2014

First Thursday Things for 2014

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How was your first day of 2014? Today has been my day off after working yesterday, so I’ve been catching up on some of the little human things. There’s a big-ass snowstorm on its way, so it’s nice to have a day to do things like clean my closet and make soup. Because I have some red lentils, frozen spinach, and canned tomatoes handy, this recipe from Oh She Glows is sounding pretty good.

For me, a day off also means savory breakfast:
savory oats with brussels sprouts

This oatmeal had ground flax, grated zucchini, baby spinach, and an egg white cooked in, plus plenty of garlic, ginger, turmeric and red pepper flakes. I topped it with some leftover roasted brussels sprouts. Weird but delicious.

A few other things I’m enjoying today:

  • Food 52’s “New Year’s Resolutions Made Easy” —worth a look for the beautiful photos alone!
  • New York Magazine‘s restaurant critic Adam Platt introduces his top picks by sharing some thoughts on the myth of anonymity and the restaurant critic’s role in a  world where everyone is a critic.
  • This piece from Glamour‘s “Jake” columnist  in which Jake meets a woman who’s frozen her eggs. It offered a perspective I hadn’t really considered and made me feel less weird about wanting to put mine on ice. I don’t mean to imply that male validation is the important factor here, but knowing that there are men out there who will think positively of it instead of viewing me as selfish and/or desperate was encouraging. It’s only something I’ve been thinking about more recently, and it’s very expensive, but I’m a gal who likes options and is willing to work hard to make things possible.
  • Adopt-a-Pet. I’m starting to want a dog for real. I don’t know if this will be the year, but the wheels are turning. Anyone moving and need someone to give your goldendoodle a good home?

I also finally got snow boots, something I’ve not had since I lived in Boston. Sometimes it seems like I just got to New York, an anxious 22-year-old kid in need of a a change of scenery. Other times, I feel like I am both halves of an eccentric NYC couple who’s been living here for 30 years. We love reading the Times over coffee on a Sunday morning while listening to WNYC. Either way, I’m happy to be here.

Mostly, I’m just excited that now that the holidays are over, things can finally start moving again!

What are you most looking forward to this year? What do you eat for breakfast on a day off? 

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2013 in Review

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diet fortune cookieI can’t believe it’s already time to welcome a new year. Of course, this also means turning the final pages on the “old” year, which may or may not have any additional text on them. I tend to get surprised in the final days of December, saying, “Wait, I thought we were done and onto the acknowledgments page.” I will never learn, and that is probably a good thing.

That said, as we gear up for a fresh & shiny new 12 months, we look back on what the previous 12 brought—and what they did not bring. What did we accomplish that we set out to do? Where did we fall short? In what ways did we surpass our wildest expectations?

For me, 2013 was an objectively transformative year. Then again, the past few have been in their different ways. 2011 was all about endings and saying goodbye to what no longer served me well. 2012 was a clean-slate year of setting plans into action and planting new seeds. 2013 has been about beginnings and change and scaring myself on an almost-daily basis and reconnecting the heart, mind, and mouth.

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