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:
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.
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.
Starfruit babies and MOBOT orchid show!
I tinker with soaps.
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.
Fruits and Sorbets
Italian Lakes and Dolomites
Office Halloween shenanigans. Somehow, despite all group efforts, we won third place after some breast pumps and a political commentary.
Oddly warm. Got sick anyhow and used borrowed puppy as recovery tool.
Books. More books. Socio-economic research. Relearning Spanish. Plotting the next year. Better wardrobes.
UP FOR 2017:
More research- food history, linguistic history, 19th century socio-economics
More writing- blogging and fiction
More arting- oil pastel, watercolor, gouache
Cooking more- Japanese ceramic steaming, baking, just generally taking better care
Working down the STL best restaurants list
Monthly/bi-monthly supper clubs
Learning to code
Learning to sew
TRAVEL- at least once, hopefully twice per year
And somehow managing to up my savings / retirement (ha!)