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Jan 1, 2015

The Daily Sabs 2014 Awards

It's been a while (comedy bing bong fans say it like you mean it)...

I should've done this yesterday, but I've never been great with deadlines.

2014 was a pretty great year, my little bro got married and my little sis had herself a baby. That's two more notches on the grown-up belt for pig family. Like all years, 2014 had its shares of highs and lows, but for the most part it's been a pretty fantastic year. And because I like lists and awards, I thought I'd throw some together. Here's to an amazing 2015 my friends!

Cutest New Family Member
Winner: Bruce
Close Runner up: Laura

Happiest Wedding
Winner: Bao & Laura
Tie for second place: Annie & Dylan, Katy & Dave, Leslie & Dan
Disqualified because we were lame and couldn't make it: Frances & Matt, HP & Mark

Awesomest Hashtag

Best Party Featuring Oysters
Oysterfest 2014 with Nick and Julie

Most Epic Dinner
é in Las Vegas with the Scheelbarrows

Best New Job
Randall at Apple

Worst Commute
Randall to Apple

Prettiest Sunset
Tie: Brooklyn and Quito

Most Adorable Hotel Proprietor
(Super) Mario & Blanco at Casa El Eden in Quito

Best Hotel that Looked like an Ewok Village
Sacha Lodge

Top Ten Cities I Slept In
1. Napo River
2. Banos
3. Puerto Ayora
4. Quito
5. Brooklyn
6. Las Vegas
7. Calistoga
8. Napa
9. Woodland Hills
10. Sacramento

Most Ridiculous Hamburger
Five Leaves Burger at Five Leaves in Greenpoint

Most Epic Show Featuring a Hipster Chinese Band
Car Sick Cars at Brick & Mortar

Best Live Show that Made Me Think I Fell into a Time Warp Due to Crowdsurfing and 90s Attire
DIIV at The Great American Music Hall

Favorite New Pastime
Drawing scenes onto photos of Bruce

Most Stylish Furniture Addition
Mid-Century Rocking Chair

Best Road Trip

Favorite New Bakery

Most Epic Plate of Meat
Napa Courtesy of Phil

Favoritest New Gym
Perform for Life

Most Fun Workout
Old School Hip Hop with Stacey

Top Ten Animal Spottings
1. Sea Turtle swimming a foot away from me in the Galapagos
2. Giant Tortoises doing it in the Galapagos
3. Sea Lions lounging at Red Mangrove
4. Squirrel Monkeys in the Amazon
5 .Goats and Chickens chasing Randall in Napa
6. Sea Lion at the Fish Market in Puerto Ayora
7. Little Sebastian lookalike in Sebastapol
8. Blue-Footed Booby in Galapagos
9. Peacock at Samari Spa in Banos
10. Lucy the Caiman at Sacha Lodge in the Amazon

Most Satisfying Bloody Mary
In the office the day after the winter party

Number of Books Read

Best Book Written for Elementary School Students
Under the Egg

Top Ten Books in Mostly Favorite Order
1. Station Eleven
2. Life After Life
3. Bird Box
4. The Skies Belong To Us
5. Eleanor & Park
6. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray
8. The Goldfinch
9. The Girl With All The Gifts
10. My Salinger Year

Favorite Video Game Featuring a Mushroom Toad
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Best Debate Attended
Uptown Showdown: Breakfast vs Dinner

Best Giant Art Installation
Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory

Saddest Use of Ice Cream
Farewell Frances Party

Best Out-of-State House Guests
Scottel & Carli

Best Haircut

Best Street Food
Red Fish in Kiosk Alley in Puerto Ayora Galapagos

Best New Club
Dinner Club with Angelica, Jeff, and Aseem

Song That I Hate Liking So Much
Seasons (Waiting On You) by Future Islands

Favorite Song of 2014 that I Actually Heard at the End of 2013
Tie: Avant Gardener by Courtney Barnett and Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen

Saddest Song About Humanity
Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn

Number of Times I Tried to Put Together a Top 10 Song List
53 and counting...

Number of Songs Added to Favorites of 2014 List

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Number of Days Until This Happens Again
365 - See you next year!

Jul 26, 2012

Ten books I've read this year

Jan 11, 2012

Five things I like and five other things. You decide which is which.

Apr 21, 2010

10 things i love and the reasons i should not.

