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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: 2010-12-26

Cook. Writer. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Klutz.

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year, New Resolutions

Here we are.  Just another New Year's Eve.

This is a day when many people, myself included, sit back and think on all of the hopes and dreams of last year...and focus on the unrealized ones.  I mean, think about it.  That's all a resolution is: A way to make next year better than this year.  And it's all too easy to reflect on how the past year just didn't measure up.

I know that good things happened this year.  Another great vacation.  The ability to buy a new car when the old one went kaput.  Continued employment.  The continued health of my loved ones.  

And then there's the things that happened in the day-to-day.  A special dinner prepared for me after a long, hard commute.  The fun of hosting this year's holidays and being able to spend time with my family.  Waking up this morning, with a full To Do list before our party tonight, to find that *someone* completed half of those tasks for me while I was sleeping.

So here I sit, at my kitchen table, my mind a-buzz with possibility for 2011.

I wonder why it takes the changing of a year for folks to want to make a change in their lives.  Why not every day? I suppose it's easier to look ahead and think of the year as a whole, rather than the 365 days in which choices have to be made.  Choices like sticking to that exercise routine...eating this, not that...spending a bit of down time catching up with friends or reconnecting with a spouse or significant other...saying no to that impulse purchase.

MY resolution this year is simply this: To look at each day as a new opportunity to create joy, health, love, beauty and wealth in my life - and making the necessary choices each day.  To not forget my goals from day-to-day...and if I ever do, to pick right back up the next morning.

How about you? Do you make resolutions? If so, what are you resolving this year?

I hope that all of your wishes for 2011 come true!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Carnage

It was dinner time on Christmas night.  The madness had come to a peak and was slowly subsiding.  The food had been put out, almost all on time, and nothing had been forgotten.  My blood pressure was returning to normal levels.

Of course, in the midst of the madness and my eagerness to get everyone fed, I didn't get a chance to snap any "before" pics.  But as I sat for the first time in hours to enjoy my own plate of food, I took a shot of the carnage:


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday

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My Year in Blogging

Blogging is a wondrous thing.  

It affords a blogger the opportunity to make great friends and to become part of an infinitely large community.  I know that it's expanded my world in all sorts of unforeseen directions in the past year.  I mean, before I started blogging in a more serious manner, I had no idea that it would be so easy to make apple dumplings! Not to mention cinnamon rolls, which have become a beautiful and cherished part of my life and could possibly be a holiday tradition from here on in.

It never occurred to me that anyone might be so impressed with my chocolate pudding cake recipe that they'd want to make it for a birthday party - but someone did, and they loved it.

Turns out, lots of people like deviled eggs.  Who knew?

Blogging affords me the opportunity to look back and reminisce over the weekends we spent in this house before we moved in, trying to make some room for ourselves in the midst of 30 years of possessions.  The move was an emotional thing, for sure.  I sit here now, almost a year later, and realize how far we've come since then.  It took a lot of work, but it was worth it.  Now it actually feels like a home, not just a house with some stuff in it.

Plus, I still can't believe we got those couches upstairs.

Three.Holidays.Hosted.  I think that sums it up.

I've met people from across the country and overseas.  I've come to regard many of these people as friends - friends I cheer for, pray for, laugh and cry with.  My eyes have been opened to new ways of living, and to the fact that we all have something we struggle with from time to time but through it all, we can turn to each other.

Thank you, friends, for sharing your lives with me.  I hope that we can continue together in 2011!

Coming soon: Resolutions - to make or not to make?