I’m coming to the end of my holiday break, an amazing 2-weeks away from work. Over half of my vacation time was spent with my mother-in-law here in Guangzhou and a bit traveling. The second half was soaking up my time lounging at home, reflecting on the year and making plans for this year as it arrives.
It’s an odd year, literally an odd year. I feel like I am drawn to even years, they are easily divided by two, easy to count up, they seem cleaner and wrapped up. The odd years are messier, more raw, and not as easily contained. Yet, when I look at the odd years, or more so my odd ages, these seem to stand out in my memories as transformative.
For 2018 I had a concise resolution, channeling the motto: Keep it Simple. And while not always a focus, I did try to re-think situations and not complicate and force action. I worked to let things go and it will always be a work in progress.
This year I got back into the details for goals for 2019. I know that by spelling out what I want to accomplish makes it easier for me to strive towards it. I’m going to fulfill multiple resolutions today: use my oven to master some baked dishes, cooking more vegetarian food and entertain at home regularly. I decided to dedicate each month to “mastering” a sweet and savory dish in the oven. January is quiche and the continuation of brownie. I reached out to some friends to see if people were in town and if they wanted to be guinea pigs in my cooking resolutions. Everyone who was in town said yes! As always, I felt like a teenager wondering if anyone would come to my party, getting ready for rejection. And now I have 8 people and 2 kids coming over which means I need to back two quiches. So most of the day will be baking: brownies, two quiches with homemade blind-baked crusts and then some soup and veggies on the side. I’m not going to stress about people mixing and conversation flowing. It’s going to be great. Husband will take care of the booze and I will hydrate with soda water all evening. I’m really looking forward to this!
I used to drink with the best of them, but I don't anymore. My life is so much better for it.
-Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp