3 Dec 2012
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: these monthly goal posts are some of my all-time favorites. I love having the built-in opportunity to think about what my next plans of attack are and what I want the next couple of weeks to look like. I don’t always get to all of them, but I am sure that I wouldn’t have done some of them if I hadn’t made them specific goals. So, huzzah!
I am so excited for December. There’s going to be an awful lot of fun going on and plenty to celebrate. Next weekend my Dad is coming to town, and the weekend after that will be Eric’s birthday. And then, before we know it, we’ll be home in Memphis, where we’ll get to see my brother and his wife, who we haven’t seen since our wedding! And we’ll get to meet my Besfrinn’s baby! As if all that weren’t awesome enough, we’ll be spending New Year’s in Nashville with Eric’s family: the best of all possible worlds! My family is so precious to me, and I can’t wait to see them all.
One of the things I love best about being home is cooking in my parents’ beautiful kitchen. Eric and I have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, and I hope we can make it with anyone else who likes rolling cookie dough. And getting dibs on the first ones out of the oven!
Last year I made a lot of ornaments for our otherwise naked tree, and I still have some supplies stockpiled for that. I want to make a few before we head out of town, preferably with Charlie Brown Christmas blaring in the background. I have a few ideas of other little decorative things I can do around the house, and I’d like to bring them to fruition.
There are so many things I love about this time of year, but one of them is definitely the opportunity for reflection. I am looking forward to thinking and writing about this past year, and to making some plans and goals for the coming year. I want to write a bit about my one little word for 2012, and my word for 2013 is ready to be debuted as well. Exciting!
The other big thing I’ve been thinking about is making a recipe index for the blog. I think it would help people find theings, and I also selfishly think it would be really useful for me when I can’t think of anything to cook. I also hope that arranging things by category will help me fill in the gaps of our meals around here (“Heyyy, we don’t have any artichoke dishes!”), and maybe it’ll help me think of the things I make all the time but have never posted here. Eric is my webmaster (and he is a master), so hopefully he can get me all set up to start working on it. It may take a while, given how many posts there are (yikes!), but I am excited to work on it.
And finally, the eternal goals: finishing the 365 project and taking lots of pictures.
Update, January 2013: If the basic idea behind my goals was to have big fun, then I definitely achieved it! I did make some Christmas crafts (but there are plenty left for next year!), and the time I spent relaxing with family over the past two weeks was so rich and full of inspiration. I have all kinds of ideas and plans for the future, and some of the things I’d been tossing around in my head became much moe clear by virtue of some focused time and conversations about them. More on this coming soon! Although half of my family was under the weather half the time, we did celebrate like crazy. I can’t even think about the time I spent with family without tears springing to my eyes. I am just so blessed to have them. We did not bake Christmas cookies, but we definitely ate lots of Christmas goodies, and I made a few soups in my parents’ enormous and awesome kitchen. The recipe index did not happen (ha!), but I did take tons and tons of pictures, and I finally finished my 365 project! Huzzah! 5 out of 7 ain’t bad!