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Eight Things That Made 2008 Not Suck

Fun little tidbit about me: I love December more for the end-of-the-year montages and best-of lists than the holiday cheer. There's something unmatched about a good best-of list or a nicely edited montage set to some sappy Sarah McLachlan song. (Or perhaps something edgier, if you're not an 86-year-old in a 26-year-old's body like me.) It's the best time of the year, I totally agree, but not only because of all the family togetherness and blah blah blah but because of the pop-culture reflecting. Here's my list of 2008 favorites.

1. "Top Chef" -- I came to this show in 2008 for the first time, and it has completely changed my life. I now actually think about cooking instead of ignoring the kitchen altogether unless I need to go in for a glass of champagne. From knowing what foie gras is (come on, Trivial Pursuit, give me this question next game) to oddly lusting after judge Tom Colicchio, "Top Chef" is the best thing to happen to my Wednesday nights in quite a while.

2. The 2008 Beijing Olympics -- sure, I loved the gymnastics (and am still eyeing those Chinese gymnasts a bit suspiciously) and was as wowed as anyone by the opening ceremonies, but let's be real, this event is making my list for one reason:

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3. I imagine this won't be shocking, but I drank the "Twilight" kool-aid this year and although I'm not oozing with pride over that particular obsession, I can't very well deny it. I chose reading these books over sleeping. I Googled spoilers. I watched the movie's trailer roughly 9,000 times. I ... I'll stop now. A lot can (and has) been said about this series, but if you want to know why it's as popular as it is (and this makes much more sense than the Harry Potter mania, I am certain), take a gander:

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Steamy, yummy vampire goodness.

4. "Weeds" -- Granted, I discovered this little gem of a show in 2007, but season four came back on air this year, and although most shows hit some type of slump in their third or fourth seasons, I never stopped loving Nancy Botwin for even a split second. I watch a lot of TV, I'll admit, but there is no one acting her role better on television today than Mary-Louise Parker. I would give her every "leading actress" award I could. My only complaint is that there is something like five years between each season.

5. Tina Fey -- From her couldn't-stop-refreshing-on-YouTube Sarah Palin impressions to "Baby Mama" -- which I effing loved -- to "30 Rock" this woman really can't touch anything without it turning to hilarious, knee-slapping gold.

6. Twitter -- This little social networking gem is kind of hard to explain to people who aren't twittering themselves. "It's ... um ... kind of like ... well ... a way of updating the Internet, constantly , with what you're doing/thinking/reading/watching/eating, and you can read what everyone else is doing/thinking/reading/watching/eating, and it's damn addictive, too." Try it out for yourself. You'll see what I mean.

7. "Iron Man" -- There weren't many movies I loved this year. Hell, there weren't many movies I didn't want to demand my money back from this year. (INDIANA JONES AND THE WHATEVER THE HELL SKULL  SOMETHING OR OTHER: I'M GLARING AT YOU.) When my husband suggested watching "Iron Man" I groaned out loud. I don't like action movies. I really don't like superhero action movies, but this movie was fantastic. It's the only movie, other than Twilight, I can remember wanting to watch again.

8. Barack Obama, president-elect -- This year will always go down as the year I (a) got pregnant with my first kid and (b) watched our country make a very good collective decision in the 2008 presidential election. I'm not going to get all political on you because I debated slotting "The Hills" here and what kind of ground do I have to stand on when I was torn between Lauren Conrad and our president-elect, but watching Obama get elected to the highest office in our country was one of the coolest moments of my life and definitely one of the coolest moments of 2008.

So, tell me, what is on your best-of list?







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Comments

veronica

For me is was discovering Dexter - a friend turned me onto the show and I LOOOOOVEEEE IT!!!!

rebecca

Totally with you on Iron Man, even though I have been forced to watch it about 80 THOUSAND times since Jason bought it on Blue Ray.
I also have to go with Yo Gabba Gabba because, dude, a toddler's show I can totally sit through, and the McLovin Guy. Did you see him in Role Models? AWESOME and adorable in such a geeky, geeky way.

Issa

NCIS. Somehow I never saw it before this year and now I'm in love. Also the Big Bang Theory which might be the funniest sitcom on TV right now.

Obama for sure. And Twitter, which I am completely addicted too.

But mostly, my baby boy. He is definitely my best of this year.

Kerri Anne

"Granted, I discovered this little gem of a show in 2007, but season four came back on air this year, and although most shows hit some type of slump in their third or fourth seasons, I never stopped loving Nancy Botwin for even a split second. I watch a lot of TV, I'll admit, but there is no one acting her role better on television today than Mary-Louise Parker."

You are so in my head with that sentence. LOVE Nancy Botwin/Mary-Louise Parker/Weeds/The way she is always drinking iced coffee, always.

And, well, you already know I'm with you on points 1. 2. & 3. (EDWARD), and I just saw Iron Man over Thanksgiving and verily loved it. So pretty much I want to make out with this list, is my overall point.

ali

TRUE BLOOD!

veronica

I'll second The Big Bang Theory!




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