To anyone who may be reading... I am calling defeat for 2010. Conceding. Giving it up.
As the name of my blog might hint, I am trying to cook 52 brand new meals in one year. One year - not every year, just one bloody year. Is that too hard? Apparently it is. I started this little endeavor in 2008 if memory serves, and each year I bump up against 20 and that is it. This year, I will hit twenty-six. So I guess that is progress.
Please don't think that because I cannot do this, that I am a sylph-like rail, or that I have a whirlwind social life. Neither is the case. My excuse runs along the lines of "I don't plan very well, and I work just late enough that a grocery store run gets me home too late to actually feel like being creative." I think planning is the more important part because if I just planned something easy I'd be able to do it. Or maybe I am just lazy. That is probably it, actually.
I started the year so well! I was just about on track until late April (suspiciously, the season when it's lighter later and things warm up...) and then I fell behind. And more behind. And then eye surgery. Then some travel. And more travel. Wah wah wah.
So here it is, December. I have to write my Xmas cards, and go shopping, and do all those Xmasy things. And the page will turn, and it will be January 1, again, and I will try yet again to hit 52. Lest you think all is lost, there are some positives here. I eat better than I did 3 years ago - this entire year I have had Kraft Mac and Cheese TWICE only. Fresher foods, fewer searches for the can opener. Oh wait, did you think I didn't cook at all? No no no no no. I just gravitate to the same things - easy things I've picked up over the past few years... ah. Maybe this was worth it after all.
Here are some photos of what I DID do this year. Enjoy.
January: Nags Head
March: Florida with family (parents, brother, niece/nephew)
April: Meadowlark Gardens
May: Learning how to sail using the old screwdriver/card/wine glass technique. First and only lesson!
June: They call him the Rap, Rap, Rap, Rap, Raptor!
July: Swiss Bliss (also Italy). AKA Dad hikes hard-core trails in Switzerland 4 months after a broken hip. Mom poses at one of her favorite places on earth...
August: I got a really bad jellyfish sting, and it turned into cellulitis. It's too gross to show here, so, I will show you a photo of my new shoes instead.
September: Visitied Mom and Dad over Labor Day weekend. Kiddos are running across lawn.
October: Visited Big Sur/Monterey Peninsula, also, hiked Machu Picchu (two photos here).
December: Nothing online yet! So here is a photo of us toasting Venice.
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