Yes dear readers, here we are in 2011. Incredible isn’t it? I offer you a meditation on the three faces of our ritual celebration of the new year.
Part One, Resolutions:
The new year is traditionally the time to make commitments for change in the months to come, an idea that I am terribly susceptible to. I, unlike my husband who resolves only not to make resolutions, enjoy the process of thinking about what could be different and making a plan to implement it. I am also, you may have guessed, a list person. What is better than the feeling of putting a line through all those completed items on a to-do-list??? Sometimes I write a list when I am half-way done with something, just so I can cross things off it!
Now, I admit, most of what one resolves to do with such purpose at the beginning of the year never comes to fruition, but inevitably some things do. This year, I started Judah Ross, began writing this blog, and made friends in my new town, three of the things on my mental list for 2010. Not bad right? So here goes, the list for 2011:
- Eat more plants and less meat (I tested out the Mark Bittman less-meatarian approach before Thanksgiving and liked it.)
- Lose weight (I think I’m on year six?seven? for this resolution, with mixed results. Maybe above will help.)
- Pace my work schedule (As my friend Liz said ‘good luck with that one’. But really, eight weeks of non-stop work and the subsequent two weeks of sleeping is nutty! I’m going to try be a little more balanced this year.)
- Turn off lights (I’m terrible at this. Kirk comes home from work and I have every light in the house on.)
- Use fewer pharmaceuticals (How I, a relatively healthy woman of thirty-seven have ended up using five medications regularly is confusing. Two I take for asthma, a potentially life threatening condition so I am kind of stuck with those, but I’d like to toss the rest.)
- Neti (Kirk had great luck with this as a solution for allergies. I’m hoping I will to, and maybe be even be able to stop taking Zyrtec daily. See above.)
Um. I think that’s it! We’ll see how THAT goes!
Part Two, Reviews:
Because the turn of the year is also a time for ‘best of’ lists (see last week’s fabulous post). Here, in no particular order are my personal
- Song I was the most obsessed with : Pintar el Sol by Chancha via Circuito
- Best movie: Get Low (A sad and lovely gem of a movie. Thanks Kelly, for inviting me to see this with you!)
- Most disappointing movie: Shutter Island (Come on Marty, it seemed like you were trying to make your Hitchcock movie, but you can do better than THAT.)
- Place we ate out at most: Chubby’s Tacos (You can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take the California out of the girl.)
- Best trip: NYC (see my post of the same name.)
- Best read: What is the What by Dave Eggers (Loaned to me by West Twin, thank you Rucha.)
- Favorite new podcast: Planet Money
- Most drool worthy dress: the parisienne by modaspia
- Place I spent the most money: Care First Animal Hospital
- Best new food (homemade) : Kale chips *
*I had to make these a few times before I got them right, so here are my tips to save you the headache. First, use spray oil. I know the author of this recipe would probably be appalled, but any liquid you put on the kale has to bake off, and makes it harder to get a good texture. A nice thin spray coating results in very crisp chips. Second, use dinosaur kale. It really works the best, I think because it’s so thick. Be sure to cut the ribs out though (I use kitchen scissors) because they get really tough once baked. Third, they may take much longer than the 40-45 minutes. In my oven it’s more like 90. I just use salt and pepper to season and I can tell you they are truly, truly addictive.
Part Three, Blow out sales!:
To celebrate the new year, I’ll be having a sale at Judah Ross. 50% off all merchandise from the 3rd through the 7th. If you already have a gift certificate you can use the gift certificate to buy items at sale prices but you won’t be able to combine any other discounts with this one.
Also, I’m thinking of switching my online store from Etsy to an independent website, similar to what Ursula and I set up for Twentyfive. Any thoughts? Positive or negative experiences with Etsy?
And now, I will leave you to write your very own lists of resolutions and reviews should you so desire. Happy 2011 people!