YUP. It was coming. You knew it. 🙂 Since I have the memory of a gnat (wait, do gnats have bad memories?)…where was I going with this? OH! Okay. Yes. Apparently I have the attention span of a gnat as well, it is time for the year end blog. I have fabulous plans to be drinking with friends on the Eve of the New Year, so I figured I need to go ahead & post this now.
The other day on Twitter (sidebar: A lot of my conversations have begun this way lately…intervention time?), my friend Jeremy posted a link to his blog of the 12 most memorable events of ’09 for him. He broke it down month by month and I thought that was kinda neat. Unfortunately, I am not that organized and cannot remember things chronologically. So instead I am just posting a random smattering of AWESOME that I happened upon in the 2009th year of our Lord. 🙂
Without further adieu, I present to you (in no particular order)…
Highlights of J.Nicole’s 2009:
Estelle/Solange at House of Blues Chicago: I was front row for this show. All up on the stage sangin’ my lil heart out with Solo and StellyStel. Both ladies put on amazing performances. My videos that I took also got shoutouts from both ladies via the Twitter and Estelle’s blog! 🙂
Jazmine Sullivan at House of Blues Chicago: We were damn near front row for this. If you have never heard Jazmine sing live, shawdy you are missing OUT! Her voice is crazy ridiculous and the concert was definitely NOT a disappointment!
The Birth of Collin James [last name redacted]: One of my favorite cousins, Danielle, gave birth to one of the most flyy baby boys in this world right now. Watching her journey of motherhood as well as Collin’s growth has been a tremendous highlight of my year. (Note to self: Mothers series…)
Learning that my biffles was pregnant with twins: She and I have grown apart in ways over the years, but that doesn’t make me any less excited. I can’t wait for my nieces to get here! 🙂
Attempting to become vegetarian: This was quite possibly the best idea I had all year. It wasn’t as harrowing an experience as I thought it would be. Once I get my financials in order, I’d actually like to go back meatless…well, I think I’d keep fish in the diet this time.
VEGAS with mis amigas cheetas: This was a fun, much needed trip. I learned things about my sistafrens & myself on this trip that have proven to be invaluable.
Summer and Fall Tour with Le KC: Indianapolis, Des Moines, Allegan, Milwaukee, Chicago, and New Orleans. GREAT times with: Jenny Rae (!!!), Lisa, Erin, Shari, Nichole, Kylee, Evan, Jenny sans Rae, Michelle, Davey, Jeremy, Blake, Ally, LindsAy, LindsEy, Sarah, Panalee, Abby, Nicole, Kelly, Jenna, Tiffany, Casey, & many others who I may be neglecting to mention here. Charge it to my terrible memory. All of the fun and adventures shared with these folks can be summed up by one word: Fajitas.
Jill & Kate @ The Underground Lounge: This could have been coupled with the KC stuff, but I didn’t want to negate their awesomeness like that. Yes, J&K are KC’s background singers, but also are pretty dope singer/songwriters in their own right. This night was filled with fun, friends, & booze. All of the ingredients that I need for a good time, haha!
Widening my social circle: All those folks I named up there, PLUS all of the people I’ve connected with in a more local setting have enriched my life like WHOA (yes I’m bringing that back in 2010…you’re welcome) this year. One of my goals of the year was to meet new people and stretch that circle, I’d say mission accomplished!
Reconnecting with old friends: Three words: Thank you, facebook! 🙂
New Orleans: Yes I went there for KC, but that city now owns my heart. I fell in love in the short time that I was there and need to go back ee-mee-JUT-lee! 🙂 Cafe du Monde. The French Quarter. Bourbon Street. The architecture. The history. The spirit of the city. The spelling of words that normally end in -o with -eaux. Yes! J’adore N’awlins!
Oktoberfest in LaCrosse, WI : Any event centered around drinking as much as you possibly can for extended amounts of time is All. Right. Wit’. Me! (c) Janet Jackson My friend Jenny Rae extended her hospitality (once again) and invited myself and the Veep up for this celebration. We had A BALL! Cannot wait for the 50th anniversary next year!
Tony Lucca @ Martyr’s: I’ve loved him since the Mickey Mouse Club. I refused to let another year go by where Tony was in my City & I hadn’t seem him live. He put on a great set & was SUPER nice when we spoke to him afterwards. He never did get JC on Twitter tho. Haha!
Speaking of…TWITTER: This microblogging site has my heart. I follow some crazy hilarious folks! It has also kept me abreast of current news, introduced me to some folks I’dve never met otherwise, & offers me a place to rant about the most random of subjects. I am a social networking junkie and twitter is everything I need and more to feed that habit.
100 Books in 100 Days Even though I failed and had to rework my course, I must say that a book a day was pretty awesome. I got to read some stuff that I may not have checked out otherwise. I also got to connect with people via the blog. I plan the keep the book blog alive even though I’ll have to retool the name a bit. Any suggestions? OH! How about Journey Through the Pages…lame? Yeah, I guess it is.
Soundcheck w/ the Sunshine Band: I feel like I overuse the word amazing, but there’s no other way to describe that experience. This was one of those “best in life” things. I will never forget it. All thanks to Jenny Rae.
Jenny Rae: I’ve mentioned her here several times throughout this thing. Maaaaaan, what to say about this chick. I absolutely adore her. If I liked girls like K² I would try to take her to Vermont and wife her, haha! Seriously though, she has gone from being a #fan to friend. We’ve had some amazing experiences this year and I only hope have more as the years go on. She’s definitely God sent and blessing in my life!
Leaving d3Vry: YESSS LAWD! I was so stifled and ill tempered when I was there. I’ve only had my freedom papers for three weeks now, but damn it feels good! Bittersweet, but definitely a needed transition. There’s a palpable change in my spirit since I’ve released that demon, haha!
Moving into my own apartment: When it happened it was totally unexpected, but so damn organic that I could NOT let it pass me by. Like the old song says, “God bless the child that’s got its own…” YES HONEY! There’s no better feeling than working a full 8 and then being able to come home and not have to see anybody. No talking. No awkward shuffling. Just peace and quiet and comfort and home. Walk around bucket nekkid as much as you want to. Burrow under your covers and ignore the world for as long as you want to. Yes. Freedom is great!
Well, that’s it. My year in review. Hope you enjoyed… 🙂