Ten Best Days of 2009

Awesome Birthday Surprise: My Office, Filled with Balloons – March 9, 2009

Liz (in cahoots with Justin) surprised me on my birthday by filling up my office with a ton of balloons: each one containing a personalized note from a friend or family member. Not only was this awesome, but my photos of the event made it to BoingBoing! To top things off, I ended the night by having drinks with my friend Jay (aka Mr. Grumpy), who I’ve known for eight years but met in person for the first time.

Caterer Tasting for the Wedding: Prickly Pear – April 27, 2009

One of the big perks in getting married is being able to “sample” the wares of your various vendors. I invited my groomsmen to a tasting at our caterer, Prickly Pear. While we ended up having some problems a few months down the road, this night in particular was jaw-droppingly amazing. The food was stellar, and just kept on coming long after we were all stuffed to the gills.

Felix Jung, Pecha Kucha Chicago: Repetition and Variation – June 4, 2009

Event organizers Peter Exley and Thorsten Bösch took a chance on me, and let me present at Pecha Kucha Chicago without having attended a prior PK event. I prepared a ton, and had a blast talking about a subject near and dear to my heart: repetition and variation. I got so inspired by the event, I ended up create a rough Guide to Making a Pecha Kucha Presentation.

Hoppily Ever After: Liz and Felix’s Handmade Wedding Invitations – July 5, 2009

Among the many things we did in preparation for our wedding, I was most proud of our actual wedding invitations. It was a great deal of work (and time), but we did everything from scratch. I did all the design work, and Liz handled all the production work – putting the pieces together and hand-scribing all the envelopes. Getting them out in the mail was immensely satisfying. Oh, and as an editorial aside: the Canon iP4300 color printer is one awesome, workhorse of a printer.

(3 Day) Bachelor Party – July 24 – 26, 2009

I was lucky to have a multi-day bachelor party, with old friends who visited from all over. The first night involved us staying up until the wee hours making music. From there we relocated over to Gary, Indiana, by the Indiana Dunes. And the third day was closed out with a breakfast at Jonathan’s Pancake House.

Found (Abandoned) Dog, Logan Square Animal Hospital – September 2-4, 2009

This is another day that sort of spans multiple days. After drinks with friends, Liz and I spotted a dog who was left tied up to the front door of the Logan Square Animal Hospital. The facility was closed for the day, and we ended up taking the dog home with us. Over the next there days, we underwent a big adventure: getting the dog to a vet, x-rayed, and ultimately in the care of a rescue group.

My Wedding – September 12, 2009

Suffice it to say, this counts as one of the best days of my entire life. For those who have followed this blog for a while now, you may remember when Liz and I first met, or when I officially proposed. So much planning and time went in to the day, and start to finish… the day was as spectacular as it was fast. So much love and celebration on this day. And for me, so very much to be thankful for.

Honeymoon in Paris, Florence and Rome – September 19, 2009

This is cheating a bit. I took the longest hiatus I’ve ever taken from the blog during my honeymoon, and didn’t really post any photos up of the trip. I’m counting it here as one day, but it was two unforgettable weeks overseas (my first time) in two different countries. Eating Macarons in Paris, dining on a boat ride along the Seine, riding scooters from Florence to Sienna, wandering along the Appian Way, eating gelato in Rome. Magical stuff.

I’m in a Book! Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves – October 29, 2009

After submitting my story in December of 2008, I was lucky enough to be selected for inclusion in my friend Jason’s book, Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. This day was when I got to see the book on the shelves in a bookstore, and to see my words on the printed page.

Free Candy and Spiders: My Halloween Costume, 2009 – October 30, 2009

As many of you may know, I like dressing up for Halloween. I’ve found I prefer interactive costumes more, and like incorporating free candy into the theme. To me, Halloween is one of the ways we adults can stay young, to not be ourselves if only for a little while.

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