My Favorites of 2009

With a new year upon us, it’s time to look back and make some predictable and not-so-predictable choices for my favorite things of 2009.

If you disagree with any of these…and I hope you do…you’ll get your chance to offer up your favorites in the comments section.

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2009 – Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”

Easy and entertaining read that made a lot of sense. Highly recommended.

MY FAVORITE MEAT OF 2009 – Spicy Italian Sausage

I love encased pork products and I’m not afraid to tell the world.

MY FAVORITE NEW FRIEND OF 2009 – Tyler Stanton.

A kindred spirit who, like me, used to love Caedmon’s Call during his formative years, likes to blog, and enjoyed making people laugh. Look for more collaborations with this moron in 2010.


MY FAVORITE OLD FRIEND OF 2009 -All of em.

Too tough to pick just one. I love my friends so much.

MY FAVORITE MET GOAL OF 2009 – Speaking 3 Times.

I wanted to speak 3 times this year, and I got it done. Spoke in Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Hope to keep doing this in 2010.

MY FAVORITE UNMET GOAL OF 2009 -Getting an article published in a magazine.

I wanted to get an article published in RELEVANT, but then I realized that Jason Boyett writes all their stuff. I tried for Cat Fancy, but turns out their readership isn’t interested in the Other Ways to Skin a Cat. Truth is, this goal got shoved aside when I started focusing on my book more.

MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2009 – Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Solid from front to back and wicked catchy.

I also loved Derek Webb’s Stockholm Syndrome, Copeland’s You Are My Sunshine, United’s Across the Earth, Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocketful of Sunshine, The Mint’s Love is Vapor, Nada Surf’s The Weight is a Gift, Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak, and Jared Anderson’s Live From My Church.

MY FAVORITE TV SHOW OF 2009 – LOST

There is no second.

MY FAVORITE GADGET OF 2009 – The iPhone

Is the Droid better? I just don’t care. I’ve got the games, maps, apps, web, and phone that I need. (and I rarely drop calls.)

MY FAVORITE EAR CLEANING DEVICE OF 2009 – The Q-Tip

Barely edging out the paperclip, fingernail, and pocketknife.

MY FAVORITE BLOGS OF 2009 -I couldn’t pick just one

Ben Arment, Rachelle Gardner, Tyler Stanton, Stuff Christians Like, ProBlogger, and Chip MacGregor. (If you’d like to be on this list next year, send a year’s supply of Cheez-its to my couch.)

MY FAVORITE CHILD OF 2009 – Both

But it would be kinda funny if I picked one, wouldn’t it? Or not.

MY FAVORITE 60 SECONDS OF 2009 – The finish line of the Philly Half Marathon

I was with my favorite person, experiencing the pure bliss of accomplishing a difficult goal. Then the pain set in.

MY FAVORITE BLOGGER-RELATED FUNCTION OF 2009 – The Blogger Meetup at Catalyst.

I got to meet a whole bunch of folks for the first time, I got kicked in the leg repeatedly, and I got a swag bag that I lost the next day. (Thanks again to Brad Ruggles for putting this on.)

MY FAVORITE  DRUG OF 2009 РIbuprofen

Helping me fight back migraines since the 80s. (Honorable Mentions:  caffeine and meth)

MY FAVORITE BLOG READERS OF 2009 – You guys

Thanks again for reading. Few things get me more amped up than the opportunity to entertain and inspire you guys. I’m really excited about the things in store for this year…stay tuned.

What were some of your favorite things of 2009?