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.