Sunday, January 2, 2011

Out With the Old, In With the New

SP & I are enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon right now. We are watching the Steelers beat the Browns, I am sipping a cappuccino made with my new Nespresso machine (and oh my gosh the milk frother makes the most amazing froth), and we are reveling in being alone at home and in a living room restored to 'normal.'

Our holidays were quite nice. It was a treat to have my whole family here with us - the first time in 5 years that we've all been together on Christmas. We also managed to see SP's family and exchange gifts.

Our New Year's Eve was rather 'boring' - SP had to work and since we couldn't assume that he'd be able to leave early, we didn't make any plans since his usual 'get home' time is 7 pm. We ended up cuddling on the couch, watching 'Knight & Day.' For about 20 minutes before midnight, we flipped through the various New Year's specials. We checked out MTV's show and honestly, we don't get the whole Jersey Shore/Situation/Snookie thing. We watched a clip of the new season with some new girl, a friend of Snookie's, and in between being appalled at Snookie calling her friends *itches (Seriously? Is that like a term of endearment? Cause I'm old enough to think it's rude and insulting) and being appalled when the new girl got drunk and basically stripped in front of a guy (Seriously? Why is MTV showing that kind of behavior? Is that seen as 'cool' behavior these days?), well, we decided we're just too old for MTV these days.

Our New Year got off to an annoying start when, 30 minutes after getting up on January 1, our sewer pump alarm went off and we had to call rooterman and wait 4 hours for them to get here and fix it. At least it wasn't anything any of our guests flushed in error. Rather, the thing just... broke. Nothing like starting off the new year with an unexpected expense!!

While we waited for rooterman, we put the Christmas tree and other decorations away. I finally got to shower at 4 pm. Since we are incredibly sick of leftover Christmas ham and since we haven't had a date dinner in nearly a month, we decided to go out to dinner at Bravo.

I should mention that the one and only time in the last 20 years that I ate pork and sauerkraut for good luck on New Year's Day, I ended up breaking my femur 2 months later and ending up in a wheelchair. I have sworn off pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day -- it's bad luck for me.

I don't do resolutions. I don't see the point. I believe that if one really wants to make a change, it takes more than the change of the year to make you do it and stick with it. I'm also not big on reflections. Don't get me wrong - I'm plenty nostalgic (I cried when I hung up grandpa's university of Rhode Island ornament this year) and at times I can feel sad or regret decisions I've made, but for the most part, I just keep plowing forward. There's no point in dwelling on the past.

As for giving thanks and being grateful, well, I am always grateful for my family and friends. They have proven to me time and again how awesome they all are and how lucky I am to have them - -not just in getting me through tough times like the femur disaster but also through happy times like my wedding to SP.

I am always grateful these days though I may not always act like it. I try to keep my blog a 'happy place,' but truth is, I am not always chipper and happy. After my femur break and the ensuing lifestyle changes, life seemed very bleak and I was always very sad. At times, I still get sad about how my life has turned out - in so many ways it's not at all how I envisioned things when I was 10 or even when I was 20 or even when I was 30..

But SP came back into my life and he's really brightened it up. He's seriously the 'light of my life,' as corny as that sounds. I am the luckiest girl. 2010 was very special because we got married and had a fabulous honeymoon (I love traveling with SP). I am looking forward to 2011 and all that we have planned and will plan. We have 'Project New Flooring' coming up (replacing the peeling sunroom floor and putting in hardwood floors upstairs) and we are considering several weekend trips. SP starts a new job in 3 weeks -yay - so we won't be taking a 'big' vacation this year, but it's fun to talk about some long weekends. We have new recipes to try, a new list of restaurants to try, and we are looking forward to a food-filled and fun-filled 2011.

Best wishes to everyone for 2011!


  1. Ha, I'm 28 and I also don't understand the appeal of Jersey Shore. I'm considering forcing myself to watch the 1st season via netflix, so I'll let you know if it gets better. ;)
    Happy new year to the two of you! :)

  2. They say that the new year is a good time to take stock of one's fortunes in the preceding year. I am sorry to hear that 2010 got off to such a rough start for you, but the happy end result can only point to the fact that sometimes we have to go through somber and unhappy times to really appreciate the good in our lives. Blah blah blah sentimentalcakes.

    Anyhoo, I hope this 2011 brings smooth sailing and utter happiness to you both.

  3. I love your blog. It keeps me positive despite the rocky roads.

    I love saurkraut (but plain, by itself. weird, I know!), but not pork. I'm hoping my recent pretzel adventure turns out well :)

    Happy New Year to the both of you! I enjoy your blog so much :)

  4. I love your blog! Especially when you're cooking! I salivated over your xmas cookie posts!
    Thank you for taking the time to write and share your food adventures!