Year in Review

Year in Review

It’s been a whole 5 months since my last post which is embarrassing as far as last year’s resolutions go. As usual, I’ve aimed high, accomplished a bit, and forgotten the rest. And as usual, this year will be different. But more on 2017 resolutions later. For now, a look back- for the sake of posterity, etc- of what got done this year:

JANUARY

I start the New Year off right with a Veal-Spinach lasagna with enough cheese to support a small Italian herd of men (more on them later…). Because diet resolutions be damned. I also realize that any latent dreams I’ve had about casually becoming a food photographer might need some, ya know, work.

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Glorious Lasagna, that mangy plate and backdrop are unworthy.

I head to Fort Lauderdale and Key West mid January, escaping a face-numbing cold front for brunch, beaches, and pretty much whatever I want. I shuttle Mike to and from his boat conference, eating and reading on the beach in the meantime. We stay at an Air BnB with a whole lotta issues. Our landlady reads our auras and converses with the comatose and coincidentally, gives really brutal “massages”- nothing that margaritas can’t fix.

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My hair is no match for FL humidity

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Hemingway’s House in Key West

FEBRUARY

It gets real cold. I get an opportunity to put my red moon boots in action along with my Icelandic wool scarf.

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It only looks like the middle of nowhere…

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MARCH

Starfruit babies and MOBOT orchid show!11032398_10152999897053842_705967124_o.jpg

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APRIL

I tinker with soaps.

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Natural dyes and essential oils!
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hibiscus jelly soaps!
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Raw Cacao-Lavender Sugar Scrub! (also totally edible…)

MAY-JUNE

Yard. Always.

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JULY

Florida- Gulf of Mexico side. Lots of very competitive pool volleyball, a romantic dinner adventure, and a PSA to never, never, never get dry-brushed post-sunburn.

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Seaside, FL

AUGUST

Fruits and Sorbets

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I meant to use those blackberries but ate them instead. Peach-Chamomile Honey Sorbet it is!

SEPTEMBER

Italian Lakes and Dolomites

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Murano
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Burano
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Venice

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Como
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Dolomites
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Dolomites

OCTOBER

Office Halloween shenanigans. Somehow, despite all group efforts, we won third place after some breast pumps and a political commentary.

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NOVEMBER

Oddly warm. Got sick anyhow and used borrowed puppy as recovery tool.IMG_20161113_162800.jpg

DECEMBER

Books. More books. Socio-economic research. Relearning Spanish. Plotting the next year. Better wardrobes.

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My re-lined, re-loved green coat, BOB by Dawn O’Porter’s Women are Boss Dress, Dori Csengeri earrings (6 year anniversary gift!)

UP FOR 2017:

More research- food history, linguistic history, 19th century socio-economics

More writing- blogging and fiction

More arting- oil pastel, watercolor, gouache

Learning Spanish

Cooking more- Japanese ceramic steaming, baking, just generally taking better care

Working down the STL best restaurants list

Monthly/bi-monthly supper clubs

Closet overhaul

Learning to code

Learning to sew

TRAVEL- at least once, hopefully twice per year

And somehow managing to up my savings / retirement (ha!)

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