Ten Best Days of 2010

Dinner at Justin’s: Homemade Indian Food + Gifts from Japan – January 13th, 2010

Good food, good friends, and a stress ball in the shape of a boob. I remember laughing until my face hurt.

Puppet Bike, Downtown Chicago – February 5th, 2010

A nice respite from the normal work routine, I slowed things down to watch a cat and alligator dance. More moments like this will keep you young.

Chicago Chinatown: Chinese New Year Parade – February 18th, 2010

I love going to Chinatown for the New Year Parade. I always end up walking away with at least a few photos that are killer, and I have a blast just wandering around, awed at the spectacle of it all.

It was at the 2003 Chinese New Year Parade that my friend Alex first suggested I keep track of my best ten days.

Moving to a New Apartment (Under Construction) – February 8th, 2010

When our lease was close to ending at our old apartment, Liz and I shopped around to see what other apartments were nearby. After being shown a place we felt was too small, the landlord mentioned another apartment that was still “under construction.”

With no small bit of luck, the timing of the apartment’s completion and our lease ending matched fairly well. The apartment was in a building that I coveted over 5 years ago, we ended up moving in next to Rob and Gretchen, and this place has been (by far) the nicest place I’ve ever lived in Chicago.

Ben and Allison Get Married – March 20th, 2010

Ben and Allison tied the knot in a very small and intimate ceremony, surrounded by friends and family. Liz made the wedding cake, Chris gave a speech, Leslie was the DJ, I got to read a poem, and Justin officiated. This was a lovely event for two incredibly lovely people.

Finding Out Liz and I Look Happy – March 25th, 2010

It’s always nice getting verification from an unbiased, third party.

Month at the Museum Winner is Chosen – September 27th, 2010

Though I didn’t end up winning MSI’s Month at the Museum contest, it was an incredibly amazing experience. Throughout the whole process, from filming my 60 second video to submitting my application, it was exciting and nerve-wracking and awesome.

I’m honored I was able to make the finals, being picked from a group of over 1,500 applicants. I also got to meet four really super cool people along the way.

Baxter and Quincy, Officially Living Together – May 27th, 2010

This may seem a bit weird to list as a favorite day, but I was ecstatic when I saw that Baxter and Quincy were getting along together. Prior to this day, we had spent literally months slowly getting the two rabbits to get comfortable with one another. There was a lot of biting, a lot of fur being pulled, a lot of shouting and squirting of water.

The two of them are thick as thieves now, and this one day was the start of it all.

First Day at XSport Gym – July 12th, 2010

I had never really gone regularly to a gym before, and this day marks my first experience with a personal trainer. I’m happy to say that I’m still going to the gym, and working out regularly. Though I was hesitant at the beginning (it was Liz’s idea that we both join a gym), it was easily one of the best decisions we made last year. Some days, I barely recognize my own arms and legs.

20×2 Chicago: Who Knew? – September 18th, 2010

I had the good fortune to be invoted to participate in 20×2, a format where 20 presenters are given 2 minutes to answer a question. For the event I was in, the question was “Who Knew?” There were singers, storytellers, and a wide range of answers to this very open question. I had a blast creating a video presentation for the event, and had a great time at the show.

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