Welcome 2011 – You Better Not Suck

Happy New Year! So far 2011 does not suck. And so far, 11 hours in, I have stuck to all my resolutions for 2011. They include:

It’s a relief to wake up today, and not have some heavy resolutions weighing over my head, like giving up coffee (never!), or quitting smoking (check! did that back in 2001), or getting out of debt (check! did that back in the 1990s). Resolutions do work, and my quitting smoking and giving up excessive spending are my testimony to it.

I have several lists of resolutions for 2011. Some are private and won’t leave the confines of my head. Others are ephemeral. Some are a standing order from year-to-year. A select few have made The Jenny & Cathy List (TM). Since 2009 my good friend Jenny and I have maintained a list of resolutions each year. This is a list that is carefully drawn up, saved, and reviewed every six months. At the six month review point we take out our list, and see what we’ve accomplished. We react either by laughing our heads off, and/or, re-pledging allegiance to The List and try to do better for the rest of the year.

Our list is also getting more sophisticated in it’s third year. This year, we have pledged to be accountable to our list of resolutions on a monthly basis, and also each of us put an item on the list that should be easily achievable.

And dear Valerie, I have no big story of our New Year celebrations for you. Michael and I had a big anniversary celebration on December 30 at Von’s, where we ate and drank ourselves silly. I didn’t take my camera because a) my husband frowned when I suggested I would, and b) although their beef is delicious, I am not a skilled enough photographer to take a picture of a slab of prime rib and make it look appetizing. Yesterday we had plans to go out and herald in the New Year, but at the last minute, opted to stay in, drink tea, play Scrabble and Backgammon in our cozy abode. I went to bed early and was pleasantly awoken at midnight to the sound of the fireworks being set off at Churchill Square and throughout Old Strathcona.

Best wishes to you all, and thank you for taking the time to read Walsh Cooks, and sending me your comments/feedback. I get so much pleasure from reading them! I wish you all a year of good health, peace, and pleasure in the simple things.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. May all your resolutions be achieved! Happy 2011!

  2. Happy Happy New Year to you!
    I do a list every year, too – and am consistently amazed at how much I accomplish the year prior… isn’t it amazing what we are capable of?
    We played scrabble, too!!!!
    This is the first year we haven’t been with our dear friends (she died 2 years ago – and we have continued with him) but this year, I bought Vanja a few days (with ME) to the Banff Springs (they had a great deal) so there we were, in the great hall, playing scrabble, having a couple of drinks and in the midst of a multitude of fantasy parties.
    I am glad you woke up for the fireworks!!!!
    I cannot wait to get home to cook. We are currently in Banff and it is exceedingly gorgeous here. I do not commune with Nature enough, and must do more. It lifts the spirit so! (We went for a dog sled ride today!!! American’s don’t believe that most of us have never seen one! It was so revitalizing!! WOOF!)

  3. Maki says:

    Glad to hear that “So far 2011 does not suck”. haha. Cheers to the next 364 days.

  4. Walsh Cooks says:

    To you too DSWS!

  5. Walsh Cooks says:

    Thank you Valerie!
    I have a constant, but friendly argument with a friend of mine about which park is better – Banff or Jasper. Being a former Calgary girl, I favour Banff hands down. I particularly love the Banff Springs Hotel, and always, without fail, have to find the worn stone steps and have a moment visualizing all the people through the ages who would have helped wear those steps down. The steps are just off the Great Hall, maybe you noticed them?
    Happiest of everything to you and Vanja! Maybe, if he learns to love fennel, we’ll have you guys over for supper! 😉

  6. Walsh Cooks says:

    Thank you Maki! Best to you as well!! 🙂

  7. Jared says:

    Happy New Year!

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