Another Oscar weekend approaches, marking another year I haven’t set foot in a movie theater or rented/streamed any movies. I really must work on increasing my attention span over the next year.
I probably won’t watch much of the Academy Awards on Sunday night. I used to enjoy the red carpet hoopla and drama of it all, but it jumped the shark on me somewhere along the way. Even though most of the attendees look lovely and handsome all glammed up, I’m not impressed with who made what gown and how many carats of borrowed jewelry someone is wearing. (But if the designers ever start competing to outdo one another in workout wear, I’m back in!)
Since I do like award shows, in general, I’ve decided to create my own version of “Bests”, with an emphasis on the simple moments or events that accumulate to make life wonderful. YOU are welcome to play along or create your own award categories.
Best Book I Read Recently
I have been inhaling books lately, mostly cozy mysteries with some non-fiction mixed in. Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly (review to come someday soon) is shaping up to be a life-changer.
Best Movie or Television Show I Saw Last Year
As mentioned, I didn’t see any movies, but I did enjoy a couple of television series: Psych and Major Crimes. I like ensemble casts and shows that are a little offbeat and unpredictable. At some point, I’ll get around to watching Downton Abbey, but I’ve resisted so far.
Best Meal – Restaurant
With all my traveling over the last year, I spent a lot of time in restaurants. It’s a close call for “best” meal, but I have to go with the Chicken Parmigiana at Mama Lucia’s in Beltsville, MD. Second Best was the Taco Pizza at Hobo Mickey’s in Madisonville, KY. Who’d have thought crushed Doritos on a pizza could taste so good?
Best Meal – At Home
I’m still loving on the Lentil Taco Filling, although these days I have it in a wheat wrap, a tostada, or as a nacho topper. No matter how I prepare it, I like it!
Best Vacation – Ever
In November 2009, I set off on a cross-country road trip that lasted a little over a month. With my car packed front to back, I went from Memphis to Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Kingman, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tucson, and Las Cruces. And everywhere in between. It was the trip of a lifetime, and should I actually win the lottery one of these days, one I hope to repeat!
Best Compliment I Received Recently
“Wow, I see you’re still going to the gym!” I ran into some friends I hadn’t seen in a couple of years, and they both remarked that I still looked fit. I was having a Squish-belly Day, so it was a welcome compliment.
Best Thing I Did for Myself Recently
I’ve kind of been on auto-pilot with the healthier living thing lately (go, me!), so my “best” in this category is more on the professional side and involved “daring greatly” and attempting a client project I’d never done before. It’s not perfect by an experienced person’s standards, but it was enough to satisfy him and that satisfied me! The experience was a good reminder to step outside the comfort zone from time to time and to put perfection on the back burner. I’ve forgotten who said it, but “Perfection is the enemy of done” came to mind this week when I completed this project.
And now, it is time to go complete the Best Workout of the Week. I’m coming off of Rest Day, which always means a good workout!
Wishing you all a “best” weekend ahead. If you have time, stop back by tomorrow for Rockstar Day!
What were your bests?