Revised Top 9 of 2009

It has been brought to my attention that “Taylor Swift” was listed (explicitly) in at least three of my top 9 of 2009 yesterday posted on this blog. To some, this may seem unfair. Why am I not on the list when Taylor gets three spots? they’ll rhetorically state, yet earnestly ask.

Here’s a revision.

9. Yeah, my mom on New Year’s Day. Yada yada.

8. Getting my MFA. You know, I still haven’t picked up the diploma…

7. Bird’s ticket buying skillz. Best in the world! Thank you!

6. Zipcar. Oh thank you, Zipcar. Though it is expensive, it helped me many times.

5. Learning the ukulele. It’s nice to have hobbies, and to sing songs by Alex Battles.

4. Taylor Swift. See, she gets number 4: mid-way on the spectrum of obsession. Shows, hair, Fearless. All in just one entry.

3. KH still gets an upper slot.

2. Falling in love. No need to reassess this ranking.

1. Everyone who has offered me support in the past year and years. Thank you. You’ve given me life … even if you aren’t Taylor Swift, who may or may not be implied in this #1 highlight of 2009.

I look forward to 2010 which is certain to be like and unlike this year that’s passing over us like a tidal wave.

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Top 9 of 2009: many and few

This has been a memorable year for many reasons. Many of which are bad reasons. But some are good! Very good, I assure you, so I’m sharing a few of them here. And yes, many of them pertain to Taylor Swift.

9. Seeing Revolutionary Road with my mom on New Year’s Day. I was very sick and very depressed. She took care of me. We thought the movie was okay and later each read the book, marking the beginning of my fascination (and identification) with Richard Yates.

8. Friends. Limitless understanding and compassion from so many of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

7. Seeing Taylor Swift in College Park, Pennsylvania. Ten rows from the stage. Yeah. Thank you, Bird.

6. Finishing my MFA. I never thought I wouldn’t. Then again, I never thought I’d get an MFA.

5. Touching Taylor Swift’s hair in West Virginia. She walked by me at a concert, you perv.

4. Kathryn Harrison. Professor, mentor, friend. Where would I be?

3. Friends who did so much for me. Even when they thought they weren’t doing anything at all.

2. Falling in love. Seemingly self-explanatory, yet not.

1. Taylor Swift, whose music offered/offers strength and helped me believe in love when I couldn’t believe in anything. Thank you.

What do I have to look forward to in 2010?

Friends, love, happiness, support, new and improved ukulele videos, Taylor Swift concert on May 15, Taylor Swift reading this blog. You get the picture.

Few reasons to complain. Many reasons to live, love, laugh.

I am grateful.