Categories liberally adapted from last year's Best Of.
Lifetime Firsts: Attending a speech by a presidential candidate, becoming the Vice Chair of a convention, visiting a country not in North America or Europe, taking a karate class, riding the NYC-Boston Chinatown bus, gathering chicken eggs, going Christmas caroling
Milestone Of The Year: Getting engaged (You knew I had to include it somewhere.)
Best Concert: Confusingly, this category had NO winners. Honorable mentions, I suppose, to Winterpills' set at the Sig Sounds showcase during SXSW, Amos Lee at ACL Fest, and any of the times we saw Brennen.
Scariest Name Of Someone Performing Surgery On Me: Dr. Slaughter
Best Surgery-Related Side Effects: A two-way tie betwen getting all my high notes back and not being congested once since August!
Best Places Visited: The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center, Israel
Best Culinary Discovery: Cast-iron
Most Enjoyable Shape-Note-Related Accommodations: The Legendary White Eagle Rock & Roll Hotel in Portland (Have you ever been awakened late at night by a tour guide standing outside your door, telling his enthralled listeners about all the people who died where they are standing? I thought not.)
Best Movies: "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Holy crap, really??? Good movie or not, that is SO sad. Needless to say I did not make it to a lot of films this year.)
Number Of Jobs I Quit: One
Musical Discovery Of The Year: Rufus Wainwright (I know, I know... what is this, 2003?)
First Politician Who Ever Made Me Giddy When I Saw Him In Person: Barack Obama
[And now for the books. Rebecca, as the only one who will actually follow most of them, I'm counting on you to tell me if any of these links don't work.]
Favorite Books: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell, At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid, A Home At the End of the World by Michael Cunningham, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, Freedom Song by Amit Chaudhuri
Honorable Mentions: On the Road with the Archangel by Frederick Buechner, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
Famous Books I Finally Got Around To Reading In 2007: The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges, Gigi by Colette
Biggest Disappointment: Wifey by Judy Blume (A raunchy novel about an unfulfilled housewife written by my favorite young adult author? It seemed so promising! Alas, it was oh so bad. Clearly, there is a reason why she's known for her other books.)
And so concludes 2007. It was the best of years, it was the worst of years. Actually, it was a fairly quiet year, all things considered. But enough of that - onward and upward to 2008!