  1. the main branch of the sf public library
    come on, they had to hire someone to keep the homeless problem in check.
  2. wombats
    have you seen the claws on this mofo? he will tear your face off!
  3. vintage clothing
    9 times out of 10 it's made out of scratchy polyester, is unbearably warm, and totally impractical.
  4. skyr
    it's expensive for yogurt, part of me probably only likes it because no one else does, and well, iceland is trying to kill us all.
  5. U2
    if you're still a fan, you know exactly why they're on this list. if you're not, you've always known why.
  6. going to shows
    you stand around for hours, your knees hurt, your ears ring and you end up going to bed way later than you normally would. plus 80% of the time the opener is just time spent waiting around.
  7. children's picture books
    last time i checked, i was a grown ass adult. if my cheeks weren't so big, it might be downright creepy.
  8. stripes
    i don't care what you say, stripes make you look wide.
  9. america's next top model
    there are so many reasons i'm actually embarrassed to add this to the list.
  10. my job
    when it comes down to it, everybody's working for the weekend.

Jan 26, 2010

music is my radar. (100 best songs of the decade list is finally complete.)

First, let me just say that I'm often accused of only liking "oddly brooding epic music," (as this picture might imply) but I think this list is going to shoot that theory down completely. Secondly, let me say the picture that is accompanying today is only because it's been a really weird day. It wasn't meant to be this sad or stark, that's just how it turned out. Thirdly, finishing this list was a really nice way to escape from everything.

And I know, these end of the decade lists are supposed to go up before the end of the decade, but what can I say? I needed an extension. Like all favorite lists, this is clearly subjective. These are my songs, my jams, and quite frankly, they're not even always THE best songs. They're just the ones that got a lot of rotation at chez sabs or are "good" for sentimental reasons.

I only let myself choose one song from an artist, so there were some tough decisions. I'm not even sure I'm going to agree with myself a few months from now let alone at the end of another decade. I'm also sure to regret a few newer songs on there, and I'll probably fall in love with a band that didn't even make the list this time around.

And finally, the numbers are just there to prove the list is at 100. The final top ten are in order, but the rest are broken down into categories in no particular order. It was just easier this way.

Go on, check out The Best 100 songs of the Aughts, Sabs' version.

Dec 31, 2009

waking up in one time zone and falling asleep in another (happy new year!)

my memory is terrible, but for some reason i try to give it a kickstart at the end of every year and list out my top ten highlights of the year. last year was a spectacular one, but this one was a lot more lowkey. Let's see how it compares:

1 - Oh the midwest
Although my family has roots in the midwest, I'd only been out there a handful of times. This year, however, I was there three times. Once for Blogher where I met so many amazing folks and had one of the craziest nights of my life . Once to join anneh at a wedding - we also hung out with erin and josh. And then once to visit my grandma and dad and play in the snow.

2 - Happy anniversary vacation staycation
This year randall and I celebrated our first married year together by heading up to napa for tasty foods, delicious wines, bike rides and kayaks. It wasn't staying home, but it wasn't going far away either.

3 - The whole gang went to portland, randall and i went twice
Juju and Wes were visiting scottel and so randall and i jumped on the bandwagon and joined them there. Our car broke down on the way, so we went again a week later.

4 - Five words: Award Winning Mac and Cheese
Anneh came up with the recipe, i just made it look pretty. Either way we walked away with an achievement.

5 - I saw more movies this summer than I have in the last three years.
Special thanks to DK of the <a href="http://www.dailysabs.com/tag/dk+and+sabs+summer+movie+series<br /> ">DK & Sabs Summer Movie Series</a>.

6 - I became a tourist in my own town
This year I didn't go on a lot of trips out of town, but I did spend a lot of time exploring the town. From the Seward Street Slides (twice) to Alcatraz, there was a lot of fun to be had in town.

7 - I watched people butcher pigs in a hipster bar
Only in san francisco does this happen. And oddly enough, it happened more than once for me. Both times were super delicious.

8 - I got crazy sick
This is not a highlight, but I spent a good chunk of March sick so I thought it was worth mentioning. I hadn't been that sick for that long in quite some time.

9 - Scottel and I became super amateur wedding photographers
First there was stef & alex, then there was karen and shin, and finally the C+C Wedding Factory.

10 - The househusband makes me dinner
This one is a mixed bag, on one and it's a highlight and on another it's not. Randall joined the ranks of the dotcom 2.0 bubble bursty economic downturn unemployed (part of the reason it was a lowkey year) which was a lowlight. However, this gave him a lot of extra time to cook, which was a highlight in that there were many many delicious meals to partake in.

While much more lowkey than last year, this year is still difficult to sum up in just 10 bullet points. Some honorable mentions include: reuniting with a very old friend, top model photo and videoshoots, my favorite haircut in years and years, jarvis cocker shouting out to bean and stef, finally making it to the alameda antique fair, dancing at my leisure, a warm summer night walking home from dancing all the way from soma, octopus garden costume, the state reunion, a cake with a face on it, karaoke birthday, three years at sugar, all the old friends with new babies, and finally, a entire summer filled with delicious lunches.

well folks, that's my list. I hope you had a great 2009, and here's to a fantastic twenty-ten!