Thursday, January 3, 2013
A good way to begin the new year!
I awoke on January 1st to a quiet house -- babies all gone and only Elly at home but fast asleep. This was the best Christmas I've ever had; and although I'm sad to see my girls leave, returning to "normal" is okay. After all, how can you miss someone and enable your heart to become fonder if they don't go away?
I had a leisurely breakfast with my feet up on my new red storage ottoman, reading "Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie", the warm winter sun bright and reflecting off the snow outside. That's a good way to begin the new year.
Then I perused my Value Village shopping from the day before. Two new pairs of shoes for under $20! That's a good way to begin the new year!
I shed a tear or two as the tree and all the Christmas trimmings came down and the usual chatchas came back upstairs. Indeed, the only nice thing about having to dismantle and pack away Christmas is the fact that things are clean and organized afterwards. Clean and organized is a good way to begin the new year.
New Year's supper was 떡국 Duk Guk - Korean Rice Cake Soup. A recipe consisting of a simple fish and beef broth, chopped beef and disc-shaped rice cakes. You garnish your soup with chopped green onions, slices of flat-fried egg and chopped Gim (seaweed). Very quick and easy to make, and a lovely relief from the richness we enjoyed over the holidays. Plus, eating this on new year's day ensures a year of good luck -- a good way to begin the new year.
The evening was spent with one more game of Skipbo. Daughter Molly went incognito as her hair was a mess, so she says! We ate fruit with a really yummy yogurt/sour cream dip (Epicure Berry Dip mix) and drank soda water with ice and lime. Fun and fresh fruit - another good way to begin the new year.
I like to begin the year as I mean to go: thrifty shopping, a clean and organized house, healthy eating and fun times with the family. Didn't I do a good job of it?
Then why am I sitting here at work on my break eating Godiva truffles that somehow found their way into my early morning shopping bag full of spinach and bananas and 2% milk?
Oh well! Shall we try again, Sandy? After all, you're only a failure if you give up completely. And I haven't given up yet.
Trying once again -- a good way to begin the new year!