Much like last year, I'm weighing in at the last minute for my highs and lows of 2006. Mostly highs, of course, but I'm told I'm an optimistic cynic:
Best Hair Product: CHI Silk Infusion. A very recent discovery, this stuff is magic in a bottle. A smoother and shiner that leaves my unruly, textured hair incredibly soft (even softer than when Sarah flatirons it; perhaps I should bring her a bottle). Bonus: it smells awesome.
Best Cosmetic Product: Dior Show Mascara. The best mascara I've ever used, this one does everything it should and more in the lengthening, thickening, and non-clumping departments.
Dumbest Cosmetic Venture: Thinking I had the patience for any of the Bare Escentuals products. Swirl, tap, f*ck that. It gets all over the place and application takes way too long from start to finish. And should I really be buying something that's regularly featured on QVC, anyway?
My Can't-live-without Clothing Item of 2006: L.A. Made tee shirts. I can barely get dressed without slipping into one of these long-sleeved, super soft, skinny tees first. I've got two crew necks in rotation and will be adding a low v-neck to the mix shortly.
Best Bar and Restaurant Experience (because, in this case, they deserve to get categorized together): Town Talk Diner. The total package. Just shut up and go there.
Least Notable Restaurant Opening: Wasabi. Coined "Japanese Applebee's" by yours truly, this place has confusing log cabin decor, plastic plants everywhere, and even serves drinks in plastic cups. Topping off a below mediocre experience is entry level service staff that can't tell the difference between udon and soba.
Biggest Blow to Local Dining: The closing of Restaurant Levain tonight. The staff found out Friday that tonight would be the last night of business. What the hell happened?
Biggest Tragedy in Local Radio: Thorn leaving The Current. My favorite Thorn moment was right after he'd played the most incredible set that had me near euphoria freakout stage in the car. I sent him an email from the BlackBerry that minute, telling him that he's the absolute best DJ on the planet. His response? "That's so nice that they let you have a BlackBerry in the asylum."
Weirdest Day: December 31st. 38 degrees and raining at 11:00am, 28 degrees and four inches of snow by 3:00 in the afternoon. Normally I'd be happy as a clam for such unseasonably warm weather, but I just saw An Inconvenient Truth (which I'll go ahead and say was the Best Movie of 2006) and now all I can think about are polar bears drowning to death. Makes it kinda hard to enjoy a warm and sunny day.
Personal High of 2006: Bagging Brannon Braga/being interviewed by Mpls St Paul Magazine (tie). Check the issue on newsstands right now, page 46. I've been appropriately chastised by Andrew for not doing more self-promotion lately, so please don't yell at me for not letting you know about it sooner. (And I'm sorry for bringing up my romantic history, because I don't believe in discussing that here on Girl Friday, but come on, the guy's a sci-fi god and I've idolized him for years. It's a very high point in my life.)
2006 was a rockin' year for me! I accomplished a lot of goals in what I feel was a short time. In fact, I wish the year wasn't quite over yet because it's been such a blast. Thanks for hanging in there with me, especially during the weeks when I'm a little too overloaded to blog about anything even remotely interesting.