Best of 2009

Everyone tends to try and do their “best-of” lists before the New Year, and that seems hasty to me.  I need a couple of weeks to bask in the end of a year to appreciate what I really got out of it.  Mostly these are lists for myself to remember what I mentally consumed in 2009.

Movies on the big screen [in order best to worst, these are all the movies I saw in theaters in 2009]

  1. The Wrestler
  2. Inglorious Basterds
  3. The Hangover
  4. Watchmen
  5. Zombieland [saw it twice!]
  6. Star Trek
  7. Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows
  8. Terminator 4
  9. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  10. Avatar

[Note that Up in the Air, the first movie I watched in 2010, was better than everything in 2009.]


  1. Battlestar Galactica Season 4/4.5  [we’re usually 1-2 years behind everyone else on Netflix]
  2. Michael Clayton
  3. The Golden Compass
  4. We Are Marshall
  5. 28 Weeks Later
  6. Deja Vu

The rest of the pack included:  The Office Season 4, Breech, Pitch Black, ‘Run Fat Boy, Run’, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, August Rush, Rome Season 1 , Shooter.   Not a lot of winners in the rest.

Movies forced upon me in flight

The only decent thing I watched at 30,000 feet was Up, which I really liked.  The rest were mostly drivel: He’s Just Not That Into You,The Proposal, Confessions of a Shopaholic, etc. [Note: 2 of these sappy 3 were the offering on the way to Alaska!  American Airlines, think about your audience.]

Books [I’m missing about 10 but I just can’t remember everything I read this year]

  • Best: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Diaz)
  • Great: The Alienist, The Road (McCarthy), The Magician’s Assistant (Patchett), The Little Prince (Saint-Exupéry)
  • Good: How Doctors Think (Groupman), Supreme Courtship (Buckley), Losing Mum and Pup (Buckley)
  • Barely tolerable: U.S.!,
  • Just awful Snuff (Palinhuik)

Training Journal

Very happy with my eight mile run yesterday.  Kept the cardio impact low and focused on building leg muscle by running at a slow pace.  As a result I didn’t feel that winded at the end.  Will jump to 9.5 miles this weekend.   Also did an hour of core in the morning while my run was in the afternoon, following the “strength work first, cardio work second” rule.

This morning was the first attempt to work out first thing in the morning.  1 hour of super light lifting (doing 20-40 reps of very light amounts is something the T3 coach recommended over heavy lifting for triathletes).   But upon returning home from work this morning, I crashed.  I am not sure if it was low blood pressure, low blood sugar, or dehydration, but I feel asleep after lunch and was groggy until 3:45 PM.  I decided that my body was asking for rest (hint, hint) so I’ll now make Monday my rest day instead of Wednesday as I had previously planned.  [in training, you need 1 full rest day every week where you don’t workout to let your system rebound].

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