Happy January, friends. There’s only forty-five minutes left in the first day of January, and I’m still somewhat in shock that it’s actually here. It has taken 24 hours for me to realize it’s midnight, and we haven’t even managed to round up the decorations and put the tree away yet.
I don’t have a recipe, nor insight into something interesting to cook today – I did make a puffed apple pancake at about noon, and as I dig up the link I noticed that the last time I made it was January 1, 2012 – ha! Really, I just wanted to pop in and say hi. And thank you. Thanks.
I’d go back and cull some gastronomical highlights for you, perhaps wax poetic about the best of the past 12 months, but the truth is I’d rather look ahead. 2012 wasn’t my favourite year, if I’m being honest here. Yes, there was plenty to be happy and thankful for, but much I can’t wait to leave behind. Although I’m not one to put much stock in the turning of the clock, I was glad to see it go. Despite waking up with an excessively phlegmy head (W and I have collectively gone through many boxes of Kleenex this week) I’ll take this new date as somewhat of a clean slate – all day I’ve been envisioning myself shaking a giant Etch-a-Sketch. (Mine seems to be getting worn out – you know when you can still see all the old tracks, making it harder to define the new ones? Deep man, deep.)
I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets all nostalgic and analytical at this time of year. I’ve been thinking and pondering and prioritizing, and cleaning a shocking quantity of recycling out of my office. People keep asking about my resolutions for this year – although I try to avoid them, who am I kidding? I make resolutions on a weekly basis, not yearly. (Sticking to them is a whole other thing.)
Generally, my resolutions this time involve more, not less:
More soup. (See above.)
More going places.
More people around the table.
More shopping from my freezer in the basement.
MORE BETTER ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS. (Oops, capslock.)
More time here.
Seriously, this place is in dire need of an extreme makeover, and it’s been on my to-do list for what, 4 years? I haven’t updated my index since it told me it was full 3 years ago, and I’ve been avoiding clicking on that ‘about me’ page everyone else seems to click on – I’m sure W is still three on it.
So that’s coming down the pipe – heads up.
And perhaps it’s 40 (!) years of conditioning, but after that week-long Sunday stretch between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, and the surplus of baking and sweets still lingering in every corner of the house, I do crave that step back to regular food. Please take it not as jumping on the new year health food bandwagon, but as simply too much of a good thing.
Here’s to a happy, healthy 2013 that brings even more good things.