, say, January 8th, but I think it would be fun to try nonetheless! That way, even if I have a post about silly materialistic things, I’ll have some original creative content to contribute. Plus it gives me the opportunity to use the new 50mm lens I got for Christmas! Win-win.

What are your resolutions for 2012? What do you want out of the new year? Any fun undertakings? I can’t believe I have to say this, but I’ll see you all next year. Thank you so, so much for an incredible year. Here’s to 2012.

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  • Well, let me be the first to say, great round up. I totally need to see Midnight in Paris, along with Bill Cunningham’s documentary. The 365 Project also looks fun and interesting. Looking forward to seeing what you capture, especially with that 50mm (what a gem!). #5 is my favorite and the feeling is 100% mutual.
    Have the happiest New Year and, yes, I will see you next year.
    Cheers, Erin!
    PS~You definitely don’t need to work on being more interesting; You’ve got that down pat.

    • Both movies are incredible and are probably my favorite two of the year. I’ve already watched MIP 3 times, and I’m planning on buying the Bill Cunningham documentary soon with some leftover holiday money. Can’t recommend either of them enough!

      I had fun tweeting with you on NYE! Hope your midnight celebrations rolled around without too much insanity :) I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2012! I’m so happy to have you along for the ride.

  • I’m so envious of your NYE. We’re hosting part one of a three part progressive tapas and drinks in the neighborhood. Sounds fun, but I’m worn.out. At least we’re first, so we can sneak out early.

    I can’t believe I haven’t seen Midnight in Paris either. Want.

    I have been toying with a 365, but right now I’m leaning to a Project 52…perhaps I have commitment issues? And enjoy your 50mm…it’s one of my favorite lenses!

    Happy New Year!!

    • I love the idea of the 3 different tapas-and-drinks stops in the neighborhood! Though I don’t know my neighbors here, so I’m not sure that would be as fun. You have to tell me (and the rest of the blog world) about your NYE festivities. Did you manage to stay up til midnight?

      Project 52 would be awesome as well, but you already do that with your Monday Mash-ups! I’m not sure if I have it in me to do the whole 365 thing, but I’m definitely going to give it my best effort. :)

  • You should make it a point to come to NY for the weekend with me and Ben!! It’d be super fun. And we’d definitely keep you awake past 9 :D

    • You know I’d end up dragging you both to Laduree, right? Haha. I’m definitely going to take you & Ben up on that offer! Hope your Australian NYE was a blast, lovely.

  • You forgot to tell me about the 50mm!!! How is that possible?
    Fitz may be turning 1 but he still has a lot of 5 month old in him!

    • Ohh man, the lens is amazing. I’ll have to give you the 50mm lens I had for the Nikon. You’ll fall absolutely in love with it.

      I think you’re being generous with “5 months” for Fitz. I’m going with 2.

  • Ah bless you Erin, I could have guessed those five things and I’ve only known you a few months!

    I really need to see Midnight in Paris. Last night I saw Sherlock Holmes and it was the funniest film since Bridesmaids (actually it’s the first time I’ve been to the cinema since Bridesmaids). You must go see but perhaps that’s too low brow for a macaroon eating Parisien art lover like yourself?

    I’m very interested in the 365 project. I might do that too. Are you going to post it on your blog or do it separately?

    Hope you have the best new year. I’m actually quite jealous of you seeing the muppet movie….xxxxx

    • I forget we’ve only known each other the past few months! Feels, nicely, like it’s been a lot longer. I’m delighted you were able to figure those 5 out, too.

      Definitely see Midnight in Paris. And the Muppet movie, too. Both are a joy. You’re the second person to tell me Sherlock Holmes was hilarious! My coworker, Audrey, said the same thing. I haven’t seen the first one, though; is that necessary to understand this one? And I definitely don’t want to come off like a snob or anything! Sure, I am a “macaroon eating Parisien art lover” but I also wore sweatpants to a NYE party, sooo maybe “low brow” is a bit too “high brow” a compliment. ;)

      I’m going to be posting the 365 project to a separate part of the blog (which was a full-day undertaking, trying to set up), and I’m really excited about it! You should totally do it, too! We can be mutual support so neither of us can slack off!

      • Well haven’t I missed the deadline by not starting yesterday?

        No not necessary to see the first one but I think you will enjoy it more if you have seen it. There’s a really cool homage to Heath Ledger inBatman in it. RDJ is awesome he’s so funny. And hot.

        Gonna check if MIP is out here on iTunes….

        • Well, yes, technically the deadline was yesterday but considering this year is a leap year, if you were to start today you could still have 365 photos (thank you, February 29th!) for the year. You should do it!!

          I’ll try to watch Sherlock Holmes and then check out the second one. I saw two movies in two days this weekend and I realized how much I missed going to the theater. So hopefully I can keep the streak going and see more. It’s just so expensive these days. $11 for a ticket. For shame.

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