Friday, December 28, 2007

Best of '07

Every year around this time you'll start to see and hear the media do the same thing - recap the previous year with a "best of" series of some sort, and bloggers are no different.

As a blogger, I've had a wonderful year. I've "met" a TON of new friends, read some amazing blogs and (hopefully) wrote a few entertaining pieces myself. Of course humor is subjective so I can only speak for myself, but I did write a few posts this year that I'm happy with and I think worth a chuckle.

So, I thought it would be fun - not unique - but fun to list my favorite pieces from 2007. And, seeing as how I have several new readers who may not have read these either, this might be a good chance to introduce my work to them as well.

Therefore, in chronological order, here's what I'll call my top 10 favorite posts from 2007:

1. Fun With Translation - Find out what a Dutch writer had to say about my blog - AFTER I translated and reinterpreted it.

2. A Parent's Guide to Conferences - Experience a joyous night with my wife and I as we attend our teenagers' high school conferences. Not.

3. Poop - with Class - Apparently nothing is sacred as Oprah and Dr. Oz delve into the details of the wonderful world of... you guessed it... POOP!

4. The Price of Fame - Hollywood celebrities aren't the only ones hounded by fans. See how I have to deal with a becoming a local celebrity... IN THE MEN'S ROOM!

5. Mission: Melon - Retuning a gaggle of unwanted watermelons is not as easy as it sounds!

6. :Advertisement: - See an ad for a new product you will NOT want to do without.

7. My Stance on Larry Craig - In my first foray into investigative journalism, I uncover the smoking gun that will surely get Larry caught with his pants down.

8. Lord of the Fudge - What I thought was a tasty treat was more than I bargained for.

9 . Ten Questions with Jeff - Who would be weird enough to interview himself? Um, yeah - that would be me.

10. Silence is Golden and Noises Support Group Minutes - This is a 2-fer from when Kathy and I teamed up to reveal annoying noises that apparently struck a nerve with MANY more people than us.

So there you have it, my favorite stories of '07.

AND, as an added confirmation that I must be doing something right, my new friend DrowseyMonkey just sent me this awesome "Cool and Crazy" blog award. This award comes attached with these flattering accolades:

"It is intended to be a sign that says: this blog is cool & crazy, and the blog owner is not afraid to admit it. They are running their blogs to be a true reflection of their own personality and they stick to it. They are providing an atmosphere that makes their visitors feel welcome as members of their blogs’ community. They manage to use the right tone of voice, write about an inspiring choice of subjects and treat their visitors and their fellow bloggers as friends. And they all do that without taking themselves or their blogs too serious, in spite of all the time and the crazy hard work they put into it.”

Thanks DrowseyMonkey! I'll hang it right here along with my other award on my wall of honor!

SO - If I don't see you before then...



Anonymous said...

What a fun idea. I loved the Larry Craig post - I'll have to check out the ones I missed. Happy New Year!


Gale said...

Have a happy and safe new year and I am looking forward to reading your blog in 2008.

Anonymous said...

I suggest the GREAT FATHER AND FAMILY AWARD be added to your honors list.--Dad

Mom Thumb said...

I like them all - I think you should write a book a la Sam Cook (not the musician, the guy who has(d) the column in the Duluth paper. Happy New Year!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for all the great posts, I really enjoy reading your blog!! I hope you and your family have a great New Year!!

Julie Pippert said...

I'll love Jenny forever anyway but especially because she introduced me to your blog.

I still think your Larry Craig post was hands-down the best thing written on that issue. I laughed just to see the link.

Plus, your sons salvaged my flagging faith in the future of males in the US. :) (Due to that unfortunate defensive driving incident whereafter I swore my girls would not be allowed to date until 30. LOL)

Happy 2008 to you!

Using My Words

JD at I Do Things said...

Thanks for the opportunity to look back (and read for the first time) some classics. Loved the interview with yourself (the shades were just the right touch!)

MYM said...

You're welcome! I love the 'best of' I'm going to go do some reading...the 'poop with class' kind of caught my eye as I was scrolling...hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Jeff -- Thanks for getting me caught up, especially with "Price of Fame." Laughed my head off, and it was a double bonus as it led me back to your PiP post. I'm dying. Just dying.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

andi - Thanks. Happy New Year to you too!

gale - And I'm looking forward to your adventures in '08 as well.

dad - Aww shucks dad, that's sweet. Thanks.

mom thumb - I should put together a "best of" kind of book, but according to the other bloggers who have done it, it's not that easy - OR cheap.

elizabeth - Thanks, you too. Stay warm up there in Alaska!

julie - Good luck with the dating restrictions. I'll look forward to seeing how that works out. And yes, Jenny is a total sweetheart. Plus she's great at spreading the love! Have a great 08 to you too!

julia - Glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for saying so!

drowseymonkey - Oh, you'll like the poop story. How can you not like a story about poop?

kathy - Again, how can you not like a story about poop? However, I'm quite sure that if you were to do the analysis, you'll find I write a proportionately high number of posts about poop. What can I say, poop is funny.

deborah said...

you deserve the award Jeff. If my head wasn't banging so darn loudly right now, I'd go back and revisit the posts I've forgotten. Thanks for the memories. and now to a new and funnier new year....

Heather said...

Congrats on the award!

Have a great New Year's Eve. See you in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!
Congratulations! Will there be a fancy dress award ceremony?

yellojkt said...

That reminds me that I have to do my own Best Of post before Monday night.

Whit said...

Good list and Happy New Year!